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Morange M1 Pro price
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Morange M1 Pro review / test (4k Gimbal stabilizer)

Morange M1 Pro review / test

Category: Tests / Reviews

If you are a video enthusiast or if you have a vlog, you have probably already thought of acquiring a video / gimbal stabilizer. There are many products on the market and in most cases you will need to combine the video stabilizer with a camera or smartphone. The combination of the two is sometimes cumbersome and sometimes not even very practical. If you are sitting behind a desk, clutter is not a problem, but if you are moving around, there may be another solution to consider.[b][b]The Morange M1 Pro is a video / gimbal stabilizer that has the particularity of being completely autonomous, so you don't need a camera or a smartphone. Other stabiliser producers often praise the possibility of putting the stabiliser in a pocket, but they forget to say that with a camera or a smartphone, the stabiliser/gimbal no longer fits in a pocket. The Morange M1 Pro is an all-in-one video stabilizer with an integrated camera that takes up a minimum of space and fits in a pocket. So you can put it away and take it out as many times as you like without having to attach or detach a camera or smartphone.[b][b]So this is an interesting concept that I will explore through this test.[b][b]

Morange M1 Pro price

[b]I got my Morange M1 Pro from Gearbest, it is available for a bit more than 300 USD.[b][b][b][b]
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Unboxing

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[b]I had never heard of the Morange brand before testing the Morange M1 Pro. I knew the product was compact, so I expected to get a small box, but it didn't. The packaging of a product gives an indication of its positioning, it is quite clear that Morange did not want to position the M1 Pro as a low cost product.[b][b]The video stabiliser is carefully packed in a large box and is well protected by several layers of cardboard. The box is in English and Chinese, Morange probably wants to target the United States first. [b][b]The box contains the camera, cables and connectors for recharging and a case to protect the camera. The box also contains a USB adapter to connect the Morange M1 Pro directly to your smartphone. In this configuration, you can use the Morange application to control the video stabilizer.[b][b]The Morange M1 Pro stores videos on a mini SD card which is not included in the box.[b][b][b][b]

Description

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[b]As I wrote in my introduction, the Morange M1 Pro is an all-in-one stabilizer, it is designed to be used with one hand and measures less than 20cm for a weight of 300 grams.[b][b]
[b]The main body of the Morange consists of a small (1.4") touch screen that allows the camera to be used independently without a smartphone or application. A joystick controls the camera on the 3 axes. Below the joystick there is a button to start recording and another to interact with the menus and different modes of the camera.[b][b]
[b][b]On the right side you will find a release button to start a video and an opening to slide a micro SD memory card. On the left side you can slide a small cover to insert the USB adapter that will allow you to attach the camera to a phone. This adapter is compatible with the USB 3 standard to ensure good transfer speed with the phone.[b][b]
[b][b]In the lower part of the camera, you will find a USB port type C (5V 2A) for recharging the camera. There is no charger in the box, there is just a cable that you can use with any phone charger.[b][b][b][b]

Features / Specs

[b]Video stabilisers must often be used through an application, this is not the case with the Morange, the stabiliser is completely autonomous and you can choose the different modes available directly on the device through the touch screen.[b][b]The Morange M1 Pro can take photos (12 million pixels) and videos (max 4k 60 fps). In addition to these two basic features, the M1 Pro Morange offers many other functions:[b][b]- object tracking (the camera recognises more than 1000 objects)[b]- face tracking[b]- slow motion 8x[b]- electronic stabilisation to reduce jarring and blurring [b]- exposure time up to 30 seconds for night photos/videos[b]- beauty" filter to smooth faces[b][b]I will test these different modes and post videos later in this article.[b][b]

Morange M1 Pro specs

[b]The Morange M1 Pro allows filming in 2k and 4k (max 60 fps). The camera allows to take pictures in 12 million pixels (4000x3000). The field of view is quite wide, it offers a 116° view. You can also use the digital zoom up to 6x, but since this is a digital zoom, each zoom level will degrade the quality of the image.[b][b]The Morange M1 Pro is equipped with a 1000 mAh battery offering up to 160 minutes of autonomy.[b][b]

