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Best smartphone gimbal

Capturing smooth footage is an easy way to add a layer of polish to your vlogs – and you don’t even need a professional camera to do it in 2023. All you need is a good camera phone and a mobile gimbal, but which one should you buy? 

Not only do gimbals make it easy to capture stable video but many of them also offer different modes and advanced tracking skills that make it easy to follow the action. 

Gimbals can come with a range of design features and accessories, from built-in extendable arms and magnetic clamps for securely attaching your phone, to screw-on mini tripods, wrist straps and even fill lights. 

That isn’t even to mention the companion apps that are often filled with shooting modes, like timelapse, dolly zoom and cloning features, as well as their own editing suites and sharing shortcuts. 

All-in-all, mobile gimbals are a must-have accessory for anyone vlogging from their phone. However, with a growing number of gimbals on the market, knowing this won’t help you narrow down your choices. 

Luckily for you, we’ve put together this guide to show you only the best smartphone gimbals our reviewers have tested, along with pros, cons and links to our in-depth reviews.

Scroll down to learn more about our top four smartphone gimbals or visit our other best lists to discover more great products. We recommend checking out the best smartphones, best phone and vlogging cameras and the best accessories for iPhone.

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Every device included in the list below has been properly tested and used for an extended period by one of our product experts. We don’t review phones based purely on specs or a manufacturer’s claims, and we compare them against competing products to ensure that you get the best overview possible.

Insta360 Flow

Best overall
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  • Best tracking we’ve seen on a smartphone gimbal
  • Small, foldable design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Feature-rich companion app


  • Nothing major

The Insta360 Flow might be the first gimbal to come from the action camera company but it’s also the best smartphone gimbal we’ve tested thanks to its foldable design, excellent tracking skills and long battery life. 

This mobile gimbal is compact and lightweight at just 79.6 x 162.1 x 36mm and less than 400g. The arm folds out and powers on with a single twist and Insta360 has used the same magnetic clamp mechanism we saw on the DJI OM 5 and OM 6, allowing it to support up to 300g in weight. 

The Insta360 Flow has a small handle with a 215mm extendable selfie stick and a mini tripod/grip extender. There’s also space for a regular tripod mount thread, as well as a cold shoe for an external mic. 

The gimbal offers great stabilisation with a choice of four modes – Auto, Follow, Pan Follow and FPV. 

Meanwhile, Deep Track 3.0 enables the best tracking we’ve seen on a mobile gimbal, with the device able to track a subject even if it falls out of frame and returns. This is something the DJI OM 6 still struggles to grasp. 

The gimbal has a good balance of physical and in-app controls, with a touch panel and trigger on the handle and a wide range of shooting modes found in the Insta360 app, including Pano Photo, Photo, Video, Timelapse, TimeShift, Slow Motion, Dolly Zoom and Live Mode. There are also editing and sharing features within the app. 

The battery life is no less impressive, with the 12-hour battery stretching twice as long as that in the DJI OM 5 and OM 6. You can even use the gimbal to charge your phone as you vlog. 

Reviewer: Sam Kieldsen

Full Review: Insta360 Flow


Best premium gimbal
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  • Simple controls and set-up
  • Excellent companion app
  • Lighter than older OM models


  • Not a huge upgrade over OM 4

If you’re looking for a more established mobile gimbal, the DJI OM 5 remains a fantastic choice with its simple controls and excellent companion app. 

The OM 5 is even more lightweight than the Insta360 Flow at 292g or 326g with the magnetic phone clamp. That’s also significantly less than the 390g DJI OM 4, though the build quality is still excellent. The clamp itself is comparable to that on the newer Flow, employing a magnetic mechanism able to hold any phone between 170g and 290g. 

There’s also a 215mm extension rod and a mini-tripod accessory, both of which are included in the box, along with a wrist strap and a soft bag for storage. 

Stabilisation is excellent and the gimbal arm is strong and responsive for beautifully smooth footage and ActiveTrack 4.0 automatic tracking is brilliant, though fast pans with ActiveTrack can have the OM 5 straining to keep up. 

One of the biggest benefits of choosing the DJI OM 5 is DJI’s Mimo app. The app lets you adjust the gimbal performance settings beyond the physical controls and access a range of trick shot modes including Dyna-Zoom, hyperlapse, timelapse and CloneMe panorama. You can even use gesture controls to start and stop recording without touching the screen and tutorial templates and a surprisingly rich editing suite within the app make it easy to create polished videos. 

