5 Minutes Comparison – the ZHIYUN WEEBILL 2 Pro vs. CRANE 2
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Choosing between two gimbals of the same brand isn't easy, but if you have someone ready to present you with the main differences, things get a lot clearer!
Read our short but concise comparison review of two ZHIYUN gimbals – the WEEBILL 2 Pro and CRANE 2. Where we've highlighted the most essential features to help you make a decision!
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ZHIYUN WEEBILL 2 Pro Combo key specs
- Improved Stability/Responsiveness Sensor
- 7.3 lb / 3.31 kg Payload Capacity
- 2.9″ Flip-Out Rotating Color Touchscreen
- Up to 9-Hour Runtime
- iOS/Android Mobile App
- Panorama, Time-Lapse, and Motion-Lapse
- Focus Control Wheel
- Rosette Mount with 1/4″-20 Center Thread
- Underslung Mode with Mini Tripod
- Portrait and Landscape Camera Modes
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 8.9 x 5.9" / 350mm x 225mm x 150 mm
- Battery runtime: 9 hours
- Flip-out Touchscreen 2.88"
ZHIYUN CRANE 2 key specs
- For Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras up to 7 lb
- 360° Pan, 320° Tilt, 360° Roll Motion
- Focus Motor and Lens Gear Rings Included
- Select Canon/Nikon Digital Focus Control
- 360° Synchronous POV Motion on All Axes
- 18-Hour Runtime
- Manfrotto-Standard Quick Release Plate
- "Slow-Fall" Camera Safety Feature
- OLED Display
- Number of Axes: 3-Axis (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)
- Load Capacity: 7 lb / 3.2 kg
- Battery Runtime: 18 Hours
WEEBILL 2 Pro Combo vs. CRANE 2: Design and handling
WEEBILL 2 Pro combo
The ZHIYUN WEEBILL 2 Pro is a small gimbal among the models supporting interchangeable lens cameras.
The WEEBILL 2 has the thumbstick and camera controls on the left side, just above the grip.
This gimbal has an impressive auto-tracking feature, which works after you choose the corresponding option and highlight the subject you want to track.
Two main accessories come in the Pro kit -
- the focus puller and
- the video transmitter.
The CRANE 2 gimbal has a large follow-focus dial on the left side of the wide handle, and the OLED shows unmistakably which mode you're using, F (follow), PF (pan-follow), or L (locked).
Together with the stabilizer comes a support rod, two universal lens gear rings for attaching and connecting the focus motor, and a USB cable.
WEEBILL 2 Pro Combo vs. CRANE 2: Payload capacity
The WEEBILL 2 Pro has a payload of 7.3 pounds, making it suitable for most DSLR and mirrorless cameras. In addition, the gimbal is compatible with a decent range of cameras, including Blackmagic.
The CRANE 2 comes with a maximum payload of 7 pounds - it can easily handle a three-pound DSLR like Nikon D5 with a wide-angle lens.
WEEBILL 2 Pro Combo vs. CRANE 2: Stabilization
WEEBILL 2 Pro combo
The ZHIUYN WEEBILL 2 stabilizes the camera on 3 axes.
The handy on-screen display indicates where the system is out of balance and lets you adjust the calibration along the axis.
The gimbal also has an Infineon sensor, an upgraded algorithm, and an updated motor, which makes its stabilization capabilities better than in the previous models.
The CRANE 2 produces smooth footage with less noticeable gear vibrations and motor noise than was seen in its predecessor.
In addition, the gimbal comes with a Manfrotto-compatible quick-release plate, making it more convenient to mount the camera by simply attaching the plate to the camera and sliding the plate on the stabilizer.
ZHIYUN WEEBILL 2 Pro Combo: Pros and cons
- Works with full-frame mirrorless systems
- Color touch LCD
- USB connection for camera control
- Visual indicators to assist setup
- Tripod feet double as sling handle
- Up to nine hours of running time
- Accessories available to expand features
- Side-mounted controls aren't our favorite
- Can't invert y-axis control
- Non-replaceable battery
ZHIYUN CRANE 2: Pros and cons
- Battery life is excellent
- Cameras that shoot higher FPS
- Amazing OLED display
- Manfrotto tripod plate to quickly move the camera from one device to another
- Stabilizes mirrorless and SLR cameras
- Balances easily
- USB-C charging option
- 360-degree roll
- Tools required for setup and breakdown
- USB camera control varies by model
- no focus control for non-Canon cameras
Final verdict: Which gimbal is better?
The ZHIUYN WEEBILL 2 Pro will appeal to professional cinematographers and vloggers who use mirrorless cameras.
The gimbal has enough power to support full-frame cameras and fits best the mid-size mirrorless gear.
The CRANE 2 can be an excellent choice for amateurs - it is definitely one of the best gimbals for its price, given its quality, payload, and battery life.
In addition, this stabilizer is quick to work with: it only needs 30 seconds of balance fiddling for you to start shooting.
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What is the best ZHIYUN gimbal?
Depending on your needs, consider Weebill 2 Pro or Crane 2 - both are stabilizers of amazing quality.
Which is better: the Weebill 2 Pro Combo or Crane 2?
Weebill 2Pro is definitely a better choice if you are a cinematographer or a vlogger.
Is the ZHIYUN Weebill 2 Pro Combo worth it?
The ZHIYUN Weebill 2 Pro comes as a kit with a gimbal, focus puller, and video transmitter. Its stabilization capabilities are impressive, as its in-built features for filming assistance.