SmallRig x Brandon Li Mobile Video Kit for iPhone 15 Pro Max review

The SmallRig Brandon Li Mobile Video Kit enables you to capture smooth pans, tracks and tilts whatever the weather

Man holding the SmallRig x Brandon Li Mobile Video Kit
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The SmallRig Brandon Li Mobile Video Kit’s branded aluminum cage makes your iPhone look more professional as a camera, so people will take you more seriously as a filmmaker. The quick-release handles and remote shutter button help you work more quickly and efficiently and the VND filter enables you to capture better-looking results in contrasting lighting conditions (or achieve a slower shutter speed). It’s just a shame that the edge of the VND filter can appear in ultra-wide-angle shots (but it does a great job using the iPhone’s other lenses).


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    Works well in wet weather

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    Triggers recordings remotely

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    Quick-release handles for portrait or landscape clips

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    Variable ND filter for sky detail

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    Strong but light aluminum cage


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    VND filter is visible in ultra-wide-angle shots

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With powerful video shooting features (such as the ability to shoot in LOG color), the latest iPhone models are very useful tools for moviemakers. Built-in features such as optical image stabilization (combined with software stabilization solutions such as Action Mode) mean that you can shoot gimbal smooth footage with a handheld iPhone. 

However, the Brandon Li Mobile Video Kit still has much to offer filmmakers. Created in collaboration with filmmaker Brandon Li the kit consists of an aluminium cage that you slot your iPhone 15 Pro Max into. By using the kit’s side or top-mounted handles you can hold the iPhone in a more comfortable way and capture tripod-steady static shots or perform smoother pans, tilts, cranes, and tracking shots. 

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Cage Dimensions176.6 × 95.5 × 17.1mm
Handle Dimensions120.6 x 31.7 x 30.79mm
Filter Kit Dimensions67.0 × 67.0 × 6mm
Material(s)Aluminum Alloy, Plastic, Silicone
Product Weight476.0g (+/- 5g)
VND filter 421567 x 67 x 6mm
Filter adapter 3840C55 x 55 x 5.3mm

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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.