Is this the best 4K vlogging kit? SNOPPA VMATE full review

Ahoj! This is Zdenka.

When it comesto vlogging and online streaming, there are so many options right now on themarket.

The market is flooded.

For vlogging you can use something like this, or you can use something like that, or you can use vlogging package includingstreaming package all in one type of deal this little thing Snoppa Vmate.

It fits in the pocket.

It is basically very tiny little camera on a tiny littlegimbal and I'm very eager to review this in today's video.

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As you can see, it is very small and also very light.

It weighs only118 grams.

The camera comes in this black carrying box.

Once you take off the toppart, you can attach it to your phone as a phone holder.

You can also connect itto your phone via Wi-Fi, but for now let's keep the cover off completely andjust review the Snoppa Vmate on its own quite thoroughly.

Camera is righthere, here is a gimbal.

Tilt, roll and pan motor, touch screen, stereo and noisereduction microphone.

There are actually two of them.

One is here and the otherone is right there.

Indicator light is here and the slot for tiny memory cardwhich comes with all this.

I have 64BG here.

Type C port at the bottomfor charging and here you can attach a wrist strap if you like.

The first chargewas quite fast.

Once you fully charge it, you can get up to 160 minutes workingtime, but now let's talk about the camera.

It has an ultra wide-angle lens, 81 degrees.

You can film in landscape or portrait mode, when it is off, you switchthat by rotating the lens 90 degrees.

It is also ND filter compatible.

First thing I really want to see is howstable the footage looks like.

So let's do just a walking test and after thatlet's do full speed running test.

I've been using this for few days nowand I've really tested it actually yesterday when we went on a hike with afamily, and I noticed that when you turn it on once in a while you need tocalibrate it because otherwise you will end up with walls quite cricket.

Fortunately, though the calibration process is quite easy.

You just put it ona table and you let it do its own thing.

What I mean by that is that if you haveit in your pocket and you suddenly decide you need to film something veryquickly, if you turn it on and you have it on the fpv mode, there is no issuewhatsoever, it just works amazingly and I think actually you should be using itmostly in the fpv mode because that's what your eyes see and it reacts verynicely but if you want to film something steady like panning shots and you needto use the mode pan and tilt follow mode, that's when I noticed that here and thereit needs to be calibrated.

So that's the only way you get that.

When you are usingit and moving it here and there, left and right and up and down, once in awhile you feel a little vibration in your hand and I actually noticed thatwhen it needs to be calibrated, that's when you feel it the most.

The navigation menu is super simple andstraight forward.

That is something I really actually like on this Vmate.

When you swipe down, it will take you to different gimbal modes.

Pan & tilt track, fast pan & tilt track, fpv track, pan track, fast pan track and lock.

When youswipe left, you can reset the gimbal.

When you swipe left continuously, you will turnthe gimbal 180 degrees towards you and you can turn it the same way back.

I gottasay one thing, that this little move – turning around 180 degreeswas a little challenging for me.

I couldn't figure it out for a while andthen I realized that you have to swipe in the lower part of the screen.

Some ofthe moves are quite sensitive and you have to know exactly at which spot toput your finger on.

When you swipe right, you can switch between recording videos, taking photos, panoramas, time-lapse, slow-motion and night shot.

So let's goahead and see some samples of panoramas, slow-motion and night shot.

First I'mgoing to create panorama of this location.

Let's create time-lapse next.

Slow motion is recorded in 1080p and itis 240 frames per second.

Lastly, let's look at the night shot.

Whenyou swipe up, you get to choose your resolution.

Options are: 4k, 1080p or 1080pfine mode.

You can change frame rates to 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 fps.

Youcan switch between formats h.

264 or h.

265 and then we have more settings tocontrol your Wi-Fi connection, turn on fullscreen view, here is where you cancalibrate your gimbal, you can turn on timer, control brightness, select language, format SD card, see how much battery you have left and check firmware version andalso see regulatory.

If you place your finger on the display and start slidingit up and down little bit more on the right side, you will move the gimbal.

It'ssort of like a joystick.

You can also move the gimbal left and right and againI would say that it's in the lower part of the display.

Another thing I noticedwhen I was using this on a daily basis for last week is that the display hereand there has mind on its own.

You just swipe, swipe, swipe and nothing is reallyhappening.

You're not getting to the menu you want.

I had to restart it few timesso it works again.

