Zhiyun Tech has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new SMOOTH-Q2, a pocket-sized gimbal designed for smartphones. Zhiyun boasts that its latest gimbal is smaller than the DJI Osmo 2 and Osmo 3, packing a 4500mAh battery for up to 17 hours of usage, as well as a number of features including object tracking, time-lapse and 360-degree POV modes.

The SMOOTH-Q2 Mobile Gimbal is made from CNC-machined aluminum alloy and is very compact, able to fit entirely within a pants pocket. The device features a five-way joystick and support for shooting in landscape and portrait modes. Users can directly control their phone's native camera app over Bluetooth.

The gimbal uses a quick-release clip for rapidly attaching and removing a smartphone. In addition to the five-way joystick, the SMOOTH-Q2 sports a button for manually toggling between the photo and video modes, LED indicators for mode and battery status, a power button and USB-C charging port.

The SMOOTH-Q2 can be used with an accessory via a 1/4" threaded screw hole on the bottom of the handle. Zhiyun claims the gimbal's motor is durable with a maximum payload capacity up to 260g (9oz) and longevity ranging up to 3,000 hours of continuous work. Users can use SMOOTH-Q2 to shoot in motion-lapse, time-lapse, POV, vortex, multimode and object-tracking modes.

Zhiyun is seeking funds for SMOOTH-Q2 on Kickstarter, where it is offering a ‘Standard Package' kit for pledges of at least $109 USD. In addition to the Standard Package, which includes the gimbal, phone holder, strap and cable. There's also a Premium Package option that also includes a bag, phone charging cable and mini tripod for pledges of $119 USD.

Assuming the campaign is successful, the company plans to start shipping products in October.


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