The IBC 2018 is almost wrapped up, but there are still some noteworthy products showcased at the show that deserve our attention. If you are among the IBC attendees this year, make sure to stop by the Zhiyun-Tech booth as the Chinese budget gear maker shows off a prototype of the latest Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB gimbal.
In a nutshell, the Crane 3 LAB is the successor of the ubiquitous Zhiyun Crane 2, but unlike the latter and many other gimbals on the market, the new arrival comes with some significant upgrades that set it apart from the competition. First and foremost, the Crane 3 LAB sports a protruded hand grip on the back that also serves as additional support while holding the unit.
As a result, users will be able to deal with the tedious jitters created by the natural body movement more easily when operating the gimbal, especially when filming in underslung mode. The device will also support larger full-frame cameras with a maximum payload of around 4.5kg (9lbs 14oz).
Just like the Crane 2, the Crane 3 LAB will ship with a small tripod, making it an additional rubber hand grip as well as the same integrated Manfrotto camera plate found on the predecessor. The battery life is also identical with the Crane 2 – around 18 hours when balanced correctly.
Beyond that, the Crane 3 LAB is equipped with both zoom and focus controls. Once you tether your camera to the gimbal via a cable, you’ll be able to adjust zoom and focus with ease. Alternatively, you can also control these settings from the smartphone app as long as your camera model is supported.
Another unique feature is the built-in HD transmission system that supports video streaming up to 1080p and is compatible with both iOS and Android. A smartphone can also be used as a motion-sensitive remote control allowing you to operate the gimbal from a distance. To improve the balancing of the system, the Crane 3 LAB provides a latch on each axis allowing you to lock one axis while balancing another.
According to a Zhiyun-Tech’s representative at the IBC trade show, the Crane 3 LAB will be slightly more expensive than the Crane 2 and should hit the market later this year. The final price and shipping date, though, are yet to be confirmed.