Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal (Black)

Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal (Black)

Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • For Smartphones up to 7.4 oz
  • Large Left-Side Focus/Zoom Wheel
  • Quick-Response "PhoneGo" Mode
  • Dolly/Zoom "Vertigo" Effect Mode
  • Control Select Phone Functions
  • Multiple Time-Lapse & Tracking Modes
  • Up to 12-Hour Runtime
  • Ergonomic Control Panel
  • Charges Phone While Shooting
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Zhiyun-Tech SMOOTH-4 overview

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The Smooth-4 Smartphone Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech, in black, has been designed to provide cine-style functions to content creators using their mobile phones for video capture. When used with the free, downloadable ZY Play app, the control panel enables Android and iOS users to control both gimbal and smartphone camera functions such as focus, zoom, time-lapse, and still photo settings. The Smooth-4's controls reduce the need to touch your phone's screen, thereby minimizing unintended jostling while recording. A dedicated "Vertigo" function emulates the perspective-shifting, dolly/zoom effect dear to many filmmakers. Compared to the ZT Smooth-3, the Smooth-4's controls are more ergonomically laid out and better labeled with icons. The Smooth-4 also has a significantly larger focus/zoom wheel, a PhoneGo mode for quickly grabbing the action, multiple time-lapse functions, and object tracking. With the ability to support smartphones weighing up to 7.4 oz and measuring up to 3.35" high, the Smooth-4 is compatible with almost any mobile phone.

In a nod to its filmmaker-centric design, the Smooth-4's large focus wheel even has a witness mark that can be lined up to focus marks you place on its textured band. The wheel is located on the left side of the handgrip, with a button placed to its lower right that lets you toggle between focus and zoom functions, with a button light indicating zoom mode. Scroll and press to select settings with the central Menu/Return button, or choose the Parameter Display button to switch between close shooting, still photo, and full-auto modes. The Smooth-4 offers 300° of pan and 240° of tilt and roll for nimbly capturing your action shots, or for smoothly gliding along more tranquil scenes. Choose between Pan-Following, Locking, Full-Follow, or the full-speed PhoneGo mode to adjust your level of axis control while shooting.

Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, the Smooth-4 features a maximum runtime of up to 12 hours. A USB Type-C port on the handgrip enables you to add a separately available power pack to extend your shooting time even further. An LED display indicates your remaining power, and an output port enables you to charge your phone while shooting with the stabilizer. The Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-4 Smartphone Stabilizer includes a mini tripod, carrying case, and a USB cable. A single 1/4"-20 female thread on the handgrip bottom can be used to mount the stabilizer onto the included tripod or other support, or to attach a compatible accessory.

Key Features
  • Supports smartphones weighing up to 7.4 oz, and up to 3.35" in height
  • Large, cine-style focus/zoom wheel with a witness mark
  • Use with the free, downloadable ZY Play app to control select iOS/Android phone functions
  • "Vertigo" effect, and quick-response PhoneGo modes
  • Multiple time-lapse and follow-mode choices
  • 300° of pan, 240° of tilt, and 240° of roll
  • Up to 12-hour runtime; ability to use an external power pack
  • Can charge your phone while shooting
UPC: 191493000834
In the Box
Zhiyun-Tech Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal (Black)
  • Mini Tripod
  • USB Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zhiyun-Tech SMOOTH-4 specs

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    Number of Axes 3-Axis (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)
    Rotation Range Yaw (Pan): 300
    Pitch (Tilt): 240
    Roll: 240
    Load Capacity 2.65 to 7.41 oz / 75 to 210 g
    Compatibility
    Smartphone Dimensions Height: 2.44 to 3.35" / 62 to 85 mm
    Connectivity
    Ports 1 x USB Type-C
    Battery
    Battery Type 2 x Built-In
    Capacity (mAh) 2000 mAh
    Battery Runtime 12 Hours
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Voltage 5.0 VDC
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    Operating Voltage 7.4 to 7.4 VDC
    Operating Current 120 to 2500 mA (Maximum)
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C
    General
    Mounting 1 x 1/4"-20 Female Thread
    Dimensions 12.91 x 4.84 x 4.13" / 328 x 123 x 105 mm (with Handlebar)
    Weight 19.29 oz / 547 g (with Handlebar and Battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.8 x 6.2 x 2.8"

