Best Gimbal for iPhone Review 2020

Trying to find the best gimbal for iphone depends on many factors such as price, battery life and ease of use. For me I need a gimbal that is easy to setup and use on a daily basis that can be used all day without worrying about running out of battery life. Price is a concern, but not as much as the other 2 factors.

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1. DJI Osmo Mobile Handheld Gimbal

  • Foldable & Portable】A sleek, foldable design allows Osmo Mobile 3 to be taken anywhere. Weighing just 405 g, it is portable, light, and incredibly convenient to toss in a backpack for your next adventure. Standby mode allows you to use your smartphone when the gimbal is folded, enabling you to start shooting again in no time. A comfortable grip fits perfectly in your palm, enabling you to create without limitations.
  • Gestures & Selfies】A simple gesture is all it takes to snap a selfie or begin recording. Both the front and rear camera can recognize Gesture Control, which makes shooting your solo travels and group shots a walk in the park.
    Rainproof design. The motors and S1 body are specifically designed to be water resistant
  • ActiveTrack 3. 0】To capture scenes that require fast movement, simply press the trigger, make a gesture, or select a subject on your smartphone to start tracking. ActiveTrack 3. 0 incorporates deep learning and computer vision algorithms, resulting in smooth and reliable tracking technology.
  • One-Tap Templates, Edit & Share Quickly】Story mode provides multiple templates that transform your footage in seconds by automatically adding movement, music, and other effects for a polished result.
  • Ergonomic Grip】Thanks to its intelligent design, Osmo Mobile 3 can be held for long periods of time. A comfortable grip fits perfectly in your palm, enabling you to create without limitations.
  • Hyperlapse Hype】The powerful combination of electronic image stabilization (EIS) and gimbal stabilization is perfect for shooting Hyperlapse videos. Enable ActiveTrack 3. 0 for a truly unique Hyperlapse creation that tracks your subject while recording.
  • Single-Handed Control】Convenient buttons and intuitive functions make Osmo Mobile 3 easy to use with just one hand, providing more versatility and freedom of movement.

The DJI Osmo Mobile handheld gimbal comes with many very interesting features such as ActiveTracking and motion time lapse. DJI package design is very clean and simple. Once you open the box you will find everything you need to begin using the DJI Osmo.

Unlike other handheld gimbals, the Osmo Mobile uses a twist locking mount instead the standard flimsy spring-loaded clamp. Just be aware that it can quite easy to over tighten and cause damage to your iPhone. Once tightened, you can be assured it will not come loose. 

DJI Osmo Mobile Box

DJI Osmo MOBILE Packaging

One of the major reasons I selected the DJI Osmo Mobile over the original Osmo is the fact it doesn't come with a built camera.

Since camera technology on smartphones constantly improve every year, there is always the possibility of using the Osmo Mobile that you bought today with iPhones that have far superior image quality and performance many years into the future. 

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DJI Mobile Gimbal: What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • DJI Mobile Handheld Gimbal
  • 11.1V 980mAh Battery
  • USB cable
  • Carrying Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Manual & Warranty Documentation

Pros:

  • Ergonomic handle with soft rubber grips
  • Twist locking phone mount
  • ActiveTrack Technology
  • Motion Time Lapse

Cons:

  • Proprietary Battery
  • DJI Go App limited functionality. Will be updated in newer releases

Summary

I really like how the DJI Osmo Mobile Handheld Gimbal looks and feels. The ergonomic handle is the exact same as the Osmo series and button's are identical too. The advantage of the DJI Mobile over the original is the fact that it doesn't have a built in camera which allows you to upgrade your camera (iPhone) at any time. 

As we all know, Apple releases a new iPhone each year with higher quality cameras and features. This is the main reason I would purchase the DJI Mobile over the original DJI Osmo handheld gimbal.

