Zhiyun Zhiyun Crane Handheld Stabilizer gimbal With Case Remote Controller for DSLR Canon Cameras Support 1.2KG 5 (from 49 reviews)
Zhiyun Crane Handheld Stabilizer gimbal With Case Remote Controller for DSLR Canon Cameras Support 1.2KG

Zhiyun Crane Handheld Stabilizer gimbal With Case Remote Controller for DSLR Canon Cameras Support 1.2KG Item NO: F18164-A

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Product Name Zhiyun Crane Handheld Stabilizer gimbal With Case Remote Controller for DSLR Canon Cameras Support 1.2KG
Item NO F18164-A
Weight 3.1500 Kg
Category Camera stablizer (Gimbal)
Brand Zhiyun
Creation time 2017-07-25


Zhiyun Crane Handheld Stabilizer gimbal With Case Remote Controller for DSLR Canon Cameras Support 1.8KG


Package not include camera 

The newest 2017 version, please kindly notice that.


Zhiyun Crane Features 

1.Built-in compact slip rings enable the gimbal to have all 3 axes 360 degrees unlimited rotation. 
2.With the automotive grade magnetic encoders attached to each motor, the gimbal can sense every 0.02-degree change intervals. 
3.The first handheld gimbal with CCI (Camera Control Interface). With CCI, the camera's shutter and focus can be controlled by the buttons on gimbal's handle. 
4.Quick, simple and tool-less camera mounting system saves time and effort. 
5.The built-in wireless control module can be connected with Zhiyun's gimbal remote controller or smartphone APP which can also be used for wireless control and firmware upgrade.
6.The industry's first to achieve 32-bit×3 MCUs (Microcontroller Units) running in parallel at 4k hertz. The number is far beyond the reach of any other gimbals. 
7.Powerful MCUs (Microcontroller Unit)which support floating point calculation, combined with Zhiyun's efficient attitude control algorithm and advanced servo control algorithm, the gimbal is able to sense, compute then control the camera to a 0.01-degree accuracy, within 0.25 millisecond. 
8. 3 operation modes. 



Packaging Details
  • Unit Type: piece
  • Package Weight: 1.0kg (2.20lb.)
  • Package Size: 8cm x 3cm x 12cm (3.15in x 1.18in x 4.72in)



I've used the Zhiyun crane to film two weddings, and so far I think it was a good investment. I'm still learning the new workflow, but attaching a monopod to the bottom of the crane (it has the screw mount) has really helped since I primarily shot with a Manfrotto monopod before.

Battery life is amazing and lasts a full day.

It is surprisingly sturdy. Even if your camera isn't perfectly balanced, it won't struggle to keep it stable. I've also accidentally put the gimbal down for a minute when it was still turned on (thought I turned it off) - and there were no damage to the motors. Of course there's also the typical accidental dings you get when filming a reception in tight spaces. People knock into it, etc. The point is - it's very well built :)

Fine tuning is possible through the app. The gimbal connects via bluetooth and allows for you to adjust the pitch and yaw speed, etc.

This is definitely MUCH more inconspicuous than the Ronin, and that is perfect for me. I like to be a fly on the wall when I shoot and this thing is basically the same as the Manfrotto monopod.

There is definitely less control than using a monopod alone. Stabilization is not perfect. Of course you get that bounce effect at times when you walk. But I've also noticed micro-jitters when trying to apply too many movements at once. For example, tilting my arm up while using the joystick to pan.

When moving around with the gimbal there is a certain look to the video which I feel like gives it away that you're using a gimbal. Not that it's a bad thing, but unless you've had a lot of practice and are super stead, it won't replace the look of a slider or small jib.

Another thing about the joystick - it's really difficult to set it perfectly. It either moves the camera too slowly, or too quickly. I wish there was a dial to quickly change the pan speed instead of using the app. There is a mode which (I think Mode 2) which basically just moves the cameras based on how you're moving the gimbal. I recommend this one for anyone trying to keep their workflow similar to a monopod. You can also adjust the speed of how quickly the gimbal reacts. It can be pretty much real time, but can also have a fluid drag behind your movements. Messing with the Joystick during the ceremony gave me too much anxiety. You just lose a lot of control.

Anyway, I hope this helps.



Absolutely amazing. I was impressed with the battery life. I took this on a trip to SouthEast Asia to shoot video and was able to make it through the full day, sometimes 2 days without recharging. I just powered off when not using. Video turned out so smooth. Very compact but heavy when holding for long periods of time. I found it very affordable considering it's capabilities. There were so minor glitches but easily resolved within minutes while I was out shooting. HIGHLY recommended, especially for Videographers.



