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Zhiyun Crane V2 (Classic Model) 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Mirrorless Camera and DSLR Range from 0.77 Lb to 3.96 Lb, i.e. Canon M, Nikon J, Sony A7 and Panasonic GH4
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- Brand new Zhiyun Crane V2 classic model with camera control interface. 3-Axis handheld gimbal for mirrorless camera and DSLR camera between 0.77 lb and 3.96 lb like Canon M Series, Nikon J Series, Sony A7 and Panasonic Lumix.
- Built-in compact slip rings enable the gimbal to have all 3 axes 360 degrees unlimited rotation, which is controlled by joystick or gesture and powered by 3 x 32-bit MCUs.
- Smooth, Steady and Noiseless Videos with App & wireless remote control, including applications such as Time Lapse, Long Exposure, Low Angle filming, etc.
- Balance your camera well at the initial position which just costs one minute. You can set the parameters such as follow speed and motor strength through “ZY Play” APP (IOS/ Android).
- 2 types of battery adaptation provide max 12 hours Run-time, one year warranty offered,and promotion of stainless tripod is lasting.
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As the number of videos posted online continues to grow exponentially, content creators need to do more to stand out from the crowd.
Shaky, handheld video footage just isn't going to cut it for today's audiences, no matter how good your camera is.
That's why you're going to want to get good stabilizer to help make your 4k videos look smooth and professional.
Zhiyun is a high-tech manufacturer focusing on the design, production and application of 3-Axis gimbals.
With the core idea of innovation, Zhiyun leads a patented technology on 3-Axis stabilization system in China,
whose gimbals are well selling over 50 countries and sharing 60% of Chinese marketing.
All of the products with independent intellectual property rights.
Our mission is to help everyone easily capture steady motion pictures and record beautiful moments in the life!
Overview of the Zhiyun Crane
The Zhiyun Crane V2 is a 3-axis single handheld gimbal designed for mirrorless cameras, you are enjoying the most cost-effective solution than other similar stabilizers. It is the first camera stabilizer that can control the cameras currently on the markets. The three strong brushless motors have an encoder each. Whatever you shoot, the Crane will always help you get incredibly smooth, professional video footage. It is lightweight, small and easy to use.
The Crane features three 32-bit MCUs (motor control units) running in parallel at 4000 Hz
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane offers button-powered, continuous rotation along the pan axis, and manual, non-stop circular rotation along the tilt and roll axes.
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 has a stepless joystick at your fingertips that allows switching between different modes.
The Crane gimbal can also be controlled wirelessly from an iOS/Android app (available from Zhiyun-Tech) via a built-in Bluetooth connection to your phone.
The gimbal runs on and comes with two 26500 batteries, which feature a 12 to 18-hour runtime.
Cameras attach by securing a simple thumbscrew without any tools, and full setup can be achieved within a minute.
1. Remember to choose a suitable strength range for your camera on the gimbal.
2. Balance and calibrate the camera correctly by following the user manual, to avoiding issues such as shaking, motor sound and sudden power down.
For the latest instruction, firmware upgrades and online calibration program, please download from:
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Zhiyun is a Chinese-based company that focuses on designing professional stabilizing systems for video production. Since April 2016, they released three new products including the Crane. This amazing gimbal is made from solid aluminum. It looks and feels like a premium product. The Crane ships in an impressive Pelican-style carrying case with pre-formed foam set inside to keep the parts of the gimbal safe and secure when being transported. There are two rechargeable batteries (the size of standard C batteries) that come packaged with their own charger. Users can get up to 12 hours of battery life with the 26500 batteries that are included. The Crane supports a maximum payload of 1800 grams or 3.96 pounds and, as I already described, a full-size DSLR will fit on it. It can also be used quite easily with mirrorless cameras.
Crane includes four operational modes -- locked, pan-follow, pan/tilt follow, and inverted. This provides a strong array of shot types you can strive for when shooting with the gimbal attached. In addition to its diverse modes, the Crane was designed so that you do not need tools to mount the camera or balance it. It's all connected with thumb screws, which makes it incredibly easy to adjust. There is an app that you can use to help operate the pan/tilt/roll, update the firmware, and calibrate the gimbal remotely, but you can also operate the Crane fine without it. On the bottom of the handle, you will find a 1/4" screw thread for connecting to tripods, monopods, or other mounts.
