Travel & Tech Reviews

Zhiyun Crane M2 Gimbal Review

Recently Zhiyun sent us a Crane M2 gimbal in exchange for our honest review. We have tried it with an iPhone X, Canon M50, point and shoot Nikon, and Go Pro Hero 7. Check out my thoughts below, including reasons why this gimbal + a small lens + microphone is the perfect vlogging setup.

This gimbal is a great option for travelers or anyone who just wants something smaller. For a professional or anyone doing advanced movements/modes, you may want to consider a more heavy-duty option.

Specs

  • Payload: 130-720 grams
  • 1100 mAh battery (7-hour runtime, 2 hours to charge)
  • Tilt Mechanical Range: 310°
  • Roll Mechanical range: 324°
  • Mechanical range: 360° unlimited rotation
  • Tilt Adjustable angle: -45°~ 260°
  • Roll Adjustable angle: -70° ~ 70° (Switch from landscape mode to portrait mode with a 40° angle)
  • Adjustable pan angle: -180° ~ 180°
  • Operating temperatures: -10℃ ~ 45℃

Pros

By and large, the biggest pro is that this gimbal is SMALL! It’s about a pound and folds up to be pretty compact and therefore subtle when you’re carrying it around.

Secondly, all the axes can lock so when you put it in your bag it doesn’t shake around.

Thirdly, this seems very well made and feels like a premium product. The Bluetooth connection and app worked great and made it much easier to start and stop recording while using it.

The footage is super steady and has a lot of modes!

Lastly, this worked well with a variety of cameras including my iPhone X (it would work with any phone though), point and shoot Nikon, Go Pro Hero 7, and Canon M50 (with 22mm and 11-22mm) 

Cons

The biggest con is that a larger lens on a mirrorless camera would be too large to use. I also wish the handle had more of a rubber coating to make it easier to grip.

Depending on the setup, you may not be able to use vortex mode due to lens/camera size.

Overall Thoughts

This gimbal is a great option for people who want a simple, lightweight stabilizer and are using lightweight cameras or smaller devices like phones. It came in a sweet little case and feels like a great quality product.

Need something a little more heavy-duty? Check out our other gimbal review of the Moza Air!

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Rboy
    September 10, 2019 at 5:25 am

    did you test it with a larger/bigger cameras? this review https://firstquadcopter.com/reviews/zhiyun-crane-m2-review/ says that it can be use even with dslr cameras (he test it with a canon 650D). I don’t want to invest in a crane 3 if it is not necessary…

    • Reply
      Aimee
      September 10, 2019 at 7:05 am

      The largest camera we tried is a Canon M50 and while you can do the basic gimbal movements with the Crane we found it to be too limiting. We typically use a Moza Air and will stick to that, but you can’t beat the small size of the Crane.

      • Reply
        RBOY
        September 17, 2019 at 4:04 am

        thanks for your advice. Yes, its small size is very attractive 🙂

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