2. EVO SP-PRO Gen2 Handheld Gimbal

  • PRO-QUALITY VIDEO: The EVO PRO smartphone camera stabilizer is a high quality iphone gimbal that turns your iOS or Android into a pro-grade, stabilized movie video camera giving you access to filming tools found in high-end professional cameras. The EVO PRO is the first iPhone gimbal that integrates fully with the most top rated mobile filming APPs on the market - FilMiC PRO.
  • BUILT IN ZOOM & FOLLOW FOCUS WHEEL: The new integrated follow focus wheel on the EVO PRO allows you to precisely pull focus and zoom on your smartphone so you can have seamless creative control in your shots.
  • INTEGRATED CONTROL PANEL: Quickly accessing camera control settings or viewing your photo library has never been easier than a press of the button. The new integrated control panel and select wheel on the EVO PRO handle lets you to quickly adjust advance camera settings such as WB, ISO, SEC, EXP and allows you to quickly view photos and videos in your phones library.
  • SMARTLOCK STANDBY: Quickly and easily put the EVO PRO in standby mode and protect your phone and gimbal by simply rotating the gimbal arm downward into the standby lock. The EVO PRO’s motors will automatically detect the movement and power the motors down putting it into standby mode. Ready to shoot video again? Pull the arm and phone back upright and the stabilizer will automatically recognize and re-engage the motors. Yep that just made things a bit easier!
  • SEAMLESS MODE TRANSITIONS: Any stabilization mode transitions can now be accomplished on the fly with the new built-in trigger buttons on the back side of the EVO PRO’s handle. Quickly enter full follow mode by holding down the bottom toggle for smooth up and down frame adjustments. Fast left & right pans can be triggered by pressing and holding the upper Sport Mode trigger.

The EVO SP-PRO handheld gimbal eliminates shaky video and allows you to easily produce pro-quality, cinematic like footage with your smartphone and GoPro camera. The EVO GoPro camera adapter plate is sold separately on Amazon

It is made from CNC aircraft grade aluminum weighing in at only 265 grams unloaded. This highly engineered gimbal allows for 360 degrees of motion, enabling you to get the shot you want without a problem.

Modes

Pan Follow Mode: Tilt & Roll axis are locked. Pan axis rotates smoothly with turn of wrist. Use joystick up & down to control tilt angle of camera.

Full Follow Mode: In this mode the gimbal will move both vertically and horizontally smoothing out you movements.

Locked Mode: Roll axis is locked. Pan and Tilt axis smoothly follow handle. Use joystick left and right to adjust the horizon angle.

Selfie Mode: Flips the camera around from front facing to rear facing. 

EVO Smartphone App

The app is fully integrated with the gimbal and can be controlled by the buttons on the handle. If you wanted to start and stop your recording, want to take a picture or if you want to zoom you can do all that right from the handle.

Google Play Link

Apple IOS Link

With the EVO Smartphone App you can do some really amazing things such as motion time lapse and smart-tracking an object. You also can make adjustments to how responsive the gimbal reacts. 

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EVO SP-PRO Gen2: What's in the Box

Warranty

The EVO Shift comes with a 1 year parts and labor warranty. EVO is a USA based company out of Oregon so you can be assured they will take care of you. You can contact them either by their support email address or call (866) 977-6688 Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM Pacific Time.

What's in the Box

  • EVO SP-Pro Gen2 Handheld Gimbal
  • 26650 Lithium Battery
  • USB cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Manual & Warranty Documentation

Pros:

  • Long Battery Life up to 14 hours
  • Made from high quality CNC aircraft aluminum
  • Made in USA

Cons:

  • One of the higher priced gimbals

Summary

The EVO SP-PRO Gen2 handheld gimbal works with all versions of iphone smartphones. Built and supported in USA.

3. EVO Shift Handheld Gimbal

  • The EVO SHIFT 3 Axis Gimbal for iPhone & Androids (regular & plus size) smartphones transforms your smartphone into a pro-quality video camera, making every moment you shoot look smooth and professional.
  • Record & Zoom Controls on Handle: When paired with your smartphone, the EVO Shift allows full control of your cameras record and zoom functions right from the handle. Fine tune your cameras shooting angle on the fly using the touch sensitive 4-way joystick.
  • Advance Stabilization Modes: Featuring 3 easy to use stabilization modes, the EVO Shift gives you the ultimate freedom of motion. Replicate the same dolly moves and crane shots seen in multi-million dollar productions.
  • Perfect Panoramas, Object Tracking & Time-Lapse: The SHIFT's intelligent control features allow you to take perfect 180° & 330° panoramas, automatically track objects using the Smart-Track feature* and even capture amazing point to point motion time-lapses.
  • Up To 10 Hours of Run-Time with Built in charger and battery. The EVO SHIFT also has a Built-In Smartphone Charging Port on the bottom of the handle allowing you to give your smartphone a convient & fast 1A charge. EVO SHIFT Includes: EVO SHIFT Stabilizer, Micro USB Cable, Travel Case, User Manual + 1 Year USA Parts & Labor Warranty

