We get an honest review of the new Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal. Including talk about the problems and issues with the Android version of the ZY play app.
Tuber Scott Dumas gives us his opinion of the Zhiyun Smooth 4 gimbal. Walks through how he uses it to film and shoot video. Also talks about some of the problems with how the smartphone gimbal functions and why the Smooth 3 may be a better choice for some people’s needs.
The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is the latest hot selling gimbal but if you are an Android user you will run into many problems with the ZY play app. Samsung phone users are having the most issues as Samsung phones will not give the ZY play app access. They block many of the permissions needed to make the app and the phone work together as designed. If Samsung won’t give the app the needed permission the ZY play app will never work correctly. Zhiyun will never be able to update the app to work to the quality you get compared to the iPhone.
Problems with Samsung phones and the ZY play app include:
No 4k support – 1080p max recording with app.
Zoom wheel function is very choppy.
3×3 pano option always fails.
The gimbal keeps drifting after you stop moving. (Big Problem)
If you are left handed you can hit the zoom wheel by mistake very easily and ruin your shot. Left handers also can not reach the top button on the back rocker switch. This makes it very hard to use the PhoneGo Mode.
The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a great option for iPhone users and right handers. But, if you use an Android phone you can expect troubles, especially if you own a Samsung phone. The problems when holding the gimbal with your left hand can cause big problems. Much more than expected. Just a slight bump of the wheel with your finger will cause the phone to zoom in and causes the video to become very pixelated. The zoom wheel blocks you from reaching the PhoneGo Mode button on the back of the Smooth 4 with your left hand. That leave left handed people unable to do fast panning.
You can find the Zhiyun Smooth 4 here with free shipping. Also consider the Smooth 3 here which suits lefty’s and people with larger phones as it can hold 260 grams vs 210 grams like the 4.