JOBY Swing Complete Kit review

With the Joby Swing, you can add smooth tracking video and time-lapse sequences to your smartphone productions

Joby Swing
(Image: © George Cairns)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Joby Swing is an app-controlled slider that enables you to add precisely controlled tracking moves to your smartphone clips. You can record conventional video tracking shots or produce a range of tracking timelapse sequences that will be perfect for giving your clips the edge on stock footage sites. Due to its short tracking range and slow speed the results are subtle but they can be effective, especially if you place an object in the foreground of your scene to add depth and perspective.


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    Adds motion-control tracking to your clips

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    Adds more movement to timelapse sequences

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    Easy to set start and end points via app

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    Accessories let you get up and running


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    Only tracks for a short distance at a slow pace

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    Can vibrate while tracking

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    Risks toppling over when fully extended

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The Joby Swing is an interesting gadget for smartphone filmmakers. Video makers can make their clips look more interesting by adding movement to them.  Professional directors often track the camera left or right to reveal something new in the scene or simply add a little life to a shot. The JOBY Swing enables you to make your smartphone track smoothly from right to left or vice versa. 

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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.