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Zhiyun Smooth-Q Smartphone Gimbal (Jet Black)

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Zhiyun Smooth-Q Smartphone Gimbal (Jet Black)
Key Features
  • For up to 7.8-Ounce Smartphones
  • Charge Phone via USB While Shooting
  • One-Step Balancing Knob
  • Up to 12-Hour Run Time
Use the Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-Q gimbal stabilizer to capture smooth handheld footage with your smartphone. This gimbal features a maximum load capacity of 7.8 ounces, meaning it can handle heavier smartphones such as the iPhone 7 Plus or accessories such as add-on lenses. Balancing is done with one button controlling the roll axis. The Smooth-Q has face-tracking, panoramic, and time-lapse modes, and for you vloggers out there, it switches quickly into vertical mode. The downloadable ZY Play app can be used to remotely control your smartphone and to upgrade the gimbal's firmware.
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Zhiyun Smooth Q Overview

Use the Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-Q gimbal stabilizer to capture smooth handheld footage with your smartphone. This gimbal features a maximum load capacity of 7.8 ounces, meaning it can handle heavier smartphones such as the iPhone 7 Plus or accessories such as add-on lenses. Balancing is done with one button controlling the roll axis. The Smooth-Q has face-tracking, panoramic, and time-lapse modes, and for you vloggers out there, it switches quickly into vertical mode. The downloadable ZY Play app can be used to remotely control your smartphone and to upgrade the gimbal's firmware.

The Smooth-Q's interface features a 4-way joystick, power and mode buttons, and a zoom control switch. You also have the choice of using the ZY Play App for full control of the gimbal. The Smooth-Q offers 320° rotation along the pan, tilt, and roll axes. This stabilizer's internal battery provides up to an impressive 12 hours of run time. The Smooth-Q has a 1/4"-20 mounting thread for use a monopod, tripod, or other support.

Key Features
Quickly switches to vertical mode for a portrait-style look
The powerful torque motor eliminates the need for counterweights with larger loads such as the iPhone 7 Plus or when using accessories
USB port for charging smartphone while shooting
Face-tracking, panoramic, and time-lapse modes
Quick auto-focus response
Uses the Zhiyun-Tech ZY Play app to control your smartphone and to upgrade the gimbal's firmware

Zhiyun Smooth Q Specs

Key Specs
Load Capacity
7.8 oz / 220 g
Number of Axes
3: Pitch (Tilt), Roll, Yaw (Pan)
Weight
15.9 oz / 450 g (with Battery)
Gimbal
Load Capacity
7.8 oz / 220 g
Number of Axes
3: Pitch (Tilt), Roll, Yaw (Pan)
Rotation Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° 
Roll: 320° 
Pitch (Tilt): 320° (-135 to 185°) 
Stabilization Accuracy
±0.01° (Motionless)
Compatibility
Smartphone Dimensions
Width: 6.5" / 16.5 cm
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs
1x Unspecified USB
Battery
Battery Type
2x 18650
Battery Runtime
12 Hours
Battery Chemistry
Lithium-Ion
General
Weight
15.9 oz / 450 g (with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.26 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.75 x 6.25 x 2.85"

Zhiyun Smooth Q Reviews

Good For What It Is

By Dominique
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-12

It is a good purchase for what it is. Looking back I should have gotten a gimbal that would be more compatible with a range of devices.

I like it.

By Fabio
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-29

I like it.

Failed in less than 30 minutes

By Eric
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-28

I bought this at the suggestion of a B&H employee, but it failed almost immediately.  The motors started vibrating audibly even when I was holding it straight up, and the roll servo was unable to hold the phone level.  Both the roll and pitch servos were getting warm after just a few minutes of use.

Great. Easy to setup.

By Emil
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-17

Found it easy to operate and worked very well. Also used it on my GoPro. It has a reverse function. I wish I could put it in the case already setup but it wont fit unless I set it to minimum.

Smooth and precision

By Rodrigo
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-25

Nice gadget, its works perfectly with my S9.

Great product for the price!

By Alvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-24

Ive been using this with my GoPro Hero 4 Black, and it works great! Even without the App you can get started straight out of the box! I would highly recommend adding a grip for tennis rackets on it as the plastic is really slippery. The battery holds up really well too! Overall, really happy with this product, and glad to have got it on sale for $99 with free shipping!

Great value

By Matt
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-24

Very pleased. I've gotten remarkably good footage with it. You should practice holding and walking with it, because you have to do your part with every gimbal I imagine, there aren't any that are magic. But this thing is pretty intuitive, balances my 5s with no effort on my part, and gives you nice smooth motion. I put it on a monopod and raised it over a crowd at a festival and got a really nice crane shot after three or four tries. Tell me another way to do that for 80 bucks and I'll buy you a beer. : )

Abysmal battery life

By Robert
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-17

I bought this product 2 years ago and used it on one trip. The functionality is OK, it does what it's supposed to do. I hated it because of the inconsistent battery life. When fully charged, it would work for maybe 30-40 minutes, then it just died. The charging was finicky and the battery level indicator in the app was never accurate. I got fed up and put it in storage. Recently, I dusted it off to give it another chance. It's been charging for an hour+, I turned it on and the gyro is making weird high pitched squealing noises. Unfortunately...it's going back into storage and possibly the dumpster.

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question

In BH product pictures, there's a samsung phone with the gimbal. However, I've read in the Play Store comments that the Android version of Zhiyun app is not on par with iOS one. Any idea if we should expect both apps have the same features in the near future? This is a deal breaker for me. Also, it looks like there is not a ZY Play APP for Android but there is for iOS.
Asked by: Francisco I M.
We do not have any word on an improved Android app at this time.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

How far can you remotely control the gimbal from?
Asked by: Fazail L.
The Bluetooth remote for this gimbal, B&H # ZHZB000006, can work from up to 30 feet away.https://bhpho.to/2rxiRtg
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2020-08-13

question

Do you ship to Argentina? Thank you
Asked by: Telechea j.
We can ship this product to Argentina.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Can i use my Samsung S8+ screen size 6.2 ?
Asked by: MALIK H.
Sorry - this was lost in a pile of emails! Anyway, I'm not sure about the Samsung, but it does accomodate the iPhone 7+
Answered by: Steven W.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Does it work for iPhone 11 Pro Max?

Does it work for iPhone 11 Pro Max?
Asked by: Ravindra
Yes it does.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-10-30

Does this have a female thread mount for tripods?

Does this have a female thread mount for tripods?
Asked by: Jon
Indeed I it does. It,s a standard 1/4 20 thread.
Answered by: Richie
Date published: 2019-03-28

question

Can yo shoot Facebook Live while on the app?
Asked by: Padrick D.
We know you can shoot Facebook Live with this and your phone. We were not able to get a confirmation from Zhiyun-Tech so it is our opinion only that you probably can do it through the app as well.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Will it accommodate the new Samsung Note 8? The screen size is 6.3.
Asked by: Derrick O.
The Maximum Width for this unit is 6.5 inches. If you have a smart phone that is 6.3 inches wide it will be just under the maximum width and should work.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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