Zhiyun-Tech announces new Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal For Smartphones. Major upgrades over the Smooth-Q gimbal. Focus-pull and zoom functions that work great.
Expect the new Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal to be released sometime in early April 2018.
Some of the new functions to expect with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal:
PhoneGo mode for instant scene transitions.
Focus-Pull and Zoom capabilities.
Intuitive one click mode switch.
Motor force boost to 500 gram payload.
A zoom control for fast in and out movements.
We also get a new Vertigo Effect control knob:
For those that don’t know what the Vertigo Effect is – The camera lens zooms in on the subject, while the camera itself is physically moved away from it, or vice versa. This effectively changes the focal length of the lens without altering the image composition. This causes the image’s depth information to either compress or stretch, making the image look like it’s getting deeper or flatter, or to put it another way, objects in the foreground and background will appear to change in size relative to each other. This can be done with the Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal by just turning a knob and not having to move your camera in and out.
One big improvement it the payload increase. The Zhiyun Smooth 4 will be able to carry a 500 gram 210g weight load. That is double what the Smooth-Q and the DJI Osmo Mobile 2 can carry. This will make it much easier to use add-ons like, microphones, lights, Dead Cat windshields, phone zoom lenses and many other improvement for shooting footage.
The USA is now set to sell at a $139 retail but in other parts of the world it will be priced between $140-$170.