Top 10 Best Gimbals For Mirrorless Cameras [2018 UPDATE]

For the mirrorless camera enthusiast, there is no tool more worthwhile than a gimbal. A 3-Axis stabilizer lets you take professional quality footage without any of that annoying shaking.

To get smooth, cinematic footage with your mirrorless camera, check out this list of the best gimbals available. Each of these models will work with the majority of mirrorless cameras on the market like the Sony A7, OM-D series, Fuji X-T1 and more.

Many of them allow you to add on additional accessories as well.

The Best Gimbals for Mirrorless Cameras are:

Zhiyun Crane V2

Ease of use is a major plus for this gimbal. Mounting your camera is painless and no tools are required.

Zhiyun crane V2 with a mirrorless sony camera mounted

You will need to balance and calibrate the camera once mounted on the gimbal but this too is fast and easy.

In fact, it only takes 60 seconds to have it ready to start shooting. The Crane V2 (click here for our full review) features a unique Camera Control Interface, letting you control the camera’s shutter and focus right from the gimbal’s handle.

An optional smartphone app will also let you control the camera and gimbal remotely, though the app does seem to have some problems with some phones.

You get three basic modes of operation, all of which will help you create cinematic-quality videos and photos. This is because of the superior stabilization capabilities of the gimbal. You get 3-axis, 360-degree rotation.

There are automotive grade magnetic encoders attached to the motors, allowing the gimbal to sense every 0.02-degree change.

This makes the Crane V2 the perfect tool for every shooting requirement imaginable, including positive grip, upright shooting, low angle, and high flight photography.

Inside the crane V2 mirrorless gimbal box

You get lighting fast speed and incredible 0.01-degree accuracy thanks to the combination of three 32-bit MCUs running in parallel at 4k hertz along with an efficient attitude control algorithm.

The gimbal will be able to sense, respond, and control the camera within 0.25 milliseconds. The Zhiyun Crane V2 will be compatible with all makes of mirrorless camera, as long as the weight is under the maximum payload of 1800g.

This includes cameras like the Sony A7 Series, the Panasonic LUMIX Serie, the s Nikon J Series, and the Canon M Series.

The gimbal’s rechargeable batteries will give you up to 12 hours of shooting time. A nice carrying case and cleaning kit (see above) come with the gimbal.

What we like:

Verdict: As long as your mirrorless camera weighs under 1800g and is correctly calibrated, the easy-to-use, fast, and accurate Zhiyun Crane V2 can give you great stabilization and high-quality footage.

EVO Rage Gen 2

This is another gimbal that will work with all brands of mirrorless camera, as long as the weight is under 1800g. It is unique in that it features three different power settings based on the payload.

 

For most mirrorless cameras, you’ll use the middle power setting. If you’re using a heavier lens with your camera, it might push you up to the strong power setting.

When you’re not on the right power setting based on payload, the gimbal will vibrate or deflect so it’s really important to use the right setting.

EVO rage stabilizer at the grand canyon

Stabilization is excellent and you get 360-degree unlimited pan, tilt, and roll. It’s also incredibly fast. This is thanks to the three parallel 32Bit CoreMark MCUs operating at a combined 4KHZ refresh rate.

This gimbal is pretty easy to use.

You are able to control the camera’s shutter, record, and zoom right from the gimbal’s handle. If you prefer, you could also use the EVO Remote APP which is available for both iOS and Android.

The threaded handle will let you mount the gimbal to any tripod, monopod, extension poles, or any other mount to give you even more freedom to meet the needs of any shooting requirement.

You also have the option of two different shooting positions, upright or inverted. The inverted mode is ideal for shooting low to the ground.

The point to point motion timelapse option with the EVO Rage Gen 2 is really great. By setting 6 sweep points and a time ranging from 30 seconds to 30 minutes, you can create a stunning motion timelapse.

Perhaps the best part about this gimbal is the ability to set custom shooting profiles. You can set and save your desired stabilization reaction speed. This gives you the option to create a number of customized profiles to use in different shooting situations.

Other nice features of this gimbal are the warranty, the nice carrying case, and the up to 12-hour battery life.

What we like:

Verdict: The versatile and easy to use EVO Rage Gen 2 will help you get the shots and footage you want. The ability to set custom shooting profiles is a huge plus.

