If you're in the market for a new gimbal you're probably overwhelmed with options. In today's video, I will compare the five most popular gimbals and let you know which one you should buy.
We've reviewed a lot of gimbals in the last few months. Our original favorite was the Zhiyun-Tech Crane, which has now been replaced by the Crane V2, and will be reviewed in this post. We were then sent the Moza Air which was able to become our new favorite because of a few additional features. Today, once again, we have found a new favorite gimbal, and luckily it's very affordable.
Impressive build quality, features, and included accessories
Smallest gimbal we tested and easiest to pack
Off center back motor will not block cameras screen
This may be the best choice for smaller, mirrorless cameras
Not made for larger cameras including the GH5 and we were unable to fully test it because our cameras would not balance
Load: 7 lb
Fits the largest range of camera shapes and sizes
Able to hold almost all DSLRs and lenses even up to 7lb
Follow focus knob works with Canon cameras
The largest gimbal we tested
Follow focus currently only works for Canon cameras and won't work with our GH5
The most expensive gimbal in this round of testing
Load: 3.9 lb
Updated version to our favorite gimbal the "Crane"
New mounting system allows for more cameras and more precise balancing
The new batteries allow for the handle to be shorter
The new thumb controller knob is worse than the original
It still doesn't have a quick release plate
Load: 4 lb
Update to the acclaimed Moza Air
Slightly smaller gimbal (but holds less weight than the Air)
iPhone App updated to allow for significantly more adjustments to the gimbal
Built-in quick release plate with standard Manfrotto flat plate (but you have to put it on backward)
Other Moza accessories like two-handed grip and wireless remote control are available
The battery charger is massive and doesn't fit in the included hard case
Unlike the last round of gimbals we tested, I actually liked all of these. The A1000 may be the best choice if you're looking to stabilize a smaller camera. The Crane 2 is certainly the best option if you're looking to stabilize a larger Canon DSLR and you want to use the follow focus feature.
The Crane V2 and the Moza AirCross are extremely similar and I think either one of them is a great decision for the average user. For me, the quick release plate, and additional features within the AirCross' iPhone app push the AirCross slightly ahead for me, but I'm not happy about having to carry around this gigantic battery charger.