I guess you know that for quite a long time I have been working on how to shoot backstage videos from photoshoots and workshops to make it look nice and at the same time not complicated. Some time ago I bought the Samsung Galaxy S7 so I could shoot 4K and had some better stabilization but somehow I had no motivation to use it on the backstage video. It just wasn't it. Of course the best would be to use the camera, but there is no time for that and still you don't want to switch between photo and video all the time.
So I got into the hands of a gimbal FeiyuTech Vimble 2 for smartphones and I became alert! Because it might be something that moves the mobile video somehow that I would like.
I have to say that I really enjoy unboxing anything. Even though I ordered toilet paper from Alza, you have no idea how much I enjoyed unpacking them and stacking them next to the toilet. And with Vimble the feeling was much stronger! :) White waxed box looks really luxurious and not like something cheap. I expected the individual parts to be somehow stacked inside the boxes and not! Inside was a luxurious padded case, so my chin fell. Everything has its place in the case, and given that perfectly balanced things make me feel particularly satisfying, I didn't want to unpack it. But I unpacked it. There are cables to the gimbal itself - one to charge the gimbal and the other probably to charge the phone from the gimbal's battery, but I haven't tried it because my phone just can last! Then there is a strap so you can wear the gimbal hanging on your hands - I have personal recommendations. Do not carry it to the strap loose, cut your phone or hit your crotch or both. Then there's a stand that's great for taking time-lapse videos, or when you need to put a gimbal somewhere to take a beer. Well, there's a manual - I throw it away as guy who don't need manuals.
FeiyuTech Vimble 2
Gimbal looks really strong and the feeling when you hold it is quite familiar, so it fits right in your hand and works great with it :) The handle for the phone is solid and you really do not have to worry that it would drop the phone. But don't lend a gimbal to Zdend of Sigma, he's got a big phone and he's trying to stuff him there anyway. And if he succeeds and turns it on, he'll beat the gimbal joint with your phone. So always find out if you have the right size for your phone rather than buying something like this. Balancing the phone was a breeze for me because I already have experience with balancing my camera on a gimbal - if you can do it, it will give you a lot of benefits to life. When you turn on gimbal after positioning and balancing your phone, it immediately places it in such a ready position and you can spin. There is a joystick on the body of the gimbal to turn the camera around. Below it is a button to turn on and switch between different modes, and a lower button to turn on shooting. On the side is a slider for zooming and from behind is a "trigger", which either lock the movement of gimbal or reset to the default position. And watch out, the whole head can be pulled out like a selfie stick, which I didn't know before I noticed the picture on the box. And that's quite a dense thing, because besides self-shooting with gimbal, you can reach a long distance, which is great when you want to shoot someone over your shoulder or take a shot from above and so on.
I don't have to mention that we live in the modern digital era, so the stabilizer has its own FeiyuON application, through which you can set everything possible except some basic scenes. The phone connects to gimbal via bluetooth and the application has found gimbal. It is possible to set a time-lapse video, which I definitely plan to try, but somehow there was no time. So when I can do it, maybe I will use a video :) I totally did not crash in the settings of the app, I had no need, because everything worked great from the beginning. Overall, however, it looks quite clear and simple and is Czech English, so if you do not speak English, many things you can probably guess.
To sum up, gimbal looks really good. The case on it is great and when I break the gimbal (which will not last long), so I will use the case for something else. I really like it a lot, just like gimbal. The Vimble 2 itself is robust, so it probably lasts something and you don't have to worry about spilling it in your hand. Do not be afraid to push the extension out. It's hard, I guess so it doesn't spontaneously. The battery should last up to 10 hours. I haven't been doing that for so long, but she seemed to survive me, too, so probably. Generally, I enjoy this device, so this year (2020) I will probably bring it with me to photoshoots and workshops and I think that will finally make more backstage, which I needed.
And now check out the video I made with Vimble 2 at the November workshop. There is no additional stabilization added to the image in post-production, so you see a really raw image of it coming out of the mobile.