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The Best Budget Smartphone Gimbal | Vlog Pocket Review

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– This is the smallest mobile gimbal that I've ever seen And in this video, I'm going to tell you what I think about it, and I'm going to show you some video that I shot with it

Hopefully, it's going to help you decide if this gimbal is the right gimbal for you Take a look at how small this is It's called a Vlog Pocket and it will easily fit inside your purse or your backpack or your fanny pack Do people even wear fanny packs anymore? But if you have one, it'll fit inside your fanny pack I mean, it goes right into my hand, it folds up really easy, and it's incredibly light, it's Vlog Pocket

You know what, let me just, I haven't even tried this yet Yeah, it actually fit in my pocket And I'm sure depending on what pocket you put it in, it could make for some interesting conversations Excuse me, is that a Vlog Pocket in your pocket? (laugh) Yes you are, I am corny with that one You see, it's small, it's really tiny

The second thing I want to mention about this gimbal is that it's under 100 US dollars Now for the size, for what it does, that's a pretty good price And if you don't have any experience using a gimbal, this might be a good first choice for you depending on what you need it for And we'll get to that a little bit later in the video But I first want to say that if you've never used a gimbal before, it does take a little bit of time to get used to it especially if you're walking around and you're trying to figure out how to make everything smooth

These things are not magic, they don't do everything automatically, you still have to be in control and learn how to use it But once you do learn how to use it, once you put in the time, it is well worth it Easy boy Now let me put some video up on the screen and show you the Vlog Pocket in action I shot some stuff outside today and I'm also going to give you a basic walkthrough of the app that comes with the gimbal

Now lets get this (inaudible) out of the box You get documentation, do with that as you will, I'm going to toss it over to the side And you also get a soft carrying case for the Vlog Pocket and accessories and you get a charging cable but you do not get a charging brick You also get tripod feet or whatever you want to call them and you obviously get the Vlog Pocket itself So let's go ahead and take that out of the box

And then get rid of the box and turn the gimbal over On the bottom side, you're going to notice some screw threads This is where you screw into tripod feet or any accessories that allow you to connect a microphone and I'll show you how to do that in a future video Standing up for comparison here it is next to the DJI Mobile Osmo 2, this is the old one And then here in my hand, this is the size comparison with the Vlog Pocket against the DJI Osmo Mobile Three

This is the new one, it also folds up and as you can see the vlog pocket is a lot smaller Shooting with the gimbal is pretty straightforward All gimbals pretty much operate the same way, they do what they're supposed to do, they act like a gimbal and they shoot smooth footage And that's exactly what the Vlog Pocket does I didn't notice anything with this gimbal that makes it better or worse than any other gimbal on the market that I've tried

If you learned how to use the gimbal and you move correctly with it, they all kind of work the same But here's a cool feature with a Vlog Pocket If I double tap on this button here, it's going to take the phone from landscape mode and it's going to turn it up to portrait mode Or if you're in portrait mode, it'll turn it around to landscape mode This will come in really handy if you need to shoot something for social media that requires a vertical format or portrait format, a double click of the button and you can change which direction your phone is facing, really cool feature

Now let me turn this around, there you are And as you can see it does what a gimbal supposed to do, it shoots smooth footage When you get the Vlog Pocket, you'll need to download an app Now the app is free, it doesn't cost anything extra But you do need to put it in the phone if you want to use some of the features that I'm about to show you

Up here on the top left, this is where you choose between photo mode or video mode That's pretty self explanatory And under that you have video options This is where you can choose between shooting in slow motion or light trail mode, or you can use a static time lapse mode which is pretty cool or a tracking time lapse mode So if you want to track something during a time lapse, this is where you do it

Underneath that you have the option to choose between the front facing and back facing camera So if you want to shoot with the higher quality camera in the front, you can do that or turn it around and shoot in selfie mode That's where you tap on if you want to do that And underneath that you have some other photo options So if you want to add a timer to your photographs, you can do that there and they also have other features such as beautify, or flash HDR and so on

On the other side of the app, this is where you can pair the app Underneath that you have tracking options and this is really cool This is a great feature You can set it to track someone's face, you can track an object, and it tells you how to do it and how to work everything to make sure you're tracking properly Now the footage that you're looking at is coming directly out of the Vlog Pocket

I'm using my iPhone 10S, and I'm using the native camera app inside of my iPhone and I'm just walking around shooting random stuff I'm not trying to be a filmmaker here or shoot anything cinematic I'm just trying to see if it does what a gimbal is supposed to do On the surface, it looks like it is but you can see on the screen right now and make that decision for yourself Go down and leave a comment and let me know, how do you think just footage looks? Does it looks smooth? Is it worth buying? Go down and leave a comment and let me know

But do you need a gimbal? That's the question that you might be asking yourself And the answer to that is, it depends on what you're shooting If you're trying to shoot buttery smooth footage, or you're trying to shoot cinematic footage then a gimbal might be what you're looking for especially if you're not wanting to get one of the newer flagship phones like the iPhone 11 Pro, which I recently did a video on that I am going to put a link to that down in the description below that has built in image stabilization It's not as good as this, but it's not bad, but it's also thousand dollars

So when you think about the price, this is under $100 It gives you smooth footage, and you don't have to buy a new phone Is that what you're looking for? If the answer is yes, then check out a gimbal Gimbals are also great for people who are shooting time lapse video or you're wanting to track something during a time lapse or just track objects in general, gimbals can do that But you do need to use the apps to make that happen

Now overall, I think this is a good gimbal for the price Is it the best gimbal on the market? No, but to be totally fair, I don't know which one is because every gimbal I've owned I could pick apart all of them They all come with little quirks and they have a little snag here or there, a little bug here or there So, I don't know which one is the best mobile gimbal but this is pretty good for the price and the size However, I did have some problems with it, two actually

The first problem being that I had a difficult time pairing my phone to the actual device itself When you download the app that controls the gimbal, you have to pair it through Bluetooth then your gimbal can control your phone I had a really difficult time with a few of my devices getting them paired correctly My iPhone 10S paired instantly, but some of my other devices didn't do that Now, you may or may not have a problem with this

It could just be my other devices and the operating systems that they have, but my 10S did work pretty flawlessly The second issue that I've had with this gimbal actually just happened today When I was out recording and making this video, I tried recording two different clips I hit record, I walked around, I was trying to show you what the footage looked like using the app, when I was finished, it said the video did not save Now that's unacceptable in my book, but to be fair, I have had similar problems with apps from other gimbal companies

Look, it's mobile technology This stuff isn't perfect, things are going to happen, but I will let them know about it So hopefully they can fix that with a future app update I also want to note that you don't have to use their app in order to use this gimbal I use my native camera app that came with my phone and it worked just fine

I just couldn't do the face tracking and I couldn't do a time lapse but in terms of just recording smooth footage if you're out walking about, that work just fine But if you're wanting to make time lapses or do any sort of object or facial tracking, you'll need to use their app Now, if you know of a gimbal that's smaller than this go down and leave a comment and let me know Tell me what the name of that gimbal is because I'm going to get my hands on it, and I want to compare it against this gimbal to see which one's actually smaller and to see which one's better So go down leave a comment and let me know

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