Modern high-end smartphones can shoot impressively smooth and stable video at 4K resolution, thanks to intelligent combinations of electronic (EIS) and optical (OIS) image stabilization. However, for a real steady-cam effect, you’ll need a gimbal.
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has launched an affordable smartphone gimbal option under its Mijia sub-brand which already offers a gimbal designed for action cameras. The new model can accommodate phones with a width of up to 86mm and a weight of up to 200 grams which easily covers even larger devices such as the Huawei P20 Pro or Google Pixel 2 XL.
The gimbal is capable of supplying power to the phone via its built-in 5000 mAh battery, allowing for extended shooting sessions. If not used for charging the phone, the battery should last up to 16 hours. The gimbal itself weighs 476 grams and comes with a standard tripod-mount at the bottom.
The Mijia provides 3-axis stabilization and comes with a dedicated app offering 360-degree auto-tracking and a function for creating time-lapses. The new Mijia gimbal will be available in China from June 16 and set you back CNY 600 (approximately $95). There is no word yet on international availability.