vimble c review smooth q vs vimble c

1Today, we are going to review a new gimbal that is one of the best if not the best 3 axis gimbal for GoPro and smartphones at this price range of under $150,  the new FeiYu Vimble C.

A little about Gimbals

A general look at GimbalsA gimbal, or as some spell ‘gimble’, simply said, is something that stabilises and smoothens your footage recorded by any of your recording devices. If you are not very sure what a gimbal is or simply want to know more about the types and how it works, I have actually written a more elaborate post on it here, so be sure to check that out!

There are also different types of gimbals, 1, 2 and 3 axes.

The Vimble C belongs to the 3 axis gimbals group and many gimbals out in the market actually sell above $200 such as the DJI Osmo Mobile or FeiYu SPG, except for the Vimble C and Smooth-Q which are really remarkable for their price as they are on par or even better than many other gimbals in the $200+ price range. I feel that these 2 products will definitely appeal to people with a lower budget but still want a good 3 axis gimbal. I will do a comparison on both of them below.

Content:

  • Specs
  • Unique features
  • What it comes with
  • Controls
  • Build
  • Smartphone App
  • Calibrating
  • Vimble C vs Vimble S
  • Vimble C vs Smooth-Q
  • Conclusion

Vimble C Specs

Angle (Tilt, Roll and Pan):

All 320˚

Battery:

5 hours Runtime

Weight:

420g

Payload:

200g

Shooting Modes:

Portrait and Landscape mode

Connectivity:

Bluetooth (Connecting Smartphone)

Micro-USB (Charging)

Compatibility:

Smartphones:

It works with a lot of smartphones, all iPhones, Xiaomi 5, Samsung Note 5/ S7, any phones with width from 50-80mm will work.

Action Cameras:

GoPro Hero 3/4/5, SJCAM SJ4000 or any similar dimensions action cameras can be used with EVA foam pads provided.

Vimble C Unique Features

Portrait and Landscape Mode

vimble c review shooting mode

This mode is especially useful if you are into live streaming or social media as most people stream in portrait orientation.

However, comparing to the smooth-q, I feel the smooth-q will definitely be easier to switch orientation, hence if you are more into taking portrait mode, you should consider getting the smooth-q instead as the Vimble C is a little more complicated when changing modes and you would have to hold it quite awkwardly to film in portrait mode.

Live Charging

vimble c live charging review

This feature is really useful in my opinion. Let’s say you forget to charge it the previous night because you were in a rush. Normally, for other gimbals, that means that you either have no gimbals to use or have to wait for it to charge before you can use.

However, for this gimbal, you can actually continue to use it even while it’s charging so you don’t have to worry about it having any battery. Although it’s a little inconvenient, it’s better than you having to wait for it to be charged before abling to use it so it’s going be less worrying the next time you use it.

What It Comes With

  • vimble c accessories review1  Vimble C Smartphone Gimbal
  • 1  Micro-USB Cable
  • 2 EVA Foam Pad
  • 1 User Manual (English & Chinese)

Controls and Buttons

vimble c controls and buttons reviewRear Toggle Switch

The toggle switch which is at the back can either be used to change the stabilising mode of the gimbal or used to adjust to control some parameters.

When the toggle switch is tapped once, it will alternate between panning and tilting, and panning mode.

Panning and tilting mode is when both panning and tilting axis is unlocked while the rolling axis is locked.

As for panning mode, only the panning axes is unlocked and the rolling and tilting axis are locked.

When the toggle switch is pressed and held, lock mode will be enabled, meaning to say all the axis are locked and it faces only in one orientation.

You do not have to worry about all this because it will be second nature to you once you start using it.

The toggle switch can also be turned to the right and left to adjust some parameters like zoom, exposure, white balance, exposure or focus which you can customise using the FeiYu On App.

Bluetooth Shutter

This shutter is quite similar to the one that is also present in the Smooth-Q.

Taking photos and videos:

When pressed, it simply takes a picture and when pressed and held on for 1 sec, it proceeds to start or stop a video recording on the FeiYu On App.

Switching on and off:

Other than taking videos and photos, it is also used to switch the gimbal on and off.

To switch it on, short press the shutter button and release it when the light indicator shows green.

To turn it off, press and hold the shutter button for 5 seconds and release it when the light indicator shows red.

Joystick

The joystick can be moved in 4 directions and is simply used to adjust the orientation of your action camera or smartphone. I feel it is very intuitive and can be learnt very quickly.

Build

Wide but Ergonomically Shaped Handle

vimble c ergonomic handle reviewIf you have noticed from the looks of it, the first thing that should stand out from other gimbals would be the handle.

The handle has actually a very wide base with a built-in battery stored inside. The wide base has both pros and cons.

