Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

The Zhiyun Crane Plus is a declaration of intentions on the part of a company that has accumulated experience after several years dedicated to the manufacture of stabilizers for action cameras. For example, the Z1 Rider M and with this Crane Plus aims to expand its market towards a more professional sector, that of the cameras with mirrors and light reflexes.

Zhiyun Crane Plus 3-axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Price: $569.00

Intelligent Object Tracking, POV ( Point of View ) Mode, Battery: 6000mAh, Massive Capable Payload of 2.5kg

Zhiyun Crane Plus 3-axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Price: $569.00

Intelligent Object Tracking, POV ( Point of View ) Mode, Battery: 6000mAh, Massive Capable Payload of 2.5kg

It was launched in 2018 and since then it has been progressively improved with the Zhiyun Crane Plus versions and the definitive Crane third generation, the premium model of the range. Therefore this gimbal Zhiyun Crane Plus in our review can be considered.

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Packaging

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

The set comes in a rigid case and perfectly protected for durability. It includes:

Gimbal Stabilizer1
Battery Compartment1
26500 Battery Charger1
26500 Li-ion Batteries2
Micro USB Cable1
Lens Mounting Clamp1
Mounting Screw2
User Manual1
Anti-slip grip tape1
Panasonic Camera Control Cable1
Sony Camera Control Cable1
Tripod1

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Design and Appearance

The Zhiyun Crane Plus in our analisis is a gimbal or stabilizer of three axes capable of supporting equipment of weights between 350 and 2500 grams, adding more lens body.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

It is a metallic device, with a comfortable grip in the form of a handle and three motors in charge of stabilizing and moving the camera.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

This is fixed to a base on the gimbal itself by means of a half-inch screw.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

Due to the multiple shapes and weights with which this Zhiyun Crane Plus can work, it is necessary to leave the camera in equilibrium before lighting the stabilizer by means of screws present in each of the three axes.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

This may take some time the first few times, although from Zhiyun they say it is done in a minute.

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Features and Functions

Thanks to a joystick (which also functions as a button) located in the grip, you can control the address at any time, as well as change between the different tracking modes:

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

  1. Pan mode. The camera only moves horizontally. The rest of the axes are blocked. It is the default mode and the joystick only works vertically.
  2. Intelligent Object Tracking. This is a new mode of operation, which allows you to automatically monitor the moving object.
  3. POV (Point of View) mode. This mode allows you to shoot shooting at 45 degrees, and thus the picture will be excellent.
  4. Bread and Tilt mode. The camera moves horizontally and vertically with smooth movements. The joystick works only diagonally.
  5. Lock mode. The three axes remain blocked and the camera will always point in the same direction. The joystick works on the vertical and horizontal axis.
  6. Inverted mode. It is possible to make perfectly level ground shots. To access this mode, simply invert the position of the gimbal and the camera.

One of the strengths of the Zhiyun Crane Plus in the test is that its three engines have a radius of action of 360 degrees, unlimited.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

The stabilization is really good, hardly any jolts or vibrations are appreciated and each camera movement is very fluid and smooth. Even with the heaviest devices, it does a great job.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

On the other hand, the sound emitted by the motors is barely noticeable, although an external microphone connected to the camera is always recommended if higher quality audio is desired.

Zhiyun Crane Plus: First impression

My plan is to test the gimbal on a subject in movement, so I can capture a fluid movement while I follow the subject.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

When I see a couple of Scottish cows mulling. I think I have found the ideal subject. The farmer allows me to film but at my own risk.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

“Sometimes they may have a bit of a bad mood,” he says. There are parts of the pastures that are heavily trampled by heavy animals, which makes walking a bit difficult.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

It is perfect to test if the camera manages to maintain its stability. Since I press the power button on the Zhiyun Crane Plus for a second, the gimbal achieves balance without any effort.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

I use the ‘manual’ mode (pressing the joystick twice) and the camera moves in the direction of viewing. When I walk over holes and stones, the gimbal keeps filming in the direction of the cows, in a very stable way.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

I’m impressed. “Nice gimbal, right?” exclaims the farmer. “Yes, it’s one of the good ones,” I reply, somewhat surprised that this good man knew what a gimbal was.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

The stabilizer motors maneuver silently and fluidly, making almost no noise. It is very comfortable to carry the Crane Plus in our review is one hand for someone who, like me, goes to the gym a little.

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Test Footage

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Battery

The new generation Zhiyun Crane Plus powered by 6000mA battery or two 26500 Li-ion batteries, which grant a range close to 18 hours. At all times a flashing LED indicates the status of the load.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

It is possible to control it remotely through a Bluetooth command (not included in the pack) and from the mobile application (Android and iOs), within which you can also adjust stabilizer parameters, as well as update it.

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Conclusions and Reviews

If you have a camera system and you want to capture images with a professional appearance, the Zhiyun Crane Plus in our review may be your best option.

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018

This product allows you to get film shots more fluid and is also very easy to assemble. It is always number 1 in the quality rankings in its price range.

Of course, there are gimbals with a similar performance, but they fall quickly in a price range of $400 to $500 more. That’s why I highly recommend the Zhiyun Crane Plus.

We are facing a device that offers a great stabilization, obtaining results that were previously unthinkable except with very large or very expensive equipment, such as cranes or steady cams.

In addition to the many creative possibilities it offers, it is very easy to use and its small dimensions make it easy to carry in a backpack.

Zhiyun Crane Plus: Price and Where to buy cheaper?

Now you can buy a new generation of Zhiyun Crane Plus with improved features and specs at an attractive price for $569.00.

Zhiyun Crane Plus 3-axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Price: $569.00

Intelligent Object Tracking, POV ( Point of View ) Mode, Battery: 6000mAh, Massive Capable Payload of 2.5kg

Zhiyun Crane Plus 3-axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Price: $569.00

Intelligent Object Tracking, POV ( Point of View ) Mode, Battery: 6000mAh, Massive Capable Payload of 2.5kg

Zhiyun Crane Plus Review: New Generation 3-axis Handheld Gimbal 2018 was last modified: January 12th, 2018 by Boby Sanburn

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