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Yi Handheld Gimbal – Overview and Review

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.

Product Specifications

  • Dimensions: 95mm x 77mm x 75mm
  • Weight: 210g
  • Supported Device(s): YI 4K Action Camera
  • Remote Control: No
  • Number of axis: 3

Product features

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 Mode

Pan-axis follows user’s movement, tilt and roll locked,

Lock Mode

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

4k Camera Kit (4K Yi Action Camera + Yi Handheld Gimbal) : USD 390

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!!

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you for providing such great information! I found it to be very helpful for deciding on what to buy.

    I am glad that you mentioned some of the cons about this, I’m a little concerned that this is only compatible with the Yi Action 4K Camera though. Do you have any recommendations for something that is more widely compatible?

    1. Thanks for reading! Another gimbal which is widely more compatible would be the FeiYu WG, which I am actually going to make another review on. So if you or any of your friends are interested, I would highly recommend you to keep this website into consideration thanks for dropping by!

  2. I am actually thinking about getting one of those small and super portable cameras. I enjoyed your review on GeekPro and GoProHero Session since I am tight on budget. Other than these two cameras, I also see other action cameras on amazon that are selling for about $100 (or even less). Could you make a review of those someday? It’ll really help someone who is interested in an action camera but without any knowledge of it!

    1. I actually have made some reviews, which as of now the cheapest would be the SJCAM SJ4000 which I have made a review on. I am also aware that there are cheaper action cameras out there in Amazon and would write reviews on them soon! Thanks for your comment and wish you all the best!

  3. Hi Kai Ferng!

    I would like to ask, currently i have a first generation Yi action cam. As what i have read, it states that this is only compatible with the Yi Action 4K Camera, which means i cant use the Yi action cam that have now?

    1. Hi Deric.
      It should work fine with the first gen Yi camera because both their dimensions (Yi 4K – 65mm × 42mm × 21mm & Yi 60.4 mm x 42 mm x 21.2 mm) are pretty much identical except that Yi 4K is slightly longer but that wouldn’t affect the fit of it.
      Also, if you are still considering on an affordable gimbal, feel free to check out my reviews on the smooth q & vimble c!

      Hope this helps and if you hv any more questions, feel free to ask!

  4. Hi Kai Ferng, did you test this gimbal with the YI 4K+? I am still hesitant to get the Yi Handheld Gimbal as the microphone placement of the YI 4K+ on the right will be attach directly to the gimbal’s motor and I am not sure if the motor noise will affect the audio recording

    1. Yes, I have tried it before and indeed, there’s a slight buzzing noise. I’d recommend you to consider the Yi Action Gimbal if you’re interested. It has many improvements over the Yi handheld gimbal.

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