DJI Ronin-M V3

This 2-handle gimbal looks pretty large but it is small enough to fit into a backpack and folds up quite nicely. It really stands out among gimbals for offering a huge payload capacity.

DJI ronin-M gimbal

 

Your camera and accessories can weigh up to 8 pounds. That’s obviously more than you need for most mirrorless cameras but it’s nice for when you want to use a heavier lens and other accessories.

It’s also great if you use a variety of different cameras. It will be great for your more lightweight mirrorless camera but it can also handle even a heavier model of DSLR.

Getting your camera set up and ready to go with the DJI Ronin M doesn’t take too long. You can expect for it to take about 5 minutes to mount the camera and get it balanced and stabilized so you’re ready to start shooting.

The balancing process is done for you with the ATS (Auto Tune Stability) technology so you just have to press a button and wait for it to do its thing. If the gimbal does end up slightly off balance, you will want to restart it as the roll axis has a tendency to drift if it’s even just slightly off balance.

This gimbal is versatile. Although the 2-handle handlebar is ideal for certain shooting situations, it will be cumbersome in others. Luckily, you can just twist the handlebars off.

It offers the unique Briefcase mode, where the gimbal is turned sideways. You probably won’t use this shooting mode very often but it can be really nice for certain shooting situations.

Part of the reason this gimbal gives superior stabilization is the super sturdy frame. Made from magnesium, it gives you rigidity and support, especially in the U-shaped arm holding the camera plate.

It only has one operator, but the gimbal’s SmoothTrack technology gives you great stabilization and really smooth motion. You get a full 360-degree rotation on all three axes. You can control the gimbal using the included remote control or with the DJI Assistant smartphone app.

What we like:

Verdict: It might be a bit pricey but the DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer is an excellent gimbal that offers versatility and superior stabilization.

Feiyu MG V2

This gimbal is an example of clean minimalism in design.

Whether using the one-hand-hold and two-hand-hold in upright or inversion positions, there is no added bulk that gets in the way. In all, there are three different grip positions and shooting modes, giving you a lot of flexibility.

feiyu mg v2 stabilizer with two handles

With a 360-degree brushless motor and slip ring on each of the 3 axes, you get 360° rotation and smooth motion no matter your mirrorless shooting style.

There are four working modes and you can also control pan/roll/tilt with the 4-directional joystick. One button on the handle lets you easily switch modes or power the unit on or off. Just like the design, the operation is clean and simple.

When not using it, the Feiyu MG V2 is broken down into a number of pieces which can be easily stored in the very compact included carrying case. The whole thing is surprisingly lightweight.

It can handle a weight of up to 3.6 lbs which should be plenty for most mirror-less cameras. 

Compatibility:

Sony NEX-5N / NEX-7 and other N-series models, α7RII / ILCE-7R /ILCE-5100, Panasonic Lumix GH4, even the Canon 5D Mark III (with the standard lense, see here for canon 5d gimbals)

On the negative side, this gimbal’s camera base plate could be better. This is because you have to screw it in. You can buy a quick release plate that will be compatible, however, which definitely improves it.

Another con is that it takes a while to adjust the settings to get the smoothness you want. This is especially true with the pan mode. In general, it takes longer to get this gimbal configured than some other options.

What we like:

Verdict: The Feiyu MG V2 isn’t perfect, but this budget-friendly gimbal for mirrorless cameras offers a unique and versatile design that can provide great stabilization.

Feiyu Tech A2000

This is another gimbal that gives you the versatility of either a dual grip or single grip shooting mode. With either the single or dual grip, you have joystick and menu controls built right into the hand grip for easy access.

There are a number of useful shooting modes, including auto-rotation mode, matching motion time-lapse, and automatic shooting. You can always adjust the pan/roll/tilt axes using the joystick controls as well.

Canon 5D mounted on a stabilizer

Balancing your mirrorless camera on this gimbal is pretty easy because of the automatically adjust system. It will be able to detect the weight of your camera and adjust the motor strength accordingly.

This gimbal has a maximum payload of 2000 grams so it will be compatible with the majority of mirrorless cameras including the Panasonic GH4/GH5 and the SONY A7 Series a6500.

Smooth shooting is paramount with the A2000 because of the Anti-shake Algorithm. This leads to attitude and energy saving as well as superior precision control. There is EVA anti-collision foam for the panning axis, something really helpful for preventing any damage to the frame.

