This time I would like to write a review on a relatively new product – the Moza Mini S gimbal; in this article, I will analyze its main features and draw a list of its pros and cons. After I had published my last analysis on the features of DJI Osmo Mobile 3, I have received some feedback from my followers. They stated that I have made a mistake saying that DJI OM 3 was the first foldable gimbal. After minor research on this topic, I understood that my readers were right. Last time, for some reason, I did not pay attention to the existence of Moza-S Mini and Snoppa Atom that as well happen to be foldable gimbals.
In the past, I have already successfully used some camera equipment from Gudson Moza. Specifically, I had a chance to test the Moza Air 2 DSLR gimbal and Moza Mini-MI smartphone gimbal. I actually found them to be quite good devices in terms of stabilizing the picture in the video. However, it was a bit disappointing for me to realize that they did not feature such accuracy and the build quality as I could find in DJI and Zhiyun.
Therefore, the question that arises here is whether Moza Mini-S is really a good gimbal for professional use or is it just another attempt of the manufacturer to be in trend. To answer these questions, I decided to make a thorough analysis of the product, based on certain key points. Let’s find out the answer now.
The Product Cost
You might know that Moza tends to make their gimbals quite expensive with its aggressive pricing policy. However, it was a nice surprise to find out that this time, Moza tried to take a step to review their prices. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that Moza Mini S’ costs now only $79.99, which makes it one of the cheapest stabilization devices that I have ever analyzed!
I would say that this is a well-known fact that the cost of the gimbal products has been rapidly decreasing over the past few years – for example, 3 years ago, you would not be able to find a device that would cost less than $300, and now the prices are completely different. Nevertheless, it was nice to find a gimbal with a good set of features for just $79.99.
First feelings about the product
My first impression of the product turned out to be rather disappointing. A simple box that does not have any remarkable marketing features was hiding a gimbal, which appeared to be even worse than the box itself. Holding it in my hands, I felt like it was made from cheap plastic materials.
I know it should not have been surprising to me, since most of these devices are made from plastic. What felt so disappointing about the Moza Mini S was the idea that it was going to break right in my hands at any moment. Its hollow handgrip looked cheap. The missing rubber handle and the aggressive branding close to the grip have confirmed, yet another time, that this Moza gimbal did not make it to the class of DJI and Zhiyun devices.
Qualities of the Moza Mini S
The key feature of the Moza Mini-S is its ability to corrugate, and I think many reviewers would agree with me on that. Folded up, this gimbal has quite a small size, which gives it an extra advantage – it is only 13 cm wide, 6.8 cm deep, and 19.5 cm high.
To have a better understanding of the Moza Mini S size, you need to realize that regular stabilization devices are more than twice as long as an iPhone XS Max. This small device is only 4 cm longer than the afore-mentioned iPhone model. Even the handle of the Mini-S can be assembled easily, which makes its size even more convenient when folded. This model of the gimbal can easily be put into a small bag, which, definitely, is an advantage.
Besides this, I cannot say that the Moza Mini S is featuring any special qualities; apart from its compatibility, this gimbal is pretty standard. It has an input device that allows you to control the camera – for example, you can incline or pan the camera, set up its focus; it has a small mounting hole and Moza’s latest USB standard.
Another important point is that the Mini-S prototype used to have a built-in selfie stick; however, the newer version of the Moza Mini-S did not have one. Having a selfie stick would be a nice addition to this kind of stabilization device. It could have added an additional selling point to the list of its features. On the other hand, I can understand the manufacturer, who did not want to risk the product’s reputation, due to a selfie device. I mean, imagine that your phone could be dropped to the sea because of the selfie-stick malfunction.
The Moza Mini S modes
The gimbal is featuring six modes of record:
- Pan Following
- Tilt Following
- First-person view Mode
- Sport Gear mode
- Inception mode
You might know that the first four modes are standard regimes for any gimbal. Therefore, there is no need to draw any special attention to them; however, in case you are wondering what the sports gear and the inception modes are, I am going to slightly elaborate on those two.