It is a little bit buggy and I did update the firmware andI can see that they are working on it and I'm only hoping that that will getcorrected with future updates.

Who knows, maybe it's my finger hard todetect? It's app review time.

Once you connect it to your phone and open Vmate app, more options open up and just like I said, you connect it by Wi-Fi.

Liveview is quite nice.

Circle on the screen is your joystick, you can move the camerain all directions, turn it around 180 degrees.

When you taptwo times in the center of the joystick circle, the camera will re-center.

When youare in the video mode, you can tap on the screen to select brightness and focus.

Ifyou are in the photo mode, you can do the same, plus you will get also slider onthe left where you can select focus by pulling it up or down.

On the left side we have access to gallery where you can see what youalready created.

Bellow are shooting modes.

Photo, video, panorama, tracetime-lapse, light field which is currently under development and regulartime-lapse.

If you choose photo, it will be in automatic mode.

You can save yourphotos in jpg or DNG.

You can also select your preferred frame size 16×9, 4x3or 3×2.

If you click the little arrow down, you will get to manual photo modewhere you can select ISO, exposure, shutter speed and white balance.

Let'slook at video mode.

You can choose to film in 4k, 1080p or 1080p fine mode.

Frame rate options are the same like in the Vmate camera menu.

Formats are thesame and manual video mode is here as well where you can choose ISO, exposureand white balance.

When it comes to audio, you can use phone microphone, earbuds or Vmate microphone.

Now you should be hearing the sound coming from SnoppaVmate.

I'm not sure how much you can hear me but either way, I'm trying to see whatthe difference is between the audio coming from the Snoppa Vmate and mysmartphone.

Face tracking is also available.

Simply tap on the square andwith the finger track your selected area.

And as I mentioned at the beginning ofthe video, this app is also setup for live streaming.

Just tap on live buttonand type in the URL with stream key.

Next we should look at trace time-lapsewhich is basically motion time-lapse.

You can add trace points, select interval, duration, photo number and resolution.

You can do them in 4k, 1080p or 1080p finemode and select if you want the screen always-on or automatic.

Time-lapse ispretty much the same.

You just cannot add those trace points.

Below shootingmodes we have gimbal modes, settings, where you can turn on grid and broadcasterfeature which is also very interesting.

Basically what it does, it turns on thiscamera to record whatever is in the front and also your smartphone front view camera which is recording you as you aretalking.

So you can be just vlogging, recording yourself, talking to the camerabut at the same time you will be recording whatever is in the front.

Whatever is recorded in your smartphone will be saved in a smartphone, whatever isrecorded with Snoppa Vmate, will be saved in the SD card in the Snoppa Vmate.

And it's very helpful.

I tried it.

I had it on the fpv mode so basically whereverI was looking, it was just recording everything and I could talk.

It does savetime when you want extra b-roll, you just don't have to record it separately.

Sonow, I have the broadcaster feature on, so I'm recording whatever Snoppa Vmate can see in the front and this one is actually recording me and the soundis coming from the smartphone as well.

If you are left-handed like me, you canswitch the look of the app the other way.

You can turn on full-screen view orcalibrate your little gimbal.

You can also move your photos and videos to yourphone or format SD card.

If you go to home page of the app, you have access totutorials, my creation, customer service.

They also offer you to use their VNvideo editor which is quite nice actually and offers a lot of features.

You can edit your videos directly on your smartphone and one more thing Iforgot to mention is that you can also get Vmate adapter so you can use it withyour gopro or tripod.

So what do i think about this little product? Well, first ofall, the battery life could be a little bit improved.

160 minutes is okay butwhen I was working with this throughout the day and we were on a trip, I knewthat I cannot just go crazy and record all the time because I know that I'mgonna run out of the battery initially and I actually did ran out of thebattery.

What I really did like on this though is the fpv mode.

So you're justrecording whatever you are seeing, you have it in your pocket, turn it on and go.

That I really liked.

I also really liked the broadcaster feature.

Once you pair itwith your phone then you can record whatever is in the front and then you'rerecording yourself on the phone.

That I really liked as well thatit was creating two separate videos.

So that actually saves some time.

You knowyou don't have to record extra b-roll.

The bugginess is bugging me a littlebit.

Basically when you are swiping here and there, it is not working, that needsto be definitely fixed with the future updates.

And I'm pretty sure they'regonna take care of that.

Otherwise, this is interesting product.


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