Zhiyun Smooth 5S: price, date, release date revealed

Gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun has announced the Smooth 5S one-handed gimbal stabilizer, with many improvements over the previous version that make it an ideal solution for larger and standard-sized mobile phones. The all-new, pro-level 3-axis gimbal is packed with features designed to give filmmakers a creative edge in a small, highly portable package.

The Smooth 5S is the latest version of Zhiyun’s Smooth line and offers a range of enhanced features that are more suited to the latest line of mobile phones.

The new gimbal is more powerful than ever and can fit larger smartphones, providing superior stabilization. New to the model is the ability to mount two modular accent lights to augment the already decent light output of the built-in lamp.

This innovative lighting design offers a quick fix for increasing lighting power in darker locations and offers plenty of control over brightness to let you capture the video you need for your production.

Other design tweaks include a modified axis to allow for a wider angle of view and an intuitive control panel with integrated dials and direct control buttons to make gimbal adjustments and control quickly. and easily.

Xin Wang, Product Manager, Zhiyun, said, “Our creative tools enable content creators to achieve their filmmaking goals and allow them to explore the furthest limits of their creativity. With its innovative features and second-fill light, the Smooth 5S elevates your smartphone into the perfect one-person movie-making tool, day or night. It’s perfect for content creators or anyone who wants to express themselves creatively.

New fill light

The Zhiyun Smooth 5S has a new fill light on its tilt axis. This offers a color temperature of 5000k, a CRI of 90+ and an output power of 2W.

The new accent light adds to the built-in 300 lumen light that featured on previous Smooth models and provides full 360° illumination for areas up to 15 square meters. This light will allow you to enhance shadow detail and increase contrast and brightness wherever you shoot and in any lighting condition.

Unbreakable Stabilization

Updated magnetic steel motors powered by new algorithms help deliver shake-free footage for standard and larger mobile phones. The new larger phone clamp has also been designed to support tethered phones with additional lens options.

New levels of control

The redesigned axis configuration means that the Smooth 5S’s rear motors have changed position to allow for wider vision capture. This added freedom of movement allows for extremely wide-angle shooting and therefore puts more creative control in the hands of the creator.

The direct control feature on the gimbal handle allows the user to quickly access options and settings and options to adjust and change settings. Visual shooting modes and round cap joystick allow for easy one-handed control.

Up to 25 hours of use

One of the great features of the compact Smooth 5S is the exceptional battery life that Zhiyun cites with the output. Taking just 2 hours to fully charge via the PD quick-charge USB Type-C port, the Smooth 5S provides up to 25 hours of non-stop shooting.

Full compatibility with the ZY Cami app

As you’d expect, the Smooth 5S is fully compatible with the ZY Cami app and offers multiple templates, filters, music, transitions, and stickers, including:

  • Multiple quick-switch shooting modes including PF, L, F, POV
  • Support for zoom and focus switches and adjustment of focal length via the control wheel allow beginners to shoot professional zoom effects.
  • Smart Follow – secures the spotlight for your subject. Remotely control the camera via gestures.
  • MagicClone Pano, Slow motion, Timelapse functions.

Zhiyun’s professional StaCam app is an add-on designed for dedicated video shooting. This app has a simple multi-functional interface that will let you shoot videos with a cinematic feel.

Dimensions and weight

Dimensions 311x168x52mm

Weight 660g.

Zhiyun Smooth 5S Price and availability

Zhiyun Smooth 5S is available for £169 from the Zhiyun or Amazon store.


169 USD, 189 Euro, 169 GBP

For the SMOOTH 5S combo, the price is:

219 USD, 239 Euro, 219 GBP

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