Best Handheld Gimbal For iPhone And Android 2020 (By Category)

Recording buttery smooth video is as easy as mounting your phone to a gimbal and pressing the record button. But picking the best gimbal stabilizer for your iPhone or Android is not easy.

New gimbals are seemingly released every year, and each one of them looks more or less the same. They’re made by companies you’ve never heard of before, and the glowing Amazon reviews aren’t particularly convincing. And in most cases, it’s impossible to even try before you buy. The list goes on.

To make things easier for you, in this smartphone gimbal buyer’s guide I’ll walk you through my top picks.

The all-new DJI OM4 is my favorite gimbal to date

To come up with the list, I’ve thoroughly tested all the gimbals that are frequently recommended by tech magazines and YouTube reviewers. I’ve also aggregated the praise and common complaints from these other reviews so hopefully, you’ll find my rankings to be fair and well-researched.

I’m fully aware that different people have different requirements and budgets, so I’ve broken my list down into the following three categories: best overall, best budget, best for techies, best 2-axis, best gimbal with wireless charging, and best for cinematographers.

At A Glance: Best iPhone And Android Gimbals 2020

Why Should I Get An iPhone Gimbal?

Before I discuss my picks, let’s clear up exactly why you might need a gimbal stabilizer for your iPhone in the first place.

The iPhone Camera Is Better Than Ever

Go back just a few years ago and you’ll find no one really took recording video with their iPhone that seriously.

Sure, they were used to share some casual footage on social media. But vloggers, amateur filmmakers, and live streamers were all using expensive DSLRs or mirrorless cameras.

But newer phones like the iPhone 11, Google Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy S20 changed everything. These phones pack in cameras that can produce crisp 4K video at a smooth 60 frames per second. More and more people are turning to their phones to record video content. And that trend is set to continue.

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Newer iPhones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max have become viable alternatives to DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

Say Goodbye To Shaky Video Footage With A Gimbal Stabilizer

As you begin shooting video on the move, camera shake becomes apparent. Even with newer phones that feature fantastic built-in optical image stabilization (OIS), camera shake is inevitable.

So what’s the solution to the problem?

A 3-axis motorized gimbal is a camera accessory that can drastically reduce unwanted camera shake and vibrations.

They use gyroscopes and accelerometers to detect camera shake. Then, three brushless motors rotate three pivots by just the right amount to counteract the shake. With the ability to keep your smartphone level in all three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), your phone is held completely steady.

And best of all, unlike a Steadicam or dolly that Hollywood film crews operate, gimbals are incredibly simple to use. Just mount your iPhone or Android and hit the record button.

So whether you’re a YouTube content creator, an amateur filmmaker, or someone simply looking to record better videos for their Instagram stories, a gimbal stabilizer is a simple and cheap way to massively up your game.

Smartphone Gimbals Are Cheaper Than Ever

I still remember choosing my first gimbal for my iPhone in 2016. Back then smartphone gimbals cost around $300, so a lot of research went into my purchase. I finally settled on the awesome DJI Osmo Mobile, which is still a great gimbal today.

Today, however, smartphone gimbals cost much closer to $100 and perform better than the ones from 2016. Now is definitely a great time to pick up a new gimbal and start producing some slick video footage.


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1. DJI OM4

Best Overall iPhone and Android Gimbal

Pros

  • Magnetic mounting system
  • Foldable design makes it truly portable
  • Excellent stabilization
  • Ergonomic design
  • 15 hour battery life

Cons

  • Pricy by today’s market standards

Who’s it for?

The DJI OM4 is the iPhone and Android gimbal I’d recommend to people who plan to use a gimbal on a regular basis. The gimbal has excellent image stabilization for the price and its software is the best in the business. 

DJI have focused on creating the ultimate user experience. It’s easy to pack, setup and focus on the fun part – actually recording things. The magnetic attachment design is its killer feature that takes the hassle of mounting your phone out of the equation.

Compatibility

The DJI OM4 can accommodate iPhone and Android phones 67-84 mm wide and up to 6.9-10 mm thick. This makes it possible to fit smaller iPhones like the iPhone SE as well as bigger ones like the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Samsung Note 20 Ultra.

DJI upgraded the motors from the Osmo Mobile 3 and it can now support phones that way 230 ± 60 g. That’s a 26% increase of its predecessor and it can easily support phones even when you’re using camera attachments like the Moment lens. 

