ZHIYUN Crane M2 [Official] 4 in 1 Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphone, Action Camera, Gopro and Mirrorless Camera
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Make sure this fits by entering your model number. 【All in One】 Get daily shooting occasions covered: using compact camera, light mirrorless camera, action camera, and your mobile phone. 【Compact Design】 Unique locking pin and latch design to prevent the axis from swinging. Retreat, lock up, drop it into your backpack and go. It’s that easy with ZHIYUN Crane-M2. 【Creative Modes】 6 modes: Pan Following, Full Following, Locking, Full-Range POV, Vortex and GO. While the PF/F/L are basic options, POV/Vortex/GO provide you extended fun. 【Thoughtful Design】 With a memory lock on the scale, balancing position can be remembered. Once and forever, saving much trouble of readjustment every time.
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I have owned many gimbals over the years and so feel qualified to give a review. First, customer service has been great. I had a number of questions and Zhiyun were very responsive.The gimbal is well made. Too many gimbals these days are made of tacky plastic. The Crane M2 is almost all metal. But that can also be a disadvantage. I have already noticed a few scratches where metal has touched metal. I think this gimbal could be improved by adding a few strips of rubber here and there as it quite easy for the gimbal arm to knock against the handle when setting up the gimbal.Setting up the gimbal is not as quick as something like the new Osmo Mobile 4 - but remember the Crane M2 can be used with DSLR, smartphone and action cameras. What I’ve done is make a note of the gimbal settings for the different cameras which speeds things up a bit.User control interface is simple and easy to use. I really like the display telling you which mode you are in. The gimbal range of movement is excellent (especially the tilt axis) - far superior to many gimbals out there.I have 2 gripes. First, the smartphone camera zoom function is pretty useless. The zoom needs to be much slower and/or adjustable. I think the issue is the button you operate rather than a software issue. Second, I have had to recalibrate the gimbal more than I was expecting to.Overall I am very pleased with this gimbal.
Holmsey from Yorkshire
I bought this for my ZV1- I got lucky, I was watching Youtube videos for the best ZV1 gimbal, this came up repeatedly and when I clicked on Amazon I got a lightning deal on it. However, even at full price it is brilliant.This for some reason is listed twice on Amazon, under this heading and under M2 Upgraded version but they both appear to be exactly the same- the upgraded version referred to seems to mean an upgrade on the M.I have seen one review on the other listing, saying it wont work with Z1, this is nonsense, it works perfectly (well almost).Now, I have a Panasonic G9, £1000 of lenses, and a Ronin SC gimbal. I bought my Z1 as I wanted to transition to a lighter set up for my videos (mainly holidays) and whilst my current set up is sublime for fimaking, it is unweildy. The Ronin SC is quite difficult to set up, and quite complex in some ways to operate, and heavy, so I intend to sell that now i have this. There is a massive size difference between the supposedly compact Ronin SC and this tiny thing.In terms of size, it is actually smaller than you may think from photos. To give you an idea, with the tripod screw mount section off (which is good to use for balancing for set up but I will not have on otherwise), the handle before you get to the motors is actually smaller than the official Sony Bluetooth handle grip which I also have- yes it really is that small. This makes it a brilliant travel gimbal as you can stick it in a bag and even a big cargo style pocket. You also don't look an idiot and it is unobtrusive in use, ideal for holiday situations.Its a very nice design. It locks by a clever pin mechanism which is slightly dififcult to engage until you get used to it but is good when you do. Basically to open it and lock it there is one screw only, with a memory screw that fits into that piece so you can always go back to it being perfectly balanced on locking and unlocking. Hard to explain without a video, but trust me it works well.I leave the plate on the gimbal and find if I attach my ZV1 just the right way, it balances up fine without any adjustment. So I can go from literally it all being locked up, to opening the one screw on it, extending out the gimbal and attaching the ZV1 with no further balance required, in about 30 seconds. Not the experience on my Ronin SC. It is great not to be constantly adjusting the thing.All modes work really well, apart from 'Go' which is like a fast mode. I have found if you move this one really fast, it is designed to only go so far on the pan and if it hits that pan moving too fast it can judder as it hits that pan limit with too much force for the motor. But to be frank its a mode I won't use much anyway, and all other modes work flawlessly (and yes my gimbal is perfectly balanced so its not that).I wish in many ways I had not bothered with the Sony Handgrip now as this is not much bigger, is little faff and I can see me using this all the time.Overall, excellent for the smaller compact style camera. I docked 1 Star due to the Go mode issue but that's probably only when using extremely fast and is a limit of the size I suspect and it probably would not do it, with say, a GoPro on.