The pro is that it allows the gimbal to be stable when placed on a horizontal surface and hence you wouldn’t need to worry about it toppling very easily.

The con is that it will be a little bulky and harder to hold. However, you do not have to worry about it because I have tried it on my cousin and even a child is able to hold it quite comfortably due to the ergonomic shape of the handle.

Material (Aluminum Alloy + PC-ABS)

The grip area of the handle is also made out of a polycarbonate material (PC-ABS) while the metal part of it is made out of aluminium alloy which makes it tough and at the same time light to carry comfortably for hours.

However, after researching a little bit more about the material caused me to find out that it does not do that well in wet conditions, so you might want to take this into consideration when buying.

Screw Mount

vimble c review bottom1/4" screw mount

The 1/4″ screw mount at the bottom allows you to mount something like a tripod or a monopod if you want to film at a higher point of view, such as during concerts. Furthermore, you can use a cold shoe mount to attach external microphones or lightings to film in a wider range of situations.

Smartphone App

feiyu on app logoThe FeiYu On App that is available for both Android and IOS  can be connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This app is also able to be used with other gimbals by FeiYu such as FeiYu SPG or FeiYu G5. If you are using an action camera, don’t worry because there won’t be any problems either as it is still able to work the same as smartphones.

Customisations

Recording videos or taking photos through the app allows different settings to be changed such as the resolution, frame rate of the video and picture. If you are using an iPhone 6s or 7, or any higher end android smartphones, it is able to support 4K at 30fps recording which is good especially if you are into 4K recording, and unique because many of the other apps in the market are only able to film at 1080p 60fps maximum.

There are also several parameters that can be adjusted through the app such as the exposure, white balance, zoom, focus and you can assign this to the toggle thumbwheel switch to control it directly from the gimbal.

Face Tracking

smart face tracking vimble c review

The face tracking feature allows the gimbal to track your face while still moving around. Hence, if you like the idea of vlogging or like taking video wefies, it would be a very neat feature to have.

Normally, the face tracking from normal gimbals aren’t really that accurate and may lose track quite easily. However, it’s not for the case of the Vimble C as many users in forums including myself found it to be very accurate even in low-light conditions and comparing to the Smooth-Q, it is definitely way more accurate.

Panorama Filming

vimble c panorama review

This is a feature in this app which is quite convenient to have when you are out sightseeing or travelling because instead of taking panorama shot with your phone manually, the gimbal does it for you. You can also attach your action camera onto it and press the panorama button on the app to let it rotate 360˚ or one full round to get a really clear and smooth panorama shot.

Calibrating

If after inserting the phone, and you find it not balanced, you would then need to calibrate it by following the picture below.

The calibration has to be done because different phones have different weight and thus the amount of force the gimbal that will exert on each phone is different.

Main Steps

The steps are on stated in the picture above:
calibrating vimble c review

After you have calibrated, the gimbal will be more responsive and reliable as it is not lob-sided.

Demo Footage

Below is a footage recorded by Vimble.

 

Vimble C vs Vimble S?

If you have done a fair bit of research on the Vimble C gimbal, you would have realised that there is actually another gimbal very similar to the Vimble C, the Vimble S.

The gimbal all the way from a company called Deltron which is part of a Kickstarter project. The idea and prototypes of the gimbal were all done by Deltron. After Deltron finalised their work, it then collaborated with FeiYu Tech so that it is able to be commercialised and produced.

Thus, Vimble S belongs to Deltron while Vimble C belongs to FeiYu Tech.

If you are considering which one to buy, between these 2, just go for the Vimble C because Vimble S is just a prototype, and in other words means that it has a lot of bugs. Although I have yet to try Vimble S out, there are tons of negative reviews on the Amazon ($239) stating all kinds of problems with the gimbal. Hence, the point is unless you want a prototype to admire at, I’d really not recommend buying the Vimble S.

As for the differences, although the build and looks of both gimbals are quite similar, there are actually a few key differences.

vimble s vs vimble c comparisonOther than the most obvious difference being the colour difference (Vimble S is red while Vimble C is white and black) there are some software and hardware differences.

The Vimble S uses the ViCam smartphone app, not FeiYu On.

vimble c vs vimble s

There are also a couple of differences for the motors and weight as you can see above.

Another difference is that Vimble S offers a removable battery while Vimble C’s battery is built-in.

Vimble C or Smooth-Q?

These 2 gimbals are fairly similar as they are both 3 axis gimbals and are around the same price range of about $130. The table below is a comparison of the 2 gimbals.

