Vlog Pocket2 Gimbal Review
Can gimbals make mobile video look smoother than on hand? Find the answer in CHARLES JAMESON’s Vlog Pocket 2 gimbal review.
Today’s mobile phones can do a lot of things. However, there is one thing they can’t do well when shooting handheld video. Video images tend to wobble because the hands and arms are not very stable. Hope this can be overcome with this Vlog Pocket 2 gimbal review. Hopefully it’s an easy way to get rid of wobbling.
Also, if you choose to use the telephoto lens option on your mobile phone to get closer to the subject you are shooting the video for, the video wobble is usually even more pronounced. The telephoto lens magnifies everything. Including wobbling!
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I often use my old, unfriendly iPhone 8 Plus to videotape my daughter playing a stage musical. This tends to smooth the wobble to some extent in telephoto mode. But it’s still there.
Ideally, you should use a gimbal. In a nutshell, it’s a portable battery-powered gadget that holds your cell phone in place, activating its physical and electronic mechanisms to stabilize the cell phone’s horizontal or vertical movement.
Carefully place your smartphone on the gimbal clamp and click the power button, and the gimbal will suddenly keep your smartphone straight and level, no matter how unstable your walking or previous experience. It basically smoothes everything in terms of movement.
The gimbal is also useful for other purposes, such as shooting yourself from arm length without using a wobbling camera. Or place it on a mini tripod attachment (at least using this gimbal) and place it on your desk or table to video yourself for online meetings, videos, and more.
Now let’s take a closer look at the features of this VLOG Pocket2 gimbal review by a Chinese gimbal maker. FeiyuTech..
On the left (obviously) is the box it was in. In the center is the USB C charging cable, the folded gimbal itself, and a removable tripod. This is a cylinder that is screwed into the base of the gimbal and is folded. -Out wing as a compact tripod leg.
Then there is a very simple paper instruction sheet. It is folded into A3, one side is all Chinese and the other side is English. There is also a soft gray pouch for carrying and storing the gimbal.
The instruction sheet contains not only an overview of the “Introduction”, but also a scannable barcode for additional information and features such as the gimbal app Feiyu ON. This app is on the Apple App Store, but hasn’t been rated very well so far. Currently, the rating is 1.9 (out of 5), which is the average score of 33 ratings.
I downloaded the app, checked it out, and decided not to use it just because I needed an email address. Also, I had to “register” (sic) and log in. I didn’t understand why I provided my email address. Just collaborate with the gimbal using the app.
The instruction sheet also includes a scannable barcode to take you to the tutorial – and FYI Here is the link.. There is also a barcode for the detailed gimbal manual. Also, their website has a lot of useful tutorial videos. Related to this gimbal..
For use, the first step is to connect the gimbal to the charger. This gimbal comes with a USB C charging cable. This is different from the general USB cable that connects to Kindle and headphones, and the shape of the plug that connects to the gimbal. So you don’t want to lose this cable! On the plus side, you don’t know if the plug is on the top or bottom. You don’t have to understand it – it’s symmetric.
Once charging is complete, the second step is to “unlock” the various “3-axis clamps” on the gimbal, as outlined in the procedure. This is a small manual ridge and notch to lock the gimbal securely during storage. Gently pulling the gimbal joint out of the lockdown will make all the gimbals very smooth and mobile.
Then carefully place the phone on the spring-loaded clamp on the gimbal. This gives you a firm grip on the phone. When doing this, you also need to make sure that the phone is centered and balanced. It takes a few attempts to do this correctly.
The instruction sheet shows how to do this. During this VLOG Pocket 2 gimbal review, steps 4-6 could be a bit confusing, but I finally got there.
Once all this is done, click the power button on the gimbal to activate the internal system that dynamically manages the gimbal’s limbs. Also, when you turn it on and hold the gimbal in your hand (finished), the dynamics of the gimbal are working live, so the phone is stable horizontally (or vertically if selected).
In addition to the power button, there are three small main buttons to the right of the large button on the left, just in front of your thumb. This is called a “joystick” in the instruction manual. You can place your thumb on it and press it up, down, left, or right to manually adjust where your phone’s camera is facing.
The three small buttons on the right side of the joystick cover the following features:
Function button – Single tap (“Switch general work mode”), Double tap (“Switch landscape / portrait mode”), Triple tap (“Enter standby mode / Wake up”), and 5 taps (“Start”) ) Functions are different. Gimbal’– The gimbal wakes up).
Photo button – Take a photo with a single tap (to your phone via Bluetooth) or press and hold to “continuously shoot”.
Video button – Single tap to start / stop recording. Again, connect to your phone via Bluetooth.
On the front of VLOG Pocket 2, there is a larger “trigger button” that also has a variety of features. Press and hold to lock position, then press and hold to release and return to normal state. Double-tap to reset the center, then triple-tap to switch between the front and rear cameras of your smartphone.
I couldn’t test that feature because I had to use the app to switch the camera between pointing and pointing at me.
A compact and practical gimbal. The steps included were fairly unclear, but there are links to videos and other resources that can help the manufacturer’s website. And it’s a shame that the apps associated with this gimbal have a low rating (at least on the Apple App Store) and require an email address. The Bluetooth connection worked, but it’s a shame that I can’t switch between the front and rear cameras directly without using the app.
I also found it a bit strange in that charging cable plugs aren’t as common as many USB cables. As long as you don’t lose the cable, I don’t think it’s a problem.
Well, in the VLOG Pocket 2 review, I was pretty happy with the product overall, except for the annoying glitches mentioned above.
Vlog Pocket2 Gimbal Review
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