The Zhiyun Smooth 4 is a 3-axis handheld gimbal designed for smartphones. But it can be used for GoPro action cams. As I’ve said in my previous post, the in body stabilization of Hero 6 is not “there” yet. The shake is still noticeable when walking around and becomes terrible when capturing footages going up and down stairs

Here’s a walkthrough video I made of the Iligan museum using my GoPro Hero 6 without a gimbal. As you can see, the in body stabilization is not doing much to eliminate the shake.

When Zhiyun Smooth 4 was released last year, I felt this can be a great solution to address the shake issue . At P6,900, it’s affordable so I got myself one. I’ve been using it with my Go Pro Hero 6 for several months now and I’m perfectly happy with the results.

Take a look at this mash up video I made on the Sayaw Saulog last September 2018. The footages are way better when I used my Hero 6 with Zhiyun Smooth 4.

THE ZHIYUN SMOOTH 4- GOPRO SET-UP

First off, when you use Zhiyun Smooth 4 with the GoPro or any action cam for that matter, the control dial and buttons as well as the app are pretty useless. Since the gimbal is made exclusively for smartphones, all the app functions cannot be used. Instead you can control the GoPro through your phone with its own app.

Second, you need an adapter plate for you to mount the action camera to the gimbal.

Don’t worry, a wide variety of cheap mounts are available online. You also need an extension arm to attach the phone clip where you can then mount your smartphone. The extension arm is actually a wood connector I purchased in the hardware. I just had the holes drilled to make it bigger so the screws will fit.


Here’s a closer look at the GoPro Hero 6 mounted on the Zhiyun Smooth 4 via the adapter plate.


A closer look at the extension arm with the phone clip attached to the gimbal using the mini tripod.

With the smartphone securely mounted to the gimbal, you will now have easy access to GoPro’s App to control the camera functions and with a bigger screen, it’s easier to frame the desired scenes that you wanted to capture .

You might ask, why buy a gimbal designed for smartphones when there are readily available gimbals for the GoPro.

In a world where people “need” a lot of gadgets, we have to be wiser in our purchasing decisions to save money. In my case, I use my Gopro to make walk through videos and I use my smartphone to broadcast live events via Facebook. Zhiyun Smooth 4 can address shake issues on both instances.

If you are in a similar situation, this set-up may be a viable option to consider.