ZhiYun Smooth-QFeiYu Vimble C
vimble c vs smooth-qvimble-c vs smooth-q
Rolling and Tilting Axis: 320˚
Panning Axis: 360˚
Panning, Tilting and Rolling axis: 320˚
Requires separate adapter for action cameraComes with foam pads for action camera
12 hours battery life5 hours battery life
Maximum Load:
200g
Maximum Load:
220g
Object and Face TrackingFace Tracking
Cannot use while chargingCan use while charging
Able to charge other devicesUnable to charge other devices

Cheapest Places To Buy

Camfere – 125 USD (After 10% off – Coupon Code: VIMBLEC10 & Free Shipping)

Geekbuying – 120 USD  (Free Shipping)

Amazon – 139USD (Free Shipping)

GearBest – 160USD (Free Shipping)

Banggood – 138USD (After 8% off – Coupon Code: ToysHo & Free Shipping)

TomTop – 89 USD (With Coupon Code: WHQYB50)

Conclusion:

Build

The whole gimbal is constructed quite solidly and I feel that it can even be compared to the DJI Osmo Mobile, when build quality is compared.

The handle, despite the wideness of it, is very ergonomic and does not impede any sort of gripping. The buttons, rear toggle thumbwheel and the overall were very easy to access and I feel that it is really convenient to use.

Battery

Although the battery isn’t as long as the smooth-q one, it is still able to last for a full 5 hours of usage.

Furthermore, the battery is able to be charged even while using, so you do not have to worry about it having any battery as you can always use a power bank to charge it.

Overall

I feel it offers a great value for your money as it provides many features that even gimbals with twice the price fail to offer such as the rear thumbwheel, ergonomic handle, etc. Also, it can handle both smartphones and action cameras, making it a very versatile choice for you to have. The stabilising also had no problem

If you are looking for a simple yet reliable gimbal to have, this is really, in my opinion, your best option to get as the time of posting. Maybe who knows, in a few months time, a new gimbal will emerge, even better, equipped with more features. But for now, I feel this is the best gimbal for your smartphone or action camera.

That’s all for my review. I glad this post helped you in making a more informed purchasing choice.

If you have any questions about your gimbal, actually anything at all, or want to know more about the Vimble C before purchasing, I will really appreciate if you comment down below!


–>If you’d like to look at my review on the ZhiYun Smooth-Q, please head over here to check it out!<–

–> Click here if you’d like to know about the types of gimbals, how it originated and more!<–

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37 Comments

  1. Hey Kai!

    The footage recorded with the Vimble C looks really cool!

    I’m always traveling and this could be a way to get better shots when making my videos with the phone.

    Every day you see a new gimbal pop up in the market, they’re on fire with these fancy things now, and I also want to get one for my DSLR, they’re very useful.

    Thanks for the thorough review. 😉

    1. Hi Israel! Totally agree with you and glad it helped! 🙂

  2. Thank you!
    You have no idea how much I need this in my life lol. I chose the smooth Q from Camfere, I cant believe the features this thing has, amazing! especially for the price.
    Ill let you know if the facial tracking is disappointing or not. I’ve yet to own anything that I would say has excellent facial tracking. Even if it’s terrible, for the price I’m not going to complain

    Thanks again for the article!

    1. hi rob! Between smooth and vimble c, it all depends on your needs as they are both very similar. I also totally agree with u that it is very worth for its price! 

  3. I did some tries with the vimble C and it worked fine, but then suddenly without any unusual doing the knob for the slider to adjust the balance oft he smartphone doesn’t work any more. I assure that I treated the gimbal very careful

    I can move the slider but I can’t turn the knob to fix the right position neither in right or left direction. It seems blocked. I do not want to use to much power.

    Can you help me??

    1. Hi Leo.
      Am I right to say that the knob to adjust the slider can’t be adjusted to the right and left? Or is it that it cannot be loosened?

      Honestly, I am not very sure why it became suddenly stuck. Do you see any obstructions or interferences affecting the knob?
      If you can, can you also send me a video at kaiferng@actioncamguides.com so that I can see it personally?

      For now, I’d suggest you 2 things:
      You can ask the seller your question.
      You can also try asking FeiYu Tech directly for help too.

      Hope this helps. If you need any more help, feel free to reply.

      1. Thanks for the advice. They could not offer me a solution and asked me to return the vimble C to the seller and send me another copy.

        1. Oh I see Leo, hopefully that will work for you then. 🙂

  4. Awesome article! I always thought that those stabilizers were crazy expensive that’s why I never really given it any thought. But these Vimble they look so affordable I almost can’t afford not to try it! I’m sure the technology will improve with time, but like with everything else we need to get on the crest of the waive and be current with our times! As soon as I grab one and tinkle with it I’ll let you know what I think about it!