The EVO Shift is the perfect low cost gimbal to take on vacation or video shoot. It is lightweight at only 450 grams and has a built-in lithium battery that gives you 12 hours of use. It is quite similar to the Zhiyun Smooth-Q gimbal but is covered by a USA built warranty that you can be assured will take care of you.

The EVO Shift supports any Smartphone under 220 grams and a width of 5.5" or less. This covers even the largest and most recents Smartphones available in IOS and Android.

EVO Smartphone App

The app is fully integrated with the gimbal and can be controlled by the buttons on the handle. If you wanted to start and stop your recording, want to take a picture or if you want to zoom you can do all that right from the handle.

Google Play Link

Apple IOS Link

With the EVO Smartphone App you can do some really amazing things such as motion time lapse and tracking an object. You also can make adjustments to how responsive the gimbal reacts. 

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EVO Shift: What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • EVO Shift Handheld Gimbal
  • USB cable
  • Carrying Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Manual & Warranty Documentation

Warranty

The EVO Shift comes with a 1 year parts and labor warranty. EVO is a USA based company out of Oregon so you can be assured they will take care of you. You can contact them either by their support email address or call (866) 977-6688 Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM Pacific Time.

Pros:

  • High Quality Construction
  • Built in USA
  • Excellent Warranty

Cons:

  • Built-in Battery. EVO has a battery replacement program

Summary

The EVO Shift 3-axis handheld gimbal for iPhone and Android smartphones is one of the best values. Features like tracking mode are not available with other smartphone gimbals in this price range.

Overall, this is a great smartphone gimbal and I would recommend it to anyone. ​

The full review of the EVO Shift Gimbal can be found here

4. Feiyu SPG Handheld Gimbal

  • Audio Interface】: Bluetooth dual-mode incorporates an audio expansion interface for external audio receiving equipment. Improve YouTube Live / Tik-Tok / Vlog performance quality with Bluetooth dual-mode.
  • Multifunction Knob】: By connecting to the Vicool App, use the multi-function knob to manually control the phone’s following focus and zooming functions as well as adjust the rotation of the pan, roll, and tilt motors. The Vicool App supports camera functions such as zooming, manual follow focus, ISO, white balance, exposure value, zooming speed, motor strength, follow speed, virtual joystick, offline system upgrading, etc.
  • Shadow Hunting Mode】: Shadow Hunting Mode activates fast lock and reset status. As a result, the gimbal seamlessly responds to rotations, quickly capturing the moment, and achieving the "obtaining from wherever you turn towards" effect
  • Anti-Shake Core】: The new iterative W5 anti-shake algorithm combines improved anti-shake stability with low power consumption, large torque, a high-precision brushless motor, and ultra-high load capacity (mobile phones)
  • Warranty And Service】: We provide complimentary: 1-year warranty, and 24-hour customer service. If any questions arise, please feel free to contact us.

The Feiyu SPG handheld gimbal one of several offering from Feiyu. Your iPhone is mounted to the gimbal using a strong spring-loaded mount.  No additional tools are required to mount your smartphone.

Unlike other gimbals, it comes with two counter balancing weights that you mount to the arm of the gimbal. Once you determine which one works best with your phone, the gimbal will self balance when you turn it on.

The lithium battery giving you about 8 hours of use.  It doesn't come with an external charger so you need to charger it from the microUSB port.

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Feiyu SPG: What's in the Box

As you can see from above the Feiyu SPG comes with a nice neoprene zipper case to store and protect your gimbal. The neoprene case fits nicely in a backpack or larger camera bag. The case protects your gimbal for scratches and drops.

