Due to the massive surge in popularity of the m50 after its launch, we are seeing people reaching out for advice on what the best gimbal for Canon m50 cameras is so we decided to publish this article to share our thoughts. Now rather than just featuring one single gimbal for the full article, we are going to be recommending a few throughout as your particular Canon m50 rig including accessories could be totally different from the next persons.
We feel doing it this way will give a better overall view of what gimbal system you should be picking up for your camera and your particular circumstances. All of the gimbals that we will be featuring in our article have excellent reputations within the community and they are all from the two top brands in the niche too ensuring that you will get the best possible product for your m50. Additionally, where possible throughout the article, we will also be sharing test video footage that has been recorded using an m50 on each of the gimbals that we recommend to give you an idea of the image stabilization they provide.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
This has lead to the gimbal becoming very popular with the community and quickly earning the excellent reputation that it enjoys today. Due to this, many videographers have chosen to post independent reviews (click here to read some of them) of the Zhiyun Crane 2 and their experiences online. If you have time, we would highly recommend that you read some of them to get a third-party opinion of the gimbal stabilizer.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 comes with an upper payload limit of around seven pounds and as the camera body of your Canon m50 is around 0.85 pounds it can easily support its weight. Additionally, the Zhiyun Crane 2 also allows you to load your camera up with all the accessories that you can think of due to its massive payload. Although many people think that they only need the payload for a lens, many people also start adding external microphones, camera cages, lens filters, and other accessories that quickly add up.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 provides you around twelve hours of battery life but just keep in mind the closer you get to that upper payload limit the more battery the stabilizer will require to balance your camera rig. Additionally, the gimbal also uses the same quick release plate design as the Manfrotto tripod range allowing you to quickly switch between the gimbal and a tripod as required.
On top of this, the Zhiyun Crane 2 also offers the best image stabilization out of all of the Zhiyun gimbals we will be featuring as shown in the footage below that was recorded using a Canon m50 mounted on a Zhiyun Crane 2.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zhiyun Crane 2 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Zhiyun Crane V2
Yes, its performance is a little worse than the Zhiyun Crane 2 covered above but due to the older tech in the Zhiyun Crane V2 it is at a cheaper price point in the market while still offering all of the functionality that you will require from a gimbal. It also provides a battery life of around twelve hours too while offering a payload of around four pounds. If you are planning on only mounting your Canon m50 and your favorite lens on the gimbal then this is probably the gimbal for you.
Even though there are a few more modern gimbals on the market, the Zhiyun Crane V2 still remains popular today and has independent videographers posting reviews for it. You can click here if you would like to read any of them and we would highly recommend that you do.
Additionally, the clip below was captured with a Canon m50 that was mounted on a Zhiyun Crane V2 and as you can see, its image stabilization is perfect for the Canon m50.
The Zhiyun Crane-M
Now, don’t get us wrong, the Zhiyun Crane-M is a very good little gimbal system, just not for the Canon m50 in our opinion. Depending on where you purchase it from, it can cost the same, if not more than the Zhiyun Crane V2 covered above but only provides you with a payload of around 1.43 pounds! Your Canon m50 comes in at around 0.85 pounds leaving only 0.58 pounds for your lens and any other accessories that you may want to mount on the gimbal system.
Now yes, technically, if you only ever plan on using the 15-45mm kit lens (0.29 pounds) that comes with some of the Canon m50 bundles then you will be within the payload range of the Zhiyun Crane-M and this could be the gimbal for your but we just feel that the Zhiyun Crane V2 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) is a better overall choice for you.
It is the same price as the Zhiyun Crane-M, offers more than double the payload capacity while also having the same battery life. Yes, it is a little larger and a little heavier but we rather have the higher payload for more accessories or heavier lenses on the Canon m50 or even the ability to use other cameras in our collection in the gimbal.
Anyway, as we mentioned at the start of the article, only you know your own personal circumstances and what accessories you plan to use with your Canon m50. We just hope that our article has helped to highlight the advantages of each of these three gimbals to any of our readers who own the Canon m50.
Although the gimbals in this article are considered to be dated by today’s standards they will still perform well for your m50. That said though, there are some suitable Canon m50 gimbals on the market these days that are cheaper and offer better performance.