Qubo Gimbal review: A great gadget to start with for new content creators

Seeing the success of the short form video format, many people are getting involved in content creation these days. And if you’ve scrolled through Reels or YouTube Shorts, you’ll quickly realize that most creators record on phones. Now, while smartphone cameras have improved significantly over the years, they are still no match for professional video/vlogging cameras. Thankfully, gimbals exist, and they’re helping to bridge the gap. Among the many offerings that you can pick up right now is the Qubo Handheld Gimbal. Qubo is the consumer technology brand of Hero Group. This gimbal is currently selling for Rs 7,490 and has an interesting list of features. I have been using it for a week and this is my review.

Design and build quality

The Qubo Gimbal has a plastic construction. Now I haven’t done any drop tests but the Cubo looks like it can take some abuse. It has a nice finish and the plastic has a slight rubbery feel to it which helps with grip. And grip is something you’ll quickly realize is vital for extended recording sessions. It is quite compact and not too heavy at 350 grams. The gimbal also comes with a bundled bag that makes portability easy.

Cubo Gimbal Button (1) The Qubo Gimbal has excellent build quality with nice, tactile buttons.

I quite liked the gimbal’s control buttons, which have a very tactile feel to them. Thanks to the cleverly designed labels, I was able to quickly identify their functions without having to refer to the manual. My relatively light Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE was handled well by the gimbal. But even heavier smartphones shouldn’t face any problems, thanks to the 280g weight limit. The iPhone 14 Pro Max – one of its heaviest sizes – weighs 240 grams, so there’s really nothing to worry about here. Size will not be a concern as the clamps are quite stretchy.

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Setup and use

Setting up the gimbal via the QuboPro app (available on the Play Store and App Store) should be quick. But I ran into some trouble trying to get the app to detect the gimbal for the pairing process. It won’t show up even after dozens of tries. A quick scan on Google for any related complaints made me realize I was the one experiencing this issue. Then I tried to reconnect one last time, and for some reason, it finally worked.

QuboPro packs all the essential utilities you’ll need for photography and videography. Below you find options to switch between recording modes – All Follow (AF), Half Follow (HF), Lock Full (LF), and First Person View (FPV). These lie with the option to switch between object tracking and face tracking. The Settings menu lets you change motion speed, PAN and tilt settings, and video resolution (up to 4K).

qubopro screenshots While QuboPro’s got a decent UI, its output is terrible on Android.

Once you fit your phone into the Qubo Gimbal, it’s a joy to use. You can use the handle to film on the go or you can fit a tripod underneath to turn the gimbal into a tabletop camera. The tripod stand feels quite sturdy and is foldable, making it extremely portable.

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Cubo Handheld Gimbal Tripod Review Detachable tripod stands firmly on most surfaces.

When set up on a table using a tripod stand, I found the gimbal’s face tracking feature to be extremely accurate. It pans according to the position of your face so that it stays inside the frame at all times. The only thing you have to keep in mind is your movement speed, as panning can sometimes be slow to keep up.

Stability and camera output

When it comes to stability, I find that the Qubo Gimbal does a great job for the most part. But don’t expect too many professional or cinema-worthy shots with it. The gimbal was clearly designed for horizontal stability with its three-axis stabilization and it does a great job of getting smooth pan shots. The Y-axis has a bit of stability though, so if you run with the phone, the footage will still be choppy. I recommend keeping EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) and/or OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on if your phone comes with it for best performance.

qubo gimbal inline The grippy plastic is easy to hold even during extended recording sessions.

The camera quality that the QuboPro app offers is passable at best. All images captured by the app max out at a measly 0.9MP resolution, which is inadequate to say the least. Video recording can be set to 4K, although the footage doesn’t really feel like that resolution. I wouldn’t blame Cubo for that, though poor camera quality through third-party camera apps is a known limitation of Android.

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To fix the issue on the OS, you’ll want to switch to the default camera app, which for the most part works the same — the shutter button and zoom slider respond well, but you miss out on face tracking and object tracking. become . The Qubo Gimbal is powered by a 2,000mAh non-removable battery. Cubo claims the gimbal can last up to 5 hours on a full charge but I found it to be closer to 4 – not bad at all.

Decision

If you’re a content creator, having a gimbal is a must even if your phone offers stability. Reels and shorts have become a crowded space and well-studied videos can help you gain an edge over the competition. For that, the Qubo Gimbal is a great gadget to start with. Just try to understand what you want it for before making the purchase. If you’re looking for a travel companion to record all your sightseeing or if your content calls for recording yourself while sitting down, you and your followers will be happy with the output. But adventurers should consider the slightly higher price on this product due to the lack of Y-axis stability.



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