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Zhiyun Smooth-5 Smartphone Gimbal

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Key Features
  • Stabilizes Smartphones for Action Shots
  • Redesigned Controls & Focus/Zoom Wheel
  • Updated Magnetic Steel Motors
  • Even More Compact Design
The Smooth-5 Smartphone Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech has been updated and designed for a more compact and intuitive experience 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.
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Zhiyun SMOOTH-5 Overview

The Smooth-5 Smartphone Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech has been updated and designed for a more compact and intuitive experience 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 redesigned Smooth-5 controls are easier to use than ever, reducing the need to touch your phone's screen and minimizing unintended jostling while recording. The Smooth-5 is compatible with almost any mobile phone; it features durable magnetic steel motors, an improved battery life, and an extended 3-axis range, and its lightweight, compact design helps its mobility in motion. Its easy-to-control interface allows you to perform a variety of effect shots such as dolly zoom, reverse shot, time-lapse, and slow-motion. A mini tripod is included to use the gimbal on a flat surface for steady shots or for when it is not in use. A USB Type-C charging cable is included to utilize the PD fast charge function for a quick two-hour charge, and it can also be charged while shooting using a separately available power bank.

Key Features
Updated Design
Shrunk by 40% of its predecessor, the 3-axis gimbal is an ultra-mobile plug-and-play gimbal. With free movements from high to low angles, its 3-axis range has been updated to support 360° unlimited panning, 349° tilting, and 300° roll. The design of the rear-mounted motor enables you to shoot ultra-wide-angle videos without worrying about any block when using ultra-wide angles on your phone.
Redesigned Controls
An intuitive control panel partnering with ZY Cami makes every shot a breeze toward the professional level.
Powerful Motor Performance
Professional magnetic steel motors with upgraded algorithms and a wider phone clamp ensure a safer and easier filmmaking experience. Strong compatibility allows mounting a phone even with wide-angle, telephoto, fisheye, and macro lenses.
Newbie-Friendly Control Panel
All your movements and operations are within reach of your fingertips. A redesigned round-cap joystick, optimized control panel, and adjustment wheel provide a better experience for users to check and adjust gimbal status while changing camera parameters on the fly.
Dolly Zoom Tricks
Achieve Dolly Zoom and Shot Reverse Shot by switching between zoom and focus with one press. Focus and focal length control are easy when using the control wheel. You can also achieve dolly zoom via the ZY Cami app.
SmartFollow
With the press of a button, you can activate SmartFollow and start centering your moving object. You can also use a gesture to control camera filming/photo-taking and enable face tracking at a distance.
Quick Power
Backed by a 2600mAh battery, the Smooth-5 can work up to 12 hours, and the charging time is at least two hours using an optional 15W charger. The Smooth-5 can also be charged by a portable power bank. Your phone can be charged by the gimbal via the USB Type-C port on the tilt axis.
Optional Magnetic Fill Light
Attach the optional magnetic fill light for 360° all-around lighting on both sides of the new phone clamp for outstanding lighting backed by the adjustable 5300 to 5700K color temperature. You can also change the colors using light filters.
UPC: 191493002555

Zhiyun SMOOTH-5 Specs

Grip DesignSingle Handgrip
Gimbal
Load Capacity5.3 to 10.6 oz / 150 to 300 g
Number of Axes3-Axis (Pitch (Tilt), Roll, Yaw (Pan))
Rotation RangeMechanical Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° 
Pitch (Tilt): 349° (-140 to 209°) 
Roll: 300° (-90 to 210°) 
Stabilization Accuracy±0.05 to 0.3° (Motion)
±0.01 to 0.04° (Motionless)
Compatibility
Camera ControlOn Compatible Models (See Full Compatibility List)
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs1 x USB-C (Power) Input
1 x USB-C (5 VDC Power) Output
Battery
Battery Type1 x Built-In
Battery Capacity2600 mAh
Battery Runtime12 Hours
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion
Voltage5.0 VDC
Power
Operating Voltage6.5 to 8.4 VDC
Operating Current70 to 3000 mA (Maximum)
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C
General
Display TypeNone
Dimensions12.2 x 6.6 x 2" / 311 x 168 x 52 mm (with Handlebar)
Weight21.7 oz / 615 g (with Handlebar and Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.195 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.7 x 7.4 x 2.8"

Zhiyun SMOOTH-5 Reviews

Works Well with iPhone 14 Pro

By Bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-02

I bought this gimbal over the Osmo Mobile 6 (based on multiple reviews) and it works well - especially for shooting real estate. The key to achieving smooth footage, as with any gimbal in this price range, is to a) make sure you 'ninja' walk and hold the gimbal steady; and b) shoot at 60 fps, then slow it down to 30 fps in post-production (with programs such as Adobe Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro.