What's in the Box

  • Feiyu SPG Handheld Gimbal
  • 22650 Lithium Battery
  • USB cable
  • Carrying Case
  • 2 Counter Balancing Weights
  • Manual & Warranty Documentation

Pros:

  • Self balancing
  • 8 hours of battery life
  • Splash proof

Cons:

  • App has limited functionality
  • No external battery charger
  • No Selfie mode

Summary

Feiyu SPG handheld gimbal worked as expected but I found the App quite limited and translations to English a bit off. I'd recommend you staying away from the SPG and going for something like the EVO or DJI if you can afford the additional cost. You will get a higher quality gimbal for more features using the App.

5. Zhiyun Smooth-Q

  • Time-lapse" & up to 12H running time】tracking face/object and recording all motions in a stable shot for up to 12H with the updated "time-lapse" Mode to create Dynamic effect, reflecting all movements of targeted objects throughout a day within seconds. Zhiyun smooth q gimbal stabilizer lasts up to 12H and can also charge your phone.
  • Compatible for most smartphones】fit for most smartphone under 6'' Screen. Ideal for iPhonexs\xr\x\8\7plus\7\6s plus\6s\6plus\6\se, Samsung Galaxy s10e\s10\9\s9 plus\s8\s8 plus\s7\s7 edge\s6\s6 edge\s5\note9\note8, Huawei P30 pro\p30\p20 pro\p10\p10 plus\p9\mate 10\mate 9\mate 8
  • Time-lapse" & up to 12H running time】tracking face/object and recording all motions in a stable shot for up to 12H with the updated "time-lapse" Mode to create Dynamic effect, reflecting all movements of targeted objects throughout a day within seconds. Zhiyun smooth q gimbal stabilizer lasts up to 12H and can also charge your phone.
  • Control by Joystick】The Smooth-Q's interface features a 4-way joystick, power and mode buttons, and a zoom control switch. The mode button changes the shooting mode between "Full", "Follow" and "Lock".

Zhiyun has been building gimbals for GoPro cameras and digital cameras for some time and now offers a low cost Smartphone gimbal in the Zhiyun Smooth-Q. At only 450 grams it's one of the lightest gimbals available.  Made mostly of plastic, I was quite surprised when I took it out of the box.

It's so light that I thought it was missing the batteries until I realized the battery was built-in. With a 26650mAh lithium battery you can get 12 hours of continuous use without needing to recharge. I've been using it for some time and it still says it has 3/4 battery left. 

In the same time period I've had to recharge my iPhone 4 times.  I'd recommend you carry a large capacity USB power bank with you if your shooting at remote locations where a power outlet may not be available. There is a USB outlet at the base that you can use for charging your Smartphone while in use. I use an external charger between takes as I found the USB cable was distracting.

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Zhiyun Smooth-Q: What's in the Box

As you can see from above, the Zhiyun Smooth-Q comes in a nicely designed box. Inside the box you will find the soft foam padded zipper case with shoulder strap. This case will protect your gimbal from minor scuffs and will fit nicely in a backpack. Inside this case you will find form fitted spots to store your gimbal and accessories.

What's in the Box

  • Zhiyun Smooth-Q Handheld Gimbal
  • USB cable
  • Carrying Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Manual & Warranty Documentation

Pros:

  • One of the lowest priced gimbals available
  • Built-in 26650mAh Lithium Battery
  • USB port for charging iPhone while in use

Cons:

  • Battery is built-in and not replaceable by owner
  • Mostly plastic to save cost and weight

Summary

The Zhiyun Smooth-Q handheld gimbal is a great low cost option for those that are budget-minded but still want the ability to take cinematic videos with their Smartphone. For the price you will not find a better option. With the 12 hours of battery life you will not be worried about running out of power at least for the gimbal.

Smart phones use a power when capturing 4K video so I would make sure you bring along a fast charge USB power bank or use the USB charging port on the gimbal.

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2020)
Stewart Taylor
 

My name is Stewart Taylor, I'm the founder of GOPRO GIMBAL, a place where I review GoPro Gimbals and Accessories. If you have a topic that you would like me to explore, let me know and I will do my best to provide the information. I welcome your feedback and suggestions.