What the Tech? Gadget Review: The Smove
It's been a while since I've reviewed a new gadget. Because Vlogging and YouTubing is hot right now, video camera or smartphone stabilizers are in demand. No one wants to see or post shaky videos. There are several expensive stabilizers on the market now. This one was one of the first low-cost stabilizers that started out on Indiegogo. I'm reviewing the Smove.
If you're going to go to Disney World you're going to take pictures and you're going to record video. And you want that video to be smooth.
The Smove is one of over a dozen smartphone stabilizers to help shoot smooth videos with a smartphone camera.
Mount the phone using spring clips. This latest Smove model extends an extra foot so video bloggers and Instagrammers can get the shot they want.
Once the phone is in place, turn on the stabilizer and get to work. You can pan, tilt and even zoom without touching the camera, just by using the buttons on the handgrip.
The Smove comes with an app that adds features such as face follow, programmable motion time lapse and auto panorama.
If I'd tried shooting this performance at Disney without a stablizer and without the extension stick I'd have gotten only the backs of people's heads.
It isn't all great. Large phones like an iPhone Plus barely fit if they're in a case. And I wouldn't put my expensive smartphone in anything without a case.
Sometimes the Smove lost the bluetooth connection, and sometimes I didn't get it balanced quite right ahead of time. I had to shut it down and start over.
But I found when I took the time to get it set up correctly, the Smove did what it claimed to do.
With so many people YouTubing and vlogging, a steady cam is necessary, and the Smove certainly holds its own with all the rest.