In recent months we have had the opportunity to test many cheap gimbal, which have shown all their qualities from the hardware point of view, but that have made us turn up a bit 'nose due to immature and untreated software (at least initially). For this reason in today's review we will go to see a new one low-cost gimbal who wants to beat the competition, or rather Zhiyun Cinepeer C11.
Has this product managed to differentiate itself from its rivals or will it also show some uncertainties in terms of software? We just have to find out in our article.
Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 review
Unboxing - Zhiyun Cinepeer C11
Being a sample reserved for the press, the packaging is different from the official sales one. However, we will list what we found in the box:
- Zhiyun Cinepeer C11;
- USB charging cable - Micro USB.
Therefore, the instruction manual that you will most likely find in your package is also absent.
Design and construction
Il design the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 is very simple e modern, although it is similar to all other competitors within its price range. This is done almost entirely in plastic well made, which has been painted with specks that improve the aesthetics and the grip.
From this point of view we can not complain, the ergonomics are good although the weight after long sessions of use begins to be felt. Indeed, the gimbal has the dimensions of 118 x 105 x 285 millimeters for a weight of 440 grams.
Front we find the power button, the button to change mode, the joystick to manually manage the movements of the gimbal and the zoom slider, at the rear we have a USB input to connect a cable to recharge the smartphone in use, while on the bottom you can see a 1/4 ″ attachment for use on a tripod.
The horizontal axis can be adjusted in length, while the smartphone housing can be rotated for shoot movies vertically (for Instagram or TikTok for example). The internal lining is in rubber and manages to keep the device firmly (as long as you remove the cover), so that it cannot slip during use.
Connect it Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 the smartphone is very simple, just download the app ZY Play, activate the Bluetooth phone and select the model "Other" to start the pairing.
I really liked the fact that every time we open the app the two devices will they will connect automatically (provided that the BT is turned on), without the need to search again as often happens on other competitors.
I must say that during this period of use I stayed quite satisfied from the gimbal, although sometimes i did i moods both software and hardware side. In fact, often taking panoramic photos, the arm rotates totally towards the end, subsequently trying to move towards the locked side.
By pushing on the mode button we can switch between Pan following fashion, Full Following Mode, Lock fashion e POV Mode, which do their job sufficiently. The movements however are soft, fluid and free of clicks and as if that wasn't enough we can use the joystick to move the arms.
We also point out that the maximum inclination axis is 320 °, as well as that of the roll, while the pan stops at 300 °. Among the settings it is also possible to set the speed of the movements of each axis.
Il software from which to manage it Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 it is quite complete and more optimized than I thought, although some are not absent bug.
Analyzing these aspects immediately it often happens that the application crashes when we go to interrupt a Moving timelapse, forcing us to forcibly close the app and reopen it. In addition, switching from the rear to the front camera images will elongated, but taking the photo it will appear normal. Then moving from the app gallery to the view finder the images will return in normal format (and not scratched).
These are just some of the small flaws that we can find, but which I do not consider so serious as to make us not use the application.
For the rest we can do the following:
- Spring panoramic;
- Videos slow motion;
- Timelapse: we can set the duration and the shooting interval to our liking;
- Moving timelapse: we can choose between "180 ° moving timelipse", "Tilting motion timelampse", "Panning and tilting motion timelapse", "POV mode".
I must say that the latter work rather well and are quite intuitive in use, it will be enough to manually set a start point, an end point and the duration of the timelapse and the Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 will do everything. The movements are clean and the end result is excellent. I have something to complain about slow motion showing one not enough quality because of 30 fps to be compulsorily set.
We then have a series of filters and the possibility of trace an object e follow him movements throughout the video.
In the settings we can manage the resolution (up to 4K at 30 fps), the grid, the stabilization parameters, OIS / EIS on / off and control the information of the gimbal.
Lo Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 has a battery from 4000 mAh, which guarantees us excellent autonomy. The manufacturer declares 12 hours of use, but according to my use I managed to get around 10 hours. Obviously this varies according to what you are going to do and whether the operations you carry out will require a greater or lesser energy effort.
So using the gimbal sporadically you will be able to go on for days without the need to recharge it.
Conclusions - Zhiyun Cinepeer C11
Lo Zhiyun Cinepeer C11 it is one of the cheapest gimbal on the market, in fact, this is available on Gearbest in lightning offer about 80 €! I must say that in relation to the price the build quality is very good, the autonomy is infinite and the performances are on a par with its competitors. Sure, we have a software that needs some improvements, but already from the first start it is perfectly usable.
I personally feel like recommending to all who want appear for the first time in this world, also because behind us we have the reliability of one of the leading Chinese companies in this sector, that is Zhiyun.