Believe it or not, the iPhone is a professional choice for many videographers today. If you're looking to stabilize your iPhone's video footage, we've found one of the cheapest and most convenient options available.
I certainly haven't used every iPhone gimbal on the market today, but I have used a few of them and the Smooth C is the best we have tested. It currently costs just $209. The product page says it lasts four hours on a single charge and I believe it. We use ours for days at a time without charging.
The Smooth C has a "D pad" for your thumb that allows you to pan and tilt and also has multiple user options that change the way the gimbal works. For instance it can tilt, pan, or spin based on orientation automatically or you can lock them off so that the phone remains perfectly stable and level no matter how you move the handle.
The iPhone is certainly not the best tool for every occasion. In any situation without an abundance of light the iPhone's footage completely falls apart. But, if you're like us and you constantly need smooth moving footage shot outside during the day, the iPhone and a Smooth C is a fantastic and incredibly affordable option.
If you want a more professional option, stay tuned for our review of the Osmo X5R.