Above: the rear gimbal motor arm blocks the Sony's LCD screen
Another disadvantage of using the Feiyu MG with the Sony a6300 is that you have to have the left side of the camera pressed up against the gimbal to balance it (it doesn't work the other way round), meaning you can't access the HDMI port to plug in an external monitor.
The LCD screen on the Sony is also pretty small, doesn't fully articulate and is rendered almost useless if you're shooting outdoors.
I found a solution to all of this when I realised that I could actually use my iPhone 6 as a wireless external monitor with the Sony PlayMemories app and the Smart Remote Control function on the camera.
Above: the Smart Remote Control feature on the Sony a6300 allows you to control it wirelessly with your smartphone
- It solves problem of Feiyu blocking the Sony's screen
- The iPhone screen is bigger and brighter than Sony's LCD display
- The iPhone is lighter than most external monitors
- No cables needed
- There's a surprisingly fast wifi connection between Sony and iPhone
- Using multiple GoPro connectors allows you to angle the iPhone screen
- The battery life on both the iPhone and Sony drains quicker than normal when using the wifi connection
- You can't shoot log footage using the Sony Playmemories app (please solve this Sony!)
- There's also no quick way to switch between 4K and 1080 using the Sony PlayMemories app (again, please solve this Sony!)