We are going to be taking a look at what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic Lumix g85 cameras today as we have noticed a few people reaching out for advice on what gimbals are worth their time. Now, when it comes to Gimbals, a few things come into play that will change depending on your personal circumstances. That said, we will be offering alternatives throughout the article depending on your own personal circumstances.
Additionally, we feel the title of the best gimbal for the g85 is actually a contested title as there are two main gimbals that we feel both deserve the title due to them offering such a similar level of performance for a very similar price tag. That said, we will be going over all this in much more detail throughout our article to try and go through the advantages of the various gimbals that you can use.
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The Zhiyun Crane 2
Although the Zhiyun Crane 2 is a little pricey and may be out of the budget range of some of our readers it also offers you the most functionality and highest payload our of the Zhiyun gimbal range currently on the market. It offers a massive payload of 7 pounds whereas your Panasonic g85 comes in at around 1.1 lbs meaning there is plenty of payload weight left over for camera accessories while also offering a massive twelve hours of maximum battery life.
Now, if you are on a tighter budget then you may want to take a look at one of the older Zhiyun Crane models (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Although the gimbal uses older technology, it should still be able to meet the needs of your Panasonic g85 while also having a lower price tag than the more modern Crane models. The linked model above is much cheaper than the Zhiyun Crane 2 while also having around twelve hours of battery life and a maximum upper payload of around 4 pounds meaning it will easily support your Panasonic g85 camera body of 1.1 pounds but may struggle depending on the accessories that you choose to mount on your camera.
Another option that some people choose, but one we would really recommend is the Zhiyun Crane-M (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Although it is the smallest and lightest Zhiyun gimbal on the market right now, it also has the lowest payload of only 1.43 pounds. This means that when your 1.1 pound g85 is mounted on the gimbal, you only have 0.33 pounds left to play with for a lens or any other accessories.
Only you know your own personal circumstances and are able to make the choice that is correct for you. That said, the footage in the video below was recorded using a Panasonic g85 mounted on a Zhiyun Crane 2 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) and does a great job of showcasing the smooth footage that it offers you.
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 DJI Ronin-S
Now if you use heavier camera and lens combinations then the DJI Ronin-S would be the obvious choice due to it having a higher upper payload limit than the Zhiyun Crane 2. That said when it comes to the Panasonic g85 and its lightweight nature, the additional cost of the DJI Ronin-S for the additional payload is wasted when you can pick up the Zhiyun Crane 2 covered above for cheaper and still not meet the payload it offers you.
As many videographers have multiple cameras in their collections, if you own a heavier camera with heavier lens sets then the DJI Ronin-S may be the better option for you to take due to its eight-pound payload. As we have mentioned throughout the article though, only you know your own personal circumstances and can decide on what option is best for you.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the DJI Ronin-S to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.