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Zhiyun Rider-M Review Cheap Gimbal for Action Camera

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In this article I’m going to write about Zhiyun Rider-M. I also mention all the pros and cons of this device.

You know action cameras are great. They’re very compact easy to use and they can produce a high quality footage.

Also my action camera gives me the convenience of infinite focus and wide-angle lens just like a GoPro or any other high-end sports action camera. However the handheld footage is usually shaky and wobbly but one of the best the most mobile solutions is a gimbal.

If you don’t want to carry your bulky tripod everywhere, then Zhiyun Rider-M would be the right choice for you. The Zhiyun Rider-M which fits most of the action cameras and is just a fantastic load device and it’s very affordable.

The gimbal costs below 250 bucks. The device ships with all the stuff you need to start shooting videos.

Some of the notable accessories include a high quality selfie stick that is made almost entirely of metal.

Also there are two sets of batteries, a charger, a really nice carrying pouch, video output and charging cables for GoPro cameras and the GoPro accessory adapter. So you can attach the gimbal to almost anything you want.

The very first thing you’re going to notice is the build quality. The gimbal is made entirely of metal and it doesn’t seem to break anytime soon. It have some standard parts as the microUSB GoPro charging and the video output part.

The quarter inch screw mount allows you to attach the gimbal to all sorts of accessories. If you attach it to the tripod like I did you’ll get some very smooth shots.

What I love about the Zhiyun Rider-M is that it is very easy to use. Right off the bat all you have to do is to put your camera into the bracket, tighten up the screws, turn it on and you’re good to go.

It has just two control buttons. The power and the mode button. The default mode is called the pen following mode and I use it most of the time.

I have to tell you that the footage just looks stunning I was simply working normally and I didn’t try to hold my hand steadily at all and but the footage looks very smooth.

Also the gimbal is very responsive and even if you move it too quickly you will still have smooth and slow panning and tilting motion.

One mistake that I made was holding this selfie stick completely vertically that’s why one of the axis of the gimbal was caught by the wide-angle lens of my e-40 camera. In a few shots if you don’t make this mistake you will be able to shoot some awesome looking videos.

If you press the mode button once the gimbal will enter the locking mode which is great for smooth video until shots.

If you want to film a particular object this mode works great with both landscape and product shots. If you press the mode button twice you will enter the pan and pitch following mode where the gimbal moves towards the direction you point the camera to this mode works pretty well too.

Even if you move the gimbal quickly you will get a smooth shot since all the axis moves slowly.

The last mode is the selfie mode and it is triggered by pressing the mode button three times.

A cool feature is that you can simply point the gimbal to that direction you want and hold it for one second and the rider M locks that angle automatically.

Another great feature is that you can control the gimbal using your phone via the Bluetooth. Obviously you can also switch from one mode to another but you can also control the gimbal manual to get that perfect shot.

When it comes to the battery life is just fantastic you can always track the amount of juice left using the app but I have to tell you that the batteries last forever and I wasn’t able to kill them in like five days of using.

The gimbal if you need to recharge them the supply charger fully recharges. The batteries in about 2 hours in my opinion.

The shots it allows you to take a look very smooth. Even if you don’t hold a gimbal steadily and simply work normally.

Also the device doesn’t feel cheap at all since it’s made almost entirely of metal.

The battery life was great. This is the key feature I think.

The ability to control the gimbal using your phone and the easy of use of this device. You just take it out of the box and start shooting.

I strrongly suggest you to buy the Zhiyun Rider-M.

So that’s all about Zhiyun Rider-M. Thanks for reading this post.

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