The Zhiyun Crane 2 Review

A sturdy DSLR gimbal aimed to capture exactly what you want, not what you don’t.

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At a mere $549, the ultra-convenient OLED screen, hefty performance, and higher max payload definitely makes the Crane 2 a reliable option for both amateur and professional filmmakers. It's a reliable source of stabilization, all while making your clips more cinematic than ever before.

Zhiyun Crane 2 Review - Man holding gimbal in sunshine.

Easy, handheld, and carries any DSLR.

To Know:

Professional and ametur filmmakers are looking for gimbals to capture what they want to focus on, not the shakiness of their hand. That’s why the Zhiyun Gimbal is as good as a stabilizer as it gets, making any DSLR 4K footage look impeccable, professional, and smooth. Compared to its confusingly similar predecessor, the Crane V2, the Crave 2 has a much more bld body, bigger mounting plate, longer arms, and a winder handle. The payload is truly something special — this means that not only can it handle beefy DSLRs like the three-pound Nikon D5, but you could even throw on a heavy Nikkor wide-angle lens and still effectively use the gimbal, according to Digital Trends.

What We Love:

Hefty Payload

Place a hefty DSLR camera body and matching lens on the plate and you’ll still be effectively made to use the gimbal.

Easy To Use

After only 30 seconds of balance fiddling, you’ll be ready to shoot. Zhiyun’s Crane 2 uses a default Manfrotto tripod mount with a quick release button.

Full 360°

The full-range 360°synchronous movement on all three axes gives you an immersive experience like using an “intelligent” Steadicam.

The Details:

Brand: Zhiyun

Price: $549.99

Product Type: Gimbal

Best For: Filmmakers who use their DSLR as their main rig looking for a well-built, affordable gimbal.

Shop Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal

A sturdy DSLR gimbal aimed to capture exactly what you want, not what you don’t.

The Zhiyun Crane 2 is a stellar option for those wanting to support bigger rigs. If you’re in need of purchasing one of the best gimbals money can buy, with a substantial quality and payload to match, then this gimbal will be deeply satisfying.

After only 30 seconds of balance fiddling, you’ll be ready to shoot. Zhiyun’s Crane 2 uses a default Manfrotto tripod mount with a quick release button making the process of grabbing the camera on and off a simple process. Spring-loaded thumb screws are a brilliant touch that makes it easy to tighten or loosen the screws even if your camera is in the way. Integrated with an unprecedented follow focus wheel and attached Servo Follow Focus, Crane 2 allows ±0.02° real time follow focus for brands like Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Nikon etc. You can always keep your subject in focus while moving, setting free your camera for more dedicated tasks and achieving dolly zoom. Instune Algorithm System which realizes 50% increase in motor torque and 20% improvement in noise reduction, the Crane 2 sets up a new benchmark for the industry supporting a max. payload of 3.2kg, mountable by all models of DSLR and mirrorless cameras on the market. Now with the newest firmware, Crane 2 brings a whole new perspective to POV mode. The full-range 360°synchronous movement on all three axes gives you an immersive experience like using an “intelligent” Steadicam. Vortex Mode is now available on Crane 2 and evolves even further. You can add various dynamic movements to your barrel shot and open limitless possibilities to your creation.

Integrated with the pioneering 32-bit x 3 high-speed MCU parallel control technology which realizes 100% improvement in response speed, Crane 2 gets high above the industry standard with its cutting-edge attitude compensation system and unparalleled anti-shaking stabilizing performance. The intuitive interface design helps you easily identify the connection status, battery level, control mode and multiple camera params, giving you full control over every detail. Featuring an 18-hour continuous runtime, there’s plenty of time to shoot juicy film rolls. The quick control dial on the control panel is like an integrated extension of your camera. You can either press or rotate the dial to make various camera parameter settings such as TV, AV, ISO and EV, giving you seamless camera control independently from any software applications.

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Zhiyun Crane 2 Review - Man holding gimbal in sunshine.

Attach accessories, like the Moment VND.

Zhiyun Crane 2 Review - Man holding gimbal in sunshine.

Simple process.

In Detail:

According to B&H, The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 is a 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer supporting mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 7 lb. Mount your camera on the included Manfrotto-standard quick release plate, balance it, and shoot for up to 18 hours on the supplied batteries. A rod-mount mechanical focus motor is included and can be controlled via the gimbal's handwheel or an optional remote control for the Crane 2. It can be aligned to the focus or zoom ring of your lens for follow focus or zoom control. A support rod, USB cable, and two universal lens gear rings are also supplied for attaching and connecting the focus motor and using it with virtually all lenses.

What It Has:

  • Stabilizer
  • 18650 x3 Battery Charger
  • 18650 Li-ion Battery
  • Micro to Micro USB Cable
  • Micro to Mini USB Cable
  • Sony Camera Control Cable
  • Panasonic Camera Control Cable
  • Micro USB Cable
  • User Guide
  • Shoulder Strap

What It Does:

  • Manfrotto tripod mount with a quick release button
  • 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer supporting mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 7 lb
  • A rod-mount mechanical focus motor is included and can be controlled via the gimbal's handwheel
  • Integrated with the pioneering 32-bit x 3 high-speed MCU parallel control technology which realizes 100% improvement in response speed
  • Featuring an 18-hour continuous runtime
  • Instune Algorithm System which realizes 50% increase in motor torque and 20% improvement in noise reduction

Specs:

  • Product Dimensions (mm): 210*118*450 (W*D*H)
  • Packing Size (mm): 502*141*270 (L*W*H)
  • Carton Size (mm): 640*565*345 (L*W*H)
  • Product Net Weight (g): 1250 /Units
  • Roll Mechanical Range: 360 °
  • Pan Axis Movement Angle Range: 360 °
  • Valid Payload: 3200 g
  • Battery Runtime: 18 h
  • Charging Time: 2.5 h

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