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[Review] [#CherriCertified] Level Up Your Cinema Skills With Mijia Gimbal

2020-08-02 17:58:52
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          Current generation top of the line smartphones can shoot stunningly smooth and stable videos at 4K resolution, on account of astute mixes of electronic (EIS) and optical (OIS) image stabilization. In any case, for a genuine consistent cam impact, you'll need a gimbal. At the point when you consider gimbals, you might presumably connect them with drones. However, the handheld gimbals designed for smartphones have been around for a long time now! Chinese technology giant Xiaomi has tossed in an affordable smartphone gimbal option under its Mijia sub-brand, which already offers a gimbal for action cameras. The new model can oblige phones with a width of up to 86mm and a load of as much as 200 grams which effectively covers considerably bigger devices.

          For starters, a gimbal smooths out the shakes when you get strolling or walking around while recording video. A few phones as of now yield phenomenal stabilization, so you don't generally require a gimbal, however, others just offer cameras without stabilization. Most of the phones including some flagships will give more pitiful stabilization in 4K in fact. So in case if you're facing discontent with your phone's 4K video, you surely will need a gimbal. If you are looking for one, this review might help you. So without any further ado, Let's Level Up the Cinematography Skills With Mijia Gimbal Now.

          This handheld smartphone gimbal is made from plastic, but that does not make it feel cheap. The plastic is rubberized, giving the gimbal a grippy texture that is pleasant to hold, and it has a decent weight to it that makes it feel substantial in the hand. None of the accents are metal, despite being shiny. The only metal on this gimbal is the screw that tightens the rotation.

          My MI10 fits in this gimbal quite well, however, phones larger than 6-inches may have trouble balancing, especially if they are the older 16:9 aspect ratio. The gimbal has a customizable trigger button on the rear (use the app to customize it), as well as buttons on the front to start and stop recording, and a 4-way joystick to control gimbal direction. Since it is only 4-way, the gimbal can only pan or tilt at one fixed speed, not do both at the same time. There are no accessories included with the stabilizer. All that comes in the box is the gimbal itself and a USB charging cable.

          A rubber cover on the base hides a standard tripod thread, and there’s a micro-USB connector under a flap on the side for charging. Despite claims that the gimbal can work as a power bank to charge your phone, there is no USB-A port into which to plug a phone. The gimbal itself is a three-axis machine as you’d expect, and the phone holder has a lock screw that can be released so you can turn it 90° and shoot in portrait mode.

          A second lock screw allows you to balance taller, heavier phones, the official specs say it can handle phones up to 200g and up to 86mm wide. The minimum width (in case you’re thinking you might use it for your action camera as well) is 56mm.

          Once you're in, the app has a clean interface. That's a good thing as it’s easy to use and doesn’t get in the way. It doesn't use the extra width available on 18:9 phones, however.You might wonder why you need an app when you could just use your phone’s camera app, but it’s much more convenient to use the gimbal’s buttons to take photos and record videos than trying to tap on the phone screen when it’s in the gimbal. Don’t waste any time trying to pair it via your phone’s Bluetooth settings it won’t work. Instead, open the app, tap the Bluetooth,  then tap the gimbal when it appears in the list. Again.

          Without the app, you can’t use the object tracking feature. This works by drawing a rectangle around your subject when the mode is enabled and the gimbal will move to try and keep it in the same place in the frame. It works well so long as you don’t move too fast.

          There are also Time-Lapse and Move-Lapse modes. The former just records a standard timelapse video, but the second lets you program the gimbal to move between different points. You choose the duration of the video you want and the interval, from 0.5 to 60 seconds. A useful 'dim screen' option saves battery power in this mode.
          The trigger on the back is used when you want to lock the yaw so the gimbal points in the same direction and doesn’t turn left or right. This lets you approximate slider shots and is useful if you’re tracking a subject by walking alongside it. A double-press of the trigger re-centers the gimbal, and in the,  can change this function as well as adding a triple-click function.

          The settings also include plenty of options for adjusting the horizon to ensure it's level, and also various modes for different operation speeds, plus a custom setting where you can set these yourself.

          Finally, the zoom slider is relatively no use as it merely zooms digitally and doesn't even do so smoothly. It zooms slowly, but jerkily, if you hold the slider to the left or right, and doesn't support any telephoto lens your phone might have. The only way to use it is to shoot video with the stock camera app.

          With practice, you'll be able to get some very stable footage from the Mijia gimbal. Compared to non-stabilized 4K footage from my MI10, using the Mijia gimbal makes a massive difference. Even when walking, it managed to smooth out any handshake and even most of the tell-tale up-down movement you inevitably see from gimbals.

          The quality of image stabilization is very good. This gimbal smooths out most bigger bumps and jolts and is very powerful when combined with built-in optical image stabilization from the phone. Whether riding a bike or walking or jogging, everything filmed with the phone looks hyper smooth. It occasionally misses some micro stuttering as mentioned, that gets covered up by the phone’s built-in stabilization.

          With the help of these 3-Axis Mechanical Stabilization, every moment shoot will look study and smooth. Mi Smartphone Gimbal adopts a high-precision position sensor and a full-closed-loop servo system. With professional LOS stabilization algorithm, it can real-time filler jiller of the equipment during shooting and control the accuracy up to 0.03". In the scenes like parent-child schooling, hiking, or outdoor sports and it can provide stable and smooth images at any time. Check below once for more gimbal tests which I have made

          There is a fixed horizon mode or a tilt mode where the camera follows the direction you point it. If the gimbal is bumped too hard or is blocked, the motors will go into safety shutdown until the trigger button is pressed twice. It is also possible to mount an action cam, however, the action cam screen will not be visible when it is mounted.

Mijia gimbal has massive 5000mah battery with 16hours battery backup where we don't need to miss any of our precious moments anymore. I am really impressed with it's battery backup, the duration of battery will never bother us even during outdoor shooting.

The Mijia Gimbal is a decent cheap smartphone gimbal, with the sturdy build quality, good overall stabilization, and a fairly basic app. It would be nice if the gimbal buttons worked in the smartphone’s own camera app though.

See you guys in my next review until then take care bye

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Addy Chowdary | from Redmi Note 8 Pro


nice review brother 🔥🔥🔥
2020-08-02 19:59:13
Moderator: Xiaomi Community Global Photography Forum

This gear can level up your Xiaomi phone to a whole new experience when taking videos. Awesome review!
2020-08-04 14:12:43
Remarkable review and content is really helpful for prospective users.
2020-08-04 14:13:01

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1785931863 | from Redmi Note 4


2020-08-04 14:15:27
2020-08-04 15:41:39
Amazing review! Nicely done buddy!
2020-08-04 16:36:48
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Bart.ek1 | from Redmi Note 8


Great detailed review, thanks.
2020-08-04 16:40:06

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