Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal

Test 08/2019

  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - testing
  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - front
  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - back
  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - left
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  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - right
  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - boxed
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  • Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal - detail
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Test seal: Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal, Rating 9

last modified: 18.09.2019, 11:43

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All rating criteria details:

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


Product tester


The Zhiyun Smooth 4 can be completely convincing in almost all areas. Both the stabilization of the smartphone and the app of the manufacturer work perfectly. The included tripod completes the complete package. Many useful functions of the app make the Gimbal a really useful companion for making great recordings with your smartphone.


  • Extremely good stabilization
  • Many functions
  • Tripod included


  • Large

360° View

An extremely reliable gimbal with many functions and clean recordings.

Particular feature

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 Smarthphone Gimbal has a scroll wheel at the left edge which can adjust the zoom of the camera of the smartphone.

Zhiyun - Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal under test
Zhiyun - Smooth 4 Smartphone Gimbal under test.


The smartphone is clamped in the gimbal holder provided for this purpose. Depending on whether a vertical or horizontal orientation is desired, you should turn the holder to the desired position before switching it on. In practice, the horizontal orientation of the smartphone has proven to be more practical.


The automatic stabilization of the Zhiyun Smooth 4 is extremely successful. The gimbal reacts very gently and precisely to fast movements in any direction. There are almost no shakes in the picture.

You can also adjust very precisely how the gimbal reacts to movements. There is the possibility to freeze the alignment completely. The smartphone does not follow any movements of the gimbal. There is also the function to follow only vertical or horizontal movements or both at the same time. You can also adjust the required sensitivity.

The App

You can download the "ZY Play" app associated with the Gimbal free of charge from the App Store and Google Play Store. Connect the gimbal to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Now you can control almost anything within the app via the gimbal. You can also use the normal camera of your smartphone. If you choose this option, however, you'll need to control everything from your smartphone.

The app is clearly laid out and intuitive to use. It contains many useful functions such as self-timer, panorama recording, time-lapse or motion time-lapse.

We have evaluated about 150 reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 85 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are almost 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of the evaluation was 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 85% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • All features work fine
  • High-quality workmanship
  • Very good app
  • Long battery life

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Somewhat difficult
  • Zoom wheel only works to a limited extent
Manufacturer Zhiyun
EAN 0609792364682
Scope of delivery Gimbal, USB charging cable, tripod
Quality impression Very good
Packaging High quality cardboard
Additional warranty 12 months
Quality of instructions Good
Manual language GB, GER, FR
Width 11,5 cm
Height 33 cm
Depth 5 cm
Weight 558 g
Charging time 2,5 h
Battery life Max. 10 hours
Battery monitoring Blue LED lights and via the 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
Related App

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Overview: Smartphone Gimbal

How do you like this product?


Does the gimbal work without a Bluetooth connection?
The stabilization works reasonably well, but there are no commands possible via the gimbal. Not recommended.
Does object tracking work well?
It works well in most cases. There may be problems if the background changes or the object moves quickly.
Can I charge my smartphone during use?


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