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Best time to buy a gimbal over the next few months

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Best time to buy a gimbal over the next few months

Hi,

My wife and I are expecting our first child in March so I'd like to shoot some video on my iphone x. I have an a6500 but I think software and sharing is easier from my phone (and I don't have a great desktop set up for video).

1. When is the best time to buy a gimbal over the next few months (black friday, Christmas, boxing day)? Is there a new model that's expected soon that may influence my timing given that I won't really start shooting until March?
2. Are these all virtually the same? Seems like the Smooth 4, Q and OSMO are the most popular
3. Is OIS still an issue?

Thanks!
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Smooth 4 seems to ways be on sale at Amazon around 140
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you can wait but even when new ones are announced it can take like 6 mos before they're available
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poorwingman wrote:
Nov 24th, 2018 8:43 am
Hi,

My wife and I are expecting our first child in March so I'd like to shoot some video on my iphone x. I have an a6500 but I think software and sharing is easier from my phone (and I don't have a great desktop set up for video).

1. When is the best time to buy a gimbal over the next few months (black friday, Christmas, boxing day)? Is there a new model that's expected soon that may influence my timing given that I won't really start shooting until March?
2. Are these all virtually the same? Seems like the Smooth 4, Q and OSMO are the most popular
3. Is OIS still an issue?

Thanks!
Considering the child will likely not be moving much, I think a monopod and a manual slider would be better.

Plus you can use the year until he/she starts to walk to refine your video skills.
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I just ordered an Osmo Pocket. I sold my Zhiyun Crane M. I am looking to sell my Zhiyun Smooth Q as soon as my Osmo Pocket arrives.
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Oni-kun wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2018 12:13 pm
I just ordered an Osmo Pocket. I sold my Zhiyun Crane M. I am looking to sell my Zhiyun Smooth Q as soon as my Osmo Pocket arrives.
I have been eyeing the pocket too.. just curious, do you get a lot of usage out of your gimbals? I think I will use it occasionally here and there so I can't justify the cost to myself.
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Kouyo wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 2:41 pm
I have been eyeing the pocket too.. just curious, do you get a lot of usage out of your gimbals? I think I will use it occasionally here and there so I can't justify the cost to myself.
No, I've used the Crane M a total of 3 times. It could be because I'm not that into video and it was a pain in the ass taking my camera on and off and gimbal in and out of the bag everytime I saw a good photo opportunity vs video opportunity. I decided photo is more important to me. I never used the Smooth Q. I bought it in anticipation of a vacation coming up in January but now that the Osmo Pocket is out I ordered it and intend to sell the Smooth Q. If you don't care that much about tiny size I think something smaller like Smooth Q and phone will be good enough. Especially if shallow depth of field from a larger sensor on a real camera is not that important to you. Or you're mainly using it during daylight hours or well lit indoor areas.

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