Zhiyun Smooth Q3 gimbal review

The Zhiyun Smooth Q3 has a unique selling point – an integrated fill light adds appeal to this compact smartphone gimbal

Zhiyun Smooth Q3
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A lightweight upgrade to the Zhiyun Smooth Q2, this third-generation smartphone gimbal is clearly aimed at solo vloggers and TikTok, but its built-in fill-light gives it a niche use-case for all kinds of filmmakers. Its does have a slightly flimsy feel, but that’s the flip-side to its lighter, foldable design.


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    4,300K light on clamp

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    3-axis stabilisation

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    Object tracking and ‘smart follow’

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    Excellent joystick


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    Stuttering zoom

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    Small handle

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    No two-way charging

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    Intrusive app

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The Zhiyun Smooth Q3 is the latest iteration of the company’s affordable smartphone Smooth Q range, but this third version does things a little differently. 

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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.