We test gimbal for the smartphone Feiyu Tech SPG 2 . Is this a good gadget for filming and will it replace a selfie stick? We will check it in our review.
Self-tapping poles are increasingly being replaced by gimbals. No wonder, in the end gimbals have recently been cheaper, and their capabilities are really big. Our latest model Feiyu Tech SPG 2 hit our editorial team . This simple and small gimbal offers considerable opportunities, which we had the opportunity to see during the tests.
Construction and execution of Feiyu Tech SPG 2
In comparison to gimbals created for cameras, this one can boast of very small sizes and weight ( less than 500 grams with batteries ). SPG 2 can easily be stored in a small bag or backpack, so it can accompany us virtually anywhere. The simple design based on a matte finish makes the gimbal an elegant, while the rubber grip makes the SPG 2 comfortable to hold in your hand.Gimbal comes in a suitcase made of hardened styrofoam. In the set, in addition to the device, we get a small stand that will allow the gimbal to be fixed firmly on a hard surface. In addition, there is a micro USB cable, which is used not only to connect the gimbal to the computer, but also for charging. We do not take out the batteries, we charge them directly in the gimbal . In the set, however, we do not receive a plug, so we have to take care of it on our own. What distinguishes SPG 2 from the producer's models dedicated to cameras and cameras is a simplified design. The smartphone is simply attached to the gimbal, but we do not have to level it. Simply put, we set up a smartphone and start working immediately. The catch for the smartphone can be expanded, so we attach both a small, even 4-inch smartphone, and a 6-inch phablet. The number of buttons has been limited to provide the greatest ease of use. We will find a switch at the front, which also serves to change the mode. In addition, a button for recording / taking photos and finally a joystick, allowing you to change the position of the camera in different directions. On the other side, in the place where we are holding the index finger, there is one more function button and a slider that allows you to tilt the smartphone in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction. In turn, on the left you will find a knob that can ultimately rotate the smartphone forward or backward. Together with the joystick it gives us a full range of movements in each direction. Despite the small size of gimbal, the producer managed to find a place for a miniature screen . On it, the status of the Bluetooth connection is displayed, the mode is active at the moment and the battery charge status, and thus the most important information. In the lower part of the gimbal handle has a universal thread, to which you can screw in not only the attached stand, but also a simple fastener, to use it to attach the device to the tripod.
Using Feiyu Tech SPG 2
Turn the device on by holding the power button for a few seconds. An animation with the producer's logo appears on the screen, and the sound signal confirms the readiness to act. Due to the fact that you do not need to stabilize your smartphone, all you need to do is set it up and you can start working right away . The smartphone is ultimately facing the lens towards one of the stabilizing axes, that is the opposite of the camera. This is because otherwise the stabilizing axis would obscure the screen a bit. With the help of the Mode button located on the front, you can select individual operating modes. There are five of them and we choose them by pressing the button a short time, once or several depending on which mode we want to use. The individual modes give a smaller or larger range of device operation. Ultimately, the gimbal starts in the panning mode, in which the smartphone smoothly follows the rotational movement of the handle, while maintaining a fixed position in relation to the horizon line.We also have a lock mode where the smartphone stays in one place regardless of the movements. On the other hand, in the tracking mode, the camera camera smoothly follows the handle's rotation and up-down. We also have an extended multi-axis tracking mode, in which the gimbal follows the movement of the hand in all three axes. The last mode is a quick reaction mode, in which the camera follows the swivel movement of the holder quickly, while maintaining a fixed position in relation to the horizon line. I usually use tracking mode because it gives me a wide range of movements and works best in everyday use. Of course, in each mode we can use the knob, slider and joystick, thanks to which we can move the smartphone manually. With the fact that the traffic will not be as smooth as in the situation when we use the tracking mode. Making a smooth shot using a joystick is, however, an art, because usually the gimbal reacts too fast, so the most common movements performed with the joystick are not very smooth. However, gimbal's work possibilities can be significantly increased by installing dedicated applications on your smartphone. Let's start with the fact that the gimbal connects to our smartphone via Bluetooth. Even without an application, this connection gives you the ability to enable / disable recording or taking photos. Only the installation of dedicated mobile applications gives you a full range of possibilities. Thanks to the program, we can interfere in the gimbal settings and, for example, adjust the power and sensitivity of the motors to the equipment we assume. We also receive additional options, such as the option of timelapping. Gimbal will automatically move at the appointed time to create a panoramic timelapse. An interesting option is also the tracking mode in which the gimbal will follow the face detected by the smartphone or the selected object. Unfortunately, from what I have noticed, the application does not allow you to record material in Full HD with a 50 fps frame – you can not choose such option in the menu, and the smartphone I used offered such a frame. A very interesting option offered by the gimbal is support for sound recording. Well, the external microphone can be directly connected to the gimbal and thus record the sound. From the gimbal level we can control the sound, so choose whether to record louder or quieter. These solutions make SPG 2 turn out to be an interesting choice for people who want to record vlogs using a smartphone. Gimbal has everything that the vloger will be useful during the recording. At the end, a few words about the smoothness of work. I was surprised that the micro gaming that gimbal generates is really low here . Even when I was running with the gimbal, the image remained relatively fluid. The response speed of gimbal to hand movements is high, and the smoothness of the work remains without a complaint. Maybe only bypassing objects around it generates slightly less smoothness of movement in the situation when the operator does not quite smoothly move the wrist. However, these types of shots also require the skill of the person turning. A slight delay can be noted in the case of a Bluetooth connection – it is only a moment after pressing the button, recording in the phone starts. When it comes to battery life, you can not fault anything here. On one charge the gimbal can work for up to 14 hours, which is a really good result. This means that in practice, usually gimbal is enough for at least two full days of filming, because no one will probably film one day for 14 hours without a break.
Feiyu Tech SPG 2 – test film
Summary and evaluation
Feiyu Tech SPG 2 is really an advanced tool, though it looks inconspicuous. This gimbal not only stabilizes the shots properly, but also, thanks to the installed applications, will allow you to control your smartphone and give great possibilities even to demanding users.This makes gimbal an interesting proposition for people who want to record a lot of movies with their smartphone. Thanks to SPG 2, you can take much more from smartphone shots . Of course, the price of the device is not among the lowest – 850 PLN is "a bit" more than a selfie stick . However, if we consider how big the gimbal offers, the price ceases to seem so large. Although the stability is not as high as in the case of models aimed at cameras, still using this gimbal you can get nice and smooth frames that will certainly enrich our films. [Show_rating]