    Zhiyun-Tech SMOOTH-4 reviews

    Smooth-4 Smartphone Gimbal (Black) is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shakey Footage unusable. Appears to be app with the problem! Buyer beware! Initial findings after using this product show that the app creates a noticeable amount of jello seen in playback. Ive seen other reviewers talking about this and I don't see the same issue when recording through the iPhone camera app. I have included a screen shot where you can see bluring across the image in waves. During playback this looks like the jello effect we used to get in older digital cameras. This renders the app useless and hopefully a fix will appear in the near future. Otherwise the hardware is pretty decent. (using iPhone 8. Zhiyun smooth 4 with latest firmware)
    Date published: 2018-06-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failing app and lack of customer care renders gimbal useless I love the gimbal and the possibilities of what it could achieve, however... If only it had an app to match. Ive used this product intensively and the days of footage I shot are unusable. Severe Image jello and shaky picture. I Downloaded latest version of the app to find the focus was now hunting sporadically. BTW, perfect images using the iPhone camera app so if you just want to use the gimbal without the app, baring in mind you will loose the use of featured buttons and zoom wheel, then buy. Tried explaining this to customer relations but they were dismissive of the issues. Such a shame! Wait for the Osmo 3!?
    Date published: 2018-06-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent gimbal for the money Using the Smooth 4 with an iPhone 6S+ phone without the case.� Will balance OK.� iOS app works well however I have not had a chance yet to try some of the really advanced functions.� Seems to take a little longer than I expected to pair with phone though. I gave it 4 stars as I had watched a lot of the early videos and it� seems that maybe I was expecting it to be a little better than it is HOWEVER, some of my videos are somewhat "jittery" and may be just the problem with the iPhone having its own lens stabilization system.� Time will tell as I get more time to work with it.
    Date published: 2018-05-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Gimbal but needs work I received my Smooth 4 a week ago and I have been testing various functionalities. Here are some feedback: - Majority of the capabilities worked as advertised. I really like the zoom wheel and the stand by mode. Time lapse looks really nice. various 4k frame rates looked good. - 3x3 pano was hit and miss. I tried it indoors and it only showed the middle 3. However, tried it outdoor and it worked fine. - I ordered a lightening to micro-USB cable to test charging my iphone X connecting to Gimbal but Smooth 4 would not recognize the phone. Contacted support, they said they are testing their own cable which is not out yet. I tested the cable with my phone and my drone controller with the same connections and it worked fine. I hope Zhiyun is not using a non-standard connection. - I tested the Gimbal with Filmic Pro and ZY play app both with Optical stabilization enabled and disabled. Although OIS enabled improves the smoothness but you can still see the vertical pulse as you walk and video. that is an issue. - The tracking feature needs a lot of work to improve accuracy and speed. I fully charged the battery to 100%. After using it for 90 minutes, the ZY play app shows the battery capacity at 60% but Gimbal shows 3 out of 4 lights on which should represents 75%. - I would like to see ZY play app in addition to saving in to photo library to allow to "Open in" other apps like LumaFusion or copying using iTunes. - Currently DJI Osmo is integrated with Filmic Pro. It would be nice to be able to use the controls on the Smooth 4 to operate Filmic Pro just like their own app. I am still testing but just wanted to give some first impressions because I know a lot of people are anxious to get their hands on one of these Gimbals.
    Date published: 2018-05-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's the APP that kills it I received my Smooth 4 and was impressed with the unit itself and quality of the build. All the buttons and functions are well laid out and can be mastered in short order, especially if you watch a tutorial online. HOWEVER - be warned that the app which links the gimbal to your phone (Android in my case) is HORRIBLE. Just read the app reviews on the Play Store for a taste or go to the Zhiyun facebook support page. Despite company claims of 4K and other support for Samsung Galaxy series, the support is simply not there. Their own comment on this is that Samsung will not "release" the control to the app so 4K recording is not available. Also several features shown are totally missing. I am very close to just returning this as unworkable in its current condition. I realize that they MIGHT fix the app eventually, but until then, it is mostly a clunky door stop. If all you want is a working gimbal, it is fine. But if you expect to use the apps many claimed features, you will have problems. I am using a Galaxy S8+ with Oreo and it is frustrating. Useable?, yes, fully functioning NO.
    Date published: 2018-05-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great gimbal, but not for android or samsung Well built, not heavy and works fine. However if you have samsung smartphone 4k video will not work and android phones having issues with 3x3 and 180 panoramic functions. It works great with iphone as you can see in many youtube tests. There are hardly any reviews or test done with android phones. My wife's galaxy s7 generated some error and gimbal made some weird moves, but usual windows procedure fixed it - turning it off and back on again. Still unacceptable pre-production failures.
    Date published: 2018-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A product that lowers the threshold of filmmaking A few weeks ago I bought SMOOTH 4 (white version) and I have to say I love it!! Paired my iPhone, SMOOTH 4 works very well. One feature I would like to highlight is Vertigo shot. I thought it is difficult to realize even with the gadget but it turns out amazing!! Just set the waypoints and walk very steadily then the vertigo shots will be nice and smooth. The follow focus wheel is cool and smooth as ice. The clip design is also one of my favorite because the motors will not swing around so I can squeeze into my bag without worrying damages to the motor. Regarding to the improvement, I hope the size, especially the handle grip can be slimmer. I highly recommend it to people who wants to use in occasions like travel, family gathering or friends reunion...
    Date published: 2018-08-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Only works with apple not Android I was so excited to buy smooth 4, but now im thinking return it if they do not upgrade their Android app. All the features this smooth 4 has only works with apple, not with android. I'm very disappointed!... do not buy this item if you are Android user. If you are Apple user than 70% of the smooth 4 features are working.
    Date published: 2018-05-18
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