Over the last year or so we have noticed a ton of vloggers and social media influencers switching over to capturing their content with their smartphone. The popular smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung have put a ton of research and development into their latest smartphone camera sensors and their latest smartphones are able to capture some of the best image quality from a smartphone that we have ever seen. Due to this, we have noticed more and more people who are capturing their content using a smartphone reaching out and asking various questions on how they are able to capture the best image quality possible.
One of the main questions that we have noticed asked on a regular basis, especially on the vlogging side of things is based around what the best handheld gimbal stabilizer for smartphones is. We have also noticed a large number of people specifically asking for a direct Snoppa Atom Vs Moza Mini S comparison due to these being two of the latest smartphone gimbals released to the market. Due to this, we have decided to kill two birds with one stone and focus today’s article on our comparison of the two featured gimbal as we feel that the Snoppa Atom is one of the best smartphone gimbals on the market right now anyway.
That said though, the Moza Mini S is still a solid little handheld smartphone gimbal if you are on a tight budget that can still make a solid addition to your smartphone camera accessories and provide you with some solid image stabilization. That said though, at the time of writing at least, there is only around third dollars difference between the two featured gimbals but the performance of the Snoppa Atom is much better than that of the Mini S making it worth every cent in our opinion.
In addition to that, the Snoppa Atom also offers a better range of features and functionality too helping to ensure that you are able to get the best image quality possible with your smartphone or action camera too. If you are able to afford the latest smartphone or action camera then chances are that an additional thirty dollars spent to get the better gimbal stabilizer will not make much of a difference anyway.
As usual, we have our comparison table going over some of the key points of both featured gimbals in the table below. This offers a quick and easy way to scan over the basic features of both gimbals to see how they measure up to each other. Below that we have our in-depth look where we will be going over both of the gimbals in a much higher level of detail to go over why we feel that the Snoppa Atom is the better option for the vast majority of peoples needs.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Although the technology in modern smartphones is definatley developing at a rapid pace, the newer technology is usually smaller and lighter than the previous generation so the majority of smartphones are usually between 0.4 pounds and 0.5 pounds with a few being slightly heavier than this. The 0.68-pound maximum load capacity of the Snoppa Atom and the 0.56-pound maximum load capacity of the Moza Mini S ensure that they are able to easily stabilize even the larger smartphones on the market right now.
Although the higher load capacity of the Snoppa Atom will likley not be needed for a large number of our readers, it can definatley come in handy if you are an intermediate to experienced vlogger or social media influencer using your smartphone to capture your content. As your Youtube channel or social media accounts increase in popularity there is a large chance that you will likley invest in a decent, detachable smartphone lens to help improve the image quality that you can capture. Many vloggers may also opt to add an external microphone to their rig too in a bid to improve the audio quality that you are able to capture.
These additional smartphone camera accessories end up increasing the total payload weight of your smartphone rig and can push you over the 0.56-pound load capacity limit of the Moza Mini S if you are using a larger, heavier smartphone. This is just another area where the Snoppa Atom pushes ahead of the competition due to it being able to support the needs of anyone from an entry-level smartphone content creator to a professional level smartphone content creator as well as anyone in-between too.
Next up we have the maximum battery life of the gimbals and the Snoppa Atom absolutely blows the Moza Mini S out of the water without contest when it comes to battery life. The Atom offers you around twenty-four hours of battery per charge while the Moza Mini S can only supply around eight hours. Although an eight-hour battery life may be plenty for a large number of our readers, many smartphone content creators work in the travel niche and may not be able to recharge their gear every night. This is where the Snoppa Atom just keeps on scoring more and more points as it should easily be able to last you for days at a time without you having to recharge it.
If you know that you will be doing a large amount of travel vlogging and hiking to remote waterfalls and other epic views then you can also invest in a high output USB power bank to recharge your smartphone, action camera, or gimbal while on your hike. Although a quick, easy, and cheap solution, this allows you to extend the life of your devices almost indefinitely and should ensure that you can easily capture all the video footage that you could ever want.
Although the Snoppa Atom has a much longer maximum battery life, it also has a shorter recharging time too with you often being able to recharge it back to full in around three hours whereas the Moza Mini S requires around four hours. This means that you are getting around five hours of usable battery for each hour spent charging the Snoppa Atom allowing you to get back out capturing your content much quicker than if you were using the Mini S.
Although Snoppa are a relatively new brand to the gimbal space and Moza has definatley had their issues with previous gimbals, the detection and correction systems on both of these gimbals is great in all fairness to them. That why we are still comfortable recommending the Moza Mini S to any of our readers who are on a tight budget as it is still a solid gimbal. Although the featured gimbals are tied when it comes to two parts of their detection and correction system, the Snoppa Atom definatley stretches out ahead when it comes to its gimbal motors.
