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 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.
- Unique features
- What it comes with
- Smartphone App
- Vimble C vs Vimble S
- Vimble C vs Smooth-Q
Vimble C Specs
Angle (Tilt, Roll and Pan):
5 hours Runtime
Portrait and Landscape mode
Bluetooth (Connecting Smartphone)
It works with a lot of smartphones, all iPhones, Xiaomi 5, Samsung Note 5/ S7, any phones with width from 50-80mm will work.
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
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.
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
Controls and Buttons
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.
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.
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.
Wide but Ergonomically Shaped 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After you have calibrated, the gimbal will be more responsive and reliable as it is not lob-sided.
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.
Other 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!