July 24, 2016 at 2:00PM, Edited July 24, 2:09PM


What gimbal to buy?

I have a Sony a6300 and If I got another camera maybe it would be the Sony a7sii. These gimbals will support those cameras with native lenses. I am looking for a gimbal smaller than the DJI ronin M. Here are some of the options I see below. The Zhiyun (Z1) Crane seems to hold up while its price is half of the competition.

Came-Mini3 $1,188
Up to 2.6 lb
Wireless remote control (sold separately)
Mount to tripod in inverted mode?
Dual handles only

Came OPTIMUS $1,300
Up to 2.6 lbs
10 hours
wireless remote control (Included)
Mount to tripod
SIngle and Dual handles (Included)

Zhiyun (Z1) Crane $600 ($650)
Up to 2.6 lb
6-12 hours
wireless remote control ($30-50) phone app controller.
Mount to tripod
Camera Control Interface on handle
Single handle only

Pilotfly h2 $1049 ($1,308)
Up to 4.9 lb
26 hours
No wireless joystick. Built into handles.
Single and Dual Handles for $259

DJI Ronin M $1,399:
Maybe too big for my needs


I've heard great things about the Came Single. And it's cheaper than the Came mini 3. For a camera like the 6300 or even an A7S2 it's plenty.

July 25, 2016 at 7:53AM


Do the math: what kind of lenses do you want to use?
Some faster lenses weigh between 1 and 2 lbs.
Do you think you'll ever use a remore follow focus?

July 29, 2016 at 8:50AM, Edited July 29, 8:50AM

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I went the same way as you and finally got a beholder DS1 I use it with both the a6300 and a7sII and it works great with them, if you can afford it the beholder ec1 just came out and I think it is probable the best value for price you can get.
With all the others there is issue, the pilotfly has mixed review, the zhiynzu doesn't have toolless adjustement, the ronin m is too big and too heavy, the camemini and optimus are too expensive.

July 31, 2016 at 3:47AM


Zhiyun Crane is toolless.


October 6, 2016 at 1:17PM

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