Hohem iSteady X review: the pocket gimbal for less than 90 euros

Hohem iSteady X

If several years ago you needed a very expensive equipment to be a content creator, in 2021 one is enough smartphone and a good steady hand. For this reason we have seen a rapid rise of the gimbal for smartphones, which do not increase poco the quality of our videos thanks to a stabilization worthy of the best OIS. In more detail in today's review we will analyze the new one Hohem iSteady X, which is a compact and inexpensive gimbal that will help you raise the level of your shooting.

How did he behave? Will it be a valid alternative to the most popular brands? Let's find out together in the article!

Hohem iSteady X Review

Unboxing - Hohem iSteady X

The sales package is made of gray hardcover and inside there is the following equipment:

  • Hohem iSteady X;
  • tripod base;
  • USB cable - USB Type-C for charging;
  • gimbal holder strap;
  • gimbal case;
  • manuals.

Design and construction

L'Hohem iSteady X was meant to be a pocket gimbal and to always be carried with extreme ease, even in the pockets of the backpack or coat. In fact, we are talking about a product that can be folded in some places to further reduce its bulk.

Hohem iSteady X

More in detail theHohem iSteady X has the dimensions of 179 x 79 x 39 millimeters for a weight of just 259 grams. Despite its compactness, the company has reserved for the product some very good materials thanks to the polycarbonate body and some aluminum inserts.

I must say that it also resists bumps and scratches quite well, therefore also characterized by great solidity. Small dimensions do not only mean great freedom of movement, but also ease of use, as all the buttons are easily accessible with the thumb and we will never have to ask for the help of the other hand.

Hohem iSteady X

Speaking of buttons, on board we find the following:

  • Joystick: will allow you to rotate and tilt the gimbal while shooting;
  • Power button: with one press and prolong we will turn on / off the gimbal, with one touch we will rotate the smartphone from horizontal to vertical (and vice versa), with two touches we will center the axes.
  • Shutter button: with a press we will take a photo or we will start / end a shooting. With a double press we will switch from photo to video (and vice versa). By keeping this button pressed and simultaneously clicking 2, 3 and 4 times on the power button we will change the type of stabilization (Pan & Tilt follow, Pan follow, Everything blocked, POV).
  • Zoom: to zoom once you are in the proprietary app.

I point out that, obviously, apart from the stabilization change, some features can only be exploited through the proprietary application "Hohem Pro".

Hohem iSteady X

For the rest we find 3 status LEDs for the battery, a green LED that indicates the stabilization mode, a USB Type-C input for charging and at the bottom a housing to screw the tripod supplied. The latter is a gem not to be underestimated because it will allow you to recover independently if there is no one to do it for you, or to have a super static recovery.


  • Dimension summary: 179 x 79 x 39mm;
  • Weight: 259 gr;
  • Operating duration: 8 hours;
  • Battery: 2000 mAh;
  • Mechanical range: Panorama 320 °, Roll 320 °, Tilt 320 °;
  • Controllable range: Panorama 320 °, Roll 320 °, -30 ° / + 30 °;
  • Compatible phones: weight ≤ 280 gr, thickness ≤11 mm, width between 55 mm and 90 mm.

Operation and software

L'Hohem iSteady X è un prodotto extremely simple to use, in fact first you will have to download the application "Hohem Pro" on your smartphone, register and activate location and Bluetooth. You can then unlock the stabilizer arms, insert the smartphone in the appropriate housing and turn on the device.

Hohem iSteady X

At this point yes will automatically calibrate and you will be ready to use it in the field. From the application you can indulge yourself with all the features available. Below we will summarize the most important, but for completeness we will also leave you the screenshots with the complete menus:

  • tracking: we can choose whether to trace the face or an object (and possibly select the area in which it is located). Alternatively we can activate the gesture control, which will activate the tracking of the face following a clap of the hands or a gesture with the fingers;
  • filters: it will be possible to set filters for more captivating photos or filming;
  • Mode of work: we can alternate the various stabilization modes among those mentioned above;
  • We can adjust the response speed to the movements, rotations and commands of the joystick (and possibly reverse the direction);
  • Video resolution and photo size: here we come up to a maximum of Full HD at 30 fps for videos (changes according to the smartphone) and 4 formats for photos (Standard, 1: 1, 16: 9, 21: 9).

I must say that in daily use this Hohem iSteady X it performs really well thanks to a very good stabilization if you think about its reference price, as well as agreat tracking of people and objects. The smartphone will always be able to follow you in your movements, as long as these are not too fast (eg a run or a thrown object).

It doesn't end there, because the app makes it available to us slow-motion and the timelapse (of which we can manage different parameters), as well as a series of nice creative modes such as:

  • Inception: a take that slowly rotates 180 ° or 270 ° depending on how you set it up. The effect is similar to an inception, which is why it is so called;
  • Panoramic View: classic panoramic shot;
  • Slow motion shot on the go: similar to a timelapse, but also with an overview;
  • Fantastic rotation: shot that rotates freely according to the musical rhythm;
  • Zoom Dolly: goes to perform a programmed zoom.

Obviously all these modes have parameters that can be changed once they are chosen.


Under the body of theHohem iSteady X we find a battery from 2000 mAh, which allows us to have a very good autonomy. Despite the manufacturer declaring 8 hours of operation, I personally found an average of 6 / 7 hours and I am still very satisfied. Charging will take approx 2 hours to bring it from 0 to 100%.

Hohem iSteady X

Conclusions - Hohem iSteady X

In conclusion how I found myself with theHohem iSteady X? Very good. This is a product made with great care and which has the advantage of keeping compact dimensions without sacrificing functionality and the goodness of stabilization.

Personally I consider it as one of the best low-cost products, as it is available on The Amazon a 89 €, but thanks to coupons from 10 euro can be activated on the product page we can take it home a 79 €. So if you are looking for an entry-level device to start your career as a content creator then you should consider this Hohem iSteady X.

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