Benro Snoppa Vmate review

The Benro Snoppa Vmate is a camera and gimbal in one that’s small enough to slip in your pocket and can work with your phone

Benro Snoppa Vmate
(Image: © Angela Nicholson)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Easy to use, but at times frustrating, the Benro Snoppa Vmate is capable of producing very attractive 4K video and 12MP images – especially if you switch from shooting JPEGs to DNG raw files. There’s the odd glitch in the gimbal movements, but it’s good at making watchable footage from video captured when you’re walking or running and it’s great for spontaneous recording.


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    Small enough to carry everywhere

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    Includes case with smartphone grip

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    Good quality, stabilised 4K footage


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    No control over shutter speed

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    Difficult to position accurately using the controls

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    Needs a phone connected for full options

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The Benro Snoppa VMate is the result of a collaboration between Benro, the respected bag and tripod manufacturer  and gimbal-maker Snoppa. While the DJI Osmo Pocket, recently replaced by the DJI Pocket 2, is the best known of these small cameras with an integrated gimbal, this is an interesting alternative.

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.