Gimbal maker Zhiyun has announced the Smooth 5S one-handed gimbal stabilizer with many improvements over the previous version, which are said to make it an ideal solution for larger and standard mobile phones. The all-new 3-axis professional gimbal is packed with features designed to give filmmakers the creative edge in a small, highly portable package.
The Smooth 5S is the latest version of Zhiyun’s Smooth range and offers a range of improved features that are more in line with the latest range of mobile phones.
More powerful than ever, the new gimbal can handle larger smartphones and offers excellent stabilization. New to the model is the ability to mount two modular fill lights to boost the already decent luminosity of the built-in lamp.
This innovative light design provides a quick solution to boosting lighting performance in darker places, while providing total control over brightness so you can capture the video your production needs.
Other design changes include an axis change to allow for a wider shooting angle and an intuitive control panel with built-in direct control wheels and buttons to make adjustments and gimbal control quick and easy.
Xin Wang, Product Manager at Zhiyun, said, “Our creative tools enable content creators to achieve their filmmaking goals and explore the very limits of their creativity. With its innovative features and second-fill light, the Smooth 5S turns your smartphone into the perfect one-person tool for day and night movies. It’s perfect for content creators or anyone looking to express themselves creatively.”
New fill light
The Zhiyun Smooth 5S features a new fill light on its tilt axis. This offers a color temperature of 5,000,000, a CRI of 90+ and an output power of 2W.
The new fill light complements the built-in 300 lumen light used on previous Smooth models, enabling full 360° all-round illumination for areas up to 15 square metres. With this light you can enhance the details in the shadows and increase the contrast and brightness wherever you film and regardless of the lighting conditions.
Updated magnetic steel motors powered by new algorithms help deliver shake-free footage for standard and larger cell phones. The new wider phone clamp was also designed to support phones with additional lens options.
New levels of control
The redesign of the axle layout means that the Smooth 5S’ rear motors have changed position to allow for wider view capture. This extra freedom of movement allows for extremely wide-angle shots, putting more creative control in the hands of the creator.
The direct control function on the gimbal’s grip allows the user quick access to options and settings as well as options for adjusting and changing parameters. Visual shooting modes and the round-cap joystick allow for easy one-handed control.
Up to 25 operating hours
One of the great features of the compact Smooth 5S is the excellent battery life, which Zhiyun states with the release. The Smooth 5S only takes 2 hours for a full charge via the PD Fast Charge USB Type-C port and offers up to 25 hours of non-stop recording.
Full compatibility with ZY Cami app
As you’d expect, the Smooth 5S is fully compatible with the ZY Cami app and offers multiple templates, filters, music, transitions and stickers including:
- Multiple quickly switchable shooting modes including PF, L, F, POV
- Zoom and focus switch support and focal length adjustment via the control wheel enable beginners to film professional dolly zoom effects.
- Smart Follow – secures the limelight for your subject. Control the camera remotely using gestures.
- MagicClone Pano, Slow Motion, Time Lapse Features.
Zhiyun’s professional StaCam app is an add-on designed for special video recording. This app has a simple multifunctional interface that allows you to record videos with a cinematic feel.
dimensions and weight
Dimensions 311 x 168 x 52mm
Zhiyun Smooth 5S Prices and Availability
Zhiyun Smooth 5S is available for £169 from the Zhiyun or Amazon store.
SMOOTH 5S is
$169, €189, £169
For the SMOOTH 5S Combo the price is:
$219, €239, £219