The EVO Shift 3-axis handheld gimbal for iPhone and Android smartphones will transform how you create videos using your smartphone. Handheld gimbals were originally created for GoPro action cameras but now are available for smartphones.
The latest cameras such as the iPhone 8 and the Samsung S8 are capable of creating amazing videos in 1080P at 60 frames per second or even 4K video at 30 frames per second. With these advancements, it’s now possible to use your smartphone, which we all have in our pocket rather than purchasing an action camera specifically for creating videos.
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The EVO Shift gimbal for iPhone and Android smartphones is the ultimate gimbal to bring along on your family vacation or your weekend hike in the mountains. Now let's take a look at some of the features the EVO Shift has that make it the best gimbal to use with your smartphone.
EVO Shift Gimbal Features
The first thing you'll notice when you open up the box is the carrying case for your gimbal. When you open up the case you'll find the gimbal inside. The EVA case (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) has an protective outer fabric and foam interior which provides maximum protection and durability. This case is perfect to use while travelling and will protect your gimbal for many years.The first thing you're going to want to do is charge the battery. Just plug-in the included USB cable into any USB charger, laptop, or external USB battery bank.
The EVO Shift comes with built-in batteries that can’t be removed or charged separately. You will need to use the provided USB cable to charge the gimbal. The gimbal uses Lithium 18650 batteries so you can be assured they will last many years. If for any reason during the warranty period you experience any battery issues, you only need to contact support and they will resolve the issue immediately. This is the added benefit of dealing with a USA company.
The battery will last about 10 hours on a full charge which is much longer than your smartphone in most cases as shooting video on a smartphone uses more power and required lots of storage space. In most cases you won’t need to charge your gimbal, but if you want to make sure you never run out of power, just bring along a small USB powerbank to charge your phone and gimbal at the same time.
There is a USB power output at the base of the handle that you can use to charge your phone while shooting video but it does requires a special USB cable that has a 90 degree to plug into the smartphone. I have never needed to use this feature as I charge both at the same time between shoots.
Pan Follow Mode
When you initially turn it on it's going to be in what we call the “pan follow mode” so as I'm panning left and right it's going to follow and it's going to smooth my moves out as I move it forward and backwards it's not going to move the camera at all so the cameras going to stay right where I have it and I have the ability in this mode to go up and down with the joystick but it's not going to follow.
Full Follow Mode
Clicking the mode button twice, tipping the gimbal forward and backwards the camera is going to follow forward and backwards and it's going to follow left and right, smoothing out my motions. You can also use this mode inverted, upside down. Just do it slowly to allow the gimbal to flip your phone. This gives you another prospective if you have a requirement to get close to the ground.
You can control the gimbal with a joystick or if you have the bluetooth wireless remote that EVO Gimbals sells on their website. You can go ahead and go into the lock mode by pushing it from the default mode only, that's the tricky part.
So you got to get it back into this mode click the button one time now it's going to go ahead and lock it into a heading. It will stay facing the way you set it and it's not going to turn or it's not going to do anything until you use the joystick.
This gives you full manual control where you can go left and right so it's going to pan left and right and then also on my tilt up and down it's going to allow you to do that as well for whatever needs you would have for that, it's actually a really great function. You could just set it up on a tripod and remotely controlling it with either the bluetooth remote or another smartphone.
If you want to do a selfie, click the mode button 3 times and it's going to flip it around so now you're using the front camera if your doing a vlogger or want to show somebody something as you’re walking around, it's that easy. To return to viewing forward, just click the mode button 3 times again.
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: Roll axis is locked. Pan and Tilt axis smoothly follow handle. Use joystick left and right to adjust the horizon angle (dutch).
Lock Mode: Tilt, Roll and Pan axis are locked. Use joystick to manually control pan & tilt.
Selfie Mode: Flips the camera around from front facing to rear facing. Great for vlogging.
EVO Smartphone App
To take full advantage of your new EVO Shift gimbal you will want to go to the Apple Store or Google Play and download the 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.
Using a tripod to can set how many photos per minute you want and how long you want it. Great for taking night shots of the sky as an example.
Motion Time Lapse
Using a tripod you can set a start and finish location and how many photos per second and how long you would like it to last. Same as timelapse video but with motion.
Advanced Photo or Video Settings
Like most advanced smartphones or digital cameras, you can manually set the resolution, frames per second, ISO, contrast & white balance. Just about anything you can think of can be adjusted from the app.
Scene mode allows you to decide how quickly the gimbal reacts to your motion. There are three settings that can be selected, walking, motion, or custom. The “walking mode” is the default mode. This is the smoothest mode for capturing normal video. If you are trying to capture someone at a sporting event such a skateboarding, skiing or biking you may want to select the “motion mode” setting as it reacts quicker to your motion. You can even create your own custom setting.
This is by far the coolest feature of the app. Within the app you draw a small box around the item that you want the gimbal to keep in focus and it will follow that item or person during the video. An example of this would be if you are creating a cooking video you could set up the EVO Shift on a tripod, enable tracking mode and have it follow you around the kitchen while you are cooking. The possibilities are endless.
The EVO Shift gimbal works with all iPhone and Android smartphones as long as they weigh less than 220 grams.This includes larger iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung S8+. The coolest part about the EVO Shift stabilizer is you can even use an action camera such as the GoPro 6 Using an adapter plate, sold separately from EVO. No need to have a separate gimbal now, one for your GoPro and one for your smartphone.
How to set up for the first time
The first thing you need to do is place the gimbal on a flat solid surface on its base so it standing up. You may want to purchase a small tripod that can be screwed onto the base Which will help it not fall over during the next few steps. The tripod also comes in handy if you want to do some time lapse videos or blank.
It is really easy to mount your smartphone but there are a couple little things you need to know when you're putting your phone on the gimbal. You need to be looking at the joystick to start and you always want your motor to be on the right hand side and you want your lens on your camera to be on the left hand side. Remember this and you will not run into any issues.
Step 1: Mount Smartphone
With the joystick facing you and the motor is on the right slide your smartphone into the spring-loaded mounting bracket with your rear facing camera on the left hand side. slide your phone all the way up to pad.At this point you will see that it's not balanced at all and we will need to make several adjustments.
Step 2: Balance Vertically
Loosen the set screw on the arm and pull the arm out until the camera stays level vertically when released. Once this is done tighten the set screw and move onto the next step.
Step 3: Balance Horizontally
With the phone facing down let go and see if the phone turns. If it does, you will need to slide the entire phone mounting bracket either up or down until the phone no longer rotates when you release it. That’s all there is to it.
If you do take the time to do this, the batteries are going to last a lot longer and it's just going to make the motors work less so that it'll last longer all together. If you found these instructions challenging, go ahead and watch the video below from EVO Gimbals that outlines the entire process.
Dimensions (LxWxH): 120mm x 105mm x 295mm
Operating Current: 4.2mA
Operating Temperature: 5F°-115F° (-10C° to 45C°)
Gimbal Weight: 450g (unloaded)
Camera Payload: 75g – 220g
Max Tilt Angle: -135° to +185°
Max Roll Angle: -30° to +30°
Pan Angle Range: -360° to + 360° (unlimited)
Battery: Li-Ion 18650
Charging Voltage: 5V
Charging Current: 1500mA
Charging Input: 5V USB
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.
The EVO Shift 3-axis handheld gimbal for iPhone and Android smartphones may not be the best gimbal on the market, but does offer the best value.
If you're looking for a gimbal that can be used with your smartphone and your action camera this Kimball is the best option for you. Creating high quality professional videos for your YouTube channel has not been any easier.
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. Happy vlogging.