When I first opened the box, I was shocked to find the carrying case inside. It was a very unexpected surprise as most equipment I've gotten in the past year has not come with such a substantial protective case. When I opened the case, I found all the included pieces and parts and took a quick read through the manual before getting started. Even if you are familiar with gimbals, I would highly suggest you read the manual since every gimbal is different from the next. I was surprised at how easy it was to get it set-up. The Crane is basically one piece, but you do have to connect the bottom part of the handle where the batteries are housed. Make sure you screw it in all the way. One time I didn't and I couldn't get the Crane to power on. Thinking the device was broken, I became frustrated until I found the loosened handle.
Once you have the batteries in place, you can mount your camera. This is very simple and very much like connecting a camera to a tripod. The thumb screw for the camera just screws in through the bottom of the plate on the gimbal. There is a lens support included as well, which gets tightened after the camera is in place. The next step is a real balancing act. Before you power on the Crane, you are instructed to make sure the camera is properly balanced. This serves two purposes -- first, it ensures you will get the shots you want and second, it will provide you with a healthy gimbal since the motors won't have to overwork themselves with an improperly balanced camera. Zhiyun makes this a very easy process since you don't have to use any tools. You simply loosen the different parts of the gimbal until the camera sits level. The process is carefully outlined in the manual and it should only take you a couple of minutes to get the camera settled.
At this point, you are ready to start shooting. You press/hold the power button on the handle and then start shooting. The basic stabilization from the gimbal is an automatic process. The device will move with you and counter movements so that you have smooth, fluid shots. On the handle, you can control the tilt and pan of the camera. I actually love the positioning of the handle control because you can move the joystick with your thumb without looking at the control. This frees you up to be able to concentrate on how the shot looks in-camera.
When I started shooting with the Crane, the first thought I had was, "This thing is no joke!" Even though it's made from aluminum, it still weighs 350 grams without a camera attached. When you add on the camera, you could be toting around 4 pounds or more, which can become a strain on your arms. One of the best pieces of advice I have for using a gimbal is to pace yourself and save your energy. It's really easy to get drained when you are carrying a handheld gimbal for any length of time.
One of the first things I did to test out the stability of the Crane was run down a hill. You can see in the included video that I was facing forward the entire time I jogged downhill and the Crane kept the camera pointed out and the shot was much smoother than I expected it to be given how much I was shaking. I also did some simple movements that I would normally do with a jib, crane, or slider. I followed my daughter around a park and as she walked up some stairs. The Crane handled it beautifully. I was walking along with her, but there is absolutely no shake in the shot -- it's as if the camera were floating beside her.
Gimbals are great for free motion and capturing action shots. They are also wonderful to supplement location shots when you just don't have the time to set-up larger equipment. The Crane can get the job done when you want to have unique, powerful shots included without having to work on a movie set to get them.
The product is very solid but some of the tolerances are off. Some of the fine adjustments can only be made with a lot of force, wiggling, and other trickery. Basically, one of the sliding rails are too stiff. If it takes me 4 minutes to balance the camera, 3 minutes are spent wrangling that rail back and forth. We are talking tiny adjustments to get the balance right--probably less than a millimeter in either direction can throw the balance off. Too bad they don't have geared rails with adjustment knobs for fine tuning.
The case is really nice and well-built. Unfortunately the crane does not fold without loosening one of the rails (the tight one, of course), so the crane has to be rebalanced every time you take it out of the case.
It took no more than 5 minutes before the included tripod was broken. It's utterly unpractical, takes up too much space and does not fit in the case. Get the much better PERGEAR Aluminum Mini Tripod Tabletop Stand that even fits in the case.
Once the camera is balanced it works really well, with the exception of the rattle/loose part. I found that holding the crane with two hands is difficult because the handle is just a bit too short for my average sized hands. To grip it with two hands, my top hand has to be on top of the buttons, which results in a lot of inadvertent button presses, especially the shutoff. I highly recommend getting the PERGEAR Aluminum Mini Tripod Tabletop Stand. It works so much better than the one included in this package and functions as an extended handgrip.
As far as firmware update is concerned, I have not been able to do update. The mobile app has the functionality disabled and the Mac software update does not work on OSX Sierra 10.12.6.
It's really a shame that this product is not better. It's really cool to have this amazing technology available to get smooth camera movements. Maybe the next version will address these shortcomings.