Buying Guide for Gimbals

An easy to use guide for deciding on your first gimbal.

What is a gimbal?

A gimbal is a pivoted-support tool or device that allows for the rotation of an object on an axis. They serve all kinds of useful industrial and practical purposes. On ships, gimbals keep everything from stoves to cup holders level with the horizon. In photography, gimbals are similarly used to keep cameras and video equipment perfectly balanced in various shooting situations.

  • Gimbals have become increasingly affordable and popular in recent years.
  • They use integrated gyroscopes and algorithms to compensate for changes in a camera’s position.
  • A 3-axis gimbal uses three separate motors to help keep your camera steady.
  • A gimbal draws on the camera’s or its own source of battery power to function.

Why you need a gimbal

Even with the latest advances in onboard stabilization technology, camera shake can still be hard to control in certain shooting conditions. Handheld single-axis gimbals can be helpful when heavy lenses are attached to the camera, for example, and for wildlife photography, when you need something less rigid than a tripod or monopod. A gimbal is even more indispensable when shooting video, helping to make tilts, pans and rolls appear as smooth as possible.

  • A gimbal stabilizes your camera to help alleviate shake and blur.
  • Handheld gimbals give you freedom and mobility.
  • Some gimbals can be used as a tripod head.
  • Others can be attached to various types of rigs.

How to Balance your Gimbals

We have a lot of customers asking about how to balance their gimbals, so we have compiles a page of youtube tutorials on how to balance gimbals

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Gimbals for Phones

Most smartphones now come with fairly advanced photo and video features and are capable of capturing high-quality images. (Steven Soderbergh recently shot the entire Netflix series High Flying Bird on an iPhone 8 using a DJI Osmo stabilizer.) Smartphone gimbal mounts can accommodate devices of various sizes, and they literally put control in the palm of your hand.


 

Benro 3XS Lite Smartphone Gimbal

The Benro X Series 3XS Lite is a 3-axis smartphone gimbal stabilizer with a unique foldable arm design that allows for easy storage and travel.

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Combo

Osmo Mobile 3 is a foldable gimbal for smartphones with intelligent functions providing stable and smooth footage.

Zhiyun Smooth-Q2 3-Axis Smartphone Stabilizer

With a new compact design, you can easily put it in your pocket and capture any moment anywhere.

Zhiyun Crane M2 Stabilizer for Compact Mirrorless Cameras and Smartphones

You can easily customize your creative filming style and create smooth and stable videos, making your footage individual to your imagination.

Gimbals for Cameras

The type of gimbal you need depends on your camera’s size and format. To find the right one, factor in the total gross weight of your camera and lens combination, plus the overall dimensions of your camera. The most popular gimbals come in a handheld form. The more sophisticated ones can be used as attachments to various types of rigs, including cranes, cable cams and aerial drones.


 

Zhiyun Crane M2 Stabilizer for Compact Mirrorless Cameras and Smartphones

To make every one a true filmmaker of their daily lives, ZHIYUN brings a new handheld stabilizer designed for multiple devices for users of all levels.

DJI Ronin-SC

With a lightweight design and superior stabilization, Ronin-SC is a 3-axis stabilizer for mirrorless cameras, allowing users to create professional footage with ease.

DJI Ronin-S

Designed in a single-handed form factor for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, the Ronin-S empowers creators to shoot with the freedom of stabilized shots on the move.

Zhiyun Weebill Lab Stabilizer Creator Package.

Compatible with most mirrorless cameras, it’s ideal for run-and-gun filmmakers. It can be held upright or in an underslug position. You can lock axes and save them to memory for the next time.

Zhiyun Weebill-S Camera Stabilizer

The Weebill-S uses a high-precision algorithm to provide exceptional motor torque and superior responsiveness.

Gudsen MOZA Air Gimbal Stabilizer with Time-Lapse

t is much more than just a camera stabilizer. It is a complete camera control system with more flexibility than ever before!

Gudsen MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Gimbal

With comprehensively upgraded time-lapse functions, there are up to 20 optimizations that can help users easily film various personalized and professional types of time-lapses.

Tilta Nucleus-Nano Wireless Lens Control System Kit

The Nano system is compatible with all DSLR, mirrorless, and modified “cine-style” vintage photo lenses.

