Live streaming or even just filming a great video is ruined all too easily due to a shaky hand. That’s where the Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal can help. The simple, yet effective mobile stabilizer keeps your videos steady and smooth. Plus, this version introduces AI tracking that drastically changes the experience. But how well does it actually work? I recently had the chance to test this out for myself.
Overview of Features
This isn’t Hohem’s first gimbal, but it may be the most impressive yet. The Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal is designed to work with a wide variety of mobile devices, both iOS and Android. While there is a compatibility chart, I tried it out with a few devices not listed and they still worked well.
While there is a Hohem Pro app, you can use the gimbal with most other video apps, including social media apps such as Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. The three-axis gimbal uses the iSteady 4.0 anti-shake algorithm and a brushless motor for smooth transitions and stabilization to look great whether you’re in a live meeting or streaming live on Facebook.
The feature that truly sets it apart is the AI Tracking. While many similar products offer this, most don’t work quite as well. The sensor, which you can control via hand gestures, keeps your face in focus as you move to avoid worrying about having to stay in frame or move the gimbal around.
Some of the other features include:
- Built-in light with adjustable brightness
- AI hand gestures for non-touch control
- Adjusting to pan, tilt, and landscape
- Lightweight at just 0.58 lbs.
- Supports devices up to 0.62 lbs.
- Hohem app includes one-touch cinematic templates
- Compact, folding design (only 7 inches tall when folded)
- Rubberized, folding stand
- Battery lasts up to 9 hours on standby
- Works as a powerbank if necessary
Since it travels well, it’s ideal to take with you for filming nearly anywhere. It even includes a soft carry case and strap to make it easier to carry.
In the Box
I’ll admit that at first I was skeptical that this could hold up my phone. The compact, plastic design didn’t seem all that sturdy. However, the lightweight Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal feels solid in your hand when you take it out of the box.
Everything you need to get started is included. You have the gimbal itself and the attachable stand. (It’s a simple screw-on stand, so if you have another stand you prefer, you can use it instead.) You also have a carrying bag and strap. The strap is nearly hidden in the small internal box, so double-check before you think it’s missing like I did.
I was happy to see the gimbal not only included a USB-C to USB-C charging cable, but a USB-A to USB-C adapter for ultimate compatibility. There’s also a quick start guide and instruction booklet.
All you really need to do is attach the gimbal securely to the stand, fold out the stand’s legs, and place on a flat surface. You also need to use the small knob to unlock the gimbal’s hinge and unfold it. At first, mine stuck halfway which caused a lot of confusion as to how anything would work. Some jiggling and a pop finally got the gimbal to unfold all the way.
Before turning anything on, you need to download the Hohem Pro app. This helps you create an account, activate the gimbal, and learn how to use everything. While you don’t need to use the app all the time, it is useful during the setup process. Plus, there are quite a few helpful tutorial videos to learn more about how to use the device.
The app takes you through connecting the gimbal with your phone the first time. Overall, it only took a few minutes (outside of the stuck hinge issue) to go from box to using it.
The gimbal features an easy-to-use zoom slider, joystick for adjustments, power button, and orientation button. There’s also an AI power button at the top above the AI sensor and light.
Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal in Action
Once you lock in your phone securely (make sure the phone’s camera faces to the left side) and turn on the gimbal, it automatically adjusts to the perfect balance. This is what initially changed my mind from “this definitely isn’t sturdy enough” to “how does this weigh so little but balance my phone so easily?”
At first, I just played around with making small adjustments with the joystick knob. While it worked well, it is kind of flimsy. In fact, the first time I pushed it slightly upwards, the knob itself popped off., so be incredibly gentle, but don’t be surprised if the knob comes off occasionally.
I’m not sure what went wrong initially, but the gimbal kept losing the Bluetooth connection. After a few hours of use, everything seemed to work normally.
Naturally, I was incredibly curious to see if the AI tracking worked as advertised. The Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal didn’t disappoint. Using the button above the camera sensor, a red light let me know the feature was available. A quick “ok” hand gesture and the light turned green, showing AI was active. Instantly, a box appeared around my face, tracking my every move. The gimbal moved smoothly as I walked around.
Overall, it was one of the best AI tracking features I’ve experienced. Unless you’re moving really fast, it does a great job of keeping your face centered in the frame.
There are also a few other hand gestures to let you switch between landscape and portrait mode. I’ll admit it’s kind of fun just playing with the hand gestures, which work surprisingly well.
Trying out the lighting, I assumed the initial light was the brightest setting, which is fairly bright. However, there are several brighter settings to get the perfect lighting, even in dark areas. The AI tracking still works well with the light.
Even without the stand attached, the stabilization works well. You’ll still see the occasional movement as you walk, but if you try to keep a smooth stride, the gimbal does well adjusting to keep your videos from bouncing all over the place.
Using the Hohem Pro App
While I had no problem using it on several video conferencing platforms, Facebook, and TikTok, it’s worth taking some time to explore the Hohem Pro app. While it’s not perfect, it does have built-in moments to create some fun special effects without much effort.
Plus, it works like most camera apps, allowing you to take pictures and videos and make small edits. The Dolly Zoom and 360-degree rotation are two of the most impressive extras, though.
Overall, the Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal is ideal for vloggers, filmmakers, and those who just like to move around during meetings. The setup process is quick and easy, even if you’re new to using a gimbal. The app features great tutorials to aid in the process.
While I wish the joystick was a bit more sturdy, the design itself is durable and compact for regular use. The AI tracking is impressive along with the standard stabilization.
If you’re looking for a reliable gimbal that can keep you in frame, give the the Hohem iSteady V2 Gimbal a try for yourself for just $129.