Rollei Smartphone Gimbal Steady Butler

Test 08/2019

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Test seal: Rollei Smartphone Gimbal Steady Butler, Rating 7.6

last modified: 22.04.2020, 9:22

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All rating criteria details:

Related App 30%
Stabilisation 30%
Handling 20%
Range of functions 20%
Tested by: Alexander

Alexander

Product tester

Resumee

The Rollei Steady Butler Smartphone Gimbal provides clean, stable recordings. However, if you move it very roughly, it gets problems to follow and sometimes even freezes. These movements will be very rare the real use. All in all, the gimbal does what it's supposed to do: good recordings!

Pro

  • Light and compact
  • Clean recordings

Cons

  • Problems with fast movements

360° View

The gimbal provides clean recordings and is easy to transport.

Particular feature

The Rollei Steady Butler Smartphone Gimbal has a slide button on the front to adjust the zoom on the smartphone.

Rollei - Smartphone Gimbal Steady Butler under test
Rollei - Smartphone Gimbal Steady Butler under test.

Function

To use it, you must first download the Smart Gimbal App. Then you clamp your smartphone in the holder provided and balance it with the help of the clamping wheel as good as possible manually. If you now switch on the gimbal, your Smartphone completely balanced. On the front, you can use the joystick not only to control the orientation of the phone during operation but also to zoom in and out.

Stabilization

The gimbal does a good job and allows you to take really wiggle-free shots. Also if you move and even walk a little, there are few wobblers in the picture. Using the app, you can tell the gimbal which of the three axes the Smartphone to follow your movements. The smartphone can be completely frozen and does not follow any predetermined movements. It is also possible to follow only horizontal or vertical movements. In our test, we found that the gimbal has problems with fast movements from time to time. However, these movements are rarely needed in practice.

The gimbal is able to take pictures in almost all orientations. You can hold the gimbal upright to pick it up from the top, as well as downwards to film directly above the ground.

The App

The Smart Gimbal App is available in the App Store as well as in the Google Play store. No registration is required. Only a Bluetooth connection is required. The app is intuitive and easy to use. It contains many useful functions and modes. You can recalibrate the gimbal or make settings. There is also a wide range of shooting modes such as standard mode, self-timer, panorama, time-lapse, etc. or motion time-lapse.

We have evaluated about 100 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 65 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are approx. 25 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 3.7 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 65% positive and 25% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Stable image
  • Lightweight, comfortable to wear


The following points were noted negatively:

  • Problems with stabilization
Manufacturer Rollei
EAN 4048805226863
Scope of delivery Gimbal, tripod, USB charging cable, bag
Quality impression Good
Packaging High-quality cardboard with bag on the inside
Additional warranty
Quality of instructions Good
Manual language GER, GB, FR, ES, IT
Width 12,5 cm
Height 31 cm
Depth 4,5 cm
Weight 498 g
Charging time 3 h
Battery life Max. 10 hours
Battery monitoring LED on the side and via App
Smartphone charging during operation No
Axes 3 axes
App in Apple App Store Yes
App in Google Play Store Yes
App necessary No
App available Yes
Object tracking Yes
Vertically usable Yes
Range of functions
Handling
Stabilisation
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Questions

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Pasi Turkki
2020-03-28
I have the Samsung s20+. Is the gimbal suitable for this model?
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AskGeorge.com
Hey, Pasi! We did not have the Samsung s20+ in our test. Although its weight complies with the acceptable range (163g of a max. weight 75 -200g), with 6.7 inches it might be too big for the gimbal as it is suitable for 6’’ displays.
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John
2020-01-02
Unacceptable application. It won't connect via bluetooth. It doesn't work with samsung galaxy A6+ and J6, therefore not all the advanced functions are available to the user.
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AskGeorge.com
It should work on A6+ and J6. For Bluetooth connection, restart and reconnect if necessary.
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George
2019-12-27
What screen size is it combatible with? Thanks a lot.
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AskGeorge.com
Suitable for: iPhone 5, 5s, SE, 6, 6s, 6 plus, 6s plus, 7, 7 plus, 8, 8 plus, X, Xs und Samsung Galaxy, Huawei and other android smartphones up to 6" screen diagonal (max. weight 75 – 200 g)
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2019-09-18
Can the battery be replaced?
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AskGeorge.com
No, the battery is permanently installed.
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2019-09-18
Can I connect my GoPro to the Gimbal?
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AskGeorge.com
No, the Gimbal only supports smartphones.

Comments

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Tann
2019-12-05
Cannot even connect via BT. App needs in some reason Customers location(why?) If accidently BT connects, it will be lost in minute. Gimbal can somehow work only, if Phone uses it's own camera App but only by shooting or Video recording. Zoom and other functions, can easily forget.No reactions. Money in Trashbag.
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AskGeorge.com
2019-12-06
We didn't have that much trouble. But the stabilisation was not really convincing either.

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