Stuart Forster writes a product review of the PNY Mobee Gimbal Stabiliser for smartphones.
Disclosure: Stuart Forster was gifted a PNY Mobee Gimbal Stabiliser for the purpose of writing this blog post, which PNY did not review or approve. Some of the links below, marked with a (£), are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
I was keen to test the PNY Mobee Gimbal Stabiliser because creating and publishing vlogs is one my goals for 2020.
One of my professional highlights of this year was being named among the finalists in two categories of the 2019 Travel Media Awards. Being shortlisted as one of five finalists in the Trade Feature of the Year and Blogger/Vlogger of Year categories was a major achievement bearing in mind the number and quality of the entrants. I was there in the Blogger/Vlogger of Year category on the strength of my blogging. Vlogging is something that I’d like to do but have not yet moved towards.
Vlogging for social media
People have been telling me for a while that filmmaking is now an essential part of being successful on social media. Consequently, I have started capturing short video sequences on my smartphone. I occasionally film short pieces to camera and post them on the Go Eat Do Twitter and Instagram pages. Ultimately, I know that I could and should be producing professional quality videos to boost engagement with my audience.
As a member of the National Union of Journalists I recently attended a training course to learn the basics of vlogging. Getting Started in Vlogging was offered by The Federation of Entertainment Unions. The course tutor encouraged participants to start making videos using our smartphones and explained how to upload them to YouTube.
I discovered that gimbals are used to stabilise cameras while they are moved during filming. The PNY Mobile Gimbee Stabiliser is one of several now on the market for use with smartphones.
Using the PNY Mobile Gimbal Stabiliser
Getting started with the PNY Mobile Gimbal Stabiliser proved relatively easy. I’m by no means gifted with great natural technical skills, yet I found using the product straightforward.
The user guide is just eight pages long. After unpacking the gimbal and setting it to charge — using the enclosed Micro-USB cable — I browsed the guide to gain an understanding of how to operate the gimbal. The controls to tilt, pan and zoom the smartphone’s camera are on the unit’s joystick-like handle.
Prior to using the gimbal I installed the PNY Mobee app. It’s available from the App Store as well as the Google Pay Store. After clamping my phone into the PNY Mobile Gimbal Stabiliser I switched on Bluetooth and paired the app with the device. Doing so proved easy. I learnt that my phone could be used in both horizontal and vertical modes.
Experimenting with the gimbal
I used the gimbal to take a series of still photographs then switched into video mode. Experimenting with zooming, tilting and panning proved fun.
Over the weeks ahead I hope that my video editing skills will develop and I’ll become able to create professional looking vlogs.
The lightness and simplicity of the PNY Mobile Gimbal Stabiliser makes me confident that I’ll be able to carry the unit with me frequently. That means I’ll be likely to use it.
The battery life of the gimbal is approximately 12 hours. If required, an external power source can be connected by USB.
The PNY Mobile Gimbal Stabiliser has made a positive first impression on me. It is priced at £69.99.
Want to see more? You can view an official PNY video about the PNY Mobee Gimbal Stabiliser on YouTube.
The gimbal comes with a hand strap, a detachable tripod-style foot and a carrying case made from soft, durable material.
The PNY Mobee Gimbal Stabiliser (£) is available via Amazon (£). At the time of writing it is priced at £69.99 (£):
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