The gimbal also features a quarter-inch thread needle for compatibility with mount accessories like tripods. 

As for software, the DJI Mimo companion app is compatible with iOS 10.0/Android 6.0 and later versions. It can record 4K@60fps with the iPhone 8 and later models.

Osmo Mobile 3 Overview

DJI is the biggest civilian drone manufacturer in the world and their engineering expertise is clearly demonstrated by their handheld gimbals. 

Their first phone gimbal, the Osmo Mobile, was a resounding success thanks to its build quality and ease of use. The Osmo Mobile 2 kept the winning formula but slashed the $299 price tag all the way down to $129. 

For the Osmo Mobile 3, DJI had to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. The first of its kind, the Osmo Mobile 3 featured a foldable design that made it far easier to pack. 

With the all-new OM4, DJI have once again broke new ground by introducing a magnetic phone mount design. By either using the magnetic spring loaded clasp or sticking a pop-socket style ring holder to your phone, you no longer have to fight to set up your gimbal.

DJI have also moved away from the older DJI Go app and replaced it with the all new DJI Mimo for iOS/Android. This makes it easy to take fancy dolly zooms, panoramas, timelapses and slow motion shots. Also, the new ActiveTrack 3.0 AI does object tracking much better than competitor apps.

Apart from that, and some upgrades to the gimbal motors, the rest of the gimbal is very much the same as the Osmo Mobile 3. The Osmo Mobile 3 was my previous favorite gimbal, and DJI made the right improvements to make the OM4 their best gimbal yet.

DJI provide users two ways to magnetically mount their phone to the gimbal

What I Liked

The DJI OM4 faces stiff competition from the likes of the Zhiyun Smooth 4, but ultimately I believe the OM4 manages to get everything right: ease of use, portability, ergonomics, stabilization performance, battery life and price. 

Filming with the OM4 felt the most natural of all the gimbals I tested. It feels less bulky compared to the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and the angled handgrip means you don’t have to snap your wrist back in order to keep it upright. 

It’s standout features are its foldable design and magnetic phone holder. The former makes it much more portable than traditional gimbals, while the latter means you can mount and take off your phone in less than a second.

The stabilization performance is great and DJI’s proficiency in the area really shows. The motors are very responsive and when you crank up the pan and follow speeds it can film fast-paced action without a hitch. The motors are also very quiet, meaning recordings aren’t affected by motor noise. With regards to the battery life, the OM4’s inbuilt 2450mAh battery will last 15 hours. No smartphone gimbal lasts longer, with the exception of the Freevision Vilta Mobile.

What I Didn’t Like

The OM4’s foldable design compromises its mechanical range of movement slightly, meaning it can’t pan or tilt quite as far as some of the other gimbals. 

DJI also increased the price from the Osmo Mobile 3. $149 wouldn’t have been considered expensive a couple of years ago, but with the abundance of sub-$100 alternatives today, the choice isn’t as clear-cut as it could be. At least they bundle a mini tripod with it this time!

Read the full review: DJI OM4

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2. Hohem iSteady X

Best Budget Smartphone Gimbal

Pros

  • Great stabilization
  • Vert Lightweight
  • Foldable design that packs down easily

Cons

  • No ergonomic curves or rubberized grip
  • Unpolished companion app

Also available at TikTech (use code 8APYSFDA for $37 off and get it for $62.99)

Who’s It For

The iSteady X is an excellent option for the budget-conscious, or those simply wanting to see what all the fuss is about. Hohem took inspiration from the success of the foldable Osmo Mobile 3 and the compactness of the Zhiyun Smooth Q2.

The result is a foldable and highly compact 3-axis gimbal stabilizer that can be purchased for $69. If you can look past its unrefined companion app, the iSteady X is a terrific gimbal for the price.

Compatibility

Supporting phones up to 280g in weight and 90mm in width, there are virtually no phones I can think of that the iSteady X doesn’t work with. 

To activate the gimbal you’ll also need to download the Hohem Pro companion app which is compatible with Android 6.0 and up and iOS 9.0 or later.

Hohem iSteady Mobile Overview

Hohem might not enjoy the same recognition as DJI or Zhiyun, but they are the top-selling gimbal maker on Amazon. 

The highly popular iSteady Mobile and iSteady Mobile Plus were popular because they offered the same features as premium gimbals for a fraction of the price.

In order to keep up with the trend of increasingly small gimbals, Hohem released the iSteady X which has a foldable design that’s made possible by its offset gimbal arm.

