My smartphone produces stabilized video, so why on earth should I buy a gimbal?

DJI Osmo 2 being used to video a Thai dancer with a smartphone
(Image credit: DJI)

I use an iPhone 14 Pro Max for shooting video clips for various jobs including capturing stock footage. The iPhone’s optical image stabilization (OIS) hardware means that when filming handheld I can produce tripod-locked static shots or gimbal-smooth pans and tilts. The iPhone also uses software to digitally stabilize handheld footage. As you’ll see from this piece’s supporting video the handheld iPhone footage looks amazingly stable and smooth. So why do I still use a gimbal for most of my smartphone video work?

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.