To capture the most beautiful videos possible, stabilizers for smartphones are indispensable accessories. Here are our recommendations.
Many will wonder what a smartphone stabilizer is for. All smartphones are already equipped with sensors, such as an accelerometer and gyroscope, to take beautiful photos and videos of a certain quality thanks to software stabilization. In some cases, there is also an optical stabilizer that helps reduce the effects of hand shake.
While these technologies are effective, they are far from perfect. Where many would be satisfied with this result, others are determined to achieve professional quality photos/videos. To achieve this, a stabilizer will be – or become – a valuable ally.
Stabilizers, also known as “gimbals”, resemble selfies booms, the support of which includes a different number of motor-propelled shafts. The purpose of this system is to maintain the level of the device and thus compensate for the user’s movements. In order to choose a stabilizer efficiently, attention must be paid to its autonomy, the quality of stabilization and the grip. The price and the options/features will then decide between them.
LE TOP : DJI OSMO MOBILE 3
The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 succeeds the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 with a lot of improvements. This new version brings a main novelty: it is now foldable to be more easily transportable. It is also lighter with now 405 grams compared to 460 grams before. It can now always be oriented in portrait mode, is compatible with more smartphones (between 62 and 88 mm wide), integrates a USB port to allow the smartphone to be recharged while in use. It has about 15 hours but does not charge the smartphone at the same time.
It still incorporates a number of smart features such as ActiveTrack to track a moving subject and different recording modes such as timelapse or slow motion. Its mobile application, DJI GO, allows, among other things, to manage live video recording and to set up the various joystick controls. You will find more details in our test of the DJI Osmo Mobile 3.
WHY CHOOSE OSMO MOBILE JIHAD 3?
- Lightweight, transportable and easy to handle
- A nice improvement of the second model (already excellent)
- Its comfortable autonomy
THE ALTERNATIVE: ZHIYUN SMOOTH 4
The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a nice improvement of the old model, while keeping an interesting quality/price ratio. It ensures compatibility with the majority of recent smartphones, which is a very good point with the democratization of screens with large diagonals. Like its predecessor, it also offers a wide range of controls on the handle: ISO, exposure, focus, white balance or shutter speed adjustment, but also the possibility to use new features such as the “Vertigo” effect or the “PhoneGo” mode.
l also enjoys a comfortable range, estimated by the manufacturer at 12 hours of use. In addition, this new version of the Zhiyun Stabilizer now offers a USB-C port for charging.
WHY CHOOSE ZHIYUN SMOOTH 4?
- A nice improvement on the old model
- The various commands available on the handle and its many features
- Its comfortable battery life and USB-C port
XIAOMI MIJIA HANDHELD: THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE
The Xiaomi Mijia Handheld Stabilizer is compatible with the vast majority of smartphones, but also with any other imaging equipment between 56 and 86 mm in size and weighing no more than 200 grams. Compact and relatively light, this gimbal weighs only 450 grams to easily follow you in all your video/photo creation projects.
It also has a handy smart tracking mode: you just need to select the target in the application and it will then automatically control the rotations to track the target with the phone. Moreover, its autonomy is very comfortable with its 5000 mAh battery.
WHY CHOOSE THE XIAOMI MIJIA HANDHELD?
- Ideal for smartphones from 56 to 86 mm wide
- Its intelligent tracking mode
- A very comfortable autonomy
GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY: FEIYU VIMBLE 2
The Feiyu Vimble 2, offers a touch of originality compared to other stabilizers: it integrates an extendable pole. It also has a USB port to recharge the smartphone. Its mobile application gives access to multiple functions such as object tracking and video editing settings.
Its autonomy is nevertheless a little weak, estimated at 5 hours. However, it can also charge your smartphone at the same time using the internal micro-USB port integrated into the handle.
WHY CHOOSE FEIYU VIMBLE 2?
- Its extendable pole
- Numerous functions via the application
- The ability to recharge your smartphone via the micro-USB port
Also check out our guide to essential photo accessories for smartphones.