Functions and modes
FeiyuTech has designed the SPG2 for all people who want to record videos with their smartphone without disturbing movements. Although the main target group are certainly Vloggers, the Gimbal still offers protection against splashing water, which makes it easy to use outdoors, for example when skiing. In the test the Gimbal could master its main purpose, namely the compensation of movements with bravura. However, the different modes allow much more than just recording stable videos.
In addition to the smartphone, the gimbal itself provides the user with information about the currently used mode, battery life and other things directly via the easy-to-read OLED display in the handle.
To increase the audio quality, an additional microphone can be connected to the gimbal via a jack plug in addition to the smartphone microphone. Additional accessories can also be mounted to the gimbal via two ¼ inch threads. During use, the gimbal is mainly controlled by the multi-function rotary control, which can be used to control the zoom, focus and movement of the three rotary axes. Thanks to the good positioning on the side of the handle, all important functions can be controlled with one hand during use.
The so-called Shadow Hunting mode reacts particularly quickly to user rotation without compensating for movement. This also allows fast objects to be recorded, but at the expense of quality.
Especially for friends of Instagram, Facebook and Co. the Vertical mode has been integrated, where the recording mode can be changed with only one click.
My personal highlight, however, was the Follow mode which, in combination with the Anti-Shake algorithm, makes it possible to focus an object and then film it in motion. The gimbal’s software then ensures that, for example, a previously focused house remains in the focus of the image while the carrier is running.
The 5,000 mAh rechargeable battery should provide a runtime of about 14 hours. Charging via USB takes about 2 hours. An all-day use is therefore possible without any problems. In addition, the battery can also be charged on the go via an optionally available power bank.
Also noteworthy is the relatively high weight, which, together with a smartphone, is around 700 g. Personally I did not find this disturbing because of the good grip, but some people will certainly prefer a lighter plastic gimbal.