Gimbals for Cinema

A steady, floating camera shot adds incredible production value to your motion pictures. Keep in mind: a 2-axis gimbal only stabilizes the tilt and roll axis, while 3-axis gimbals offer additional stabilization on the pan axis. A 3-axis gimbal gives you more freedom to manoeuvre and silky-smooth dynamic moving shots.


 

Zhiyun Crane 3S

The legendary gimbal built on a heritage of innovation with magnificent motors and a brand new modular design, which aims for wider application and intuitive control.

DJI Ronin 2 Professional Combo

With up to eight times more powerful motors than previous iterations, Ronin 2 can withstand sustained speeds of over 75mph with camera builds as heavy as 30lbs

Freefly MoVI Pro Handheld Bundle - With Bonus Bush Pilot

This bundle includes the MoVI Pro, MoVI Ring Pro, and MIMIC controller and is designed to get professional filmmakers up and shooting with the MoVI Pro.

DJI Ronin 2 Professional Combo With Ready Rig+ Pro Arm Combo

Upgraded high torque motors allow it to support a wider range of cameras, resist high winds and G-forces caused when mounted to a car and keep it moving smoothly in flight.

Accessories for Gimbals

Small Rig makes a variety of handles, mounting options and counter weights for gimbals. You’ll rely on your gimbal to get the smooth, seamless cinematic shots you desire and deserve, but it doesn’t stop there.
Gimbal accessories let you adapt and enhance your rig in various specialized ways to suit your own uniquely specific needs, and Vistek carries all the very best gear and hardware currently available. Take a look.

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Gimbal Controllers

Give yourself an extra measure of precision, dexterity and convenience with one of these state-of-the-art controllers.


 

DJI Ronin 2 Thumb Controller

Simple to setup and use, the DJI Ronin Wireless Thumb Controller(Including an additional external receiver) makes controlling your Ronin easier and more intuitive, even with only a single operator.

DJI Ronin 2 Remote Controller

Dedicated speed control knobs can be used to conveniently adjust the remote control speeds of the individual axes of the Ronin 2.

DJI Ronin Master Wheels 3-Axis

The Master Wheels controller is an advanced professional wheel controller system that employs high-precision sensors, advanced control algorithms, and state-of-the-art product design to deliver precise and butter-smooth remote camera movement control.

DJI Ronin-S Focus Wheel

The Ronin-S Focus Wheel mounts onto the 8-pin port of the Ronin-S handle to help control camera focus.

Teris Controller for RoninS

This Ronin S system extension kit comes supplied with extension cables so you can detach your Ronin S Gimbal from its battery handle and you can then attach the Gimbal & its camera at the tip of the Jib using the kit adapter to supply control signal and power.

Zhiyun Weebill S/Crane 3S Remote Control

The TransMount Image Transmission Remote Controller, when paired with transmitter/receiver, can turn your professional monitor into a multi-functional monitoring/controlling device.

Zhiyun ZW-B03 Motion Sensor Remote Control with Follow Focus For Crane 2

Equipped with high-precision follow focus rotary knob,the remote control can sense slight angle variances and present the experience like rotating the camera lensitself.

Zhiyun Wireless Remote Control ZW-B02 for Zhiyun-Tech Crane Series

For Zhiyun Crane 2 / Crane / Crane M / Smooth Q / Smooth 3 / Rider-M.

Video Transmitters for Gimbals

Extend your reach exponentially and seamlessly with the latest professional video transmission gear from all the top brands.


 

Zhiyun Transmount HDMI Video Transmitter Module

With 1080P 30fps highly synchronised transmission (100-meter distance*) featuring LUT, Pseudocolor, Focus peaking, Zebra Stripes, etc; professional monitoring and livestreaming can be easily achieved on a gimbal.

Accsoon CineEye HDMI 5G WiFi Transmitter for Smart Device

The Accsoon CineEye WiFi HDMI Transmitter is designed to utilize your smartphone and tablet as a portable wireless moniter for your camera.

Cinegears Transmitters

Get uncompressed video transmission up to 1,000 metres with Cinegears Ghost Eye wireless transmitters.

