Get steady video with a handheld smartphone gimbal

Capture great action shots without heavy equipment.

person holding a gimbal and smartphone
Better videos on the move.Joey Huang via Unsplash

You’re already capturing daily life with your smartphone. So the next time you see a pug on a skateboard, or want to prove you really did go zip-lining in a forest despite your fear of heights, make it look as awesome as the reality of the moment. With a simple gadget, you can take advantage of the full potential of your smartphone’s camera. These sweet gimbals help you track your subject, stabilize your shots, and tell your story like a pro.

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Handheld Gimbal

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Handheld Gimbal

From selfies to slofies.Amazon

Have an Instagram account for your outdoor adventures? Take this 3-axis gimbal on the road, attach it to your iPhone or Android and get the kind of shots that make it seem like you’ve got a whole camera crew. Use sport mode to sweep the field of an athletic event without a shaky picture, or turn on the ActiveTrack 3.0, which uses algorithms to help keep your camera on a moving subject. It’s comfortable to hold and operate the controls, and with the DJI Mimo app, you can edit and upload your creations to social media. A gesture recognition feature makes it easy to take group photos and selfies without relying on a timer.

Evo Shift Camera Stabilizer

Evo Shift Camera Stabilizer

Great for vlogging.Amazon

The Evo Shift works with iPhone and Android phones, and can also be adapted for use with Go-Pro Action and 360 cameras (check the specs to be sure it works with yours). It works with any camera app using Bluetooth, and the company also offers two different apps that let you manually adjust your camera’s shutter speed, focus, and more. Master panoramas at the touch of a button without turning your dog into a piece of Cubist artwork. It runs up to 10 hours on a charge and has a phone charger built-in, so you’re less likely to miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot. People who love to go live on social media can rely on the bi-directional mount to lock their phone in portrait or landscape mode and prevent sudden distracting mishaps.

Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Alfred Hitchcock fans will love Vertigo mode.Amazon

If you’re looking for a sleek design and a little more film-making guidance in a gimbal, this Zhiyun model is compatible with the Filmic Pro app, and there are a lot of Youtube tutorials to help you get started. Detailed buttons and a handwheel give you comprehensive access to film techniques like hyperlapse, orbit shots, and the famous Vertigo shot—where the camera was physically moved backward on a dolly as it zoomed in to demonstrate the main character’s debilitating fear of heights. You can also create smooth scene transitions without the need for edits in post-production.

MOZA Mini-S Essential Foldable Gimbal stabilizer

Moza Mini-S Essential Foldable Gimbal stabilizer

Extra compact.Amazon

If you’re not aspiring to be the next Greta Gerwig of films shot entirely on smartphones, try the Moza Mini-S and save a few dollars. Tuck it into your backpack or shoulder bag and have fun showing off for the camera as you go on all the rides at the county fair, take a ferry, or play frisbee with your new rescue pup. Track your pet, your partner, or a random seagull with a range of follow modes, and get the ultimate slow-motion shot of friends dancing in their special way.