    Thank you

    1. Thanks gian19luca91! Looking forward to your experience with it!

  5. This is a cool piece of technology. I know that full length films in the theaters have been shot on an iPhone. I haven’t seen anything like this to help positioning and capturing the perfect shot. I think this technology will take off as soon as people realize they should stop endlessly sending in scripts that never get produced and instead use this technology to shoot their own films.

    Brad

    1. Hi Brad! I totally agree! This technology can really revolutionise how people film because previously, it was not available for commercial uses and now with this, it simplifies the whole process of editing and stabilizing!

  6. Super great review and guide. I never even knew this thing existed!!.. We recently came back from Big Bear in California and this could have come in handy when we were on that bumpy boat ride lol. I really wish I had this while we were there.
    I like the face tracking option I could easily set this up in my photo room and wouldn’t have to worry about adjusting the tripod every time I moved around to room. Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. I think it would be a great invested me, for especially in my line of work. Thanks for the great review. I’ll be bookmarking this page to show my family what this can do and how we can benefit from it.
    Thanks Kai!

    1. Hi Alex! Glad you found it useful and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. What are the main differences between the Vimble C and the Smooth Q? Can the Zhiyun app record in 4K with an iPhone 7?

    1. I have actually mentioned the main differences in smooth q and vimble c in the table above.

      And for your other question, the Zhiyun App is capable of filming at 4K (3840p x 2160p) 30fps.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      1. Thanks!

        How do they compare in terms of build quality, motor noise, and software/app?

        On paper it looks like the Zhiyun might be the winner but is it worth a large price difference?

        1. I feel generally if you want something that is more comfortable and ergonomic go for Vimble c. If you want to have a huge battery that can last for long and also charge your device, go for the smooth-q.

          As for your question, build quality, honestly, in general, both are the same, each has its pros and cons.
          For motor noise, it is also pretty much the same but it doesn’t matter a lot.
          For the app, I feel vimble c surpasses smooth-q in terms that the app as it is more user-friendly and reliable.

          I can’t really say vimble c is better or smooth-q is better for you but I feel more people would enjoy vimble c due to its ergonomic handle and the slider which is pretty cool.

          Hope this helps!

          If there is anything else, feel free to comment down! 🙂

  8. Your picture of the Vimble C in the comparison with Vimble S is showing the Zhiyun.

    Also you mention Vimble C is white but it looks like it is also available in black now.

    1. Oh, thanks for pointing it out! 🙂

      And if you are looking to buy Vimble C, there is a huge discount that is avaiable for a limited time here at $89 here with coupon code! (HTY50FYTY)

      Also, if there’s anything else you’d like to ask, feel free to comment down below!

      Thanks!

      1. The coupon code is not valid.

        Is the discount still valid.

        Thank you!

  9. can I do a live streaming in facebook or youtube?

    1. Hi Farjar, live streaming is not a problem at all! All you have to do is to have the streaming apps (Facebook and youtube) and you’ll be good to go!

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  10. Hi, my purchase didn’t come with the EVA PAD.. tried crafting my own using rubber to mount my Xiaomi Yi, but the gimbal started shaking.. any ideas?

    1. Hi Wisu, what do you mean by gimbal shaking?

      Also, where do buy it from? Try talking to the seller to send you the pads, it’s possible. If not, pm me at kaiferng@actioncamguides.com.

  11. Hi, thank you for the review!

    I tried to order Vimble C with the coupon code but it states : `Please note your coupon does not exist.`

    Is the discount still valid?

    1. Hi Efotoz, sorry for the invalid coupon code, please check here for the updated code here!

  12. The Feiyu On app doesn’t seem to allow recording in 4K with the Vimble C.
    Is there any solution to this?

    1. What phone are you using? The problem probably lies with your phone and the bitrate of it.
      I can’t really suggest anything but if you really want 4K, use your local camera app. It should work roughly the same, but without some of the features from the app such as face tracking, customizations using thumbwheel.

      1. iPhone 7
        4K is simply not listed as a choice in the Feiyu On app. Max is 1080.

  13. I have a Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus, will the Vimble C fit it?

  14. Is it possibile do dynamic timelapse?

  15. Is it possible to control the phone in different directions while in portrait mode? So far, I feel like you can only control the horizontal axis going from left to right.

    1. Hi Jonathan, other than panning it from right to left, you can actually tilt it up and down as it’s a 3 axis gimbal.
      Hope this helps!

  16. Hi Kai! Just wondering if there is any way to adjust the panning speed? Sometimes depending on the handle angle (relative to the phone position) the panning tends to be fast (compared to a Smooth Q), causing the footage to look very shaky. I’ve tried adjust the “motor dynamics” but it doesn’t seem to do much, and setting the parameters to the bear minimum causes the motors to shake like someone with parkinsons…

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