Zhiyun Smooth 4

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(My Summary further down in black)

ZHIYUN SMOOTH 4 turns your mobile phone into a professional film-making camera, helping you create stable and smooth footage with just your phone. The design of integrated control panel can reduce the need to touch the screen, and help users control both the stabilizer and mobile camera directly with hot-key buttons. Get one now to create your own Hollywood movies with just phones!

Support Models:

* Version iOS 9.0 or Higher

iPhone 5s、iPhone SE、iPhone 6、iPhone 6 Plus、iPhone 6s、iPhone 6s Plus、iPhone 7、iPhone 7 Plus、iPhone 8、iPhone 8 Plus、iPhone X、iPhone Xs、iPhone Xs Max、iPhone Xr

* Version Android 5.0 or Higher

Google : Pixel2 / Pixel2 XL / Pixel / Pixel XL / Nexus 6 / Nexus 6p / Nexus 5x

Samsung : S9/ S9+/ S8 / S8+ / S7 / S7 edge / S6 / S6 edge / S5 / Note8 / Note7 (Except S9+, S9, 4K function is NOT available for Samsung at this moment)

Huawei : P20 pro/ P10 / P10 Plus / P9 / Mate10 / Mate9 / Mate 8 / Mate S

Xiaomi 6 : 8/ 7/ 6/ 5/ 5s/ 4 / Redmi Note 4x / Note 3

Smartisan : NUT Pro 2 / U1 Pro; Oneplus:5/ 5T / 3/ 3T;

LG : G6 / G5; Oppo : R9s/ Find X; Vivo : X7/ Nex

(1) ZY Play App and this device support list will be continuously updated.

(2) FILMIC PRO is now featured on Smooth 4.

Focus Pull & Zoom Capability

For the more professional a delicate handwheel is built in to the Smooth 4, bringing you the unprecedented experience of smooth operation. You can zoom in or out as you want to take close-up shots. By pressing the FN switch button, the handwheel is configured into a focus puller, helping you achieve high-precision focus changes in real time to create creative shots.

Object Tracking

Smooth 4 can produce smooth footage and also track objects including but not limited to human faces with much higher precision. You can frame the object you want to track on the screen, and the stabilizer can do the rest. Shooting has never been so easy, but now we have Smooth 4!

Features:

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Focus Pull & Zoom CapabilitymissionThe more professional and delicated handwheel. You can zoom in or out as you want to take close-up shots. By pressing the FN switch button, the handwheel is configured into a focus puller, achieve high-precision focus changes in real time to create creative shots.Object TrackingSMOOTH 4 supports track object including but not limited to human faces with higher precision and is compatible to various accessories. You can frame the object you want to track on the screen, and the stabilizer can do the rest. With this feature, you can easily record wonderful moments while also taking part in it.Filmmaking MakingZhiyun Smooth 4 turns your mobile phone into a professional filmmaking camera, helping you create stable and smooth footage with just your phone. The design of integrated control panel can reduce the need to touch the screen, and help users control both the stabilizer and mobile camera directly with hot-key buttons. Get one now to create your own Hollywood movies with just phones!Two-way ChargingRun for 12 hours. The battery indicator tells how much power is left. It can be charged by power bank and the phone can be charged by the 3 axis gimbal via USB port on tilt axis.(Smartphone charging cable is optional)
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PhoneGo Mode for Instant SceneBy simply triggering the button on the back, you can enter your SMOOTH 4 into full-speed following – “PhoneGo” mode. In this mode, SMOOTH 4 max payload 500g. And it can follow every single of your movement synchronously. Scene transition is just in a flash.Time Lapse ExpertSMOOTH 4 supports all kinds of advanced shooting techniques. It can realize features such as Timelapse, moving time lapse and Motionlapse, recording lives and displaying the art of time flow. Share your masterpiece on social media.Vertigo ShotWith professional and delicated handwheel, SMOOTH 4 empowers you to shoot your own Hitchcock’s movies without the need to learn complicated filming techniques, SMOOTH 4 turns your mobile phone into a professional filmmaking cameraEasy to balanceWhenever your filming, time is of the essence. You’ll spend no time balancing so you can get straight to shooting after the first time you balance. Note that the phone would tilt down slowly if you don’t balance well.

1000CUBED SUMMARY below

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The WORDCLOUD below is represents the WORDCLOUD of the 3 amalgamated review sites.

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PERCENTAGE REVIEWS

3 different review sites have been amalgamated and the combined percentages presented below.

5 star 69%
4 star 18%
3 star 6%
2 star 2%
1 star 5%

PIE CHART

The reviews are positive with 5 stars representing 69% of the overall reviews. Taking the 4 star and 5 star reviews they account for 87% of the reviews. With the 1, 2 & 3 star reviews making up only 13% of the reviews. Whilst the negative reviews do matter they are insignificant enough not to put any potential purchaser off.

TRUSTPILOT REVIEW

Zhiyun have a trustpilot score of 2.8. Link HERE

There are only 3 reviews about the company, none of which were positive really. Is it a good sign that there were only 3 bad reviews? I can only report the facts.

The holding group indicated on the website (Guilin Zhishen Information Technology Co., Ltd) do not have a trustpilot review entry at all.

CONCLUSION

As an Android user, and having found that the DJI Osmo 4 is somewhat aimed at the iPhone market (see my summary of the DJI Osmo 4 here) I was keen to see if the Smooth 4 was more android friendly.

Once again the Android issue comes up, in that the app is less than happy with Android compared to iPhone and not all functions within the app are available on Android. However, the reviews are full of positive comments about the product feeling sturdy and weighty and being packaged well. The lack of tracking consistency does pop up now and again but the good reviews tend to be great and the numerically lesser bad reviews are bad. There doesn’t seem to be middle ground. Either people like it or they don’t but the 4 and 5 star reviews show that far more people like it (and my guess is they are iPhone users)

The bad reviews range between not being great for Android, the tracking not working, or the product breaking or malfunctioning. They amount to only 13% though so I guess if you are an iPhone user then it’s statistically likely that you will have a great experience with this gimbal.

It gets a green summary and is definitely a product worthy of consideration purely statistically based on the customer reviews of the product.

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