Product Review: ZHIYUN CRANE–M3 Pro

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Crane M3 Pro




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What creators like

I really like the LCD screen and motor balance function

It’s ergonomically and aesthetically clean and amazing

The Crane M3 is a great mini-gimbal for smaller cameras

What creators don't like

Other gimbals (Ronin S) for a similar price can take more weight

Sometimes balancing heavier lenses can be difficult

The non-removable battery & that it gets dirty easy

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Is it worth it?


Performance-wise, CRANE–M3 Pro has impressive motor power, smooth footage, it’s also incredibly easy to use, small and compact. It’s mighty in its sophisticated motion stabilization and steadiness beyond the entry-level smartphone gimbals on the market.


The direct camera control from the grip doesn’t work for just any pro camera out there, so be sure to check the compatibility with your particular model.


Battery Capacity

1150mAh; 8-Hour Runtime

Charging Time

5H; Charging Current: 180mA – 4700mA


Bluetooth 5.0; Operation Voltage: 9.6V – 12.6V

Touch Screen Size


Touch Screen Brightness


Camera Charging

Able to charge for 5V/1A cameras

Operation Frequency


Adjustable Color Touchscreen

1.22" OLED

Operation Modes


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Petros Ioannou

ZHIYUN Crane M3 Pro: Hands-on Review by Petros Ioannou from Leon Films

Explore the Crane M3 together with Petros and learn more about its features, purposes and pros and cons 📷










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Gabriel Miranda

ZHIYUN Crane M3 Pro: The Ultimate Review by Gabriel Miranda

See Gabriel go through the Crane M3 Pro's key specs, connectivity features, microphone input, integrated LED lights, and more.














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Why rent?


Community appreciation




I really like the LCD screen and motor balance function to see on detail how is working each motor axis. The versatility to use with phones and almost all kind of cameras in the market, the light weight. In combination with a phone in my opinion this can be the ultimate traveller content creator gear setup. 




It’s ergonomically and aesthetically clean and amazing, a nice and user friendly digital menu and accessories for extra creativity (like colour gels).




Its small size, light weight and locking arms makes it super useful for run and gun setups or travelling where carrying heavy equipment around isn't ideal. My favourite feature has to be the balancing measurements in the menu when the gimbal is turned on, it shows exactly where the adjustments need to be made to balance it.

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Community critique




The weight capacity is deceiving as it can’t take a standard size small camera body + any zoom lens. It has to be a small prime which is slightly irritating if you like to run and gun without the hassle of changing lenses.




It's a little small and light for the best footage, sometimes balancing heavier lenses can be difficult and doesn't have the most clearance space so it doesn't always perform great sometimes blocking the screen. It does have the occasional wobble or vibration.




I don't like the non removable battery and the white color (gets dirty so easy).

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Best features


Excellent connectivity

The CRANE–M3 Pro kit can proudly offer excellent Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity and very handy app control. Over built-in Wi-Fi, the gimbal can sync up with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera that supports remote zoom, shutter, and video start/stop control. Through the built-in Bluetooth, the camera connects with a free-to-download ZY Play mobile app for iOS and Android.


Further app control

The app provides remote control for many functions of the gimbal and has features that filmmakers will find especially useful – time-lapse, panorama, and slow-motion capture. There is also a Sync Motion that comes in the kit which allows the iPhone or iPad's gyroscopes to decide the direction in which the camera points. This feature is a great control method for those who don't want to deal with an on-screen joystick.


A self-powered mic

An upgrade from the standard kit of ZHIYUN CRANE–M3 Pro is a self-powered microphone with a full-size XLR connection. The mic can be switched from a cardioid pattern to a hyper-cardioid, and thanks to the XLR cable that connects it to the expansion port can make up a complete package for ambitious filmmakers.


Integrated LED lights

The integrated LED lights in the CRANE–M3 Pro kit let you use a fill light for your subject without needing external lights. It can even adjust to dark environments and keep the noise levels low. You can control the power of the light manually as well as the temperature – between 2600K and 5400K. You can also enjoy five different color gels.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the payload of ZHIYUN Crane M3?

Around 2.2 kg / 4.8 lbs.

Does Crane M3 work with iPhone?

The ZHIYUN Crane M3 is a suitable gimbal for your iPhone, other smartphones and small cameras.

What is in the ZHIYUN Crane M3 Pro Package?

There is the Crane M3 gimbal, Mic, Backpack & Phone Clamp.

How much is the ZHIYUN Crane M3 Pro?

The Crane M3 Pro costs around 610 USD or you can rent it for around 30 USD per day.

How long is a ZHIYUN warranty?

There is a 90-Day USA warranty on all their gimbals.

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The ZHIYUN CRANE–M3 Pro kit comes with the gimbal, including the built-in modeling light, filters, Type-C cables for various cameras, handheld tripod, expansion base, microphone, and cables.

The kit is perfectly compatible with a variety of devices – smartphones, action cameras, compact cameras, and full-frame mirrorless cameras with certain lenses.

One thing to bear in mind: you will need an accessory mount if you’re planning to use the gimbal for smartphones and action cameras.

ZHIYUN CRANE–M3 has rightfully earned the title of a gimbal that perfectly fits small cameras.

The kit was released with some great additions to the feature set, now tapping into the smartphone users.

ZHIYUN CRANE–M3 Pro: Pros and cons


  • Compact and lightweight
  • Build quality
  • Quick charging, long-lasting battery
  • Easy to balance
  • Perfect for both smartphones and cameras
  • Built-in lights


  • Mileage will vary with full-frame cameras
  • Only a few cameras can be controlled via the gimbal

Final verdict: Who should get the ZHIYUN CRANE– M3 Pro?

Performance-wise, the CRANE–M3 Pro gimbal has impressive motor power, smoothing out the usual handshake and wobble associated with handheld footage. It’s also incredibly easy to use with the direct controls on the handgrip.

The Pro kit can be a perfect fit for a variety of users thanks to its compatibility with a variety of devices and excellent stabilization on all of them. However, the direct camera control from the grip doesn’t work for just any professional camera out there, so be sure to check the compatibility with your particular model.

Overall, the ZHIYUN CRANE–M3 Pro is relatively smaller than other gimbals presented by the brand, but exactly because of its compactness and power it makes an amazing tool for filmmakers and videographers.

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Review by Gabriel Miranda and 2 other community members

Gabriel Miranda

Gabriel Miranda

Video creator & founder of GMIRANDA VISUAL

Copenhagen, Denmark

“Gabriel Miranda is a video creator based in CPH and a founder of GMIRANDA VISUAL. His work revolves around photography, especially portraits, videography, and drone flying.”

Patrick Bates

Patrick Bates

Filmmaker, editor, and founder of 4VFilms

Copenhagen, Denmark

“Patrick Bates is an entrepreneur, film maker, editor and founder of a Copenhagen-based video production company 4VFilms.”

Petros Ioannou

Petros Ioannou

Film Director & award-winning writer & filmmaker

London, United Kingdom

“Petros L. Ioannou is a film director, award-winning writer & filmmaker behind and in front of the camera, and a founder of Leon Films and Leon Unity – a broadcasting & media production company.”

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