This is the latest Gimbal from Zhiyun. It comes in a solid fitted zip up case with the parts easily accessible. In facts the only assembly required is attaching the tripod to the base of the handle for those times that you use it remotely. The whole Gimbal has a very solid construction and feel in your hand.
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The Smooth 5S Combo gimbal from Zhiyun measures 31cm from the handle base to the top of your mobile phone. At the widest point near your phone it is 16cm.
Its total weight in your hand is 471grams – without your phone – and the rubber grip at the lower 9cm of the grip has a great feel.
There is a 16x12cm Quick Start Guide that has six pages of information in each of 14 languages. There is also an A5 sheet that describes all the controls.
Once the case is unzipped the inside of the lid has five pockets and one contains a tie so even if you lose the grip – as I did a couple of times in the recent very cold weather – the Gimbal just hangs from your wrist.
The only other items are the fill light that need to be attached but the illustrations are very good and from unzipping to having the unit ready to charge with the supplied USB to USB ‘C’ cable should be only a few minutes.
I would suggest this is an ideal Gimbal for those taking a lot of images and videos it is perhaps the most ‘solidly built’ of all the Gimbals I have used over the recent time and even if it did accidently fall the only component that could be possibly damaged is your phone dependant on how it struck the ground.
When filming in low light the fill light has a lux of 650 so able to take your images out of any dark recesses.
The unit’s internal motor should be able to cope with the weight of any of the largest mobile phones.
The Zhiyun Smooth 5S Combo should have everything you need to turn your mobile phone into a movie machine.
A the time of publication the Zhiyun Smooth 5S Combo is available from Amazon for £219.