The result is a gimbal that’s just as competent as the iSteady Mobile Plus but much easier to carry around. In fact, weighing just 259g, the iSteady X has earned itself the title of the ‘world’s lightest gimbal’.

What I Like

Of course, what I like most about this gimbal is its low price. With solid core stabilization performance, a decent 8-hour battery life and a foldable design that makes it easy to carry around, the iSteady X offers great value for money.

While it won’t cut it for mobile filmmakers or power users, it’s perfectly suitable for home vlogging and the occasional family trip.

What I Didn’t Like

The iSteady X offers terrific value for money, but it’s just not as refined or complete as something like the DJI OM4.

The handgrip is short and lacks any ergonomic curves, so filming can become quite uncomfortable after a while. 

It’s also missing a rear trigger and any kind of ‘sport mode’ to momentarily boost the motor responsiveness, so it’s not ideal for recording super fast-paced scenes.

Finally, there’s no USB-A port to be found, which means you can’t use the gimbal as a backup power bank. Most other gimbals include this, and it’s a shame not to be able to take advantage of its large li-ion battery for charging purposes.

Read Full Review: Hohem iSteady X

3. Zhiyun Smooth 4

Best iPhone Gimbal For Techies

Pros

  • Excellent Stabilization
  • Ability to access menus and settings without touching phone’s screen

Cons

  • Over-engineered controls
  • Bulky
  • Uncomfortable hand grip

Who’s it for

For videographers who like to get technical, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a great alternative to the DJI OM4. The Zhiyun Smooth 4 performs just as well as the Osmo Mobile 3 and OM4 in stabilization tests, but features more buttons and dials to play with. You can change the exposure and aperture without reaching for your phone’s screen.

However, less technically-minded users might find all the buttons confusing and unnecessary.

Compatibility

With a max supported payload of 210g, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is not suitable for use with heavier phones.

In testing, the heavier iPhone XS Max (208g) caused balancing issues and overworked the motors. Some phones, like the iPhone 11 Pro Max (226g) are too heavy for the gimbal.

Like the Hohem iSteady X, the Smooth 4 also uses an adjustable spring loaded clamp so mounting your smartphone is a very simple process.

Smooth 4 Overview

Zhiyun have a long history of producing high quality yet inexpensive handheld gimbals. The 3 axis Smooth 4 is their current flagship smartphone gimbal and currently the best selling iPhone and Android gimbal stabilizer on Amazon.

If you like buttons, you’ll love the Zhiyun Smooth 4. You can change the exposure, flip your phone, adjust the focus and turn on the flash all through the Smooth 4’s controls. And those are just a few examples.

Put simply, the Smooth 4 doesn’t feel like a simple handheld gimbal. It’s more like a filmmakers tool that also happens to stabilize the camera. This does mean there’s a steep learning curve to the gimbal, and you’ll need to be familiar with filmmaking basics to get the most out of it.

Zhiyun have generously bundled the Smooth 4 with a small but useful tripod.This in not only great for those panoramas and time lapses, but I found myself using it as a grip extension when holding my gimbal in underslung mode (upside down) for those low angle shots.

The Smooth 4 has a total of three shooting modes: pan follow, following and locked.

The first and default shooting mode is pan follow mode, where the gimbal keeps the horizon level and while following panning motions. The following mode means the gimbal will follow any movements you make, but keep footage nice and steady. The locked mode will keep your iPhone’s orientation locked, so it’s always looking at the same point.

At the back of the handgrip is a double function trigger. When hold down on the up trigger, you activate “PhoneGo” mode which increases the responsiveness of the gimbal’s motors. This means they’ll be snappier – great for when you want to capture fast-paced action.

You’ll use the ZY Play app to connect to your iPhone over a bluetooth connection. It’s important you use this app, because a lot of the Smooth 4’s controls only work when you’re recording from it.  

The ZY Play app has all the video and photo modes that the Osmo Mobile 2’s DJI Go app has. That includes autonomous tracking, time lapses and motion time lapses, panoramas and long exposure shots.

It’s also worth noting that the Zhiyun Smooth 4’s controls aren’t only functional when filming with the ZY Play app. Zhiyun partnered with the folks at FiLMiC and made the gimbal fully compatible with the Filmic Pro app. This premium video camera app offers various settings and modes for the more serious video shooter.

