Miniature movement – snoppa Atom mobile gimbal

When it comes to filmmaking, the most reliable way to get smooth footage is to use a gimbal. While they come in all sorts of flavors and sizes, the most commonly purchased among the general consumer population are certainly the ones that are on the smaller end of the scale that is compatible with mobile phones. One of the newest gimbals comes from a Chinese company Snoppa in the form of the Atom. Which the company is claiming to be the world’s smallest gimbal.

While smaller isn’t always better, in the case of camera stabilization, it is most certainly welcomed. No one wants to lug around something incredibly heavy, especially when traveling. Weighing in at a mere 310g, the ATOM feels like holding three iPhones at once. Or so we’re told. holding that many phones is not something we do on the reg.

Just as amazing is the payload capacity or how much weight it can balance. The ATOM has a payload of 310g and while that might not sound like a lot, consider that the newest and largest iPhone, the iPhone Xs Max weighs in at only 209g. That means the ATOM can balance the phone with an additional lens, giving you even more flexibility in how you shoot.

ATOM balancing iPhone along with an additional lens

Other than its impressive pack-down size, there are a number of other features built into the ATOM, that seem like no-brainers in hindsight ought to come built into every handheld gimbal. No-brainers like the included charging cable for your phone to charge it while in use in the gimbal. Or how about wireless qi charger so that you won’t even need charging cable. And while vertical video isn’t an acceptable format depending on who you talk to, there’s even a key that will rotate the phone’s orientation with a single click.

The ATOM has enough clearance to let iPhones and other similar sized phones rotate freely.

What also is quite surprising is the price. or lack thereof. As of writing, there are 16 days left on the IndieGoGo (listed here) and that the lowest budget tier, at only $59,  has unsurprisingly already been fully claimed. Thankfully for anyone else that is now just seeing or hearing about the ATOM, the other perk tiers are just as affordable.  The other tier spots are $79, $94, $109, and $124. Each one of those gets you the base gimbal and a short tripod. The $94 and $109 get you different microphones, either shotgun or lav. and the highest tier gets you everything. And all of those tiers are at least 40% off the retail price.

So what do you think? Would this gimbal be a good replacement for some other brands that have released phone stabilizers? Does the price seem too good to be true? Just want to find out more? Check the link here and let us know your thoughts down below

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Written by Sean-Paul Adams

Growing up the son of a West Coast Video Manager, Sean-Paul has literally been playing video games for as long as he can remember. Starting as a wee little boy in his room with a 7” black and white TV and his Atari 2600 with Tank Plus, not much has changed, just the room and television have gotten bigger. When not gaming, Sean-Paul is usually cooking, watching anime, or riding his bike around Singapore and dreaming up his next computer build.