Zhiyun Smooth Q vs DJI OSMO MOBILE 2 review

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DJI OSMO Mobile 2

Zhiyun Smooth Q actually came out as the better gimbal in my opinion, because the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 lacked the most basic feature it needed which is the pan-follow mode where it just only locked down the tilt axis and lets you pan freely, as the OSMO Mobile two only have two mode: Full Follow and Lock mode, while Smooth Q got 4 modes: Pan-Follow, Full Follow, Lock and Selfie mode. Pan-Follow mode is a basic mode that any gimbal on the market should have, yet it is totally missing on the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, have searched the manual and the app and nothing shown to get that mode.

Only issue I could find on the Smooth Q is that it is limited to be used with smaller phones, which isn’t a big issue, but there seem to be a lot of people who bought the Smooth Q and only later found this issue. But Smooth Q was clearly advertised to be a lightweighter and that people needing one for a heavier phone should get the Zhiyun Smooth 3 or 4 instead. Eventhough the two looks very similar, the grip on the Smooth Q by far feels more natural and the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 just is slightly bigger but also shaped oddly that I am struggling with its just trying to find a nice fit.

Overal, I never knew that the DJI OSMO Mobile 2 was missing such an important feature and a lot of videos didn’t say it either. And really feels that other reviewers have been fairly bias suggesting the DJI OSMO Mobile, but I never knew they were so bias. In the end the older Smooth Q stood its ground by providing features it got, however future upgrade increasing the strength would be great as currently its only limited to smaller phones and not able to carry all the major phones that are available.

Main issues:
– Zhiyun Smooth Q – limited load capacity 200gram
– DJI OSMO Mobile 2 – Does not have a pan follow mode, which is a important mode which any other gimbals on the market got.

Extra features
Zhiyun Smooth Q got a selfie mode which is actually quite useful when you clamp a Gopro directly onto it without an adapter.

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