Fstoppers Reviews the Zhiyun Smooth-XS, a Smartphone Gimbal for Mobile Content Creators

Zhiyun has released another accessory, the Smooth-XS smartphone gimbal, for those who regularly use mobile content in their business or for leisure. How does it compare?

Gimbals are increasingly becoming a natural choice of kit investment not just for professionals creating commercial content with camera bodies but also for those who want to create more polished mobile content for social media, either to supplement an existing business with quick but sleek-looking content or for personal leisure, such as family or travel memories.

This is where smartphone gimbals come into play, and I got to review the Zhiyun Smooth-XS, which is aimed at users looking to create content on the go.


Smooth-XS is a compact and lightweight smartphone gimbal that comes in four different colors. Coated with anti-slip rubber, the grip is comfortable to hold. It measures 69 mm in length, 56 mm in width, and 267 mm in height.

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Zhiyun Smooth XS review: You get what you pay for

Zhiyun Smooth XS on Beach Rock

A cursory search through Amazon for smartphone gimbals will bring up over a hundred options. Among all those choices, Chinese company Zhiyun has carved out a niche for itself as the budget brand-of-choice. Unsurprisingly, its latest release — the Zhiyun Smooth XS — is priced to move.

However, as with most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for with smartphone gimbals. In our Zhiyun Smooth XS review, we’re going to tell you what features you’ll be missing out on — and what hoops you’ll need to jump through — if you decide to buy the Smooth XS.

About this review: Zhiyun provided Android Authority with a retail version of the Zhiyun Smooth XS for this review. We used the device with the official ZY Cami app for Android, v1.0.23 (71) on the OnePlus 7 Pro.

Zhiyun Smooth XS review: The big picture

Zhiyun Smooth XS In Hand with Phone

With the term “XS”

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