What I Liked

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 packs in more controls on the hand grip than any other iPhone gimbal. Meanwhile, Its stabilization performance is just as good as the DJI OM4. For the videographer who likes to tweak every little detail, the Smooth 4 is a very logical choice.

I also like the fact the Smooth 4 goes with the new USB-C standard, as opposed to the older Micro USB. Many of its advantages aren’t obvious, but not needing to carry around a Micro USB cable is one that everyone will appreciate.

The Smooth 4 packs a 4000mAh battery that provides up to 12 hours of recording. That isn’t quite as good as the Osmo Mobile 3 and OM4, but still more than enough.

Given all of its features, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the Smooth 4 must be a very expensive gimbal.

Not so. The Smooth 4 has been on the market for years and can now be had for just $99, a big drop from its original retail price.

What I didn’t like

On paper it would seem the Zhiyun Smooth 4 offers better bang for your buck than the DJI Osmo Mobile series. So why didn’t I also consider it to be the best overall iPhone gimbal?

Well, when actually filming, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 has a few issues that irked me.

Firstly, the hand grips ergonomics aren’t very good. The hand grip is wide and shallow, making it feel rather awkward in the hands.

Continuing with design flaws, the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is bulky and features too many buttons.

During filming I simply didn’t need half of the buttons on the gimbal. What’s more, in many situations I found changing settings from my iPhone’s touchscreen was less of a hassle than using the buttons on the Smooth 4. I couldn’t help but feel the Smooth 4 carries extra baggage for nothing.

Finally, it’s worthy mentioning that despite all its controls, the Smooth 4 doesn’t feature a joystick to electronically control the pan and tilt (unlike pretty much all of the latest gimbals). Personally, I don’t consider this a big deal as panning/tilting with your own hands is far more natural. But, if this is a feature you fancy yourself using, be aware the Smooth 4 doesn’t have it.

Read the full review: Zhiyun Smooth 4 iPhone And Android Gimbal

4. Zhiyun Smooth X

Best 2-axis smartphone gimbal

Pros

  • Built-in selfie stick
  • Tiny
  • Price

Cons

  • No 3-axis stabilization
  • Larger phones overwork motors

Who’s It For

If you don’t mind sacrificing some stabilization performance for the cutest gimbal on earth, the Smooth X is for you.

Compatibility

The Smooth X can support phones that weigh 200±35 g, which is less than most of the gimbals on this list. 

As a result, a phone like the iPhone 11 Pro Max (226g) would really be pushing it to its limit. You can expect its 5.5 hour battery life to take a hit as the motors have to work extra hard.

Zhiyun Smooth Q Overview

While gimbals are typically associated with professional YouTubers and content creators, Zhiyun have targeted the Instagram Story and TikTok celebrities with the Smooth X.

They’ve made a gimbal that can be kept in your pocket just in case something post-worthy comes up. The gimbal also houses a selfie stick that can extend up to 10 inches—no need to choose between a gimbal and selfie stick anymore!

However, the Zhiyun Smooth X is not a traditional 3-axis gimbal. It only has motors that stabilize in the pan and roll axes, but not in the tilt (up and down) axis. So going up and down stairs, for example, will produce shaky footage.

What I Liked

The Smooth X identifies a unique market segment: Front-facing camera superstars and livestreamers who want to give viewers superior video quality. 

Its ease-of-use and selfie stick make it perfect for non-persistent video where smoothness matters but isn’t the be-all and end-all.

At $69, it’s also one of the cheapest stabilizers on the market.

What I Didn’t Like

This is not a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer, but a 2-axis stabilizer, so the stabilization is inferior to other gimbals. 

The difference honestly isn’t big, but core stabilization performance should be the first and foremost thing to consider in a gimbal.

With the Hohem iSteady X available for the same price, it’s difficult to justify the Smooth X unless you really need that selfie stick.

Read full review: Zhiyun Smooth X

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5. MOZA Mini-MI

Best iPhone Gimbal with wireless charging

Pros

  • Decent stabilization
  • Wirelessly charges your phone
  • Tons of features

Cons

  • Budget build quality
  • Poor companion app
  • 10-hour battery is less than its competition

Who’s It For

The MOZA Mini-M is the only gimbal that can wirelessly charge your phone and has an impressive number of different shooting modes. While these features might seem redundant to many, it also has stabilization performance that is among the best within the sub-$100 budget.

Compatibility

The MOZA Mini-MI supports every iPhone, although its wireless charge feature will of course only work with the newer iPhones that feature wireless charging.

