Review: Periscope users rejoice with Feiyu’s G4 Plus 3-Axis Gimbal for Smartphone video
A hand-held steadicam ideal for YouTube Live Broadcasting and social media
- High spec at low price
- Fast fingerprint reader
- Hit and miss cameras
It's not much of a looker but its a great performer. Specs and features are high end and the price stays low. Camera performance could be better though.
Price$ 399.00 (AUD)
If you’ve ever shot extended video with your phone, you know that the results can get shaky and annoying – especially when walking around. Feiyu’s G4 Plus mount for smartphone gets rid of all such vibration by using three gyroscopes and motion sensors to smooth out all small or sudden movements. And it works really well.
It feels incredibly well built – out of aircraft-grade aluminium and is relatively light at 410g considering the technology inside. It takes two IMR 18350 (900mAh) batteries which is slightly disappointing as they’re not a commonly-sold size. However, Feiyu supplies four of them and they can be recharged both in the gimbal or in an included charging dock via an (also included) old-school miniUSB cable.
All operation is done by one button which is easily accessed by your thumb (although there’s an off switch at the bottom too. The button cycles through a few modes when you press it: one that only allows panning, only tilting or a full lock in a certain direction. A triple press inverts the phone meaning you can invert the gimbal and hold it upside-down for some really obscure shots.
All motors use “brush technology” to help keep the noise down when moving. You can still hear the occasional whine when making large movements but only when you’re in a quiet environment.
The mount on the G4 Plus is big enough for phones the size of an iPhone 6S Plus or Huawei Mate 8 – about 6 inches. We also happily used a small Huawei P9 with it. Feiyu provides two different-sized counter weights to assist with balance – you need to spend time getting that right or your whole video will tilt at the same angle.
At the base of the handle is a 20mm thread mount. It would have been nice to add a way of fixing it to a standard tripod or monopod included though.
Ultimately, we’ve used this a lot. It’s great for anyone who uses their phone for video - whether outside recording, broadcasting on Periscope, Youtube’s new Live Broadcast or talking on camera, selfie-stick style.
It’s expensive but it’s a deceptively-serious piece of technology.
Feiyu also sent us a G4S gimbal. This variant is the same but for its GoPro mount instead of a smartphone mount. It also comes in a nice travel case which is missing from the G4 Plus. The company also makes many other stabilizing mounts for a variety of camera sizes that fit on people, cars or planes. They’re pricey, but going by this the quality is there. Just note they all have confusing product codes so double-check that you're buying the right one!Read more: Huawei P9 smartphone review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.
We loved using these mounts and will continue to do so. If you’re an enthusiast about recording video like this, the G4 Plus is a great buy.
- Twitter is bringing an in-app Periscope button to all
- Snapchat's Discover feature gets magazine-style makeover
- Review: Tudia Klip seeks to prolong the life of iPhone and iPad charging cables
- Tiny and fast: Lexar’s 200GB 633x microSDXC UHS-I card review
- YouTube live mobile video changes everything
- All coverage from Computex 2016
- Review: Incipio OtterBox and 3Sixt cases for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
- Review: Wireless charging and waterproof cases for iPhone plus Ollclip (Movie) Studio case
- Sony Xperia X Performance review: Sony’s most disappointing product in years
- Review: HTC One X9 and OPPO R9 - mid-range Android phones
- Aftershokz Wireless Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones review
- LG shakes up its mobile division after lackluster G5 sales
- A technologically-flippant woman’s guide to technology. Part One
- Snapchat launches Memories so you can save and search for past stories
- Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review
- What do Sydney's famous landmarks look like in a Pokemon world?
- HoudahGeo 5 review: Now every DSLR photo can include geotags
- Get to know iOS 10's updated Apple News app with breaking news notifications
- Moleskine Timepage review: A true day planner for the digital age
- Fenix RC40 review: This flashlight is so powerful, it'll even charge your phone
- How to make your phone look and work more like stock Android
- How to buy a 2nd hand camera in Tokyo, Japan
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 2 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 3 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
- 4 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 5 Xbox One X review: Brave new world
Latest News Articles
- Logitech try to reinvent the keyboard experience with Logitech CRAFT
- Fujifilm announces the Elite X-H1
- Confirmed: AMD will loan chips to help with motherboard updates for Ryzen APUs
- Intel says it's been hit with 32 separate lawsuits over Spectre, Meltdown
- VPN Unlimited review: Good speeds, but what's with that map?
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Sony a7R Mk III review: The strongest case yet for ditching your DSLR
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Oppo R11s: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCDelivery Manager - Cloud Solution ProjectNSW
- TPICT Portfolio AnalystNSW
- TPIT Project Support & Finance OffcerVIC
- FTCheckpoint Engineers wantedVIC
- FTProblem ManagerSA
- FTDigital Content ProducerOther
- TPIT Portfolio CoordinatorQLD
- FTFullstack .NET Developer - AngularOther
- FTProgram Manager - SAP Asset ManagementOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - End User Computing - MobilityOther
- TPProject ManagerACT
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- CCInstructional DesignerNSW
- FTData EngineerOther
- FTService Asset & Configuration ManagerNSW
- CCMultiple Business AnalystsACT
- FTHR Payroll Officer - Government background onlyOther
- FTService Desk - Team Leader (Night Shift)Other
- CCSenior MS SQL DeveloperNSW
- TPSystems AdministratorQLD
- FTGraduate Project CoordinatorACT
- FTSenior Systems Engineer / Azure, VMware, O365 X 2Other
- CCXamarin DeveloperNSW
- FTBusiness / Data AnalystOther
- FTChange Architect - technology and organisationalOther