The Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal is a three-axis model that features an integrated follow focus that’s designed to support any type of mirrorless or DSLR camera. The 2 offers a great payload, durable design, and is very beginner-friendly.
Now, let’s dig a little deeper in order to learn more about what the 2 has to offer.
Overview and Features
This gimbal has an impressive payload of seven pounds, making it very versatile. The Crane 1 only had a max payload of two and a half pounds, so this is a huge improvement over last year’s model. The increased weight capacity will allow the user to run small prosumer handy cams in addition to DSLR and mirrorless cameras. However, there is a limit in regard to camera length.
The manufacturer managed to increase the load capacity by switching to motors that offer better torque. Aside from the increased load capacity, the new motor allows the gimbal itself to feel smoother and more responsive.
You’re probably thinking since the gimbal’s load capacity has gone up that the physical weight of the 2 is probably through the roof, but it only weighs in at just eight pounds.
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The manufacturer has made balancing this gimbal much easier by including a fold up stand that easily screws straight into the bottom of the gimbal. And the result? Balancing is much easier and it also means that you can put the gimbal on a level surface when in use. Even better, you can also make adjustments to the camera when the gimbal is on without worrying about it freaking out.
You can easily leave the support stand attached and simply fold the legs up during transport.
As you can see, the manufacturer has really put some thought into the 2’s design, making this innovative gimbal incredibly user-friendly.
This model also comes with a quick release plate. This means instead of trying to mount the camera straight onto the gimbal, it can mount to the plate and straight to the camera, then just slide the plate into the gimbal. This will make balancing and set up much faster and easier.
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This model has a built-in follow focus control that allows you to focus without touching the lens or camera. However, this feature will only work with certain cameras.
Once you’ve connected your camera to the control cable from the gimbal, all you’ll need to do is adjust the focus wheel located on the handle. There are a few speed sensitivity options for the focus.
If you have a Sony camera, the 2 will charge your camera and charge up the gimbal’s battery at the same time.
This gimbal uses three 1865 AH batteries which can provide up to twelve hours of runtime.
iOS and Android
You can download an iOS or Android app that allows you to control some functions on the gimbal.
While the Bluetooth range is a little limited, you can use your smartphone to start or stop a recording, flip the camera around, and tilt or pan.
The app will also allow you to make certain calibration adjustments to finetune the gimbal’s performance.
On the display, you can view the stabilizer’s status, battery level, connection status, control mode, and different camera settings. However, because of the location of the display screen, it can be hard to see the display clearly. In order to get a good look, you’ll need to lift the gimbal up high. Ultimately, it’s much easier to check out this info using the app on your phone.
- Lightweight design
- High max payload
- Mobile app
- The poor location of the display makes it difficult to read