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Pros and Cons of using Gimbals

With the development of other industries, the videography industry is getting bigger, newer and better too. There days Smartphone or digital camera is overruled by DSLR cameras.  And the tool which brings a huge difference to the videos is concerned is the Gimbal. Popular options include the DSLR and GoPro gimbals. Though, there are certain pros and cons of using the gimbals.

Gimbals are simple handheld tool that is used to stabilize the camera when shooting a documentary video or movies. Basically, Gimbals use simple technologies to balance the weight of your digital camera which eliminates shakiness while guaranteeing smooth shots. Below are some of the pros and cons of using gimbals that will help you make a good decision whether to buy the it or not.

pros and cons of using gimbals

Pros of using Gimbals

  1. Flexible

Gimbals are usually designed to help you shoot the videos easily and steadily. Like the GoPro handheld gimbals often come in wearable options which mean that you can shoot whenever you are biking or swimming. Besides these, the gimbals are compatible with a majority of Smartphone.

  1. Stability

Stabilizing the cameras is the major duty of gimbals. Whenever you hold a digital camera with your bare hands, the videos recorded are not stabilized interfering with the quality of the videos. However, the gimbals will make sure that there are no vibrations and gives you smooth video shots.

  1. Portable

The gimbals are very light. With being light-weight, you can easily carry the tool easily anywhere. This makes the journey easier when you have to carry the gimbals over a long distance when taking videos in the outdoors.

  1. Ease of Use

Many gimbals are built for easy usage. They do not require much calibration and are easy to set up. Therefore, you don’t have to be a professional user to use gimbals and take your daily shoots.

  1. Slow-motion shooting

To shoot smooth videos in a slow-motion way or change the focus, you have to use gimbals. This tool helps you to switch between points of focus momentarily in a flexible way with coverage of all the necessary details in the shots.

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Cons of using Gimbal

  1. Weight restrictions

There may be some gimbals in the market which cannot hold the standard digital cameras. Some are just made to support the Smartphone and light cameras.. So, you are highly advisable to match the Gimbal that you buy with your camera weight and don’t just buy any available.

  1. Not distinct

You can’t spy or shoot somewhere you don’t have a specific permission with a Gimbal. When shooting using a Gimbal, it is not easy to hide what you are doing and public will easily know what you are doing. Since many people have no idea what gimbals are, they gain a lot of attention when shooting.

  1. Can be time-consuming

If you have to switch the camera lens often to change the focus, it may take your time. You need to recalibrate to the gimbals every time you want to switch over your lens in a bid to capture a wide shot.  This may make you miss the opportunity of you taking some valuable shots.

Hence, these are few of the pros and cons of using the gimbals. Its your personal preference at the end to use or not use one of these. And some of the gimbals are expensive enough to buy a second camera at that price.

DJI Ronin S Pros and Cons

DJI Ronin S Pros and Cons

With growing popularity of gimbals, small, handheld cameras have exploded their popularity in pat couple of years. There are many companies bringing up all new kinds of gimbals in the market to compete over the place.

Priced at $699, Ronin-S is among the best built gimbals with a slight more rectangular shape to improve ergonomics. The handle is weighty and is wrapped in a grippy rubber surface with a slight indentation for your index finger.

DJI Ronin S is one of the biggest names in the camera stabilization game which is a very well know brand for its unstoppable innovation for professional filmmakers, YouTubers and filmmakers of all levels capture smooth video pans and tracking shots. It is also most often used for capturing time-lapse videos and panning videos.

DJI Ronin S Pros and Cons

Similar to any other gimbals, it may have some advantages and disadvantages to it. It is always better to know the pros and cons before buying them.

The DJI Ronin S Pros and Cons and as follows:

Pros of DJI Ronin S

  • The DJI Ronin S has standard tripod mount which means that means its 3-axis gimbal can accommodate with all system cameras up to a weight of 3.6kg.
  • For compatible cameras, it has built-in features which allow the user to pull focus and stop/start recording.
  • The Ronin-S has a built-in 2400 mAh battery within its grip which powers the Ronin for up to 12 hours if properly utilized.
  • A mobile app also lets you adjust performance and motion speed that can be quickly cycled through by tapping a button on the handle.
  • It is also good for film makers, Youtubers as there is a Tripod included in this gimbal which gives a smooth finish to the videos.
  • The DJI Ronin also has optional add-ons such as microphones, LED lights and external monitors too.
  • Like any other gimbals, the DJI Romin S has button on its grip to switch between three sets of custom settings.

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Cons of DJI Ronin S

  • The Ronis S is considered to be the heaviest gimbal. The DJI Ronin S weighs for 1.86 kg without the camera included. This weight is quite heavier compared to the popular Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 at 1.25 kg and the MOZA AirCross at 896 g.
  • The features present on the gimbal which includes the mode buttons are not fully compatible with all the cameras in the market.
  • The battery on this device is replaceable, unlike the most other gimbals the battery isn’t user removable.
Zhiyun Smooth 4 Pros and Cons

Zhiyun Smooth 4 Pros and Cons

A 3-axis hand held gimbal built for smartphones, the new Zhiyun Smooth 4 is similar to any other gimbals. The main aim of this gimbal is that it helps you create stable and smooth footage while filming with your phone. The device is plastic built, and has a locking mechanism to keep the arm from swaying. It includes a tripod base and handheld grip for a smooth leveled shot.

The grip has different buttons such as the record button, a switch for Pan Following Mode and Locking Mode in its front side. Pan Follow Mode allows left to right panning while restricting vertical movements whereas the Lock Mode allows the phone to stay in a fixed position.

Similar to any other gimbals, it may have some advantages and disadvantages of it. It is always better to be well known about its pros and cons of Zhiyun Smooth 4 before buying them.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 Pros and Cons

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Pros of Zhiyun Smooth 4

  • The new Zhiyun Smooth 4 can capture long exposures even without a tripod
  • The 3-axis stabilization feature present will help you film smoothly with your mobile floating even when you walk or ride in a vehicle.
  • It has a battery life for more than 12 hours.
  • Though it is a plastic built material, it is resistant to wind and also can stand any weather condition
  • The case available with this gimbal is beautiful and also has hard case which is good for travelling to long distance for shoots.
  • It is also good for filmmakers, as there is a Tripod included in a package which gives a smooth finish to the videos.
  • Also, a mode ‘Moving Time-Lapse Mode’ is so good for Vlogger and Youtuber to click beautiful scenarios for their videos.

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Cons of Zhiyun Smooth 4

  • The new Zhiyun Smooth 4 has no any joystick which is taken as a major disadvantage of this gimbal. Though there are many advanced feature in this gimbal but without joystick it is somewhat difficult to use and also people who are not professional may feel difficult to understand too.
  • There is also no selfie mode in this gimbal unlike its previous version where users can use mobile’s back camera for a video or selfie.
  • The price of Zhiyun Smooth 4 is also high than that of Zhiyun Smooth Q.