Moza Mini MX - Handy Gimbal
Moza Mini MX gimbal bundles a myriad of useful features in a foldable and affordable package.
The Mini MX is a relatively new smartphone gimbal that offers three-axis stabilisation and is a brainchild of Gudsen and branded under Moza, who also have a range of other stabilising tools, accessories, and state-of-the-art rigs for cinematographers.
The Mini MX provides a host of features and unique traits which makes it one of the most notable and desirable smartphone gimbals at a very affordable price. The Moza Mini MX comes folded in its compact design, along with a Type-C charging cable, a tripod, user manual, and a pouch to carry it all. The foldability of the Mini MX is a feature that is of great help for today’s creators, especially for people who like to go off on adventures and need space for
plenty of other things in their backpacks and gear bags.
The grip can be rotated 180-degrees and unfolds in just two clicks. The gimbal is made of plastic from top to bottom. The body is solid and durable and provides a premium feel through its smooth finish. The gimbal supports a payload of up to 280g which means that it is sturdy enough to carry most
smartphones. For this review, we used the Google Pixel 4a which weighs under 150g.
Surprisingly, the tripod thread is not provided below the grip, as one would expect, but at the base of the expanded interface. What we like about this feature is that it not only gives the user an easy access to the control panel but, when in motion, the tripod can also be used as a second grip, which
brings in an extra element of stabilisation.
The control panel is integrated at the front on the top of the grip for convenient operation with the thumb, while the trigger at the rear of the grip, can be easily operated with the index finger. The control panel houses the power/record button, a joystick, and the zoom buttons. The trigger serves
One other key feature that we liked was how easily the smartphone can be re-adjusted between portrait and landscape orientations by just triple-tapping the power/record button. The joystick can be frustrating to use at first but with a little experimentation, its response speed can be adjusted.
The Moza Genie App offers a very wide range of useful functions and hence could appear cluttered at first. The app lets the user switch between ‘Auto’ and ‘Pro’ modes of shooting. The Pro mode allows you to adjust the ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and the lens used. Separate focus and exposure reticles are also made available in the ‘Pro’ mode.
‘Gesture Control’, which can be used to start and end recordings, works perfectly and saves a lot of time, battery, effort, and storage space when you are recording yourself. We also liked the exposure lock option which ensures that frames are well-balanced and not fluctuating between different exposure levels.
The app’s interface easily allows to track a particular object by swiping and creating a square around it. The range of shooting modes are also well-elaborated on the app: from normal photo and video modes to slow motion, time-lapse and ‘Trajectory Delay’ modes – the last of which is essentially an advanced time-lapse mode with a range of customisable settings like interval time, shooting time, and the ability to program one or more camera movements through adding ‘path points’. The result: a smooth moving time-lapse video. There is a ‘spirit-level’ option which tells us if the smartphone/gimbal is perfectly horizontal or not. These do come in handy quite often.
The Magic Mode – which can be started through the ‘M’ button on the app’s interface – hosts a range of video-shooting presets that give you tasks to complete and results in an automatically-rendered video complete with some nice music.