The Best Gimbals in Singapore 2022
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Published June 2022
All you require nowadays to reach a large audience is a phone and a YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok account. However, if you want your video to appear professional, you will require an additional device: a gimbal. What it does is stabilises your camera and give an ultra-smooth footage output. To make sure you're getting good value for money, we've curated a list of the best gimbals around.
#1 Best Overall: DJI OM 5
The smallest and lightest gimbal in DJI's lineup, the DJI OM 5 is perfect for anyone who doesn't want the usual bulk from a typical gimbal.
The OM 5 is designed to head in a more organic direction with curves that appear soft and natural. Once folded up, the DJI OM 5 easily fits in a large pocket so it should slide seamlessly into your handbag or backpack. The rotate button is found at the back of the gimbal - press once to switch between the front or rear cameras, and pressing it twice will flip its orientation from landscape to portrait.
The DJI OM 5 stands out because of its versatility as it's made to use both in traditional gimbal mode and selfie-stick mode. To compensate for hand movement, the OM 5 will tilt, roll and pan, a product of the three-axis system. One thing to note is that when it comes to rolling, the OM 5 benefits from a greater downward range unlike the OM 4 which has a greater upward range. As for battery life, the DJI OM 5 will last around six hours.
To get the most out of the OM 5, you need to use it alongside the DJI Mimo app. The new ShotGuides feature will be handy for gimbal newbies and seasoned users looking for inspiration. As you shoot, you'll notice a floating window which guides you with positioning, levelling up what you're capturing and moving at an appropriate speed. There's also an ActiveTrack 4.0 which follows an object you've assigned. Other features that pop include gesture control, Story Mode Templates, Spin Shot Gimbal Movement, Panoramas, Hyperlapse, Motionlapse, Timelapse and DynamicZoom.
Shop the DJI OM 5 here.
#2 Best for Professional Filming: Zhiyun Smooth 5
Built for heavy-handed gimbal users, the Zhiyun Smooth 5 has a wealth of features that let you adjust what you need on the fly.
What's neat about the Smooth 5 is the extensive range of controls you get from the grip. Pairing the gimbal with the companion app allows you to tweak almost all your camera and gimbal settings and even navigate app menus while you're holding the Zhiyun Smooth 5 in one hand. The fact that these buttons are well-placed comes as a bonus. Unfortunately, the Zhiyun Smooth 5 doesn't support rotating from a portrait to landscape orientation with the buttons. You'd have to rotate your phone, lock it in place and rebalance it manually.
A feature that we like about the Zhiyun Smooth 5 is its stabilisation. Reviewers found footage shot on the Smooth 5 to be steady while clips that are shot while moving feel like they're floating. Although considerably heavier than other gimbals, the Zhiyun Smooth 5 has extra weight, creating good pressure in your hand. On a single charge, the Smooth 5 has 12 hours of battery life.
The app is especially resourceful as it has a built-in editor that lets you fully edit the content captured right from your phone. Tutorials, user guides and content from other creators are also found within the app. Other creative tools include modes for POV (point of view), panning, tracking and following. There's even a vortex mode which lets you film full 360-degree rotation shots.
Shop the Zhiyun Smooth 5 here.
#3 Best for Budget: Hohem iSteady V2
The Hohem iSteady V2 is a nifty gimbal that's affordable, responsive and works like a charm for a lower price.
Once taken out of the box, you'll feel the difference. Made of sturdy non-slip plastic, the Hohem iSteady V2 is easy to grip and also has been ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The two main physical buttons are responsive. The battery and Bluetooth indicator are welcome additions.
One of the most spectacular features of the iSteady V2 is its 3-axis anti-shake algorithm that uses a brushless motor that aids with stabilisation and smooth transitions. Whether you're dancing, walking around, or making a full circle, the Hohem iSteady V2 offers smooth footage without any glitches. The Tilt motor can be rotated up to 60 degrees whereas the Roll and Pan motors have a maximum rotation range of 320 degrees. The gimbal has nine hours of battery life. It also supports reverse charging and acts as a power bank to juice up your phone.
Reviewers were most excited about the AI visual tracking function. Perfect for shooting video calls or action scenes, the gimbal does an excellent job of automatically rotating to keep the subject within the frame. The iSteady V2 also comes with a built-in LED video light. Since it has a touch button on top, it's easy to adjust the brightness according to the lighting condition. The Hohem Pro app completes the iSteady 2 experience templates to play around with and functionalities such as Auto-Calibration, Motion Timelapse and Camera settings to name a few.
Shop the Hohem iSteady V2 here.
#4 Best for Convenience: DJI Pocket 2
If you don't want to be weighed down by lots of gear, the DJI Pocket 2 is a super-compact gimbal that captures stabilised videos.
At only 117g, the Pocket 2 is light so you don't have to worry about hand fatigue. The DJI Pocket 2 has a new button on the side. A great addition, this prevents accidental shut-offs since only the side button can turn the gimbal off. The DJI Pocket 2 also comes with a hard plastic holster that protects it. Thanks to DJI's preventative measure, Drop Aware, it locks up the gimbal whenever it senses an impending drop.
The DJI Pocket 2 retains its 4K resolution even when the footage is zoomed in slightly. Yet, this is provided if you shoot in well-lit areas. Not doing so would lead to video outputs that have some grain and issues with focus. That aside, the Pocket 2 has a wide 93-degree field of view, a welcome feature for vloggers who like capturing more of what's behind them. Shooting handheld on the DJI Pocket 2 is unparalleled as it delivers fantastic stabilisation and has a flattering colour balance. The gimbal's battery life can go over two hours if you're not shooting at 4K quality.
Though the Pocket 2 has three main modes (FPV mode (full range of movement), Tilt locked (up/down rotation disabled) and Follow (camera remains horizontal)), the differences aren't as striking. DJI also has a Creator Combo you can opt for where a wireless microphone and other essential video production tools come included. You'll have more room to play with if ultra-wide capture is your thing all thanks to the external audio recording and clip-on lens.
Shop the DJI Pocket 2 here.
#5 Best for Features: Zhiyun Smooth 4
The Zhiyun Smooth 4 offers incredible features you won't find on other gimbals.
What's unique about the Smooth 4 uses a trigger on the back instead of a joystick to move the gimbal in the direction you want. There are two triggers: the upper one is useful for fast transitions while the lower button is best for slower, smoother movement. The retaining clip is one highlight of the Zhiyun Smooth 4 where it holds the arm in place and also doubles up as a switch that puts the gimbal to sleep when it's closed.
Although the Zhiyun Smooth 4 lacks a joystick control, it makes up for it with a roomy control panel. With plenty of dedicated functions, you can easily fine-tune a shot even when you're on the go. The Smooth 4 lives up to its name and produces fluid footage. Not to mention, its battery life is good for a 10 hours shoot. The gimbal allows for two-way charging. This makes it possible to charge the Smooth 4 and your smartphone at the same time.
With a simple interface and the ease of navigating using the gimbal's control panel, you'll get the hang of the app in no time. There's HDR, filters to choose from, the ability to shoot in up to 4K 60fps, scene modes and room for manual tweaks. If you want to push yourself out of your comfort zone, there's a range of semi-pro features like motion time-lapse mode, time-lapse, long exposures, hyper-lapse and panoramic photos.
Shop the Zhiyun Smooth 4 here.
Using a gimbal with your smartphones to shoot your videos can add a lot of production value. When shooting with your phone, a gimbal can help you reduce shaky camera work, which often results in unfavourable impressions and an amateurish feel. The stabilization mechanics of the gimbal can help reduce this.
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