The sports gear mode gives you a great opportunity to film the objects that are moving fast as realistically as you can. In this mode, the gimbal allows you to follow the movements quicker; therefore, this is the regime that you should use when filming any fast-moving objects.
The inception mode lets the video camera turn around completely even while moving your camera in different directions. I hardly see any situations when you might need to use this feature; however, this mode may give you a chance to make a few great shots with your camera.
Mobile devices compatibility
The Moza Mini S is a good choice if you are looking for a gimbal that is easily compatible with iPhones and mobile phones with the Android operating system. You only need to pull apart the spring-loaded clamps and slide them in – it is just this simple.
Its maximum payload of 260g opens up a lot of opportunities; it means that the Moza Mini S can hold any mobile device of a bigger size. I have to admit that this feature is pretty impressive, and it is winning over some other good models of gimbals, such as the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 and Zhiyun Smooth 4.
Moza Genie App
Not only the Moza Mini S is highly compatible with all models of smartphones, but the Moza has also launched its own app for the users’ convenience. Thanks to this app, a user of the Moza gimbals can easily pair their device with an iPhone or Android smartphone to perform various advanced features, control the objects put into the frame, make slow motions and enjoy other elements of advanced filming.
However, the app is yet not that great as it sounds. Despite the fact that the Moza company is one of the most famous and big players on the gimbals market, their app is still far from being perfect.
The iOS app is mostly free of problems; however, Android users still have to experience multiple issues and bugs while using the Genie App. Specifically, the owners of the Android devices complained about the issues with zooming and object tracking; in addition to this, the app sometimes stops working occasionally, which, under certain circumstances, might crush the whole filming process.
Of course, it is not necessary to use the Moza Genie App while using the gimbal manufactured by Moza. It is always a good option to use the default camera software on your phone or good third-party applications. Nevertheless, I believe that having a properly working Moza application could significantly increase the company’s popularity on the market and make the use of their gimbals more comfortable and simple.
Moza Mini-S vs DJI Osmo Mobile 3
Since I am writing this review about Moza Mini S, I thought that it would be interesting if I compared the device with DJI Osmo Mobile 3. It is useful to analyze these two devices since both of them are currently the two best sellers on the market for folding gimbals.
Of course, while using the Mini-S gimbal, I could identify a lot of advantages, most importantly, its low price in comparison with other devices. However, despite this, I could not help but notice that there were certain things that Osmo Mobile 3 certainly did better.
What is the difference between Moza Mini-S and DJI Osmo Mobile 3?
First of all, DJI Osmo Mobile certainly did a good job with its L-like arm design. Its angle is made the way that it does not allow the camera to capture in a frame the rear motor while filming. With the Moza Mini-S, unfortunately, I featured the motor in my video made on Xiaomi Mi 9.
Second, if you want to switch between the portrait and landscape regime, you will have to change the setup when using the Moza gimbal. The Osmo Mobile 3 allows you to perform this simple action by double-tapping the M button.
The third, and, probably, the most important difference between these two devices is the length of the battery life, which is very significant. The strong battery in the Osmo Mobile 3 allows you to film for up to 15 hours; while the Moza Mini-S battery can last up only to 5 hours, which is three times less.
I have to admit that the quality of stabilization is pretty much the same for both devices; however, there is nothing that the Moza Mini S managed to do better than its main competitor. Therefore, as always, choosing between these two devices is an eternal dilemma of price vs. quality.
- An ability to corrugate
- Good stabilization
- Low cost
- Cheap plastic build quality
- Crushing Android application
- Weak battery
This review of mine has not been praising the Moza Mini S gimbal, which might seem a little bit unfair, because it is a pretty good device. It is definitely better than some older versions of gimbals, such as the DJI Osmo Mobile 2. But, to be honest, the newest DJI Osmo Mobile 3 has truly demonstrated what a good gimbal is, and I have to admit that the Moza Mini-S does not, unfortunately, feature all those qualities.
For its low price, the Moza Mini S would definitely be a great purchase for some filmmakers, and it does deserve to be on my list of the best gimbals for mobile phones users; however, I would not recommend it for professional filmmakers due to its weak battery, poor construction quality, and the continuously collapsing Android application.