More and more content creators in both the vlogging and social media influencer spaces are moving back towards using their smartphones for all of their content creation needs. Each passing year brings a new generation of smartphones with upgraded camera sensors that help to improve the image quality that you can capture and it has managed to get to the stage where premium price point smartphones actually rival the image quality of some point and shoot cameras.
As the saying goes, the best camera to use is the one that you have with you and the vast majority of people have their smartphone in their pockets at all times without fail. This is one of the reasons that we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people reaching out over the last few months and asking for advice on various smartphone accessories to help improve their image quality.
At the time of writing, the most popular question that we are seeing asked by the smartphone content creators is based around gimbals. Although there are a large number of different ways that the questions are phrased, the majority of them tend to be based around if gimbals are worth purchasing or what gimbal stabilizer they should be considering. Due to this, we have decided to make this the focus of today’s article and not only do we have three gimbal recommendations for you but we are also going to be taking a look at the various advantages of using a gimbal with your smartphone.
Now, although there are some newer smartphone gimbals on the market, we would highly recommend that our readers seriously consider any of the following three:-
- DJI Osmo Mobile 2 – https://gimbalgarage.com/dji-osmo-mobile-2-review/
- Zhiyun Smooth 4 – https://gimbalgarage.com/zhiyun-smooth-4-review/
- Moza Mini Mi – https://gimbalgarage.com/moza-mini-mi-review/
Not only are they from the previous generation of gimbals meaning that they have received price reductions after their successors have been released to lower their price tags, but they also have some great technology in them and have all received excellent reputations amongst the smartphone content creator community. Although each of the three gimbals do have slight advantages and disadvantages over each other, they are all available for around the one hundred dollar price point and offer some excellent image stabilization for their price tags.
Now, as we mentioned, we see so many entry-level vloggers and social media influencers reaching out and asking if adding a gimbal their collection of camera accessories is even worth it. In our opinion, if you are able to afford a smartphone worth hundreds of dollars when purchasing a smartphone gimbal stabilizer for around one hundred dollars is a no brainer.
Not only does the image stabilization from the gimbal ensure that you are capturing the best possible image quality for your followers but this better image quality is a quick, easy, and relatively cheap way for your content to stand out from the competition. This can help you convert a viewer into a follower or subscriber and help your profiles grow at a faster pace. We would highly recommend that you seriously consider adding either of the three recommended gimbals to your collection of camera accessories.
All three of the gimbals offer you a great maximum load capacity and can support the vast majority of regular-sized smartphones on the market right now with ease. On top of this they all offer a maximum battery life of around the twelve-hour mark too ensuring that you should be able to capture all the content that you need while you are out and about on your adventures.
One of the most important things that you should look for in a smartphone gimbal no matter what type of content creation you are involved in is an easy to rotate gimbal head. Although this may not sound like such a big deal, the ability to quickly and easily switch your gimbals head between landscape and portrait while your phone is mounted is pivotal.
Platforms such as YouTube do much better with landscape content whereas platforms such as Instagram tend to do better with portrait content. All three of the recommended gimbal stabilisers above allow you to quickly and easily switch between the two orientations. This ensures that you can capture the footage for multiple platforms within seconds of each other in their optimal orientation without having to waste your time.
In our opinion, the smartphone gimbal is one of the few essential camera accessories for a smartphone-based content creator and is well worth the investment if you want to grow your channel. As we mentioned earlier, the majority of smartphones on the market right now have excellent sensors so investing in a gimbal to further improve your image quality should be an obvious option.