The whole thing folds down to a really compact profile so it’s easy to carry it around. It does also come with a nice carrying case. With nine extended interfaces, this gimbal is compatible with a number of accessories, giving you even more versatility.

What we like:

Verdict: The Feiyu Tech A2000 gimbal offers versatile shooting for mirror less cameras and especially stands out because of its anti-shake algorithm.

Feiyu Tech A1000 – The Cheap Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to find a gimbal that works well but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

The Feiyu Tech A1000 may not be the nicest gimbal on the market but for the money, it offers a surprising amount of value. With a minimum payload of 150g and a maximum payload of 1000g, it’s pretty ideal for most mirrorless cameras.

A1000 gimbal with an olympus om-d 10 camera mounted

A nice feature is that you can also use this gimbal with smartphones so it’s nice if you like to shoot with your phone as well as your mirrorless camera.

You also have nine 1/4-inch thread ports so you can attach a number of accessories, as long as the total weight stays under 1000g.

Although this is a lower max payload, most mirrorless cameras will have no problem staying under. The Fujifilm X-T1/X-T10s, for example, only weight 330g and 393g, respectively.

To get the camera properly balanced, it just takes a bit of patience. You slide the arms of the vertical axis and move the plate back and forth on the horizontal axis until you get that perfect balance.

Once you have it balanced, you tighten the screws to lock it into place. Most people will be able to get it balanced in just a few minutes. The motor strength will adjust automatically based on the camera’s weight.

The A1000 features a rolling motor with a slanted design.

This unlimited motor gives you 3-axis rotations at 360°. You can control the shutter button and focus button on the handle or you can do automatic shooting mode or time-lapse and panorama photography.

The optional Feiyu ON app works as a remote control and you can also adjust and calibrate the gimbal from the app.

Although the gimbal has a lot to offer especially considering the price point, there are some negatives that can be expected for a budget gimbal like this. The overall construction quality is lacking a bit so it’s not as durable as some other gimbals.

There are also some known challenges with necessary firmware updates that can be frustrating.

What we like:

Verdict: By no means is the Feiyu Tech A1000 the best gimbal on the market but for the price, it offers an incredible amount of value. If you can accept the potential negatives, this is a great starter gimbal for lightweight mirrorless cameras.

Pilotfly H2

At the opposite end of the price spectrum, the PilotFLY H2 offers truly professional quality. The gimbal features CNC aluminum alloy construction and it is sturdily built and durable.

Pilotfly h2 camera gimbal

 

It also offers incredible performance and some of the best stabilization available. This is thanks to the powerful brushless motors, 32bit technology with Triple-MCUs, and 2 integrated IMU sensors.

This gimbal is lightweight and features a compact and ergonomic design that doesn’t block your camera display. This is because the roll axis has been shifted 45 degrees downwards. You can use it with either single or dual handle shooting styles.

There are three integrated quarter-inch screw holes that let you add on accessories like lights or microphones. Depending on your shooting needs, you can also attach the gimbal to a tripod, extension pole, slider or jib.

The PilotFLY H2 (full review here) will work with most mirrorless cameras on the market. The maximum payload is 2.2kg so as long as the weight of the camera plus accessories fits under that, you’ll be fine.

360-degree rotation on all three axes with smooth motion and superior stabilization will give you professional-quality footage. You can take beautiful motion time-lapse over all three axes. In addition to using the simple controls on the handle, you can control the gimbal with the Pilotfly Remote Control or a smartphone app.

A huge advantage to this gimbal is the stellar battery life of up to 26 hours. You really can’t beat that.

What we like:

Verdict: It’s pricey but you really get what you pay for with the PilotFLY H2. If you want a professional-quality gimbal that offers the very best stabilization, this is the gimbal for you.

Ikan MS1

The Ikan MS1 has a maximum payload of 860 grams so it will work with many mirrorless cameras. You can also attach accessories but you’ll have to watch the weight to make sure the total stays within the payload max.

This is definitely the lowest payload of any of these gimbals for mirrorless cameras. That said, all models of mirrorless camera should be able to fit within this max.

The Olympus O-MD series, for example, only weighs 425g. Adding heavier lenses or accessories is what you’ll have to watch out for with this light payload.

This is a lightweight gimbal with a simple single-handle design. The quick-release balance baseplate lets you mount and balance your camera quickly and easily without tools. The all-aluminum construction is lightweight and durable.

