Please note that since publishing this article, the Zhiyun Weebill S has been released onto the market and in our opinion is without a doubt one of the best gimbals made to date. It is now our primary gimbal recommendation for any mirrorless camera or lightweight DSLR camera users and we would highly recommend that you consider the Weebill S over the gimbals covered in our article below.
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We constantly see people asking for advice on a gimbal they can use for their Nikon d3400 and as we have covered a fair few posts on the d3400 now we decided to add this to our collection. We hope that any of our readers who own the d3400 and are looking to pick up a gimbal for their camera will find this helpful and that it will save you having to waste your time researching the market yourself.
The main problem with picking a Gimbal system up for the Nikon d3400 is that a decent gimbal will probably be just as much as the camera if not more expensive depending on the functionality that you require. Due to this, we will be covering a number of different gimbal stabilizers in the article going over the advantages and disadvantages of each and how they are able to make your life easier or not.
The Zhiyun Crane V2
The Zhiyun Crane V2 supports a payload of just under four pounds leaving plenty of payload weight available after the 1.42-pound camera body for lenses and other accessories. Additionally, for its price, the handheld gimbal also offers up to twelve hours of image stabilization for your camera without interruption all for a very fair price.
As we mentioned at the start of the article, we would also like to point out a few alternatives from the Zhiyun gimbal range that you could use with your camera. The more modern Zhiyun Crane 2 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) offers a massive payload of up to seven pounds as well as a twelve-hour battery life. Although the increased payload on the more modern Crane is likely wasted if you only plan to use the Nikon d3400 with the gimbal, it can be useful if you own any other heavier cameras or plan to use some heavier lenses.
Another option that we see some people recommend but would not personally recommend to our readers is the Zhiyun Crane-M (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Although it can technically support your d3400, its maximum payload of 1.43 pounds leaves less than 0.01 pounds spare between the weight of just your camera body and the upper payload. This means that if you do want to use this gimbal system then you can’t use a lens with your camera making the whole thing essentially useless in our opinion. Stick with the Zhiyun Crane V2 or the Zhiyun Crane 2 covered above over the Zhiyun Crane-M.
All of the Zhiyun gimbals are 3-axis gimbal systems that use the Manfrotto quick release plate allowing you to easily switch your camera between the gimbal and your tripod as required. All but the Zhiyun Crane-M will be able to provide you with some great image quality too with some very smooth video footage. The Zhiyun Crane V2 will help improve your videography capabilities and produce much better videos for your clients and if you are using the video footage for your YouTube channel or something like that then it will allow you to up your game and produce some professional looking footage.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zhiyun Crane v2 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The DJI Ronin-S
The DJI Ronin-S is the most expensive gimbal in our article and one of the main reasons for its high price tag is that it also offers you the highest payload out of all the gimbals we have featured. That said, we doubt most of our readers will even meet the 4 pounds payloads of the Zhiyun Crane V2 covered above, never mind need the eight pounds payload offered by the DJI Ronin-S meaning you would be spending money on a gimbal for a payload you will never need.
If you do have any heavier cameras then it could be better to pick up the DJI Ronin-S and add it to your collection of camera accessories. If you can actually make use of its payload with a camera in your collection then it’s higher price tag becomes worth it and the gimbal will be able to last you for many years providing some of the best image stabilization available.
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.