In our latest video, Josh reviews the Zhiyun Crane 3S where he provides the pros and cons of this product. Josh will share the calibration process of setting up the Crane 3S before taking it out for a test run. The Crane 3S has a payload of 6.5kg and a battery life of 12 hours, which is the same as the previous version. However as a new and improved change, the Crane 3S now also has a DC-in which you can power it from the wall if you wanted to.
Although the calibration process is not as easy and simple in comparison to the DJI Ronin S and Moza Aircross 2, the Crane 3S does allow a longer payload whilst providing a safe clearance at the back to avoid your lens hitting into the gimbal during movement. In order to set this up you will need to remove the screws and fidget around to get the correct set up going. Also, when placed at a lower angle the gimbal will wobble which may affect your shot.
A few more new additions to the Crane 3S includes their detachable handle and 2.0 lock-in mechanism (unlock, half lock and full lock) . You can also download the app and control the Crane 3S gimbal with your phone or even place it under the sync function.
The Crane 3S would be great for a hybrid shooter, especially for those who travel a lots and will hold up a lot better in the wind.
- 6.5 kg payload
- 12 hour battery life (charge time 4 hours)
- Under the DC in, there is a follow focus button
- Front of the gimbal: USB, USB-C & follow button
- Right hand side: mode button ,record button, photo button, POV button, on/off button. There is also a ring indicator to see which mode the Crane 3S is on.
- An additional module can be attached for a 18 hour battery life
- Flexible gimbal and able to adapt to any camera
- Enough clearance at the back so your eye piece doesn’t bump into the Crane 3S
- Detachable handle
- 2.0 lock-in mechanism (unlock, half lock and full lock) .
- Can control the Crane 3S gimbal with your phone via app
- Joy stick at the bottom, it would be better on the handle so you just need to use one hand
- Slow calibration and app is very finicky.
- Buttons on the right hand side, if you’re a right hander you might not be able to see the change of mode easily as you’ll need to pull the gimbal out putting more strain on your arms or switch over to the other side and move back quickly which may affect your shot.
- Locks are too easy to flip and may ruin your shot when shooting
- The controls are on the right hand side which might make it inconvenient if you are holding the detachable handle with your right hand as you’ll need to move the gimbal away from yourself or move your head over to be able to see the changes you are making.