The brushless motors give you smooth motion and stabilized footage. The built-in 5-way joystick controls let you select your shooting mode and also control the pan and tilt modes.

You cannot get full 360-rotation on all three axes with this gimbal. You get 45° Roll and 90° Tilt rotation ability. Unfortunately, even when the camera is properly balanced, you may see a bit of shaking especially in wind. 

What we like:

Verdict: The Ikan MS1 is a decent midrange gimbal for mirrorless cameras but it, unfortunately, doesn’t give you full 360-degree rotation on all three axes.

Came-TV Came Single

This gimbal offers excellent stabilization with 3-axis, 32-bit Basecam control with brushless motors and encoders. The encoder technology, in particular, offers a lot of value.

Using the remote on a came single stabilizer

It provides important information about frame and camera angles while decreasing power consumption for longer battery life and increasing torque for better precision of stabilization.

This gimbal has both 1/4 and 3/8 threads underneath the handle for attaching accessories or mounting the gimbal on a tripod, monopod or extension pole. The design allows for one-hand operation. You can easily change modes with the joystick on the handle.

The quick release camera plate allows for fast and easy balancing and calibration without tools. Overall, the operation of this gimbal is very user-friendly. It comes with a nice hard flight case for easy transport.

What we like:

Verdict: The moderately priced CAME-TV Came SINGLE gimbal offers great stabilization for mirrorless cameras and allows for one hand operation.

Ikan DS2

With a maximum payload of 4 lbs, this gimbal will work with all mirrorless cameras and it can be used with many DSLRs as well. The all-aluminum construction is durable and lightweight. An OLED display Screen shows you the operating mode.

Ikan DS2 with a lumix gh5

This gimbal offers superior stabilization. It features 3-axis gyro stabilized brushless motors. The 32-bit controller with a 12-bit encoder and adaptive PID algorithm means a fast response, easy balancing, and great battery life. You get 360-degree rotation on the pan axis. Some unique modes include the 60-second Auto-Sweep mode, the Point & Lock mode, and the Inverted mode.

What we like:

Verdict: The moderately priced Ikan DS2 (click here to read our full review) is a great gimbal for mirrorless cameras that offers superior stabilization and a few unique and useful shooting modes.

FAQ & Buyer’s Guide

How should I pick a stabilizer for my mirrorless camera?

The most important thing to consider when choosing a stabilizer for a mirrorless camera is weight. All gimbals will have a maximum payload and you absolutely must stay under this payload or you won’t get the stabilized footage you want.

When you go over the max payload, you won’t be able to balance the camera and that makes the stabilizer pointless.

When calculating your payload, you have to consider not just the camera but also the lens and any other accessories you plan to use. Several of the gimbals on this list have really high payloads so you won’t have a problem with any mirrorless cameras even with a heavier lens and some accessories.

A few of these gimbals, though, have a lower max payload so you have to make sure your camera is light enough to work.

Other than the payload, it comes down to personal preference and your shooting style. One thing to consider is single versus dual handle. Dual handle gimbals might give you better stabilization and they often mean better battery life.

Single handle gimbals are more conducive to certain shooting situations. For many people, the ideal solution is a gimbal that can easily switch from single to dual handle such as the Feiyu Tech A2000.

Another thing to consider is whether you want to be able to control the gimbal with a remote or app. You may also want to consider whether you’ll find certain specialized modes useful, like motion timelapse modes.

Finally, of course, you should consider your budget. Even the lower priced stabilizers for mirrorless cameras will offer you improved stabilization anw will improve the overall quality of your footage. If you can afford it, though, you’ll get the maximum quality with the higher end price points.

What is the best cheap option?

The Feiyu Tech A1000 and the Zhiyun Crane V2 are the two best cheap options.

They come with some disadvantages but you can get some really great stabilized footage with either of these gimbals. For the money, the Zhiyun Crane V2 offers the best value but the Feiyu Tech A1000 is also decent and is the lowest price gimbal for mirrorless cameras worth considering.

All of these gimbals have something to offer and even the cheapest of them can help take your mirrorless camera videography and photography to the next level.

Stabilizers can quickly turn amateur footage into professional footage. Have you tried a gimbal with your mirrorless camera? What did you think? Do you have any questions about stabilizers for mirrorless camera?

 


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