Review: Zhiyun Crane 3-axis Handheld Gimbal – Worth Your Money?
In this review, we are looking at the Zhiyun Crane 3-axis handheld gimbal is designed to steady your footage for DSLR and mirrorless cameras that weigh up to 1.2kg.
The gimbal reasonable priced, making it one of the cheapest compared to other gimbals for DSLR cameras.
Real life use
The 3 axis can all be used to be rotated up with 360 degrees and the crane of the Zhiyun has a nice joystick to adjust the axis while operating, should you need to change the camera angle at speed.
Zhiyun also offers a free downloadable app giving you the ability to to control its gimbals wirelessly via Bluetooth. – see here: Zhiyun dowloads
The grip of the gimbal holds 2 batteries that will last for around five or six hours of constant usage.
You will need 18650 batteries for the device to work.
The grip also has a quarter inch screw head section that is very useful to mount your gimbal onto things such as a tripod.
As the gimbal is extremely easy to balance and setup, it should only take you a few minutes before you are fully operational. The camera footage is extremely level and smooth, even in the most blustery wind conditions.
Zhiyun Crane Gimbal Specifications
- Gimbal Payload – 0.8 – 2.65 lb (0.35 to 1.2 kg)
- Filming Range – 360° button-powered continuous rotation along pan axis, and 360° manual rotation along tilt and roll axes
- Zhiyn Crane Battery life – Up to 6 hours using 18650 battery (included), and up to 12 hours using the optional 26650 battery
- Battery type- 18650 (included)
- 3.7 V, 2000mAh, Li-ion
- Operation Temperature – 32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C)
- Operational Current – 80 to 6000 mA
- Dimensions – Height: 15.3 to 15.8″ (3.9 to 4.0 cm)
- Length – 6.6″ (15.5 cm)
- Width – 6.25″ (16 cm)
- Weight Without Battery – 2 lb (0.95 kg)
Pros & Cons
There are a few things to keep in mind if you are looking to purchase, the first is the weight limitation of 1.2kgs.
1.2kg, or 2.6 lbs, will be just fine for most consumer and entry level pro dslr cameras, for example the Sony A7 Bellow with a heavy lense is fine.
The Zhiyun Crane will not be able to support bigger DSLR cameras.
Another thing to keep in mind is getting use the the joystick.
We would advise you have a play around with it before you want to shoot any serious footage as it can take a while to get use to.
The last thing we wanted to point out is if need to switch from tripods and monopods quickly.
We would advise you using a quick-release adaptor for your gimbal.
If you have any other camera accessories, just be careful not to exceed to weight, and also be aware that the gimbals crane movements can be limited with camera add-ons such as microphones.
Our friends used the Zhiyun Crane gimbal quite excessively for a few days to test the waters and its performance was silky smooth and it produced really good footage.
As advised earlier, the joystick can take a little bit of time to get use to, but once you do, changing the axis is easy as pie.
For the price, we think it’s one of the better handheld gimbals out there at the moment, with a really great price.