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Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4: what’s the difference?

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4: what’s the difference?

By  Adan Flannigan 2019-10-18 26692 1

After DJI released its first foldable smartphone gimbal - DJI Osmo Mobile 3 on August, 13. Zhiyun also launched its new stabilizer, Zhiyun Smooth Q2. Compare to the previous version, Zhiyun Smooth Q2 has a great improvements in both design and performance,and also adds a lot of new features. Of course, there are some significant differences between the two versions. Before making an informed decision.We make a comparison of the two products.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4 

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4: appearance and design

Except the obvious difference in the size, the biggest change should be the button on Zhiyun Smooth Q2, with only three key settings for the entire handle, including the joystick, the photo/video button, and the power button key. You just control it with the thumb because of the minimalist design. Even the granny can operate it easily.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4 

There is a 1/4 screw connection, outer foot brace or other accessories at the bottom, which is the only interface that can be connected to the external equipment of the whole stabilizer.


The functional buttons on Zhiyun Smooth 4 are quite comprehensive, with up to 17 hotkeys, with direction keys and flash lights in the middle, MENU and DISP buttons on top, photo buttons in the lower, video buttons in red dots, and zoom / focus switching on the left.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4 

The bottom of the handle is provided with the PF/L mode switch button, the PF mode is the follow mode, L is the lock mode, followed by the stabilizer switch button and the remaining power.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4: function and features

As the Zhiyun Smooth Q2 only remain three operation keys: joystick, power button and photo/ video button. The mode switching has a big change. Zhiyun integrates the mode switching button and the universal operation key together, and switch the mode by press joystick. Single press to change stabilizer mode and double press to return to the previous mode.


At present, there are five modes available, namely: PF (left and right follow mode, F (full follow mode), L (full lock mode), POV (first view mode) and V (3D dream mode).


While Zhiyun Smooth 4 also has its own features by the two button at the back of handle. You can enter Following mode and PhoneGo mode by pressing these two keys.


● PhoneGo mode: A rocker switch on the front of Zhiyun smooth 4 can be used to activate PhoneGo mode, which synchronizes the motors at maximum speed with even the smallest movements.

● Following mode: In Following mode, the roll axis is locked, the pitch axis moves in the horizontal direction of the phone, and double-clicking the full follow button automatically places the phone in the center.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4: battery life

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 also improves the battery life. It has 4,500 mAh battery capacity which can offers 17 hours shooting. So you can easily spend a day without worry about the power.

Zhiyun Smooth Q2 vs Zhiyun Smooth 4​ 

The battery capacity of Zhiyun Smooth 4 can be used for 12 hours, which is basically suitable for our daily operation.


Which one should you choose? Zhiyun Smooth Q2 is entry-levle smartphone stabilizer. With the simple operation and long battery life, it is a best choice for the vlog fresher for basic use. If you want experience more shooting mode, you can go to Zhiyun Smooth 4.

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