Benro 3XS Lite review

A portable 3-axis smartphone gimbal stabilizer for vloggers with face-tracking

(Image: © Jamie Carter/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re a vlogger that wants to stabilize and easily swap between portrait and landscape, this good value gimbal succeeds, though face-track is hit-and-miss.


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    + impressive foldable arm design

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    + good value

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    + folds-up for easy storage

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    + one-touch swap between portrait and landscape


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    unstable built-in tripod

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    face-tracking unreliable

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    phone case needs to be removed

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    button placement causes accidents

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Image stabilization on smartphones is really coming on, but the tech is still no match for a good gimbal. As well as enabling smooth pans, most of them – the new Benro 3XS Lite included – add face-tracking and object-tracking. That should make video easier, more creative, and much more professional-looking. An instant competitor to the new DJI Osmo Mobile 3, can the Benro 3XS Lite three-axis mobile gimbal – one of the smallest such devices around – compete against its pricier rival?

Benro 3XS Lite: design

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.