Both gimbals have great gimbal sensors considering how cheap they are as well as a solid balancing algorithm that is very efficient and accurate at processing the data it receives from the gimbal sensors. This allows each of the gimbals to calculate the required correction to stabilize your smartphone or action camera and then adjust the positioning of the gimbal head accordingly to keep everything as level and smooth as possible.
As we mentioned earlier though, when it comes to the actual gimbal motors that will action the corrective movement, the motors on the Snoppa Atom definatley take the lead. They have more torque allowing the Atom to effortlessly correct even sudden movements while having a larger and heavier smartphone camera rig mounted to it too.
Both of the handheld gimbal stabilizers also fully support lock, pan, and follow modes too allowing you to effortlessly use your smartphones with the gimbal too. Depending on what you are planning to actually do with the gimbal, all three of the supported gimbal modes can be useful but the lock mode will be more useful for vloggers wanting to capture video footage from their smartphone or action camera mounted to the gimbal.
The pan mode offers some excellent performance for capturing your b-roll or clips for your Snapchat or Instagram story helping to bring everything together. The manual mode on both of the gimbals is also great too allowing you to manually control the positioning of the gimbal head to track a subject while moving using the gimbals joysticks.
User Interface And Control System
When it comes to practical application, both of the gimbals offer a very similar control interface using the long-established LCD panel display with a manual joystick and a handful of buttons. This has been the default go-to option for gimbals for well over a decade now as it works very well while also being extremely easy to use and learn. If this will be your very first handheld gimbal stabilizer then this ensures that you can likley take the gimbal out of the box, mount your smartphone or action camera and get out capturing video quickly without having to read the manual.
Both gimbals do offer some more advanced performance too but in our opinion, the Snoppa Atom does have the better system for customizing the gimbal settings and other advanced features like that. In our opinion, the Snoppa Atom also has a better system when it comes to the ergonomic design of the control interface too helping you comfortably control the gimbal and each all of the buttons with ease.
Although both the Moza Mini S and the Snoppa Atom do have very easy balancing systems, the higher torque motors on the Atom definitely make the process easier. That said though, due to the lightweight of a smartphone, the Mini S from Moza is still very easy to balance too. We are confident that after balancing each of the gimbals a few times, the majority of our readers should easily be able to get the gimbals ready to go in well under a minute.
Build Quality And Design
Although both the Snoppa Atom and the Moza Mini S follow the same basic design for a modern handheld gimbal stabilizer when in use, the collapsible design of the Snoppa Atom scores it more points over the Moza Mini S if you plan to travel around a whole bunch. Being able to fold the gimbal to make it even smaller with its already compact design just makes your life so much easier when it comes to packing it in your luggage or backpack.
With both gimbals being targeted towards use with smartphones and smaller devices, they are both very lightweight anyway. This not only makes it easier to travel via air with the gimbals but also makes them easier to hold with your smartphone mounted to it for longer periods of time. One of the main problems on longer sessions when using a larger gimbal for mirrorless or DSLR cameras is that your shoulder and arm can really start to ache from the weight but this is not an issue with either of the featured gimbals.
Both of the gimbals are also surprisingly tough for their size and price point meaning that their robust nature can to protect your gimbal from any potential damage when being dropped or bumped. If you are working in something like travel vlogging then there is a high chance that the gimbal will be taking a bunch of bumps and knocks when in use as well as when in your luggage in transit too so this is good to know.
Although personal preference will come into play, we feel that the Snoppa Atom does have an ever so slightly better handle grip that increases the comfort level while holding the gimbal. That’s not to say that the Moza Mini S is uncomfortable by any stretch and we feel some people may prefer the grip on the Mini S, it’s just in our opinion the grip on the Atom is slightly better.
That brings our article going over our ultimate Snoppa Atom Vs Moza Mini S comparison to an end. As we have explained, although the Moza Mini S can still make a solid addition to your collection of camera accessories, we feel that the Snoppa Atom should definatley be your primary consideration. It offers better image stabilization for heavier devices and its larger load capacity can easily support the heaviest smartphones on the market right now while also allowing you to natively mount action cameras to the gimbal if needed too.
As we touched on earlier in the article, many intermediate to professional level vloggers and social media influencers are going to want the absolute best audio and image quality possible for their content. This means that there is a large chance of our readers potentially using smartphone lenses with their smartphones as well as potentially using external microphones too. This means that the larger maximum load capacity of the Snoppa Atom makes it the obvious option for anyone who is wanting to try and get into serious smartphone content creation.