Video test

[b][b][b]4k 60fps video quality[b][b][b]Light conditions for this first video were far from being perfect (it was dark and cloudy) but it will already give you a good idea of what to expect from the Morange M1 Pro.[b]The video is quite sharp, exposure is good despite the poor light conditions. Changes in exposure when moving the camera are quickly compensated, there is no stutter. Camera movements driven by the joystick are really smooth and rotation doesn't make any noise. Colors are a bit cold but that how the lanscape looked like. I don't see chromatic aberration even when the bright sky is in contact with branches. The dynamic range could probably be a bit larger because the sky becomes quickly completely white when you move down the camera under the horizon while you see the clouds when you go back above the horizon. There is some distortion caused by the viewing angle but the impact is limited. The minimum focus distance is short, it will allow you to produce shots from only a few centimers from the subject.[b][b]In short:[b]Video quality: good[b]Sharpness: good[b]Dynamic range: average to good[b]Exposure adaptation: good[b]Distortion: average[b]The quality produced by the Morange M1 Pro is comparable to high end smartphones, it has much more sharpness than the low to mid end phones.[b][b][b]Video stabilisation[b][b][b]One of the main objectives of the Morange M1 Pro is to stabilize video shots. I took the usual muddy path that I use to test smartphone video stabilization and as you can see, shocks from walking are almost completely absorbed. The camera can compensate movements on three axis to compensate most of the moves. The quality of video stabilization is quite comparable to what I've seen on high end smartphones.[b][b][b]Slow motion[b][b][b]While the camera is capable of producing videos with 60 fps, it can also produce slow motion videos. You can choose three speed options: 2x, 4x and 8x.[b][b][b]Time Lapse[b][b][b]Timelapse is a very popular technique to record videos on a longer period by taking photos at regular intervals and packing them back together as a video. The Morange M1 Pro has 3 timelapse speeds: 0.25, 0.35 and 0.55. Because of the covid lockdown, I couldn't make shots in a beautiful location but as I'm not reviewing location, this example should already show you the potential of timelapses with this camera. Cloud movements are very visible and all the people walking are moving like in a Benny Hill show. [b][b][b]Time Lapse with movement[b][b][b]Timelapse is an interesting feature but you can also add movement by selection a starting point and a destination point directly on the screen, the camera will automatically calculate the movement between the two points you have selected. The idea is interesting but the result could be better, the camera moves by steps instead of smoothly moving from one direction to another. Each time the camera moves, the image jumps to the next position which also provokes a small vibration. You can get better results by moving the camera yourself. The other limitation of this feature is that you can't choose how much time the camera will take to move from A to B.[b][b]

User friendliness

[b][b]The Morange M1 Pro is easy to use, you just need to understand the logic behind the buttons and the different features you can activate directly from the screen. The camera starts very quickly and you can use any features with only a few clicks. It's one of the strengths of this product as you don't need to use a much bigger gimbal, attach a smartphone, connect to an app and then only start recording. The screen lacks a little bit the reactivity I have on smartphones but once you know where to touch the screen and how to touch it, it becomes easier to use.[b][b]I also have a traditional gimbal (Hohem iSteady X), it's a nice product but it needs more preparation to use, you won't use it very spontaneously like the Morange M1 Pro. [b][b]

Battery range

[b]In theory you should be able to use the Morange M1 Pro for around 160 min according to the specs. In reality it's a bit less, it's difficult to measure exactly because I constantly switch on/off the device with some time between the different shots but I would rather guess the range to be around 2h which is really fine. Charging would then take another 2h and as there is no spare battery that you can use, you should plan your time accordingly.[b][b]

Final opinion/review

[b]The Morange M1 Pro looks expensive at first, you can easily find decent gimbals around 100€ (or even less) and you probably already have a smartphone so in terms of investment, the usual setup gimbal + smartphone is probably the cheapest option but it's definitely not the most practical. If you want the freedom to use your gimbal anywhere anytime, the Morange M1 Pro is a better option. It's much lighter, it's much smaller and the setup takes only a few seconds. All the things I didn't like from the traditional gimbal are gone with this product. The compact size has however a drawback. If you want to put the camera somewhere to start a timelapse for example, the bottom part of the camera is not big enough to be very stable and there are no screws for a tripod. [b][b]Video quality is really nice, it can compete head-on with a good smartphone. Videos are sharp and smooth, 4k 60fps is not yet a standard for all phones. There are additional video features like face tracking, slow motion, timelapse, ... Face tracking will be useful if you have a vlog but my favourite one is the timelapse feature, it's so easy to use. [b][b]There is supposedly an app you can use to connect the Morange M1 Pro to your phone but I couldn't find the app in the Play Store?[b][b]I will probably add other videos as soon as covid restrictions are lifted because there is definitely potential to unlock with this interesting product.[b]

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