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That’s a pretty loaded headline, so let me explain myself. A smartphone gimbal is a handheld stabilizer that helps prevent vibration while recording video. It can also keep the camera focused on a particular subject as you move. In short, it is a really effective tool for any videographer. (I’m looking at you TikTok people.)
These things have been around for years; early models sold for over $100. More recently, I’ve seen them dip below $100. But I’ve never seen this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon seller mexcellentUS has the High iSteady X 3-axis smartphone gimbal for $29.50 when you clip the $10 coupon and then apply the promo code H6PSXAGB at the cash register. That absolutely destroys any previous deals I’ve seen on this.
(Quick note: If you happen to hit Amazon and see another seller, it’s probably because mexcellentUS is sold out. Unfortunately, that means the coupon probably won’t show up and the code won’t work.)
The iSteady X is a motorized device, one that runs on batteries and is rechargeable. It needs to be paired with your phone via an Android or iOS app, which is also used for things like gesture controls and facial recognition. When not in use, it can be folded for easier storage in the included carrying case.
Hohem also has a removable tripod that you can screw to the bottom of the iSteady X. That’s great for taking time-lapse and panning shots or just taking selfie video hands-free.
I have used an iSteady X in the past. It generally works quite well, but be prepared: there is a learning curve. The controls certainly take some practice and the accompanying app isn’t the most intuitive. You won’t find much help in Hohem’s instructions; I recommend looking for some YouTube videos.
But once you’ve taken the time to get the hang of it, I think you’ll find this a very useful asset. And at this price, it’s practically an impulse buy. If you’re making a video, I definitely recommend taking a look.
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