Zhiyun Gimbal Comparison: Smooth Q vs Smooth 3

Smartphone gimbal or stabilizers are the best supplementary gadget to smartphones in terms of creating cinematic videos.

In this article, we compare Zhiyun’s two (2) gimbals for smartphones. The Zhiyun Smooth Q and Smooth 3.

Zhiyun Smooth Q

Smooth Q was released by the Chinese manufacturer Zhiyun in early 2017. It has mostly plastic construction. It holds smartphones with size up to 5.5-inches.

Smooth Q Price is currently around P5,000++ (in Lazada). You can buy yours here.

Zhiyun Smooth 3

The most improved version since Smooth 2 is Smooth 3, of course. It has a better grip and control. It has the unprecedented max. 260g payload for the even bigger smartphone. The battery performance of Smooth 3 is also commendable having ultra-long continuous runtime up to 14 hours.

Zhiyun Smooth 3 Price is still around P15k. You can buy it from Lazada using this link.

Smooth Q vs Smooth 3


It is hard to decide what to choose from Smooth Q or Smooth 3. Both are great gimbals. But to make it simple, here’s our take:

  • If you are a hobbyist and just starting to explore videography you can buy Smooth Q to start with.
  • If you are a pro videographer that incorporates smartphone videos in your shoot, buy the Smooth 3 by all means. The much-improved build and battery life will help you deliver high-quality videos.


Both the Smooth Q and Smooth 3 are NOT waterproof or has water resistance technology. You can’t shoot under the rain.

For people looking for gimbal for DSLR’s Zhiyun has a separate product for you too.

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