Thanks to a max supported payload of 300g and a max supported phone width of 92mm, the Mini-MI supports just about any Android phone you can think of.

MOZA Mini-MI Overview

The MOZA Mini-MI is an iPhone gimbal that has more features than almost any other gimbal you can think of. Its most unique feature is its ability to charge mounted phones wirelessly using the Qi Wireless Charging standard.

Weighing 534g, the Mini-MI isn’t quite as small as its name might suggest. It is a little on the bulky side, but the difference in size won’t be an issue for most and its thick handle will be welcomed by those with bigger hands.

Despite its size, the Mini-MI packs a slightly smaller 2100mAh battery which provides the gimbal with 10 hours of battery life.

For controls, the Mini-MI features a joystick for electronic panning and tilting, as well as a number of controls to switch shooting modes and more. It can flip the mounted phone with a double press of a button, putting it into ‘selfie-mode’.

All these features can be had for under $100. Given that many of its features are missing on more expensive gimbals like the Osmo Mobile 2, MOZA offer terrific value for money with the Mini-MI.

What I Like

The wireless charging feature isn’t for everyone, since many older phones won’t be supported. However, it is an incredibly useful feature for those that can take advantage of it, since you almost always run into issues with your phone’s battery life when recording with a gimbal, and not the other way around.

Wireless charging aside, the Mini-MI is a very solid budget gimbal. It has stabilization performance that is on par with my other favorite budget gimbals: the Hohem iSteady Mobile and Zhiyun Smooth-Q. Not only that, it has the ability to independently lock each axis, giving a total of 8 different following modes.

What I Didn’t Like

Despite all the awesome features it packs, the Mini-MI’s stabilization performance is like that of a budget gimbal and it’s build quality isn’t the best, either.

When you zoom in on footage and compare it to similar footage taken with the Osmo Mobile 2 or Zhiyun Smooth 4, the micro-stutter is a lot more apparent.

Given that MOZA are a fairly new brand, their smartphone companion app is expectedly disappointing. You will be better of filming with the stock camera app or purchasing Filmic Pro–a shame considering the MOZA app has a neat sports mode and barrel-roll mode.

The MOZA Mini-MI is a serious contender for the best budget gimbal, but given its bulky size and slightly lower battery life, it isn’t the best gimbal under $100 unless you’re going to make use of the wireless charing feature.

Read Full Review: MOZA Mini-MI

6. Freefly Movi Cinema Robot

Best for cinematographers

Pros

  • Excellent stabilization
  • Can hold with both hands
  • Great app

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some features unnecessary for the average user

Who’s It For?

The Freefly Movi Cinema Robot is a gimbal designed by filmmakers for filmmakers. Besides being an excellent video stabilizer, its companion app, Movi App, makes it easy to perform various ‘cinematic’ tricks. However, it isn’t cheap.

Compatibility

The Movi Cinema Robot can support a payload of over 500g. It can support the largest iPhones like the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone XS Max. Larger Androids are also supported. You can find a full list of supported phones here.

Movi Cinema Robot Overview

The Movi Cinema Robot is almost U-shaped, unlike most monopod styled gimbals. This makes it possible to hold it with with two hands and provide additional stability.

As you might expect for a gimbal of its price, the stabilization performance is excellent and superior to the DJI Osmo Mobile 2.

A big part of the Movi Cinema Robot is its exclusive companion app – Movi App. Unlike other gimbal companion apps, this app is well thought out and offers a lot of cinematic presets. This makes it easy to produce impressive video content.

The Movi Cinema Robot takes two 2600mAh Lithium Ion batteries that last for around 8 hours. This is shorter than the other gimbals on this page, but the Movi Cinema Robot uses powerful motors that can support a much higher payload.

There’s also a lot of further customization possible with the Movi Cinema Robot. By attaching the Movi Hoodie accessory mount, you can attach flashes and shotgun mics to the gimbal.

What I Like

I loved the Movi Cinema Robot’s unique U-shaped design. You can hold it using both hands, which not only helps stability but reduces fatigue when filming for extended periods.

Its U-shaped design features a sturdy rubber base, which allows you to rest the gimbal and keep it upright on any flat surface. I therefore rarely need to use a tripod with it.

The stabilization performance is excellent and using the Movi App is heaps of fun. It makes it incredibly easy to change settings like the exposure or quickly flip through previews of your recordings – all without needing to touch your phone. It also makes it easy to capture barrel roll, dolly zoom, orbit and other cinematic effects.

