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Zhiyun Smooth-Q2

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 [1] started out as a Kickstarter project [2], where it raised a total of HK$4,156,171 from 3,947 backers out of their initial goal of HK$784,700.

The project started on 27th August 2019 and was fully funded on 27th August 2019. I received the product on 23rd October 2019.

So far, I have backed 56 projects on Kickstarter, and this is the only project that I received the product on time.

I paid HK$933 (S$163) with an additional HK$78 (S$14) shipping to Singapore for the Smooth-Q2 (Premium) Super Early Bird reward tier.

Get 1 SMOOTH-Q2 at 119 USD for 50 USD off the KS retail price 169 USD. You will get 1x Smooth-Q2, 1x USB-C Cable, 1x Mini Tripod, 1x Bag

For the unaware, Zhiyun is a Chinese company that specialized in gimbals for DSLR cameras, Mirrorless cameras, point and shoot cameras, and mobile phones.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 is an affordable, pro-performance, and pocket-sized gimbal for mobile phones.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Kickstarter [3]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Kickstarter
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Pouch [4]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Pouch
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Box Front [5]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Box Front
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Box Back [6]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Box Back
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Box [7]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Box
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Box Open [8]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Box Open
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Box Contents [9]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Box Contents
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - USB-A to USB-C Charging Cable [10]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – USB-A to USB-C Charging Cable
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Phone Holder [11]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Phone Holder

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2’s body is made of aluminum alloy, and it measures 204 x 102 x 42 mm and weighs 450 g.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Front [12]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Front

Inside it is a 4,500mAh battery, which will give you up to 16 hours of usage. There are two ports; the main USB-C port is used to charge the Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 while the Micro USB port is used to charge your mobile phone while being mounted on the gimbal.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Side - Charging Ports [13]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Side – Charging Ports

Since this is a Kickstarter project, the mobile phone charging cable is provided. I am using an iPhone, so I chose the Micro USB to Lightning charging cable.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Micro USB to Lightning Charging Cable [14]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Micro USB to Lightning Charging Cable

There is a standard tripod screw mount at the bottom of the Zhiyun Smooth-Q2, and you can use it to attach the provided mini tripod.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Bottom [15]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Bottom
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Mini Tripod [16]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Mini Tripod

The adjustable range of the phone holder is between 55 mm and 85 mm, and Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 supports mobile phones weighing up to 260 g.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Phone Holder Attached [17]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Phone Holder Attached
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - Phone Holder and Mini Tripod Attached [18]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – Phone Holder and Mini Tripod Attached
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 - With iPhone 11 Pro Max [19]
Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 – With iPhone 11 Pro Max

Some other features include: