Smartphone selfie stick and the rise of smartphone gimbal stabilizers



A few years ago, smartphone gimbal was unheard of but selfie stick was on the rise in trends. Originally marketed as Quik Pod, it was the first modern selfie stick invented by Canadian Wayne Fromm. After that, it found itself in the sea of Chinese knockoffs. That is when we would see people everywhere holding a stick and mount their action cam and smartphone and taking selfie everywhere.

Selfie stick, depend on how you look at it has its own pro and cons. I for one find it useful for taking photos when my arm can’t reach in certain places and helps in getting that group shots. Using selfie stick also fantastic for taking videos although one might find it a bit shaky. If you’re not obnoxiously flinging your stick around and respect the places and crowds that you’re in, I see no harm in using one.

These sticks range in price from $5 to $50. Simpler models merely grip the phone, so users must trigger the shot with a self-timer on the camera. More sophisticated versions either use Bluetooth technology or connect the phone to the stick with a cord, with a button on the grip triggering the shot.

As the technology grows, we found ourselves familiar with the idea of a stabilized smartphone gimbal. With the mobile camera getting better and better, one could argue that they are more comfortable using their smartphone to film and shooting photos and what’s better than to having a smartphone gimbal handheld stabilizer to go with it.

Stabilized smartphone gimbal works by using 3-axis motors to stabilize your shots so there would not be any shakiness. When looking for the best smartphone gimbal, it should have every important feature that selfie lovers need including usability, durability, stability, and portability.

Here are 5 top smartphone gimbals in my opinion.


Feiyu Tech SPG Live


SPG Live is the latest gimbal from Feiyu Tech. Innovation that turns iPhone or mobile Android into your professional video cameras. Featuring a 350g aluminium alloy body, it is one of the lightest handheld gimbal in the market. With a solid swiveling motors and anti-shake algorithm, this gimbal allows you to take stunning photos and videos. The evolved anti-shake algorithm and upgraded battery set extend the SPG runtime up to 8 hours.

Dji Osmo Mobile


The DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones is perfect for getting rid of the shaky footage that traditionally accompanies smartphone videos. DJI uses its” expertise in aerial and pro video gimbal technology to help capture smooth footage while shooting handheld videos with your smartphone. With the DJI GO! app, you can use the Osmo Mobile Gimbal to create time-lapse videos, panoramas, and even stream stabilized footage live for the world to see. The new version connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth and uses the phone’s camera, instead of having its own. After all, smartphones are being equipped with much more capable cameras for shooting video than they were previously. What’s more, the new system gives the user more versatility and ensures the company can bring the cost of the unit down, making it more easily attainable.




EVO SP was designed especially for iPhone 6 users to take perfect photos right from their phone, although it basically will fit any number of other smartphones too. The gimbal has the 3-axis precision designed to play a part in making images flawless. This function eliminates shaky videos while allows you to easily shoot pro-quality. At the same time, it will help you produce cinematic like footage with your iPhone 4, 5, and 6 at any time.There are 4 dynamic shooting modes available; heading follow mode, heading lock mode, heading/pitch follow mode, and inverted mode. All these modes helps you in taking pictures anywhere and in any condition. Very easy to set up, this gimbal deliver an solid stabilized performance to help you in capturing beautiful shots.

Lanparte LA3D-S2

lanparte la3d-s2

Lanparte LA3D-S2 is made with high durability materials. The body is made of high quality aluminum and its handle is made of silica gel which comfortably secure your grip during shooting. As the gimbal is compatible with both smartphone and action camera, it comes with 3 clamps; 2 clamps are for smartphones while the other one is for an action camera. Lanparte LA3D-S2 has 3-axis active stabilization although the motors are not brushless. This stabilizer was made with iPhone 6 in mind, and to use with other devices, the company includes 2 counterweights so regardless of your devices, you will still able to take stable and clearer photos easily.

Aibird Uoplay 2S


Aibird Uoplay is handheld 3 axis Gyro smartphone gimbal stabilizers which can be used with any smartphones up to 6 inches and from GoPro Hero 3 to Hero 5 as well as other sports action camera of similar size. It can help eliminate the shaky while shooting photos and videos by controlling 3 motors with programming and gyroscope. This beautifully built smartphone stabilizer has a built-in 1/4″screw thread at the bottom compatible with extension rod, tripod or other ordinary accessories. Combination of 2. 4G wireless control technology and Bluetooth module make it possible to remote control shooting videos and photos from 5m distance. Perfect shooting in lower angles, higher position viewing and motion action to meet your various angles requirement.

So, which one would you prefer? The normal selfie stick or stabilized handheld gimbal for your smartphone? Share with us below.


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