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.
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.
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.
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.