Obviously, many shooters still wonder if they really need a dedicated gimbal to be able to capture some silky smooth cinematic shots on the fly while already having an advanced image stabilization built-in right inside their favorite mirrorless camera.
Of course, both setups have their pros and cons and can produce some stunning results on their own depending on the occasion. So, if you really want to find out what are the actual differences between these two image stabilization tools when used in a real-world environment, then you have just come to the right place.
In the video below, Max Yuryev puts to the test both the Dual I.S. 2.0 of the GH5 and the Zhiyun Crane 3-Axis gimbal with a Sony A6300 on board to see how do they stack up against each other in terms of stability and visual aesthetics when put side by side out in the field.
From what I can get from those tests, you can use both setups in a variety of shooting situations as the ones showcased above while expecting relatively similar results. Moreover, I was pleasantly surprised by the aesthetics of the walking shots that the dual I.S. stabilization was particularly able to produce.
Honestly, it’s insane how far this technology has advanced thus far. Even though it won’t utterly make the usage of gimbals obsolete anytime soon, it can still do some decent job in a wide variety of run-and-gun situations when you need to take your camera straight out of your backpack and start rolling right off the bat.
As Max points out, each of both setups is suitable for different scenarios and situations. Some people believe that the gimbal does come out slightly ahead. Others are firm believers that the GH5 makes a gimbal pretty unnecessary, but what ultimately matters most is which one of those systems would serve a certain project better.
If you like the visual aesthetics that the dual GH5 produces, then go for it. But if you are more or less teased by the extremely fluent and cinematic shots produced by the gimbal, then you should certainly consider the option of getting one. Either way, it’s stunning how many options we have nowadays when it comes to capturing staggering cinematic visuals, especially when you consider the freedom and simplicity such a minimalistic and lightweight combo can bring to any of your productions.