Indie filmmakers will love the new and improved CRANE-M3S handheld camera gimbal for small cameras and the heavier-duty WEEBILL-3S handheld camera gimbal just released by Zhiyun. The gimbals feature an elegant design, more camera compatibility, wireless shutter control, bright built-in fill lights, and more. Each gimbal also comes in a Combo Kit, both of which include additional accessories for enhanced operation for a great value.
CRANE-M3S 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
Zhiyun has designed the CRANE-M3S to retain all the great features of the CRANE-M3, including its sleek and compact body, 1.22" color touchscreen, PD fast charging, a long 7.5-hour run time, and operating modes that include panorama, time lapse, motion lapse, and vortex. The new design adds support for even more camera-and-lens combinations. While it still supports USB-C camera control, the CRANE-M3S now supports Bluetooth shutter control on select cameras, eliminating the search for the right control cable.
The built-in fill light has also been enhanced with a brighter 1000 lux design and a built-in variable color temperature range of 2700 to 5500K, which is much easier to manage than fumbling with filters. The axis locks have also been redesigned, making them even easier and faster to balance and lock the gimbal.
The gimbal’s main camera platform has also been updated with a new, two-in-one quick-release system that allows you to change the battery without the need to remove the camera or rebalance. Other handy features include a 1/4"-20 expansion thread on the side and repositioned controls to make it even easier for one-handed operation.
WEEBILL-3S 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
The WEEBILL-3S retains many of the important features of its predecessor, the WEEBILL-3, including long battery life, the same heavy payload, multiple accessory mounting options, wired camera control, and PD fast charging. Gone is the built-in microphone from the WEEBILL-3, but it leaves the gimbal’s redesigned body slighter and more versatile.
It also now supports native Portrait shooting for compatibility with social media sites like TikTok and Instagram, making it simple to switch the camera from horizontal to a 90° angle with a new, integrated quick-release plate. The built-in fill light has also been updated to the same 1000-lux model on the CRANE-M3S, which provides a 2600 to 5500K color temperature range. Just like the CRANE-M3S, the WEEBILL-3S now supports Bluetooth shutter control on supported cameras, to keep your gimbal wire-free.
Accessories and Combo Kits
On its own, the CRANE-M3S includes a charging cable, control cables for Canon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras, as well as a mini tripod and a small carry case. When you purchase the CRANE-M3S Combo Kit, you’ll also receive a phone clamp and a stylish white backpack with internal padded dividers to fit your entire kit.
The base WEEBILL-3S includes a mini tripod, lens support, camera base with quick-release plate, charging cable, and control cables for Canon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. The WEEBILL-3S Combo Kit can also be purchased, which includes everything in the base model, as well as a backpack and a gimbal base. The Combo Kit also includes a redesigned sling grip that quickly and easily rotates from dual-grip mode on the side to the back for single-sling, low-angle mode, without the need to remove and reattach. A supportive wrist rest is also supplied in the Combo Kit, which is even larger and more comfortable on the WEEBIL-3S, and it can be adjusted up and down to the most comfortable angle for your shooting style.
For more information about the Zhiyun gimbals, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out their detailed product pages. Or drop us a line below, and we’ll do our best to answer all your comments and questions.