Top Gimbals for Nikon Z Series Cameras
Looking for the best and most cost-effective gimbals for Nikon Z-Series cameras? If so, then you have come to the right place.
For anyone who has a mirrorless camera and shoots videos with it like me, a handheld stabilizer can do wonders, especially in terms of producing a steady image while capturing those incredible handheld shots.
I personally have used several gimbals over the past few years and am consistently fascinated with their build-quality and designs, notably with the arrival of motorized, remote-controlled gimbals.
However, because there are many variations between different camera weights and lens based on what you are shooting on, you’ll need a proper gimbal to support your current mirrorless camera setup.
Therefore, I’ve put together a list of top gimbals for Nikon Z-Series cameras to help you choose the one that suits your budget and needs.
#1: Zhiyun Crane 2 With Servo Follow Focus
If you’re looking for the best gimbal for Nikon Z7, this one might be it.
Zhiyun is a high-tech manufacturer and has been in the 3-Axis gimbals game for years now. The Zhiyun Crane 2 is mountable by all mirrorless and DSLR cameras like the Nikon D & Z-Series, Canon EOS series, Panasonic GH3/GH4, and so on.
The 3-level follow focus control of this gimbal is not only compatible with Nikon Z7’s autofocus lens, but also for Fuji, Canon, Sony and other mirrorless cameras’—thanks to the massive deal offered by Camo-tech, now there’s no need to manually follow focus via touching lens!
The motor torque of this handheld gimbal stabilizer was boosted by nearly 50%, while the noise was reduced by at least 20%. Therefore, so you can expect the Zhiyun Crane 2 to work like a charm.
If you’re a fan of OLED, the Intuitive OLED display of this amazing gimbal identifies status and parameters like Control Mode, Battery Level, Multiple Camera Params, and many more.
Also, the Quick Control Dial feature makes different camera parameter settings (e.g., TV, AV, EV, and ISO) on the gimbal independently.
With an 18-Hour Ultra-Long Battery Life, you can expect high-intensity shootings 24/7, as well as phone charging under emergency, enabling you to capture those precious moments without a hitch. If my money was on the line, I’d pick Zhiyun Crane 2 over anything, any day. It’s one of the best gimbals for Nikon available right now.
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 4.7 x 17.7 inches
- Weight: 8.77 pounds
- Operating Temperature: Minimum: 14°F (-10°C) Standard: 77°F (25°C) Maximum: 113°F (45°C)
- Payload Capacity: Minimum: 1.1 lb (500 g) Maximum: 7.1 lb (3200 g)
- Zhiyun Crane 2 *1
- Tripod * 1
- Battery Charger *1
- 18650 Li-ion Batteries *3
- Micro-to-Micro USB Cable *1
- Micro-to-Mini USB Cable *1
- Sony Camera Control/Charging Cable *1
- Panasonic Camera Control Cable *1
- Micro USB Cable *1
- Shoulder strap *1
- Carrying Case *1
- Gift-Servo Follow Focus *1
#2: 2019 DJI Ronin SC Pro Combo 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
With superior stabilization and lightweight design, the Ronin-SC Pro Combo is the best gimbal for Nikon Z50 and Z7.
Creating opportunities for content creators and filmmakers, Ronin-SC was designed to go anywhere. Aluminum and magnesium construction, combined with powerful composite materials, provide excellent performance, weighing only 1.1 kg.
Ronin-SC supports some of the best cameras and lenses in the market, including the Nikon Z-Series cameras, while meeting key performance standards.
Even in those action-packed scenes, the gimbal provides an ultra-stable shot. Also, the Sport mode enhances the sensitivity of all 3-axis while maintaining stabilization, making the DJI Ronin-SC immensely effective in sudden motions, fast follows, and complete shifts in direction.
The pan axis enables continuous movement, allowing the Z50 for more grand shots. Options such as an infinite 360° roll let filmmakers achieve fully unique shots.
The trigger and buttons are fairly easy to reach for each essential control. Also, the flared battery grip gives extended holding a slip-resistance, allowing you to capture moments all day, every day.
And finally, the ActiveTrack technology makes Ronin one of the best and most future-proof gimbals for Nikon. Your smartphone mounted atop the camera, the gimbal, and the app—all work together seamlessly and provide smooth and solid gimbal movements, letting you create the shot of your vision.
- Gimbal Dimensions: Folded: 220×200×75 mm; Unfolded: 370×165×150 mm
- Working Current: 0.2 A
- Working Frequency: 2.400 GHz to 2.4835 GHz
- Transmission Power: ≤ 8 dBm
- Operating Temperature: -20° to 45°C (-4° to 113°F)
- Weight Gimbal: Approx. 830 g
- BG18 Grip: Approx. 258 g
- Tripod: Approx. 160 g
#3: MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
Many filmmakers are already familiar with the Gudsen MOZA brand. The MOZA Air 2 is currently the best gimbal for Nikon Z6 you can buy on the market.
With handheld stabilizers being considered today as an essential part of your camera setup to shoot 4K videos, having a nifty handheld gimbal that you can easily pack in a backpack solves plenty of hassle.
This single-grip gimbal can be the perfect companion to your Nikon Z6 or even the Z50. It’s now officially part of the Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit, offering versatility, reliability, and compatibility, along with 8 Follow Modes, Smart Time-lapse, Intelligent Operations, 16-hour long runtime, and Compact Design.
The gimbal adds value to your 4K videos by getting the Z6’s stellar capture potential the buttery smooth footage it so deserves.
Combine your Z6 with Moza Air 2 and it will make for a solid wedding/event filming package. It will also benefit creators who are looking for a reasonably priced and compact solution for travel vlogs with a premium look.
Moreover, with the Type-C interface cable and the micro-Type-C adapter, the gimbal allows Z6 users to easily start and stop recording via the gimbal.
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 18.5 inches
- Robust torque motors
- Nikon Z6/Z7/Z50
- 4.2kg max payload
- 16-hour long battery life
- Smart time-lapse
- Custom parameters
- OLED display
- 8 follow modes
So, these were some of the best gimbals for Nikon Z-Series cameras in 2019. If you want to reap the full potential of your Z-Series camera, it’s time to get a proper gimbal for your mirrorless camera rig.
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