Best Smartphone Gimbal [2019]

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Best Overall: DJI OSMO Mobile 2
The DJI OSMO Mobile 2 comes from a long lineage of incredible products from a company on the innovative edge. DJI builds amazing drones that deliver incredible footage and now you can get their cutting edge technology in a gimbal. The battery life is exceptional, it works with most modern smartphones on the market and featurewise it really got everything the average user might need. The best part is, for what it offers, the price is more than fair.

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DJI OSMO Mobile 2

  • Ultra-Long Battery Life
  • Multiple Camera Modes To Create An Immersive Experience
  • Works With Most Phones Including iPhones and Androids Equipped With Android 4.1.2+

Premium Pick: Freefly Movi Cinema Robot
The Freefly Movi is a device made for industry professinals. Today smartphones deliver imagery that can actually compete with full-sized cameras and that’s why there is an emerging market for products like the Freefly Movi. This Gimbal allows you to attach all kinds of accessories, like microphones and lenses and if you are a professional filmmaker, spending that extra money is probably worth it in the long run.


Freefly Movi Cinema Robot

  • 2 Ultra-Long Batteries Included
  • Can Sit On The Ground Or A Level Surface Without A Tripod
  • Has The Ability To Work With Other Accessories Like Extra Lenses and/or Microphones

Best Budget: EVO Shift
For those who are on a tight budget, finding the “best of both worlds” can be difficult – unless you get the EVO SHIFT. This is a powerhouse smartphone gimbal that can hold its own with many higher-priced options. While it will not take down an OSMO Mobile 2 or a Movi, it is the perfect budget choice.


EVO Shift

  • Budget-Friendly
  • Works With Most Phones
  • Downloaded App Gives You Access To Cinematic Modes

How We Picked

Smartphones have come a long way since they were first introduced in 1994 (i.e. Simon Personal Communicator). We have gone from being able to type a short text message to being able to produce movie-quality videos in less than 30 years. And even though our smartphones can do so much, there is still a lot left to be desired, especially when it comes to video and/or image stabilization.

Have you ever noticed that the video quality from a DJI Mavic 2 Pro is monumentally better than anything your iPhone XR can produce? Even with all the extra cameras and/or sensors installed, smartphones just cannot seem to match up with video cameras and/or drone cameras. So, is it that the technology is not there or that they would need just a little bit of help?

They just need a little bit of help …

The difference in the video quality comes down to one thing – gimbals. Drones and other high-quality video camera systems have specialized gimbals built into them to help stabilize the images/videos. Unfortunately, smartphones are just too thin and/or small to be able to hold these larger gimbals. To compensate, manufacturers have started using specialized algorithms to help “programmatically stabilize” their videos. The truth is, this is not that effective.

And that is why you need a smartphone gimbal. The question then becomes, which one? With so many on the market right now, how do you figure out which one is the right one for you? Today, we are going to show you seven of the best smartphone gimbals currently on the market.

#1 DJI OSMO Mobile 2

DJI OSMO Mobile 2

Specs:

  • # Of Axes: 3
  • Battery Life: Up To 15 Hours
  • Weight: 1.08 Pounds

What better way than to start our list off with a smartphone gimbal from a company that has perfected the technology in their drone lineup? Remember earlier when we talked about the DJI Mavic 2 Pro? Well, now you can get the same technology that is inside of them for your smartphone.

DJI OSMO Mobile 2 and iPhone back

It is hard to imagine that a smartphone could do as much as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, but the OSMO Mobile 2 Smartphone Gimbal. It is packed with features that turn a standard smartphone into a cinematic marvel. Of course, it is only possible because of the software and technology from DJI.

DJI OSMO Mobile 2 and iPhone

Starting out, The OSMO is fairly lightweight, coming in at only 1.07 pounds; making it one of the lighter smartphone gimbals on our list. As for battery life, it can be used for up to 15 hours on a single charge. As for recharging, DJI includes a power cable that can be connected to it for quick refreshes; when it is charging, it cannot be in use (no power banks). The handle is fixed, meaning it does not have any type of extension to give you a “better angle” / more height. However, it does have a screw-mount base at the bottom that could affix to a tripod/extension rod, though you might lose some functionality if you cannot access the controls easily.

DJI OSMO Mobile 2 controls

With all that out of the way, this three-axis smartphone gimbal is a force to be reckoned with. It is loaded with features such as ActiveTrack, MotionLapse, Zoom Control, Timelapse, Slow-Mo, and more. All of this is available through the onboard controls and/or built-in software. ActiveTrack can follow any highlighted subject, keeping them in perfect view no matter where they go. MotionLapse can make rather mundane shots looks extraordinary by creating an experience (not just showing one). And the zoom control can give you some of the most immersive, cinematic visuals from a smartphone. With the OSMO Mobile 2, your limits disappear.

DJI OSMO Mobile 2 and black iPhone

What We Like

The included camera modes make this one of the best smartphone gimbals on the market. While the handle does not extend, it more than makes up for it with ActiveTrack and the other camera modes such as Zoom, HyperLapse, and MotionLapse.