One downside is the battery life which, at 6.5 hours, is much shorter than that on both the InstaFlow 360 and the DJI OM 4. That being said, 6.5 hours is still plenty of time for most vlogs. 

It’s good to note that DJI has since succeeded the DJI OM 5 with the DJI OM 6, a gimbal we haven’t gotten around to testing ourselves just yet. However, 2021’s OM 5 remains an excellent mobile gimbal two years on. 

Reviewer: Sam Kieldsen

Full Review: DJI OM 5

Zhiyun Smooth Q4

Best budget gimbal
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  • As feature-rich as the DJI OM 5
  • More affordable than its closest competitors
  • The revamped fill light is much easier to use
  • The extendable arm is a huge a boon for content creators


  • ZY Cami app lacks the finesse of DJI Mimo
  • A slight price hike over the Zhiyun Smooth Q3

Before Insta360 stepped onto the gimbal scene, the Zhiyun Smooth Q4 was the DJI OM series’ biggest rival and it remains a fantastic option as well as a clear upgrade over the Zhiyun Smooth Q3. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly mobile gimbal, you’ll want to consider the Smooth Q4. 

The gimbal has a more seamless design than the Smooth Q3 with a grip that wraps all the way around the handle, a new folding mechanism and a scroll wheel, which we found offered more precise movements than the zoom slider on its predecessor. 

The clasp is also more compact, though Zhiyun has yet to adopt the magnetic solution used by DJI and Insta360. That being said, the Smooth Q4 has added magnets to its fill light to allow the accessory to be snapped on and off. There’s also an extendable arm and tripod included in the box, along with colour filters for the fill light. 

Stabilisation is great with five modes to choose from, including Pan Follow, Lock, Follow, POV and Vortex, and SmartFollow 3.0 tracking is excellent when it comes to keeping your subject in the frame. Additional features, including Timelapse, MagicClone Pano, tutorials and an editing suite, can be found in the ZY Cami app, which feels very similar to DJI Mimo. 

The Smooth Q4 outlasts the DJI OM 5 and the Insta360 Flow when it comes to battery life with 15 hours more than enough time to get you through multiple shoots. 

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan

Full Review: Zhiyun Smooth Q4

Asus ZenGimbal

Best for beginners
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  • An excellent gimbal for beginners
  • Unlimited 360-rotation is great for panoramic shots
  • Object/subject tracking works really well
  • Almost silent when in use


  • The app is unusable on iOS
  • No extendable selfie rod
  • The folding mechanism feels needlessly convoluted

Another budget-friendly pick is the Asus ZenGimbal. Like Insta360, Asus is relatively new to the mobile gimbal scene. This option is best suited for beginners with its 360-rotation and simplified app – as long as you don’t have an iPhone, that is. 

The Asus ZenGimbal has a design that is reminiscent of the Zhiyun Smooth 5 with its all-black aesthetic and atypical folding mechanism. The controls have been simplified for beginners and the gimbal comes with a small tripod, though we did find that the folding mechanism on this device wasn’t the easiest to pack away. 

We were impressed by just how quiet the ZenGimbal is in operation and its ability to pan 360-degrees without getting caught by a threshold makes it possible to capture incredible footage without physically moving your position. This makes the gimbal extremely forgiving to amateurs with a much smaller learning curve compared with the other gimbals on this list. 

The Asus Shot app is similarly beginner-friendly with a simple interface that minimises clutter without sacrificing substance. The app includes standard photo and video modes, along with hyperlapse, time-lapse and panorama modes. 

There are also subject and object tracking modes that offer incredibly smooth footage and work just as well as the tech found on competing gimbals. The biggest letdown here is the fact that the Asus Shot app seems to be completely unusable on iOS devices, resulting in choppy frame rates that weren’t present in the Android app. 

The ZenGimbal has a 2900 mAh battery which we found was more than enough to last several days of shooting, though Asus has made no direct claims in this area. 

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan

Full Review: Asus ZenGimbal

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What are smartphone gimbals used for?

Mobile gimbals steady your device, allowing you to capture smooth video on your smartphone. Some also offer additional features, such as timelapse and dolly zoom modes, and include editing software in their companion apps.

Are smartphone gimbals portable?

Yes, all of the gimbals in this list are compact enough to take on the go.

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