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Zhiyun introduces its new Smooth XS gimbal as a potential DJI OM 4 challenger

The new Zhiyun XS. (Source: Zhiyun)
The new Zhiyun XS. (Source: Zhiyun)
Zhiyun is known as a maker of smartphone-videography aids. The Smooth XS is the latest product in this line. It, like its recently-launch DJI counterpart, is a motorized gimbal with an optional tripod. However, unlike the OM 4, the XS has a telescopic arm for selfies and also costs under US$100.

The Zhiyun Smooth XS is the latest generation of automatic phone gimbals offered by this OEM. It, like the DJI OM 4, clamps onto a mobile device so that the user can direct its movement, orientation and shooting via the buttons found on its grip. This product and the OM 4 also have a thread for detachable tripods in common.

However, the DJI device may have the edge in that its re-designed clamping mechanism is now magnetized, meaning that regular users have the option of attaching a Pop Socket-like puck to the back of their phone so as to install the rest of the gimbal at short notice.

Then again, Zhiyun has gone another way with its extra feature for the Smooth XS: a built-in telescopic extension that increases the accessory's range by up to 260 millimeters (~10 inches). This may be handy for those partial to selfies or group shots.

The OEM also claims that the XS also supports various shooting modes, a design that prevents the gimbal's arm blocking a lens even in ultra-wide-angle shots and subject-tracking.

Zhiyun has priced this package at US$74.99, or $74.01 less than the new DJI alternative. It comes in white with orange buttons (or a pink variant only available on the OEM's webstore) (whereas the OM 4 is a light gray) on Amazon or from now.


Zhiyun Press Release

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09- 4 (Update: 2020-09- 4)