Hot on the heels of the Zhiyun Crane M2, Zhiyun is teasing another new gimbal. The Gimbal S, designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. As well as the video above, there’s a teaser page on the Zhiyun website where they say they say they “push the limit” on compatibility, listing such cameras as the Sony A7III, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z6 and Panasonic S1.
Zhiyun has refreshed its popular Crane-M with a new model. Not surprisingly, it’s called the Zhiyun Crane-M2. Designed to be as versatile as possible for travelling filmmakers, this lightweight motorised 3-axis gimbal is designed for use with small mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, phones and action cameras.
It offers up to 8 hours battery life, features “enhanced camera control”, Bluetooth and WiFi control, and a Crane 2-style OLED display. Zhiyun says that the Crane-M2 is “a revolution in affordable camera stabilisation technology”.
If the Zhiyun WEEBILL was not a boy enough for you, how about the bigger brother, the Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB? We took this gimbal through the paces, and if you only have ten seconds for this review, here is the verdict: it’s the best gimbal we’ve used to date. Is it perfect, no? but it currently has a set of features that no other gimbal at this price point (or probably higher) provides.
As always, if you have any questions about the Crane 3, let me know in the comments and I will answer ASAP.
The Crane 3 is probably the best Gimbal you can buy for $899.00 (basic) or $1,199.00 (Creator Package). If you want a quick overview of what you’ll get with the box, here is a video to look at, but if you came here for function and performance, read on!
During IBC last year we caught a glimpse of the oddly shaped Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB. It’s Zhiyun’s new flagship 3-Axis gimbal. With a price tag of $899.00, 1.8kg weight, and 4.54kg load capacity it’s not a gimbal for everyone. But if you need a gimbal for a heavy rig, this is a gimbal you’d want to consider.
Even before balancing and running the gimbal, you can see that it’s oddly shaped. Well, oddly by 2018 standards, I think that this form factor is going to become the norm soon enough. Our initial tests proved that it’s more comfortable that the “stick” configuration and allows holding the gimbal and camera closer to the body, as well as better distribute weight on both hands.
Although it’s been teased for a few weeks, Zhiyun has now officially announced the new Crane 3 LAB 3-axis motorised gimbal stabiliser, along with complete specs. Lens adjustments have been expanded to include zooming as well as focus, it features a new articulated handgrip, and it can stream 1080p video to your mobile device for remote monitoring and control.
Freefly is among the leading brands when it comes to camera stabilization. Unfortunately, their products are for professional use with prices regular folks simply can’t afford. But for the first time, the company is delving into the consumer market with the Freefly Movi. Their newest gimbal is compatible with smartphones, and it’s marketed specifically to you.
Ever since I got to play with the original Zhiyun Crane at Photokina 2016 I’ve wanted to put one of these things to work and see how it handles. I’ve used a number of smaller gimbals for phones, but the ability to load up a DSLR or mirrorless camera offers huge benefits. I almost never invest in the first generation of anything, but then they released the Zhiyun Crane 2.
GearBest got in touch with us to see if we wanted to check one out for ourselves and how it might help with the content we create here on DIYP. With The Photography Show and other events coming up where we need to shoot video, it seemed like a great opportunity to give it a good workout and really put it through its paces. But it’s quickly become one of my favourite video creation tools.
Zhiyun have officially announced the new Zhiyun Crane Plus motorised 3-axis gimbal for mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Technically, this should be called the Crane V3 as it’s being billed as a replacement for the Zhiyun Crane V2, not to be confused with the Crane 2 (review coming soon). Perhaps the new name is to help prevent more confusion going forward.
Anyway, with an increased load and several new features, it’s a nice little upgrade over the V2 for virtually the same price that the V2 would’ve cost you a couple of weeks ago. It doesn’t have the follow focus dial of the Crane 2, but we’ll get to that.
Well, this is pretty awesome news. Zhiyun have updated its 3-axis motorised handheld gimbal for DSLRs & mirrorless. To be clear, this is the “Crane-2”, it is not “Crane v2”, which is a revision of the original Crane. I know, it’s confusing, but that’s what it is.
Zhiyun have doubled the load capacity with the new Crane-2 to a whopping 7lbs. They’ve also added an integrated follow focus control, an OLED display, and battery life has increased from 12 to 18 hours.