At Photokina 2018, much like at IBC 2018, Zhiyun-Tech had a very busy stand where show attendees were eager to put their hands on the company’s latest gimbal stabilizers for mirrorless cameras and smartphones.
The 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer market is extremely competitive, but much like what we say at IBC 2018 from Zhiyun with their Crane 3 Lab, their new Zhiyun Weebill lineup of compact gimbals offers video creators a re-designed experience that makes it so much easier to get low-angle cinematic shots than with other single grip gimbals like the DJI Ronin-S.
Ra from Zhiyun gave us a smashing demo of what the new Weebill gimbal can do in the video below:
Maximum payload for the Weebill is 3 kgs, which should be plenty for most setups with Sony A7III or GH5 cameras (and all similar models). As you’ve seen from the video above, the unique thing here with the Weebill is the way you hold the gimbal, or rather the shape of the handle.
With standard single grip gimbals, everything is a straight line making the setup a bit tall and heavy overtime (from my limited Ronin-S experience, the weight of the gimbal is a really issue).
The Zhiyun Weebill has an L-shaped handle design, which allows you to grip the gimbal from behind the LCD screen and get low-angle shots really easy. The Weebill also features 3-axis locks for the motors, which is something I believe every gimbal should have, as it helps you with transport to make sure the motors are not dangling around risking damage.
The Zhiyun Weebill also has a built in follow focus motor and a side thumb wheel, and balancing is quite easy even when you have to take the camera off, thanks to the quick release design.
For those who prefer to hold the gimbal from below (as in normal single grip gimbals) you can relocate the tripod stand to its normal position.
Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but it should be around 500 to $700 USD. For more details and to learn more about Zhiyun-Tech head over to their website.