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Zhiyun Gimbal Range: Which One is Right for You?

Last Updated 27th September 2022

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In the competitive world of online content creation, producing professional videos is the best way to rank above your competition. Adding a gimbal to your camera or smartphone takes your filming to a higher level. Gimbal stabilisers are particularly important when walking and making videos simultaneously because they minimise the up-and-down movement you get with each step. There are many gimbal stabilisers available, but which is best? To help you find the most suitable gimbal for your camera or smartphone, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of options from Zhiyun, the world’s leading manufacturer of pro-level stabilisation systems for cameras and smartphones. And we’ve even bundled some of these gimbals into kits full of essential accessories so you can start your next film project straight away!

Zhiyun Crane Range 

Zhiyun produces stabilising cradles for mirrorless cameras, DSLRs, and grips for smartphones. These are low-cost ways to make professional wedding videography, travel blogs, or when filming sports. 

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Pop this compact gimbal into your backpack, and you are ready to film action shots during a day of travelling. With its built-in 1150mAh battery, you can use it for about eight hours before recharging. It even has an integrated fill light for filming in shadows or at night. This model is designed for compact cameras, and you can use an optional accessory mount for smartphones and action cameras. Use the app for fun features such as time-lapse, panorama, and slow-motion filming. The Zhiyun Crane-M3 is an entry-level device available to budding videographers on any budget. Some of the items included in the Zhiyun Crane-M3 kit are a mini tripod, fill light filters and a carry case. Want a stylish backpack, smartphone clamp, and all the accessories in the standard kit? Choose the Zhiyun Crane-M3 Combo Kit for even better value for money. And when it’s time to include pro-audio in your vlogging, interviews, and travel adventures, invest in the Pro Kit for all the accessories already mentioned, plus an expansion microphone.

Crane 3S

Need a robust gimbal that can handle up to 6.5 kilograms of camera gear? The Zhiyun-Tech Crane 3S is a 3-axis handheld gimbal that keeps all types of cameras securely mounted regardless of the angles used while making videos. Its detachable SmartSling Handle makes it so versatile that you can use it one-handed, two-handed, or even underslung, and you can be creative with 330° roll shots as you move closer to your subject. The battery can handle up to twelve hours of running time, so you have plenty of opportunities to experiment with features such as panorama, time-lapse, motion time-lapse, long exposure time-lapse, and more. Some other accessories included with this sturdy gimbal are an extension arm, lens support and tripod.

Crane 3S Pro

Jump into professional filmmaking with the formidable Zhiyun Crane 3S Pro. This robust gimbal is at the top of the range from Zhiyun-Tech and fits a wide range of camera sizes. It has numerous advanced features to improve your videography, such as wireless video transmission, professional zoom and focus controllers, and an external battery option. An OLED status screen and all the controls you need are at your fingertips on the main handle. A smartphone clamp is included with the Zhiyun 3S Pro, so you can use the smartphone as an external monitor while framing shots, controlling specific gimbal movements, and adjusting camera settings. Extra items included with the gimbal are an extension arm, base, tripod, lens support and carry case.

Zhiyun Weebill Range

For a compact range of Zhiyun gimbals, the Weebill devices offer creativity to budding filmmakers. They eliminate camera shakes when walking or running. They are perfect for live streaming events and can produce time-lapse, motion-lapse and long-exposure filming for dynamic results.

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Weebill 2

You will appreciate this gimbal stabiliser’s small size when holding a camera all day. Even though it’s a compact unit, it can safely support 3.3 kilograms of video equipment. This gimbal features a 7.4 cm (2.9″) flip-out rotating full-colour touchscreen. The Weebill 2 has an internal battery that will last around nine hours, and shooting time can be extended via a power bank connected to the device. Amongst the included accessories are a quick-release plate and a mini tripod that can be attached to the bottom of the gimbal to function as an extension grip or a stand.

Weebill 2 Pro Kit

You can combine the Weebill 2 with extra accessories through this pro kit. As well as the Weebill 2 gimbal, you get an adjustable sling grip handle for underslung mode, and a fabric carry case. The sling grip secures around the main handgrip of the gimbal and can be tilt-adjusted for optimal comfort in low-angle and underslung shots. In this package, you also receive a wireless image transmitter and a focus/zoom motor.

Weebill 2 Pro +

Want even more value for money? The Weebill 2 Pro + kit includes the Zhiyun MasterEye Visual Controller VC100, which integrates the monitor with wireless image transmission and remote control. You also receive a dedicated carrying case with multiple compartments to store device parts.

