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Zhiyun Crane V2 3-Axis Bluetooth Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for ILC Mirrorless Cameras Includes Hard Case
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- 4 operational modes (locked, pan-follow, pan/tilt follow, and inverted) provide versatility for all types of shots, while tool-less mounting components save time and effort.
- Supports a maximum payload weight of 1200 grams for almost all mirrorless and DSLR cameras (up to 1800 grams with updated firmware).
- Can be utilized with the Zhiyun smartphone app, which can be used to pan/tilt/roll the gimbal, update firmware, and calibrate remotely.
- Includes 1 set of 26500 batteries which provides an average battery life of 12 hours, so you don't need to change out batteries in the middle of a shoot.
- Connect tripods, monopods, and more with the 1/4" screw thread at the bottom of the handle. Includes a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
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Meet the Zhiyun Crane
4 Modes For Unlimited Flexibility
Three different modes allow you to get the most out of the Crane, such as locking the camera in place, panning the camera left and right only, or panning and tilting the camera freely. In addition, an inverted mode allows you to record footage even when the gimbal is tilted upside-down.
Control Remotely with the Zhiyun App
Want to shoot a panned shot while keeping the camera on a stand? No problem. With the Zhiyun app on iOS or Android, you can manipulate the pitch, roll, or yaw with a swipe of your finger.
Comes with Everything You Need
Your Zhiyun Crane will come equipped with a hard shell case for portability and protection, 1 set of rechargeable 26650 batteries which provide 12 hours of battery life on average, a battery charger, and a micro USB cable.
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I've been reading every review I could for two other hot new gimbals, but the remarkable price and one high-profile review convinced me to order the Zhiyun Crane. Although it didn't list the Canon 70d as a compatible DSLR, seeing the 5d squeak by gave me hope that my lighter 70d and 35mm f/2 IS combo, which is under the 1200g rated capacity, would be fine—it is!
This device has a lot going for it, — solid build, 360° rotation, simple smartphone software—and maybe compared to other gimbals out right now it deserved 5-stars. I'm only rating it 4 because this is a fast improving technology and I can imagine some little improvements, such as an Arca Swiss quick-release system, a fast change battery cavity (rather than threaded) or a plate that keeps the camera from even the slightest twist, since the slightest shift of any weight can change the balance of the cam. Actually, the Zhiyun Crane came with a small "Y" shaped piece of metal that fastens to the front edge of the plate. This should keep the lens pointed firmly forward and reduce the chance of the entire camera pivoting on the ¼-20 screw. More testing to do.
I'm careful not to overtighten things, but I noticed one of the balance screws needs to be firmly tightened or the camera platform could shift if you set it down (I should probably use a 1/4-20 threaded stand anyway). Also, it would be great to be able to flip the 70d screen out for viewing high above or down low, or just getting a good view at all. I don't think the Crane gimbal has a large enough area to the right of the plate to balance the 70d with the screen out. I'm not too surprised. It's not small and weighs around 750 grams without lens. And as with other gimbals, one of the motor assemblies is usually blocking part of the rear screen.
The handle may seem long, but after a few minutes of use, I feel that the long handle could be a good thing. The rig is pretty heavy and not like shooting from a shoulder support. I'll be using both hands on that long handle most of the time.
Overall the Zhiyun Crane feels like a great purchase. I hope to follow up after more testing.
Once you learn the concept of getting your camera balanced, it's pretty easy to set up. I do wish they had a better way of attaching the camera to the gimble. I'm not crazy about that single screw, but I'm no engineer, so I guess it's the best way they can come up with. Other than that, I'm a huge fan of this gimbal. Don't waste your money on something far more expensive. This model will do what you need done for most simple projects.
Switching between modes is not intuitive and sometimes doesn't work, which is frustrating. I expected more from a product this expensive.