The Zhiyun Crane 3S is a heavy-duty gimbal aimed at serious Cinematographers. It’s got some muscle, but you’ll need some too

Editing X verdict : –

The performance and smoothness of the camera movements on the Zhiyun Crane 3S are impressive. it’s an excellent payload capacity and long battery life. it’s heavy to hold as a run-and-gun gimbal, however, so this isn’t something you’d remove with you and use all day. But if you would like to shoot handheld or ground-level video with heavier cine gear than simply a daily mirrorless camera, this is often the tool for the work .

FOR

  • 6.5kg payload
  • Dual carrying options
  • Powerful enough serious cine gear

NOT FOR

  • Very heavy for handheld use
  • Some controls awkwardly placed

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The Zhiyun Crane 3S may be a heavy duty powered stabilising gimbal for larger mirrorless, DSLR or cinema cameras. Zhiyun is already documented during this area, but Grus 3S may be a total redesign from previous Zhiyun gimbals with the addition of detachable handle options, a large 6.5kg payload, an updated axis-locking system, external power input, and therefore the ViaTouch 2.0 motion system . It’s an update to the previous Zhiyun Crane 3 Lab, but with a payload increase of around 45%.

This is an important duty gimbal designed for cine gear that’s a intensify from regular 4K mirrorless cameras or DSLRs. It also has some carrying innovations, introducing a detachable second EasySling or a costlier SmartSling handle. The EasySling is for easier upright use (you can fix it to back or use it to increase the vertical grip) and underslung use, while the SmartSling has its own instrument panel and screen for direct and more convenient camera and gimbal adjustment. you’ll even use both handles together.

The removable handle means Grus 3S packs away smaller and is simpler to move than the previous Crane 3 Lab.

BUILD AND HANDLING

The Crane 3S is a particularly sturdy gimbal built on a heritage of innovation with magnificent motors and a fresh modular design, which aims for wider application and intuitive control.There’s little question that this particular model is aimed toward high end filmmakers with larger setups.

There is no thanks to sugar coat it so let’s begin with the most problem for filmmakers shooting handheld – this an important gimbal. Even employing a smaller mirrorless camera, I wasn’t ready to hold onto it for very long before I felt that I needed to place it backtrack . What you would like to stay in mind is that Grus 3S weighs in at about 2.47kg, and that’s with no attachments. My camera setup (Fujifilm X-T3 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens) weighs around 1.3kg. this provides an all-up weigh of around 3.37kg. which will sound like much but if you are trying holding that weight call at front of you for a couple of minutes, you’ll soon be needing a rest.

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Zhiyun Crane 3S reviewThe Zhiyun Crane 3S can take a huge 6.5kg payload, but you will need some muscle to use it handheld for any length of your time . (Image credit: Alistair Campbell)
Could you reach its full payload with something sort of a Sony FS7 or RED and still consider it a handheld run and gun style gimbal? Probably not. Or if so, only briefly bursts. But the additional payload capacity and power does make a difference. I did appreciate having the ability to use my most versatile lens (the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8) on a gimbal for the primary time, something I’ve never been ready to balance on my smaller DJI Ronin SC.

The best thanks to use this gimbal for a run and gun style video shoot (such because the film below) is in it’s undersling mode. during this mode everything felt tons more natural, the handled grip at the highest wasn’t only much easier to shoot with, but an ideal thanks to carry it about. I never use my smaller gimbal down low during this way because it’s just not very practical to carry . Grus 3S, however, is right for ground level shooting and excellent for skateboarders or extreme sports shooting, for instance .

Zhiyun Crane 3S reviewThe Crane 3S is simpler to handle in undersling mode, where it’s great for low angle run and gun style video. (Image credit: Alistair Campbell)
All that being said, it’s clear just how strong this gimbal is, and where it’s getting to be best . If i used to be performing on a bigger production or fixing the camera to a jib arm on a chase car I wouldn’t hesitate to form sure this was one among the priority pieces of kit for the crew – especially with the power to regulate it using the updated ViaTouch 2.0 iOS or Android smartphone app via Bluetooth 5.0 for remote motion control and to manage the gimbal settings and movement remotely.

You will almost certainly got to use an external monitor of some kind. the dimensions of Grus 3S means your camera finishes up being quite distant from your face, and its screen quite hard to ascertain .

PERFORMANCE


Once you’re found out for shooting, Grus 3S offers you a variety of various modes:

PF (Pan Follow): Smoothly follows movement on the horizontal place, but with the fixed vertical position for panning. this is often the foremost useful mode for the bulk of shooting, and you’ll tilt the camera with the joystick.

F (Follow): The camera has both pan and tilt because it follows your movement.

POV (Point of view): This also allows for rolling of the camera.

V (Vortex): In sling mode, you’ll continuously roll the camera which creates a spinning shot.

L (Lock): The camera stays locked in position regardless of how the gimbal is moved, making for a really stable shot.

Go: The motor speed responsiveness is increased to follow fast motion.

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I had some fun trying out all the various modes, and therefore the Vortex mode especially was fun. I could imagine using it to make music videos, but would advise using it sparingly. I expect it might be pretty uneasy to observe constantly, but a cool option nonetheless.

POV is additionally great, it gives a more visceral movement, allowing the camera to tilt side to side even as your head would, and would be great for a gritty drama film.

All of those controls are on the rear handle, which may be slightly tricky to read because it angles down towards your waist. This handle would even be an excellent place for the joystick instead of the most central column (but maybe that’s where all the wires are). There are more additional buttons on the proper of the most central unit, but these are almost impossible to succeed in while holding the gimbal unless you turn both of your hands around which is pretty tricky without again putting it down.

One of the most aspects of Grus 3S is that it’s a modular design, and although this adds weight it’s a robust point. With nine separate mounting positions, you’ll really shape Grus 3S to figure perfectly for you or your team. Being fully customisable may be a massive plus. The modular design also means it folds right down to a reasonably decent size and comes during a compact carry case for simple transport.

Overall, i used to be very impressed with the performance and smoothness of the camera movements on the Zhiyun Crane 3S, along side it’s big payload and long battery life. This isn’t a gimbal you’d remove with you all day, but should still be thought of as a crucial and thought of a part of your film-making equipment. There could also be times when it proves an absolutely key tool in your setup.

X Verdict

Zhiyun deserves credit here. it’s constantly improving its products and has been at the forefront of innovation and features when it involves gimbals. Zhiyun has certainly thrown everything but the sink into Grus 3S, and there’s no denying that it’s very feature rich. Despite all of the features, however, it’s nice that you simply don’t got to use any of them if you don’t want to.

The company has managed to form a gimbal which will be wont to get smooth and steady footage and handle an enormous range of cameras. The performance and smoothness of the camera movements are impressive. it’s an excellent payload capacity and long battery life. it’s heavy to hold as a run-and-gun gimbal, however, so this isn’t something you’d remove with you and use all day. But if you would like to shoot handheld or ground-level video with cine gear that’s a intensify from a daily mirrorless camera, this is often the tool for the work .

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