Still Evaluating; So far so good

By Richard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

This is my first gimbal for my new iPhone 14 Pro Max. After reading the reviews before buying I agree that the Smooth 5 seems to handle the weight of the 14 Pro Max well. Overall it looks like a well made device with no problems so far. I'm using it with Filmic Pro and it's too bad that the skimpy instructions that come with it only reference Zhiyun's Cami app which I don't plan to use. However there are lots of Youtube videos by Zdenka Darula, Simon Horrocks and others on how to set it up with Filmic Pro. I'm still looking into the best wireless mic set up to use for someone speaking while I follow them with the gimbal set up. The Rode Go II and DJI wireless seem to be kind of amateur even though I haven't used them. It required a lot of head scratching for me to understand that the (F) follow mode is probably best for most situations. Recently I sold all my old Sony cameras (A7S, etc) and now I'm testing this phone set up to see how far I can take it until I get another full featured video camera (probably will be the Leica SL2-S to use with my M lenses).

Very pleased

By Saul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-17

I gave 5 stars for the following main reasons. Stabilizations works great. The 5 gimbal modes can immediately be switched by a button right on the unit, rather than having to go into an app (eg. DJI Osmo). Mounting/balancing is instant via an adjustable clamp which is set once. Torch (pointing forward) position works great (not so on DJI Osmo 3,4). There are other buttons and wheels which work variably, depending on iOS/Android and app used. Smooth joystick. Excellent manual including clear diagrams how each motor works, for each of the 5 gimbal modes. Very helpful for understanding how the various modes work. There are other nice features that I have read about, but have not tried yet.

Will Not Work With 13 Pro Max

By Sonam
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-07

1. Took the gimbal out to a national park with my IPhone 13 Pro Max. Balanced it at home which was fairly easy and took some good test. footage. At the park it was clear over a longer period of time the 13 pro max is too heavy for this gimbal. Even after properly balancing without my case, as I shot video in landscape mode the gimbal repeatedly put itself into the portrait orientation. It would not correct itself back. This happened over a dozen times on simple videos and it was completely frustrating as the only way to fix it was to restart the gimbal. Several shots were ruined in this way. 2. Most of the function buttons found on the gimbal can only be used by 3rd party apps. Filmic Pro has support but costs $14.99 with in app purchases and is still buggy. The native Cami app by Zhiyun is even worse. I couldn't get the gimbal to work inside the app at times. I ended up just using turn Apple cam app but I lost most of the functions of the gimbal. Only power, mode, and the control switch work without 3rd party apps. 3. You cannot use an external microphone with this gimbal. The end of the phone rests next to the gimbal, blocking the lightening charging port. There is no way around this. 4. Battery life is terrible. I only had the gimbal on and off for 1.5 hours this morning before it died. On time maybe only 30 mins. Rest no my time was trying to configure or get the gimbal to work properly. It's obvious the weight of the camera completely drained the battery as the motors were working in overdrive to work the phone. The gimbal does give you nice smooth video cinematic style when functioning. But the gimmicky app, plus the inability to function flawlessly with my 13 Pro Max is the reason im returning this. If you are a professional videographer with the 13 Pro max this will give you headaches. Do not recommend.

My first gimbal

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-11

I haven't had the chance to try with a lens on my phone. But so far it holds the weight of my iPhone with a case perfectly.

Great for big phones

By Gabriel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-18

Looking for this so much time, I saw one guy on YouTube giving a review and yes, it's what it promises to be.

Worth the hype

By Abdulai Sayni
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-27

This guy here had greatly improved my smartphone filmmaking. Looking forward to more from Zhiyun...and more money to get them of course. Should have been a 5 star but the ZY Cami looks like flop....I used the gimbal with my native phone camera.

Best Gimbal For Big Phones

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-22

The Smooth-5 works great with my iPhone 14 Pro Max with a slim case attached. Glad I did my homework on gimbals before buying. This is the best gimball for this particular phone.

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Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2022-03-04
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