What I Didn’t Like

The gimbal is bulkier than other gimbals, and unnecessarily cumbersome if you’re just looking to record some shots during your next holiday.

But the biggest issue is its cost. At $300, it costs between 2-3x as much as the other gimbals on this list. I personally don’t feel the gimbal is worth it unless you are certain that its unique features are worth the difference in price.

Read Full Review: Freefly Movi Cinema Robot

Other Noteworthy iPhone Gimbals

Evo Pro Gimbal

Evo Gimbals are a U.S. based gimbal company that have produced some excellent DSLR and GoPro gimbals in the past. The Evo Pro is their flagship smartphone gimbal but it’s actually a rebranded Zhiyun Smooth 4.

That’s a good thing, since the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a fantastic gimbal. With Evo Gimbals, you also get superior local customer support. However, it costs roughly $20 more which is too high a premium, in my opinion.

Feiyu Tech Vimble 2

The Feiyu Tech Vimble 2 has a neat little feature: An 18cm extendable arm that makes it easier to record selfies or those low angle shots in underslung mode.

However, with a battery life of only 5 hours and a poor smartphone app, it’s difficult to recommend it over the similarly priced DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and Zhiyun Smooth 4.

Read full review: Feiyu Tech Vimble 2

Freevision VILTA Mobile

For ergonomics and build quality, the Freevision VILTA-M is my top pick. It is similar to the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 in design, but features an even comfier grip and is constructed using ‘aeronautical materials’.

It is a solid alternative to the Osmo Mobile 2, but unfortunately its image stabilization came out inferior. This was noticeable when comparing footage at a 250% zoom, where the VILTA-M showed a lot of jitter.

More Buying Tips

Motorized Gimbals Vs Mechanical Stabilizers (Steadicam, Glidecam etc.)

Before gimbals were a thing, handheld stabilizers were the go-to tool for image stabilization. They cost less but require more skill to operate, and don’t offer the same level of stabilization. For iPhone video stabilization, gimbals are definitely the way to go.

Can My New Gimbal Be Used As A Power Bank?

Yes. Most smartphone gimbals can also double up as a power bank. Their battery capacities are smaller than dedicated power banks but they can be useful as a backup. Of course, charging your phone with a gimbal will eat into the recording time of your gimbal.

Will My New Gimbal Conflict With My iPhone’s OIS?

The iPhone 6S Plus was the first iPhone to feature optical image stabilization (OIS). iPhones with OIS use gyroscopes and accelerometers to detect shake and reduce its impact by moving the lens with electromagnet motors. However, as a method of image stabilization, it is nowhere near as effective as a gimbal.

Sometimes, simultaneously using OIS and a gimbal can have strange results. If this is the case, using a third-party video camera app like Pro Movie App or FiLMiC Pro and disabling the iPhone’s OIS is advised.

Can I Use My iPhone Gimbal With A GoPro/Action Camera/DSLR?

Smartphone gimbals are primarily designed for use with iPhone and Android devices. However, many of them can also hold a GoPro or similarly sized action camera instead. To ensure the GoPro or action camera is held firm, purchasing a GoPro gimbal mount adaptor plate is recommended.

DSLR and mirrorless cameras are too heavy for use with these gimbals, so you will need to use a gimbal designed for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Further Video Stabilization With iMovie

Using a gimbal stabilizer is the best way to deal with camera shake. However, it is possible to further stabilize recorded video footage in iMovie (iOS/Mac). You can find detailed information about the procedure here.

Are Smartphone Gimbals Waterproof?

In general, smartphone gimbals are not waterproof. Their brushless motors could be damaged by contact with water. It is therefore not recommended to record video in wet conditions.

8 thoughts on “Best Handheld Gimbal For iPhone And Android 2020 (By Category)”

    • Haven’t had the chance to test one yet. Xiaomi products are generally quite good so I’m definitely interested in getting my hands on one at some point.

    • Depends on the situation, but the Osmo Mobile 3 is my primary gimbal. It’s what I’d recommend for most people because it’s cheaper and more portable. But the Freefly can achieve even more stable footage because of the way you hold it and it also supports a higher payload which is important if you’re adding extra accessories to your setup.

  1. Your link to the ‘Read the full review: DJI Osmo Mobile 3’ goes to the Mobile 2 review. Can you update this link and forward this. Thanks.

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