FeiyuTech Vimble 2 Review
When it comes to video camera stabilizers, there’s no other company that’s as experienced as FeiyuTech. They have been in the industry for years and they were actually the first brand to come out with gimbals specifically designed for drones. Those kind of camera stabilizers are still used by hobbyists and professionals till this day. But that’s not all.
They have also got plenty of gimbals for both DSLR cameras and even smartphones. And the smartphone industry is growing like never before. Apparently being a vlogger is the most desired occupation at the moment. Because of that, people are looking to take their smartphone videos to the next level. That’s why they have created the FeiyuTech Vimble 2, a smartphone gimbal for vloggers! I recently purchased myself one as well as I recently decided to start vlogging. And that’s why I decided to review it!
- Dimensions: 335×130×63 mm / 13.2×5.1×2.5″
- Weight: 418 g / 0.92 lbs
- Payload: 210 g / 7.4 oz (Landscape), 200 g / 7.1 oz (Portrait)
- Tilt range: 320°
- Roll range: 320°
- Pan range: 320°
- Compatibility: iPhone series, Samsung S7 and other similar size Android phones
- Phone fixture: 57 to 84 mm / 2.2 to 3.3″
- Modes: Pan, Follow, Lock, Reset, Motion Control, Initialization, Switch camera
- Battery life: 5 hours
- Charging time: 2 hours
In The Box
- FeiyuTech Vimble 2 gimbal
- Wrist strap
- Micro USB to USB cable
- Micro USB to USB-C cable
- Micro USB to Lightning cable
- Micro USB to Micro USB cable
When I first received the FeiyuTech Vimble 2 in my post, I was surprised by how compact it was. The box that it comes in is far from huge and it has plenty of different graphics and information placed on it. Such as QR codes for their social media and the color of your purchased gimbal. Now what impressed me the most was actually inside. The gimbal is placed in a thick sturdy case that keeps it from getting damaged during transportation. It’s actually so nice that I can’t bring myself to throwing it away. I can definitely see it coming useful if I’m going to travel with it.
Inside the case, you will find the gimbal and all of the extras. That includes a foldable tripod, a wrist strap and a bunch of different Micro USB cables. The main one is for charging, which is the Micro USB to USB cable. The rest of them are for charging your phone with the gimbal. But more about that later.
Now the FeiyuTech Vimble 2 is an incredibly well built stabilizer. It’s made out of high quality plastic and I’m a huge fan of the design. It’s really comfortable to hold onto and it doesn’t tire out my arm. The overall dimensions are 335×130×63 mm / 13.2×5.1×2.5″ and it weighs 418 g / 0.92 lbs.
Besides having an ergonomic shape, the Vimble 2 has also got a fantastic layout of all the buttons and ports. The main controller area has a joystick, a button for power / modes and a button for recording or capturing a photo. They sit right under your thumb when you hold onto the gimbal. There is also a zoom in/out slider on the right side and a Micro USB port on the other side. Oh and of course the trigger button, which sits right at your trigger finger. So yes, you can control the entire stabilizer with just one hand.
Another thing that I really like is that there’s a standard tripod mount underneath the handle. And of course the number one buying point, which is the telescope feature. You can extend it for up to 18 cm / 7.1″. Which is an incredibly useful feature for vloggers.
The FeiyuTech Vimble 2 is compatible with both iPhone’s and Android phones. What it really comes down to is the size. The gimbal has a fixture that can be extended. The minimum width is 57 mm / 2.2″ and the maximum is 84 mm / 3.3″. But what also matters is the height. It’s important to get the phone completely balanced on the gimbal before you actually use it. As in even when the gimbal is turned off, your phone needs to remain horizontal. That’s why you can also adjust the position of the tilt motor. I personally use an iPhone SE and I need to use it with a case to get it completely balanced. And that’s at the minimum position.
So as long as your phone isn’t smaller and it fits in between the fixture, you are fine. Oh and the fixture can also be rotated, so you can use your phone in both portrait and landscape mode.
Now once you are done with all that, you can now turn on the gimbal and start using it. It doesn’t require an app to use all the built-in modes and it stabilizes just the same. That said, I still recommend connecting the Vimble 2 to an app. They recently came out with the Feiyu ON app that’s specifically designed for their gimbals. It’s available on both iOS and Android systems.
The app opens up access to a bunch of other modes and features that require the gimbal to use your phones camera. Such as for locking the gimbal to an object or having it follow a persons face. Plus you can adjust how fast or smooth the motors react to movements and update firmware. All you have to do is turn on your Bluetooth, open up the app and it will automatically discover the gimbal.
The FeiyuTech Vimble 2 is designed for keeping your phone stable and that’s exactly what it exceeds at. I have been using it for two weeks now and so far it hasn’t failed me once. Nor has it gone completely crazy on me. I did have some vibrating at first but that was my own fault as I didn’t have the gimbal balanced. But once I adjusted my phone and got it completely balanced, the vibrations disappeared. So overall I’m extremely satisfied with the performance. I have put together a little example video as well.
Another thing that I really like is that it’s really easy to use the Vimble 2. You don’t need to have any prior experience with gimbals to be able to use it right away. It is however a good idea to watch some instruction videos before you actually use it. That’s just so you can understand better of the different modes that it has. For example one click on the mode button enables Pan mode. It locks the tilt and roll movement and allows you to freely rotate it on the handle. It’s the default mode for stabilizing your phone.
Two button clicks enters the follow mode. This switches on all the motors and your phone follows the movement of the gimbal. As in if you change the angle of the handle, then the phone will follow that angle. Three clicks switches between the cameras if you have it paired up with the app. Four clicks enters Auto-Rotation. You can make the gimbal do an automated rotation of your choosing. You can even adjust the speed of the rotation.
And finally the trigger button, which is what I like to call the savior. A simple double click on the trigger brings the phone back to the original position and resets to Pan mode. It’s incredibly useful if you have managed to get the phone to a weird angle, which can happen in Follow mode. The trigger can also be used to completely lock the position of the phone. In this case you need to keep holding down the trigger. Release and the gimbal goes back to the previous mode that you were using.
There’s basically so much that you can do with the FeiyuTech Vimble 2. The app opens up the ability to track a persons face, objects and change the intensity of the motors. It’s an incredibly power phone stabilizer that’s perfect for vloggers. Oh and I earlier mentioned about it having a joystick. The little joystick is a treat to use and you can use it to move your phone in different directions. You can basically make quick manual adjustments while recording.
The Vimble 2 has a built-in battery that you can’t take out or replace. That’s why the gimbal has a Micro USB port for charging. There is also a secondary Micro USB next to the phone fixture as well. That port is only used for connecting the gimbal to your phone. It basically turns the gimbal into a “powerbank” while you use it. The battery life is also quite decent. It has enough power for around 5 hours of action.
Overall FeiyuTech has done a fantastic job at creating the ultimate phone stabilizer for vloggers. The Vimble 2 is incredibly easy to use, has a wide variety of different functions and most importantly, it performs exactly like a gimbal is supposed to. It’s reliable and does a fantastic job at keeping your phone stable. Plus it works with both iOS and Android systems. So if you are looking for a stabilizer for your phone, then you should definitely take a look at the Vimble 2!