Zhiyun Smooth 4 review

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a seriously solid prosumer-style handheld stabilizer for smartphones that impresses across the board

Zhiyun Smooth 4
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With an enviable combination of solidity and versatility, the well-built Smooth 4 handles brilliantly. It’s all about performance, with highlights including a tactile focus/zoom wheel, a long battery life and two-way charging, though it’s a shame the otherwise impressive app lacks face-tracking.


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    Smooth footage

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    Excellent build quality

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    Focus/zoom wheel

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    Long battery life

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    Two-way charging


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    No joystick control

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    Limited payload

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    Lacks face tracking

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The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a high-end gimbal that's built for smartphones, but looks like – and performs like – semi pro DSLR camera gear. Obviously created to challenge and undercut the likes of the DJI OM4, Zhiyun’s Smooth 4 goes for a lower price. 

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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 www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, 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.