Moza Mini-Mi Review: Best Smartphone Gimbal 2018!

Moza Mini-MiThis right here is the first gimbal with wireless charging for your smartphone. It’s small, easy to carry and right now I think it’s the best stabilizer out there for IGTV content, you’ll see why in this video. I’m gonna talk about specs, price and of course things that I like and things that could be improved on the next version. You need to watch the entire video to find out all the cool things about this gimbal, the new Moza Mini-Mi. Hey, guys I’m Criss, welcome to Eye Stocker, the place where I review gear and I teach you cool tricks to edit photos and videos. Today we’re gonna take a look at this stabilizer, you’ll find it down in the description, it’s from a company called Moza, they sent me this product to test it out and share my thoughts, however this is not a paid review.

The gimbal is called Moza Mini-Mi and the first thing I want to mention is the protective case of this product which is well built and very useful when traveling.This is something really important because gimbals have motors and their components are shock-sensitive so you need to take care of them as much as you can especially when traveling from one location to another. Inside the case you’ll find the gimbal itself, a usb cable for charging, a small box that contains a tripod which can be attached to the stabilizer and of course the user manual. The tripod also helps to extend the gimbal so you can have a better grip when moving around.

The only thing that I wish to be changed for the next generation of this gimbal is to have the same tripod made from metal instead of plastic, because it’s a very important part to keep the gimbal safe on a plain surface. I’m not saying that the tripod is not well built, it’s made from a solid plastic as well, but I think a metal version will be much safer. The stabilizer is built from a smooth but resistant plastic and this makes the gimbal very light, at only 543 grams and it supports phones between 61-92 mm. This means you can fit an iPhone 8 Plus or Samsung Galaxy phones as well, and mounting a phone is very simple, fast and secure.

It also supports a weight of 300 grams so for example I use a case for my phone and its total weight is 230 grams. So I took the gimbal out for some tests, you can see the difference between the gopro footage that was attached to my chest and the movie recorded with my iPhone 8 plus that was mounted on the stabilizer. I need to mention that the iPhone, when recording video has some stabilization built in already but overall, the gimbal helps a lot to keep a very smooth movement. I don’t have an Android phone so I tested this gimbal using an ios device only.

There is an app called Moza Genie, you’ll find it in the App Store that allows you to control lots of features on this gimbal. In the app you’ll find another camera app as well, created exclusively for the gimbal. I’ll show you a couple of features in this video but first let’s see what we have on the gimbal itself. So like on any other gimbal there is a joystick that you can use to control the manual movements, there’s also a wheel, you can use it only in the Moza Genie app, you have a center button for recording videos or taking photos and you also have different shooting modes that can be activated by pressing on the margins of this wheel.

The on and off button is located on the right side, and I like the fact that, while being turned on, a simple press on the button makes the gimbal to enter the stand by mode. This helps when you want to check your shots or recordings on the phone, so you can feel free to turn the phone in any position because you will not force the motors and when you want to go back in full operational mode you just press once and the gimbal is back in action. Another thing to mention is that it has 4 quarter twenty threads that can be used to attach the gimbal on a tripod, like the included one, or a small microphone for example if you want better audio while recording your videos.

Now, what I love the most about this gimbal is the wireless charging function, that works even through a phone case. So you just double press the on/off button wait for a couple of seconds and the phone will start charging and that is awesome. Everybody knows that when shooting movies, the smartphone’s battery will significantly drop and with this wireless charging mode you can solve this problem. But if your phone doesn’t support wireless charging you can use this USB port at the top of the gimbal to charge the phone with a cable, so you are covered in both situations.

Also, you can use the USB charging port of the gimbal with an external battery if you want to charge it while you are using it. For example I use this external battery from Anker, I have it for more than a year now and I am very happy with it. I’ll link it in the description as well. After you mounted the phone on the gimbal the balancing part is very simple. You just have to loosen this knob, extend the arm of the gimbal and adjust it until the phone remains in the same position after you let it go. With a good balancing, the gimbal’s battery will last longer because it will not consume energy on keeping the phone stable and leveled.

So this is something that you need to keep in mind usually when using any kind of gimbals, you should always spend time to balance them correctly. Speaking about the battery, Moza claims it will last for 10 hours and it will charge through the USB port in 3.5 hours. Actually I used this gimbal a lot and I charged it only once when I received it. And when you mount your phone, you can have the motor either on the left side or right side, it doesn’t matter, the gimbal’s software knows how to deal with this. I’ve mentioned about the gimbal shooting modes and I have to say that I’m very happy with them.

As default when you move the gimbal, it only rotates left and right so it operates in yaw mode. If you press twice, you enter the all lock mode when the phone will stay in the same position while you can rotate and turn the handle freely however you wish. Press 3 times and you have the control over both yaw and pitch, very useful when your subject is moving around and from here if you press twice, the yaw is blocked but the pitch is free to operate. The Moza Mini-Mi also has the sport mode. The gimbal will follow you right away if you're moving fast.

Another thing that kept my attention was the inception mode if you press 3 times on the top of the dial, you can control the roll axis and you move forward or backward to create an interesting look, inspired from the Inception movie. I actually love this kind of shot even if it’s a bit weird to the eye, you can be creative with this and shoot some interesting b-roll sequences. The Moza Mini-Mi is also prepared to shoot vertical video and you can do this in 2 different modes. If you want to use it for example for quick Instagram or Facebook stories, you just have to tilt the gimbal to 90 degress and it will automatically switch into vertical shooting mode. If you want to shoot longer movies for IGTV you need to loosen this knob on the back, turn the mount to 90 degrees and now the gimbal can be placed on the table and you don’t have to hold it in your hands, which is very nice! I would like to show you some more real footage that I shot using this gimbal while I was running on a plain surface and also on stairs.

I think this way it will be easier for you to decide if you’ll buy the gimbal or not, I tried to test it in situations where if you would not have a gimbal you’ll end up having a lot of shaky footage. So let’s see some short sequences and then I will come back to talk about the Moza app and the price. Ok, let’s talk about the Moza Genie app now. My favorite feature by far is the tracking function. So if you track something you just have to draw a box on the screen using your finger and the gimbal will follow the subject while it’s moving.

You can see an example in this shot while I was using the tracking function and all I can say is that it works really well. You can even record yourself while moving in front of the camera and this is another great function that I enjoy because as I said, it tracks you automatically. The built in camera app allows you to switch to professional manual recording so you can choose your own shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus and so on. This is really helpful, but there is a thing that must be improved with a firmware update, because by default, the camera will be set to 720p resolution and everytime you turn on the gimbal you need to re-enter the settings and switch to 1080p or 4k resolution and if you forget to do this… sorry but.. you will record in 720p.

I think this can be easily fixed with a software update. If you don’t want to use the Moza camera app, you can freely use the original app from your smartphone, not a problem at all, but you will not be able to use the dedicated button of the gimbal to take photos or record movies, so that button works only from the Moza app. The price of the Moza Mini-Mi is 109 dolars on Amazon, a good price from my point of view but let me know what do you think down in the comments about this stabilizer. So I want to give an honest feedback right now if you’re interested in this product.

I find it very useful when traveling in vacations if you don’t want to carry heavy cameras and heavy gimbals with you all the time. I think that capturing awesome photos and videos especially in vacations should be a pleasant process, because if you get tired by carrying heavy gear, this is no fun at some point. I will use this gimbal from now on in my free time, because my iPhone 8 plus is doing a great job capturing quality photos and videos so this will be enough for me when I’m not producing content for my clients.

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