Teradek Transmitters

Advanced high-performance, long-range, low-latency wireless video solutions for broadcast professionals.

Monitors for Gimbals

Spare no detail and bring your vision to life vividly right before your eyes with a state-of-the-art monitor as part of your rig.


 

Lilliput Monitors

Innovative camera-top monitors for multimedia, broadcast, film and video pros.

Atomos Monitors

Cutting-edge recording, playback, monitoring and editing tech converge in a single device.

Small HD Monitors

Built for speed, accuracy and durability, a favourite among discerning filmmakers.

Blackmagic Designs Monitors

One of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology.

Follow Focus for Gimbals

Stay in sharp focus at all times from a distance using a built-in or standalone wireless remote follow focus system.


 

Zhiyun Follow Focus

Zhiyun continues to push the boundaries with its groundbreaking follow focus tech and design.

DJI Follow Focus

Unparalleled precision and accuracy at your fingertips, with high torque and fast reaction speed.

Tilta Follow Focus

Industry-leading follow focus equipment to make your next shoot as streamlined as possible.

Cinegears Follow Focus

Ideal for just about any lens setup, delivering a reliable signal from up to 200 metres wirelessly.

Rigs for Gimbals

The type of gimbal you need depends on your camera’s size and format. To find the right one, factor in the total gross weight of your camera and lens combination, plus the overall dimensions of your camera. The most popular gimbals come in a handheld form. The more sophisticated ones can be used as attachments to various types of rigs, including cranes, cable cams and aerial drones.


 

Ready Rig Gimbal Stabilizer Vest System

Ready Rig Gimbal support (GS) is a body mounted camera stabilizer that gives operators unprecedented freedom of movement, stability and comfort while shooting with Gimbal mounted Cameras.

Steadicam Steadimate-S w/ A-15 Arm & Vest Kit

The Steadicam Steadimate-S offers camera operators increased freedom, endurance, and creative opportunity when working with single-handed motorized stabilizers like the DJI Ronin-S.

Teris JQ40 Carbon Fiber Mini Jib

Its transport length is only 131cm, and weighs 2.5 kg. It is very easy to use, and only needs to install the jib arm on the tripod to complete a 4m long arm with a stabilizer

Rigging for Gimbals

SmallRig Universal Wooden Side Handle For Gimbals R/Z

SmallRig Universal Wooden Side Handle for Ronin S / Zhiyun Crane Series Handheld Gimbal 2222 is designed to provide multiple mounting points and better handheld shooting for gimbals.

SmallRig Counterweight (200g) for DJI Ronin S and Zhiyun Gimbal Stabilizer

SmallRig Counterweight (200g) for DJI Ronin S and Zhiyun Gimbal Stabilizer 2285 is designed to balance your camera on Gimbal Stabilizers by adjusting it’s quantity and position. 

SmallRig Counterweight Mounting Plate for DJI Ronin S Gimbal

SmallRig Counterweight Mounting Plate for DJI Ronin S Gimbal 2308 is designed to replace the original Manfrotto dovetail plate that comes with RoninS

SmallRig Mounting Clamp for DJI Ronin S Gimbal

The mounting clamp features nato rail on each side allows to quick release accessories and comes with multiple 1/4“-20 and two arri 3/8”holes. 

SmallRig Handgrip for Zhiyun Tech Weebill S Gimbal

This ergonomic handle allows you to shoot from a variety of angles, including high- or low-angle shots. 

SmallRig Mounting Plate for Zhiyun Weebill LAB Gimbal

The plate comes with two locating pins which correspond with the locating holes on Weebill LAB to lock it tight and fits perfectly. 

SmallRig Counterweight (100g) for DJI Ronin S and Zhiyun Gimbal Stabilizer

SmallRig Counterweight (100g) for DJI Ronin S and Zhiyun Gimbal Stabilizer 2284 is designed to balance your camera on Gimbal Stabilizers by adjusting it’s quantity and position. 

SmallRig Handgrip For Zhiyun Gimbals And DSLR Camera

SmallRig Handgrip for Zhiyun WEEBILL LAB and DSLR Camera 2276 is designed to hold your gimbal to enter a handy underslung position and provide multiple mounting points for accessories.