Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB Camera Gimbal Review 13

Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB Camera Gimbal Review

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Introduction and Technical Specifications

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A gimbal is a handheld device that resembles a selfie stick, but has nothing to do with it. Regardless of how tough the conditions may be, it is there to help filmmakers or photographers take stable images and videos. If you are looking for a professional outcome for shots that have your smartphone, action camera, or DSLR/mirrorless camera move vertically or horizontally, or a combination of both, a gimbal along with some of its accessories will help you achieve it easily.

Since its beginnings in 2014, Zhiyun has been producing gimbals for DSLR/mirrorless cameras and smartphones, as well as action cameras. We previously reviewed the Zhiyun Crane 2 and were thus aware of this brand's product quality and software, but none of its accessories. The Crane 3 LAB was first introduced in 2018 and is currently their gimbal flagship.

The Zhiyun Crane 3 Lab is compatible with most DSLR and mirrorless cameras available on the market today—it features integrated wireless FHD image transmission, has focus, zoom, and touch controls, and an all-inclusive control panel. However, its most fascinating feature is the multi-functional handle. This gimbal comes in two versions—the Creator's package for $1,199 in the States or €1,299 (incl. VAT) in the EU, which includes all the necessary equipment for professional filmmakers, and the Standard package for $899 or €999 (incl. VAT), a more affordable option since it only consists of the Crane 3 and no optional accessories.

Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB Features & Specifications
Compatible Cameras

Canon: 1D X Mark Ⅱ, 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark Ⅳ, 5D Mark Ⅲ, 5D Mark Ⅱ, 6D Mark Ⅱ, 6D, 80D Panasonic: GH4, GH5, GH5S
Sony: A9, A7R3, A7M3, A7R2, A7S2
Nikon: D850

Image Transmission Support list

Canon: 1D X Mark Ⅱ, 5D Mark Ⅳ, 5D Mark Ⅲ, 6D Mark Ⅱ, 80D,
Panasonic: GH4, GH5, GH5S

Sony: A9, A7R3, A7M3, A7R2, A7S2, A6500, A6300; Nikon: D850
Camera Weight CapacityMin: 500 gr (1.10 lb)
Max: 4.5 kg (9.92 lb)
Pan Angle Range360 degrees
Roll Angle Range360 degrees
Tilt Angle Range

Min: -93 degrees
Max: +180 degrees

Stabilizing Precision±0.02 degrees
Following DeviationIn static state: min ±0.01 degrees max ±0.03 degrees
In motion state: min ±0.05 degrees max ±0.01 degrees
Operational TemperatureMin: 14 °F (10 °C)
Max: 113 °F (45 °C)
Battery Capacity

3x 18650 –2600 mAh batteries offers a runtime of 7.5 h

Battery Voltage3.6 V (9.36 Wh)
Dynamic Stable Battery LifeMinimum 12 h; maximum 18 h
Charging Time4 h
Package Dimensions46x14x41 cm (19.76" x 5.51" x 16.14")
Package Weight3.6 kg (7.93 lb)
Product Weight

Gimbal Body without plate: 1.75 kg, 3.86 lbs
Gimbal with plate: 1.9 kg, 4.12 lbs
3x Batteries: 0.14 kg, 0.31 lbs
Tripod: 0.4 kg ,0.88 lbs

Product Dimensions134 x 470 x 420 mm (5.27" x 18.50" x 16.53")
Portable Case21 x 11.8 x 45 mm ( 8.26" x 4.64" x 17.71")
Tripod MaterialAluminium alloy
Warranty1-year (2-years in the EU by law)
Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT)

Creator's Package for $1,199 in the US or €1,299 in the EU

Standard package—you only get the Crane 3 with no accessories for $899 in the US or €999 in the EU
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