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Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal Review

We take a look at the Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal, enabling you to create smooth mobile video footage.


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3XS Lite Gimbal Stabiliser
 

Quick Verdict

The Benro 3XS Lite excels at getting you smoother video footage from your smartphone and comes with a host of features to make life easier if you vlog or film regularly. It's a robust, well-made gimbal that feels well balanced and folds away compactly enough to be very portable.

+ Pros

  • Feature packed
  • Easy to use app
  • Simple menu navigation
  • Well-balanced
  • Comes with detachable mini tripod legs, pouch and wrist strap

- Cons

  • Takes time to get used to how it handles
  • Feels heavy if used for a long time
  • Sometimes switches orientation randomly if held at certain angles
 

 

Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal (14)
 

The Benro 3XS Lite is a motorised 3-axis stabiliser for your smartphone, enabling you to shoot smooth video as well as panning/zooming smoothly. It folds away neatly, has an extended 24hour battery life and also offers a wireless charging capability. It comes with a tripod foot, and offers a wide range of useful features for shooting video. Here, we see how it performs. 

Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal Features

The Benro 3XS Lite is part of a family of 3X gimbals from Benro. The 3XS model also features in-gimbal device charging. There's a 3XM for mirrorless cameras and the 3XD and 3XD Pro for DSLRs. The Benro 3XS Lite is the cheapest of the range, available for £99, however it still packs a number of very useful features. 

Firstly, the gimbal folds up to become really compact, making it easy to transport. It comes with a super soft velour drawstring bag. The gimbal weighs 440g, and can support a device (smartphone, GoPro style action camera or tablet) of up to 290g.

To get the best out of the gimbal, there's an app to download which allows you to sync the camera to it, and use the buttons and triggers on the gimbal to control the phone. Typing 'Benro Gimbal' into your app store should bring up the app to download. 

         

 

Open the app, select your device and then turn on your phone's Bluetooth to connect to the gimbal. You'll then be able to use the controls on the gimbal to access settings like so:

 


 

The gimbal comes in its folded away position. To get it ready to use, press the button labeled 'Push' on the joint and gently pull up the arm until it locks into place. Both sides of the smartphone holder can be pulled apart to make it easy to insert your device securely. Both edges are covered with soft rubber. The head can be locked into place to stop it spinning, or released by twisting it. 

 

Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal (3)

 

Once extended, the head will spin freely until you turn the gimbal on. Movement is very smooth. Moving on to the controls, the setup is designed for right-handed use, with a zoom slider (can also be turned into a focus slider in the app menu) for your thumb on the left-hand side along with a customisable button (this is set to turn the phone to portrait mode unless you go into the app settings and change it), and the on/off slider. There's also a 3.5mm mic jack on the left to allow you to plug in an external microphone. 

When holding the gimbal, there's a panel of controls in front of you consisting of a joystick allowing you to smoothly pan your smartphone left, right, up and down. There is a large round menu button situated above the joystick to the right, which when pressed brings up a menu in the app, and below this is a shutter button to start/stop recording. 

There's a trigger button on the front which is used with your index finger. Quickly pressing it twice returns the gimbal to its default orientation. Press and hold it to freeze the angle which the gimbal is at. Quickly press it twice and then hold it to enter 'quick follow' mode - the gimbal will follow the movements of the object you are filming. Underneath this is a second customisable button.

 

Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal (18)
 

On the bottom of the gimbal is a screw thread enabling you to attach the gimbal to other accessories such as a ground tripod. With the 3XS kit you also get a screw-on set of mini tripod legs, enabling you to place it on a tabletop or other flat surface. There are textured rubber feet on each leg. There's a USB-C charging port on the front, and the gimbal takes 3 hours or so to charge fully from flat.

 

Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal (7)

 

Benro 3XS Lite Gimbal Key Features

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Accompanying app
  • Customisable button 
  • Holds a smartphone, tablet or action camera
  • Trigger button to freeze movement/reset orientation/track subject 
  • Zoom slider to zoom or change focus
  • Joystick to easily pan/turn gimbal
  • Menu button
  • Start/stop filming button
  • Mini tripod attachment included 
  • Aux in slot
  • Comes with velour pouch
  • Buy now on Amazon UK, Amazon USA

 


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