Zhiyun Weebill-S Camera Gimbal Review 2

Zhiyun Weebill-S Camera Gimbal Review

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Introduction

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A gimbal is a handheld device resembling a selfie stick—its purpose is to assist filmmakers and photographers in capturing stable images and videos. Depending on the model, you may mount smartphones, DSLRs, and action or compact cameras. The axis make professional results achievable regardless of how the gimbal is held, which is nearly impossible with hand-held cameras or smartphones.

Zhiyun has been making gimbals since 2014, and we were lucky enough to have thus far tested two Zhiyun models, the Crane 3 LAB and Crane 2. As such, we know about the usability and build quality of Zhiyun products. Gimbals not only have to be small and lightweight, but user-friendly. The Weebill-S also is for normal users and professionals who don't mind a little more complexity for more functionality.

Weebill is Australia's smallest bird, which is why Zhiyun named its new and small gimbal after it. The gimbal's rear-end also looks like a bird's beak. Despite its smaller dimensions, Zhiyun claims these motors to have 300% more torque while being 50% more responsive than predecessors.

The Weebill-S is compatible with plenty of available mainstream DSLRs and mirrorless cameras; combos like the Sony A7Ⅲ with the FE 24-70 mm F2.8 or the Canon 5D4 with the EF 24-70 mm F2.8 can be mounted, and are easily balanced on this small giant. Compared to previous gimbals from the company, it also uses an improved high-precision algorithm, intelligent ViaTouch 2.0 system, and ultra-low latency HD image transmission module. Moreover, it supports both electronic focus and mechanical focus/zoom control, has touch controls, and a build-in control panel. Its small footprint and weight combine well with its ergonomically designed handle, and the option to remove the tripod base for a second handle results in more comfortable sling-mode shooting sessions.


This gimbal comes in three versions with different price tags:
  • The Standard Package: $439 in the States and €399 in the EU
  • The Zoom & Focus Pro Package: $519 in the States and €499 in the EU
  • The Image Transmission Pro Package: $679 in the States and €599 in the EU
Zhiyun Weebill-S Features & Specifications
Compatible Cameras

Canon: 5D3, 5D4, 5DS, 5DS R, 6D, 6D2, 80D, EOS R, EOS RP
Panasonic: GH4, GH5, GH5S, S1, S1H
Sony: A9, A7R3, A7R4, A7M3, A7R2, A7M2, A7S2, A6500, A6400, A6300, A6000
Nikon: D850, Z7, Z6

Camera Weight Capacitycan support up to A7M3 + 24-70 mm F2.8 GM combo (650g + 890g = 1540g)
or Canon 5D4 + EF 24-70 mm F2.8 (800g + 805g = 1605g)
or Panasonic GH5 + Sigma Art 18-35 mm (725g + 810g = 1535g)
Mounting Points3x 1/4-20" female
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Following Deviation in Motion StateMax: ± 0.3°
Standard:± 0.1°
Min:± 0.05°
Following Deviation in Static State

Max:± 0.04°
Min:± 0.01°

Tilt Mechanical Range

Max:+ 182°
Standard:314°
Min:-132°

Roll Mechanical RangeMax:+247°
Standard:314°
Min:-67°
Pan Axis Movement Angle RangeStandard: 360°
unlimited rotation
Operational Temperature

Max:45 °C (113 °F)
Standard: 25 °C (77 °F)
Min: -10 °C (14 °F)

Operational Voltage

Max:8.4 V
Min: 6.8 V

Battery Run Time

2x 18650 (2600mAh) Li-ion batteries (custom Zhiyun design)
Max:14 h
Standard:12 h

Output Voltage5 V
Charging Time2.5 hours
Quick Release PlateManfrotto/Arca Swiss compatible
Package Dimensions34.8 x 27.7 x 10.4 cm (13.70" x 10.90" x 4.09")
Package Weight2.2 kg (4.85 lb)
Product Weight

1.11 kg (2.44 lb)

Tripod MaterialAluminium alloy
Warranty1 year (2 years in the EU by law)
Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT)

Standard Package: $439/399€/£369
Zoom & Focus Pro Package: $519/€499/£449
Image Transmission Pro Package: $679/€599/£559

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