Zhiyun Smooth XS review

The Zhiyun Smooth XS is a travel-friendly pan and roll gimbal for vloggers and TikTok, with selfie features galore

Zhiyun Smooth XS
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A more compact and ergonomic upgrade to the Zhiyun Smooth X, its outward appearance and key features point to the Smooth XS being solely a lifestyle product for vloggers and social media fanatics. It’s definitely that, but at its core the Smooth XS comes with plenty of useful and reliable features. Sure, it offers only pan and roll – no tilt – but it’s priced accordingly, while the built-in selfie stick comes in seriously useful while vlogging.


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    Compact size and weight

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    Face tracking

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    Gesture controls

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    Built-in selfie stick

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    Lots of selfie features


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    Lacks tilt

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    Plasticky feel

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    Selfie camera-centric

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    Compulsory and chaotic app

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    Intrusive sign-up process for app

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The Zhiyun Smooth XS is perfect if this sounds like you: you adore TikTok, YouTube and Instagram and you wish there was a small, compact gimbal-cum-selfie stick to help you produce slicker-looking novelty videos without you having to lug around a load of gear. If none of that applies to you then look away now because the Zhiyun Smooth XS seems aimed at this specific demographic of social media users.

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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.