I don't know how it will hold up over time, but it works great. Great value.


Dillon Huddleston

Well worth the money!



It's very cool gimbal but what I spent the cost for just didn't reach my expectations. I used it for a wedding I did this past weekend and it just was a pain in my ass too control and balance and change, plus the camera plate wa getting stuck which ended up not being able to balance it, eventually just stopped using it


Amazon Customer

I've owned Zhiyun gimbals before and they really do perform. After balancing the Crane I had no problems getting this to work perfectly if you step gingerly. My setup is a Canon T5i and a Canon 10-20MM wide angel lens. This is within the weight limit called out in the review. THe only issue i have with the gimbal is the batteries they provide die instantly. I make sure to charge them constantly, however, the gimbal dies a few moments into use. I usually wouldn't complain about this, but replacement from Zhiyun are $50. I would expect a piece of equipment like this to function instantly without a costly and battery replacement.


Rachel Wise

I am extremely impressed with this unit! Relatively easy to set up and begin using. I was practicing with it in less than ten minutes with no prior experience. It is very smooth and quiet. Allows me to get those difficult shots like never before. Using it with a Panasonic GH4 with no issues. I think you will enjoy it as much as I do.


Gene Rogers

Excellent device, great build... Definitely setup correctly before powering it up. Search youtube some great setup vids out there.


William A Kallay

Sadly I returned the Zhiyun because I could not get it to work right. I read the instructions and the Zhiyun had a mind of its own. Most likely user error. When I did get the device to balance right, the video footage was pretty cool.


Ricardo A. Castro Reyes

This thing is amazing thank you!!


Ryan Harvey

I love this gimbal system. It's exactly what I'd expect for the price. I travelled with this from America to Bali in a bookbag and never felt like I was putting the Crane in danger. It's a great piece of equipment to use for stable shots and vlogging!


Amazon Customer

Excellent gimbal. However, the package content was different than the one i ordered. There were supposed to be 2 sets of batteries, instead i received the one with remote and the cleaning kit. Those products were squezed into the protective case and apperantly damaged the case. Wasn't in mint condition.


Suede Fantasma

ONE of the MOST important thing to a videographer besides the content that he or she is shooting....I hit the ground running with this thing, straight out the box its easy to put together just put the batteries into bottom half, screw it onto the top half screw in/balance the camera, then turn it on and your ready to go.... packaging was perfect, worked as described, came on time, very very very happy..................... SIDE NOTE....you will need an update but thats easy, its for the slight slanted horizon that happens but a 5-10min update will fix it and it comes with the wire to do the update


Amazon Customer

Its great. I absolutely love it. If you want a technical review for this product check out YouTube. I have had no issues with it yet!



Phone Remote control is awesome. If you DSLR is wifi live view then it is icing on the cake.



Just received the item and loving the this product so far. I had a little trouble balancing but managed it. Came in earlier than expected and excited to put it in use.


Amazon Customer

I bought mine direct from Zhiyun USA with free shipping no tax for $585. I had a Ronin-M in 2015 but sold it because it was not convenient. I bought a iKan Beholder DS1 in 2016 which was much more compact. At the time I bought the DS1, the Crane came out but being an unknown product with a Paris trip coming up, I decided not to get the Crane. In retrospect, I should have because the Crane is better than the DS1 or the Ronin-M.

Easy to balance; high quality material; good App; smooth movements. The Ronin-M had a very robotic movement which I didn't like. The DS1 had a more of a manual steadicam gimbal movement which made the video more authentic but it had a tendency to drift on the horizon. Adjustment was not easy on the DS1 due to the software Simple BGC.

Once I put the Crane through a day of filming, I'll report more.

NOTE: the kit no longer comes with 4 batteries like what the reviewers stated. Just two 26550 batteries now. Weight limit is now 1.8KG.



Nothing was wrong with it.. Perfect condition.. This is like my bestfriend now and for the price? Its amazing..


Sam crapo

I'm very happy with this product. It levels out my camera perfectly every time, it's smooth and easy to use. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the app doesn't work great, toggling between modes is a little confusing (compared to the beholder), there isn't a way to check battery life, there isn't a send to home position function like the beholder had which was convenient, and it just seems to lack explanation on basic questions I feel users would have and I think that's because it is an Asian product and obviously some of that detailed information gets lost in translation.


Amazon Customer

Sold my Glidecam for this and it was the best decision I ever made. Use this with a camera with IBIS and you've got yourself some amazingly smooth shots. Worth every penny.

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