Weebill 3

With improved ergonomics, the Weebill 3 makes filming steady and effortless. Its new Sling Mode saves you 40% effort through the restructured L-shape handle that moves the centre of gravity down to improve stability when you pan or shoot at a low angle. It’s perfect for run-and-gun videography. The Weebill 3 has a built-in noise cancelling microphone for clear audio, a 1,000 Lux fill light and a 2.45cm OLED touchscreen. Three built-in 2600mAh batteries will power your Weebill 3 for up to 21 hours. This gimbal weighs only 1130g but is strong enough to support a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a lens. The Weebill 3 comes with a CR120 tripod, quick-release plate, lens support, and four light filters. Check this combination package for bonus accessories such as a backpack, wrist rest and extendable sling grip.


The Weebill-S is nicknamed the Tiny Giant because it’s lightweight and compact, but it easily handles mainstream mirrorless and DSLR camera & lens combinations like the Sony A7Ⅲ+FE 24-70mm F2.8 and Canon 5D4+EF 24-70mm F2.8 lens. They stay perfectly balanced and stabilised on this gimbal, providing smooth cinematic shots even in difficult situations. The Weebill-S even has software that offers precise object tracking where you box the intended object via the phone screen, and the gimbal and camera do the rest. This gimbal arrives with multiple accessories, including an Arca Swiss/Manfrotto dual-layer quick-release plate, a storage case and a mini tripod that can be used as a stand or an extension handle. If you want even better bang for your buck, our pro package includes the Zhiyun-Tech Transmount HDMI Wireless Video Transmitter, a TransMount Max Servo Zoom/Focus Controller, and a phone holder.

Zhiyun Smooth Range

For budget-conscious videographers who want to improve their vlogging, attach one of the Smooth gimbals to your smartphone for steady and flowing footage.

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Clip your smartphone into this gimbal for stable filming along three axes of rotation to capture professional-looking videos. The Smooth Q3 gimbal has an integrated, rotatable fill light with three adjustable brightness levels. This affordable gimbal stabiliser also has incredible software that makes it easy to track subjects so they always stay in the frame. Additionally, the ‘follow’ mode is perfect for TikTok filming. With this same device, you can also create clever still shots where you clone yourself with multiple images and arrange them in the same photo. A mini tripod is included with this gimbal, but if you want a protective bag and wrist strap, too, click here for the combo option instead.


If capturing selfies is vital for your social media campaigns, or if you talk to the camera while vlogging, upgrade to the Smooth-Q4 to use the built-in 215mm extendable rod. This allows you to shoot at various angles to include a wider background. This device is foldable and becomes compact enough to fit in your pocket. A tripod is included, but if you want extra accessories like the double-sided fill light, choose the combo package. This 5500k daylight balanced light quickly attaches with magnets and offers you a quick and easy way to illuminate yourself or your subject with four adjustable brightness levels to enhance your video content. You also receive a wrist strap and storage bag in the combination pack.


Whether you are travelling overseas, partying with friends, or walking the dog, you will want this gimbal for stylish selfies and professional vlogging. It folds to a size that’s so compact it can slip into your pocket or handbag, and since it weighs only 300 grams, you are going to take this gimbal everywhere. The Smooth-X2 has an extendable selfie stick with an incredible 265mm reach for creative angles, and the gimbal comes with a rotatable tripod. If you want us to include a double-side fill light, storage pouch and stylish protective carry bag, choose the combo package.

Smooth 5

Film like a professional with the Smooth 5 from Zhiyun. The creative options available from this gimbal stabiliser enable cinematic results from your smartphone. The controls are easy to use with minimal need to touch your phone’s screen, so there’s less accidental jostling while recording. Its interface allows you to use a variety of special effects such as dolly zoom, reverse shot, time-lapse, and slow motion. Included in the package is a mini tripod.

Final Thoughts - Which One is Right for You?

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YouTube and TikTok audiences demand high production values, not jittery and bouncing videography. To keep your audience engaged, you need smooth filming from a stabilised device that can tilt, pan, and roll along with the action. Zhiyun gimbals help you capture cinematic-quality video with your camera or smartphone by removing bumps and accidental movement in your footage. If you are just beginning to make a name for yourself in social media, try the Zhiyun Smooth Range and take your smartphone videography to the next level. If you want to take your first steps into serious vlogging or travel videography, the Weebill kits give you greater flexibility. And for professional videographers, you can’t go past the Zhiyun Crane range of gimbals that offer filming with the Hollywood look.

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