Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal Reviewed by TPU

I always wanted to get one of these … but after getting myself a Canon EOS M6, I didn’t have a need for one. This may change this year if I decide to get a larger DSLR camera.

This is our second gimbal, but our first from the upper category. The build quality of the Crane 2 is exquisite, it being mostly made out of aluminum alloy. The Crane 2 is a relatively light gimbal that can be mounted to an included tripod. As such, there is no need to purchase such an extra accessory for longer filming sessions. The ZHIYUN Crane 2 has a lot more going for it than just being a camera gimbal. It is a professional stabilizer that can hold a camera with a weight of 500 g (1.10 lb) to 3.2 kg (7.054 lb). As such, most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, along with their corresponding lenses, are supported by the Crane; however, not all camera models are compatible with all of its features.



Actually, only the Canon 5D line looks to be fully compatible with the Crane 2’s features, while only a small part of those features are supported with other camera brands/models. This is a big disadvantage, and we did at the very least expect such top video-shooting cameras as the Sony A6500 and Panasonic GH5 to be fully supported by the Crane 2. Another feature of the Crane 2 that might actually cause some headaches is the fact that it is able to charge connected Sony cameras. Should you plan on using a Sony camera with the cable in order to utilize some of the gimbal’s features, do keep in mind that the Crane’s battery life will be depleted sooner since the camera will also be charged as it is being used. Zhiyun should find a way to make this function optional.

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Features & Specs

Zhiyun Crane 2
Compatible Cameras Canon EOS series
Panasonic LUMIX Series
SONY ILCE Series & A Series
Nikon D Series
Camera Weight Capacity Min: 500 gr ( 1.10 lb)
Max: 3.2 kg ( 7.054 lb)
Pan Angle Range 360 degrees
Roll Angle Range

360 degrees

Tilt Angle Range

Min: -135 degrees
Max: +185 degrees

Stabilizing Precision:

±0.02 degrees

Following Deviation In static state: min ±0.01 degrees max ±0.03 degrees
In motion state: min ±0.05 degrees max ±0.01 degrees
Operational Temperature Min: 10 degrees
Max: 45 degrees
Battery Capacity:

6000 mAh (2000 mAh each of the three batteries)

Battery Voltage:

3.7 V

Dynamic Stable Battery Life:

Minimum 12h – maximum 18h

Package Dimensions:

50.2 x 14.1 x 27 cm (19.76 ” x 5.55 ” x 10.62 “)

Package Weight:

3.7 kg ( 8.15 lb)

Product Weight: 1.250 kg ( 2.755 lb)
Product Dimension: 21 x 11.8 x 45 ( 8.26 ” x 4.64 ” x 17.71 “)
Portable Case: 21 x 11.8 x 45 ( 8.26 ” x 4.64 ” x 17.71 “)
Tripod Material: Aluminum alloy
Package Dimensions: 32.5 x 14.0 x 7.5 cm (12.79″ x 5.5″ x 2.95″)
Warranty: 1-year (2-years in the EU by law)
Price at Time of Review (excl. VAT): $749

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