Zhiyun Smooth 4- A gimbal for professional mobile photography (Review)

Zhiyun Smooth 4 (A Review)

Zhiyun, a brand you probably have never heard of, is making the gimbal controller market competitive with the likes of DJI. The DJI gimbals (DJI Osmo) a little bit on the expensive side with $299 and the recently announced Zhiyun Smooth 4 costing a mere $139 in the retail market.

The price is the major factor for the selling of this gimbal. This Smooth 4 is the predecessor of Smooth 3. There has been an upgrade in the design and the software is the focus-pull and zoom functions that work great.

Zhiyun Smooth 4
Best gimbal at an affordable price

This can be the game changer because of its low price and accessibility. The Chinese have been taking leaps in the field of technology giving competition to the Western market. Though Smooth 4 is the upgrade from Smooth 3, the payload capacity has decreased drastically. Smooth 4 holds the payload for a maximum of 210g much less than Smooth 3 which holds a maximum of 250g.

This is a little bummer in the upgrade as Zhiyun had promised to launch with 50% more payload capacity.


The Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech 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 Zhiyun 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 Zhiyun Smooth 3, the Zhiyun 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 smartphones.

The detailed specifications


Number of Axes 3-Axis
Rotation Range Pan: 300.0°
Tilt: 240.0°
Roll: 240.0°
Follow Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Load Capacity 2.65 to 7.41 oz / 75 to 210g



Smartphone Dimensions Height: 2.44 to 3.35″ / 62.0 to 85.0 mm



Battery Type 2 x Built-In
Capacity (mAh) 2000 mAh
Capacity (Wh) Not Specified by Manufacturer
Battery Runtime 12.00 Hours
Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion
Voltage 5.0 VDC



Operating Voltage 7.4 to 7.4 VDC
Operating Current 120 to 2500 mA (Maximum)



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)


Compatibility and Availability
Video Quality
The Stabilisation

Available only for $139, the price is the main selling point of the gimbal. It is less than the half the price of DJI Osmo mobile 2. The stabilization is in the initial stage for the mobile-specific gimbals. The affordable gimbals are scarce in the tech market. The launch of Zhiyun Smooth 4 has made the gimbal market more competitive which has been the forte of a handful of manufacturers in the world. Availability Zhiyun Smooth 4 is available for pre-order on Amazon and Zhiyun Tech website for $139 in the USA. For the shipment in other countries, please check the availability on the respective website.

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