I have to admit, I’m not a filmmaker. Yeah, I’ve shot and edited videos for YouTube and sure, I can properly expose an image. But sometimes, getting out the DSLR is just inconvenient. My iPhone is always with me, takes good photos, 4K video, and if I’m a novice, it takes a lot of guess work out of the exposure triangle. Your ISO, shutter speed, and aperture can be controlled by your smartphone freeing you up to just capture the moment. The downside of always using a smartphone is that it’s handheld. Videos are shaky and in low light, motion blur can take a great moment and ruin it. There are some really good tripod adapters and holders for your smartphone, but I haven’t found one that’s under $100 US that offers a whole lot of features. That is, until I was asked to review the Hohem iSteady X smartphone gimbal. Let’s check it out.
In the box, you get the device itself, a USB type C charging cable, carrying case, and user manual.