Zhiyun-Tech seems to have another enticing offering for fellow filmmakers and vloggers in particular. The company has just announced the CRANE-M3 single-handed gimbal with a compact body design and optimized axis arm. The unit features a quick-release design so that users can change between action cameras, DSLR, mirrorless cameras, and smartphones on the fly.
What’s more, the CRANE-M3 has a built-in receiver at the base which can be paired with the transmitter module for wireless control of mainstream cameras via Bluetooth. It also comes with a built-in 800-lumen LED fill light which has a full step-less dimming control and Kelvin color temperature settings (2600-5400K). Red, yellow, blue, and orange filters are included to adjust the color of the integrated fill light.
On the audio side, there’s a built-in TransMount Shotgun Microphone that comes with the gimbal, plus you can connect a wide variety of mics by utilizing the available 6.5mm audio port. With the Zhiyun CRANE-M3, you can get up to 8 hours of operation on a single charge using its built-in 1150mAh battery.
Since the gimbal supports PD Fast Charge protocol, you can fully charge the unit for 2 hours by using a simple power bank while operating at the same time.
The CRANE-M3 also sports an interactive 1.22”, full-color OLED touchscreen enabling parameter adjustments to a range of gimbal mode settings as well as follow speed. The color OLED display confirms the selected operation mode, battery level, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi status, and other functions.
The gimbal offers 360° pan, 309° tilt, and 333° roll rotation across seven modes of operation, including follow, pan-follow, POV, portrait, GO, lock, and Vortex modes, and it can also be adjusted manually if required.
It also can sync up with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera that supports remote zoom, shutter, and video start/stop control, or you can utilize a camera control cable and the USB Type-C port on the baseplate to control the camera shutter and also power the camera.
Zhiyun CRANE-M3 Highlights
- Ultra-Portable Design, White Color
- For Compact/Action Cameras & Smartphones
- One-Button Quick Release Camera System
- 360° Pan, 309° Tilt & 333° Roll Rotation
- Six Operation Modes, 8-Hour Runtime
- Supports Action Cams via Optional Mount
- 1.22″ OLED Color Touchscreen
- Built-In 1150mAh Battery, PD Fast Charge
- Adjustable Color Temperature
- ZY Play iOS/Android App
The Zhiyun CRANE-M3 is available to pre-order selling for $369.
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