Hohem iSteady M6 Gimbal review

Add Hollywood-style moves to your smartphone footage with this plug-and-play gimbal

Hohem iSteady M6 gimbal
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Thanks to the AI vision sensor the iSteady M6 is a useful tool for Vloggers or social media influencers who need a virtual camera operator to follow their every move. You can also switch smoothly from a front view to a selfie with three taps of the gimbal’s trigger (so you can put yourself in the picture with ease). An excellent entry-level budget gimbal for smartphone videographers.


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    Auto tracks faces and objects effectively

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    Easy to balance

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    App adds additional functionality

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    Physical buttons control range of functions

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    Performs smooth pans and tilts

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    Protective carry case


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    Some app modes less effective than others

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Gimbals come in a wide range of categories, from heavy lifters such as the DJI RS 3 Pro which can carry a 4.5 Kg payload to the smaller and cheaper Hohem iSteady MT2 which has a payload of 1.2 kg.  Both of these 3-axis gimbals take a while to set up as you need to make sure that the payload’s lens and camera are balanced in the tilt, roll, and pan axes. 

The cheaper and lighter Hohem M6 is a smartphone-only gimbal that’s designed to get you up and running much more quickly, as you only need to balance the roll axis. This makes it an excellent entry-level gimbal for smartphone users who want to improve the production values of their video camera work. The M6 has a smartphone-compatible payload of 400g, which was adequate for my chunky iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The lightweight protective carry case enables you to safely transport the gimbal and its accessories to your location. (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Hohem iSteady M6: Specifications

Weight: 551g
Payload: 400g
Main material: High-Performance Composites
Smartphone Width: 58mm~98mm
Tilting range: 335°
Rolling range: 335°
Panning range: 360°
Battery life: Up to 18 hours

Hohem iSteady M6: Key Features

The Hohem M6 costs around $/£100 less than the Hohem MT2 but it still ships with the excellent magnetic AI vision sensor that enables the gimbal to tilt and pan to follow your every move. This sensor is compatible with any smartphone video app and it also doubles up as a mini fill-light.  This enabled us to get the gimbal to track our movement while shooting footage in the iPhone’s native Camera app. The more expensive iSteady MT2 can carry a mirrorless camera or a smartphone, whereas the cheaper iSteady M6 is for smartphones only. We tested the iSteady M6 with a chunky iPhone 14 Pro Max and the gimbal carried it smoothly and effortlessly.  

The magnetic AI Vision Sensor attached to the top of the gimbal enables you to make it track your movements using any smartphone camera app. It also acts as a mini fill light! (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

The iSteady M6 can also be controlled via the free Hohem Joy app. This is packed full of features such as gesture control (which enables you to make the gimbal track your moves without using the AI vision sensor). You can use also the app to make the gimbal track specific objects (though this feature was a bit of a hit-and-miss affair as we’ll discuss in the Performance section). The app also enables you to fine-tune gimbal properties such as the angle of the horizontal tilt (which can be handy if the smartphone’s horizon isn’t perfectly level). 

Physical buttons and dials enable you to control a host of functions such as triggering Record for clips and stills (when using the Hohem Joy app). (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Hohem iSteady M6: Build & Handling

Compared to the more expensive Hohem iSteady MT2 the cheaper M6 feels more like a budget gimbal. The MT2 consists of many metal components whereas the M6 has a composite plastic construction. As with most gimbals, the M6 has a Mode button that enables you to quickly toggle through classic gimbal modes such as PTF (Pan, Tilt, Follow), POV (Point of View), and L(Lock). The chosen mode is displayed on a 0.91” OLED display. 

Thanks to the M6’s pistol grip design it is very comfortable to hold and the grip’s trigger can be used to recenter the gimbal with a double tap. Three taps on the trigger cause the gimbal to rotate your smartphone smoothly via 180º so you can switch seamlessly from a front-facing view to a selfie in a single take (or vice versa). Check out our supporting video in the Performance section to see the M6 in action.

The physical control wheel enables you to perform operations such as pulling focus when using the Hohem Joy app. (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Hohem iSteady M6: Performance

To test the iSteady M6 I took it to a windy rocky location. I attached the supplied mini tripod legs to the gimbal so I could pop it on the ground and use the AI vision sensor to track my movement as I walked and talked (see supporting video). Even when shooting into direct sunlight the vision sensor smoothly tilted and panned the gimbal to keep me in shot at all times  (as if I had a camera operator with me on location.)  

Due to the large size of my iPhone 14 Pro Max the magnetically attached AI sensor could catch on the roll motor when performing a low-angle shot, but you wouldn’t need the sensor to be attached when performing this type of manual camera move so that’s not a big issue.

When carrying it handheld the M6 performed classic moves such as pans and tilts smoothly and effortlessly.  By closing the gimbal’s mini tripod legs I could extend the length of the gimbal and position it close to the ground for dramatic sweeping tracking shots. These types of moves would be much harder to do with a handheld smartphone. 

Thanks to the mini-tripod I could place the gimbal on the ground to get a dramatic low angle. I could then use the joystick to perform smooth pans or tilts to manually follow my subject. By using the tripod I didn’t need to always carry the gimbal, which was especially handy when shooting a World War 2 re-enactment event that took ages to unfold. During this event, I tested the Hohem Joy app’s object-tracking feature. This involves drawing a box around a subject such as a vehicle. The app then attempts to pan the gimbal so that the chosen vehicle stays in shot. 

The gimbal’s mmini tripod enables you to record long video sequences without getting arm ache, enabling you to capture all of the action. (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

However, I found that the app soon got confused and the gimbal would start whip-panning left and right leading to unusable footage. As the military vehicles were camouflaged against a green background it’s possible that this was too challenging a test.  On the whole though I found that the gimbal made it very easy to for me perform a wide range of camera moves and I enjoyed using the physical record button to trigger the capture of clips and stills. 

The iSteady M6 uses the Hohem Joy app to make the gimbal track faces or objects. It got a bit lost tracking some camouflaged vehicles in our test. (Image credit: George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Hohem claims a battery life of 18 hours. I found the battery performance was excellent and the gimbal was still running after two days of testing. In fact, my iPhone ran out of power before the gimbal did.

Hohem iSteady M6: Verdict

The iSteady M6 is a great gimbal for documenting events as its pistol grip shape enables you to carry your smartphone comfortably. The gimbal’s physical record button enables you to quickly capture the action as it unfolds. The gimbal pans and tilts to follow your hand moves, making it perform like an organic extension of your arm. The mini tripod enables you to film from ground level with no effort and you can use the joystick to perform smooth tilts and pans to follow the subject. We also liked the fact that you can pop your smartphone onto the gimbal’s clip mount and start shooting quickly (without wasting time balancing 3 axes). If you’re looking for your first smartphone gimbal then the Hohem iSteady M6 will do the job nicely.

Read more: get steadier videos with our picks for the best smartphone gimbals and the best DLSR gimbals for mirrorless and SLR cameras.

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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.