Hey, guys. Today we are going to review on an accessory, the Yi Handheld Gimbal by Yi Technology.
For those that aren’t familiar with gimbals or how they work…
Gimbals, which can work in 1, 2 or 3 axis, namely, pitch, yaw and roll work by correcting the orientation of an object. So you may think, how does it do that? Well, there are sensors on each orientations, which I just mentioned and when those sensors detect motion on these axes, the motors which are also attached to that orientation will counteract that motion almost instantaneously and hence, it will always be levelled to the ground and all the footages you take with the gimbal will always be very smooth.
If you want to know the types of gimbals and more about it, check out my post here.
Also, one thing to note, gimbals are extremely easy to use, unlike traditional counterweighted stabilisers as most of the action is taken care of by the sensors and motors.
Moving back to the product…
First look, very compact and clean finish with clear matte colour. This is also the first gimbal made by this company.
- Dimensions: 95mm x 77mm x 75mm
- Weight: 210g
- Supported Device(s): YI 4K Action Camera
- Remote Control: No
- Number of axis: 3
This gimbal, as you can see, has a pretty wide angle correction and for me, it is WAY more than enough as I am not into hardcore sports like parkour or skateboarding, etc and hence will definitely meet the needs of a normal person.
Also for the gimbal, there are 3 operating modes. Pan, lock and pan and tilt mode. It’s pretty self-explanatory but just to elaborate on it,
Pan-axis follows user’s movement, tilt and roll locked,
Roll-axis locked, while tilt and pan axes follows user movement,
Pan and Tilt Mode
All axes locked, hence gimbal only faces 1 direction.
All the modes are indicated by the LED indicator which flashes differently depending on the mode.
This gimbal lasts from 2 – 4.5 hours depending on the usage as claimed by Yi. As for the weight, I felt it is of an average gimbal and one that you can totally support without getting tired too quickly.
For tripods or monopods compatibility, it uses a standard 1/4 tripod adapter that can be connected to most of the monopods out there.
Cheapest sites to buy:
AliExpress: USD 199
Amazon (With Yi 4K Camera) : USD 379
I felt that this truly is a really cheap action camera gimbal as compared to other gimbals in the market as of now. Having said that, I felt it lacks features such as wireless connectivity or a remote control to connect to your mobile devices so as to have better control of the gimbal. Another downside to this is that it is only able to be compatible with the Yi Action 4K camera, thus if you decide to change to another camera, it would be of no use.
Thanks for dropping by and taking a look! Feel free to drop a comment if you wish to clarify or discuss on anything! Till next time!!