Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal Review 1

Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal Review

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We would like to thank Zhiyun for supplying the review sample.

There are probably people who don't have a clue what a gimbal is or how it can be used. Put simply, a gimbal is a handle with a clamp similar to a selfie stick. However, a gimbal allows its mounted device (smartphone, action camera, or DSLR/mirrorless camera) to be rotated around at least an axis for more shooting/filming options. The majority of today's gimbals have 3-axis motors, which makes completely free camera movement possible. What is most important when it comes to gimbals, though, is the smooth and professional filming result without any shaking in the footage. A gimbal then is a filming stabilizer for a precise outcome. We have already reviewed a gimbal for entry-level users who use their phones for video and photo shooting, so it is now nigh time to look at a more high-end gimbal that is compatible with proper cameras.

ZHIYUN offers an abundance of gimbals. The Crane 2 is a 3-axis stabilizer and the latest addition to the company's professional gimbal portfolio. A plastic dial is embedded into the handle, and ± 0.02 degrees focus precision is also possible via a cable connected to the camera, which allows for more than a feature to be controlled without ever touching the camera. An OLED screen equips the gimbal for access to a lot of data, which we are able to configure with the joystick and buttons next to it. The Crane 2 can hold a payload of up to 3.2 kg (7.04 lb), which makes it compatible with DLSR and mirrorless camera models even when those are paired with heavy lenses. The Crane 2 promises to put an entire filming crew into your hands for slightly under $800; whether this professional gimbal will be able to fulfill its promise is something we will take a look at in this review.

Zhiyun Crane 2
Features & Specs
Compatible Cameras

Canon EOS series
Panasonic LUMIX Series
SONY ILCE Series & A Series
Nikon D Series

Camera Weight Capacity

Min: 500 gr ( 1.10 lb)
Max: 3.2 kg ( 7.054 lb)

Pan Angle Range360 degrees
Roll Angle Range

360 degrees

Tilt Angle Range

Min: -135 degrees
Max: +185 degrees

Stabilizing Precision:

±0.02 degrees

Following Deviation In static state: min ±0.01 degrees max ±0.03 degrees
In motion state: min ±0.05 degrees max ±0.01 degrees
Operational Temperature

Min: 10 degrees
Max: 45 degrees

Battery Capacity:

6000 mAh (2000 mAh each of the three batteries)

Battery Voltage:

3.7 V

Dynamic Stable Battery Life:

Minimum 12h - maximum 18h

Package Dimensions:

50.2 x 14.1 x 27 cm (19.76 " x 5.55 " x 10.62 ")

Package Weight:

3.7 kg ( 8.15 lb)

Product Weight:1.250 kg ( 2.755 lb)
Product Dimension:21 x 11.8 x 45 ( 8.26 " x 4.64 " x 17.71 ")
Portable Case:21 x 11.8 x 45 ( 8.26 " x 4.64 " x 17.71 ")
Tripod Material:Aluminum alloy
Package Dimensions:32.5 x 14.0 x 7.5 cm (12.79" x 5.5" x 2.95")
Warranty:1-year (2-years in the EU by law)
Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT):$749
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