Review: Zhiyun’s Smooth II 3-Axis Gimbal Gives iPhone Video Footage Better Stability

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Digital image and video stabilization features have been included in modern smartphones for a while now, with each new generation offering improved correction for jumps and jitters that typically occur during handheld shooting.

Still, even the latest handsets can’t quite match the benefits that can be gained from using a motorized mount specifically designed to reduce vibration and unwanted shake.

Smartphone gimbals are made for just this purpose. Phone gimbals look similar to selfie sticks, but incorporate special motorized axes that keep shooting balanced and steady by adjusting for tilt, roll and tracking movements.

One brand that’s been steadily gaining plaudits for its gimbals is Zhiyun. The Chinese firm’s gimbals in its Smooth range have been noted amongst video aficionados for their robust design, multiple operational modes, and relative affordability compared to the competition. Over on MacRumors, I looked at the company’s latest Z1-Smooth II ($329) to see what advantages a gimbal offers for iPhone owners.