This phone gimbal comes with a rotatable fill light

This month, ZHIYUN, a Chinese company known for developing gimbals for cameras and phones, unveiled the SMOOTH-Q3 smartphone gimbal.

Coming straight from the SMOOTH Q series, the three-axis SMOOTH-Q3 enhances the line’s lighting feature and smart templates, along with an improved button layout and design. Let’s take a closer look at all that the gimbal has to offer.

A phone gimbal with a fill light

The SMOOTH-Q3 phone gimbal features a 4,300k integrated fill light. It offers three levels of brightness and touch control for 180° front and rear lighting. The light makes it easier to capture clear portraits in low-light settings.

The SMOOTH-Q3 is a light, but strong phone gimbal

Overall, the SMOOTH-Q3 is lighter and easier to fold than the previous models. The gimbal measures 180 x 154 x 45 mm and weighs 340 grams. Its maximum payload is higher as well, now maxing out at 280 grams. For context, the SMOOTH-Q2’s max payload is 260 grams — meaning there is a difference of 20 grams between the models.

Additional features

Other new features the new SMOOTH-Q3 phone gimbal offers include gesture control, SmartFollow 3.0 Object Tracking, 17 SmartMode built-in templates, an instant Dolly Zoom and MagicClone Pano. To use the MagicClone Pano, all you have to do is press a single trigger button to mark a target and turn on smart following.

ZHIYUN SMOOTH-Q3 button layout
Image courtesy: ZHIYUN

According to ZHIYUN, the new button layout allows for smoother operation. In a press release, ZHIYUN noted that “triple tapping the trigger switching between portrait and landscape modes could not be easier, while ultra-wide-angle shooting means that vast landscapes are just as easy to capture as low-angle shots.”


  • 4,300k fill light
  • Three levels of brightness adjustment
  • Touch button control for 180° front and rear lighting
  • SMART templates
  • Battery life: 15 hours
  • Charging time: three hours
  • Smartphone thickness: 7 – 10 mm

Pricing and availability

ZHIYUN’s SMOOTH-Q3 is out now for $89.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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