For this article, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel is the best gimbal for Nikon d5200 cameras currently available on the market right now. Before getting into the article, we would like to point out that due to the d5200 being a relative entry-level camera, even the more budget-friendly gimbal systems that are worth your time these days are going to cost more than your actual camera body.
That said, you are able to pick up some older gimbal systems like this one (Click here to check for product prices and availability) that comes at a lower price point while still offering plenty of functionality and will probably be able to meet the needs of your d5200. Although it offers a little less performance and battery life than the more modern gimbal systems that we will be covering below, it’s lower price tag can make it the better option if you are on a tight budget and only planning on using your new gimbal system with your d5200.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
The camera body of your Nikon d5200 comes in at around one pound without having any accessories mounted on it whereas the Zhiyun Crane 2 provides an upper payload limit of around seven pounds meaning that it is easily able to support the weight of your camera while leaving you around six lbs of payload. Although the weight of lenses can change depending on the type of lens that you are using, we would estimate that it is probably under one and a half pounds leaving around four and a half pounds of payload left over.
Now you are able to add additional accessories if you wish like an external microphone or a flash unit or something if you wish or you can leave it open. Just keep in mind that if you do choose to leave the last four and a half pounds of payload weight open the battery of the gimbal will perform better. Speaking of the gimbals battery life, its listed duration is twelve hours from a full charge and there are multiple reports confirming that they were able to get around twelve hours of power from a fully charged battery.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 also comes with the standard Manfrotto quick release plate system. This can be used to your advantage to save time when wanting to hot swap your camera between your gimbal and your tripod on the fly to switch between the type of video you are capturing with your d5200. If you own multiple cameras then you are able to pick up some additional Manfrotto quick release plates (Click here to check for product prices and availability) and attach them to all of your cameras and quickly mount them on the Zhiyun Crane 2 when required.
All in all, the Zhiyun Crane 2 really does offer a great little gimbal system that is definitely going to be able to stand the test of time. As we explained, it offers plenty of payload weight so you are able to easily mount your Nikon d5200 on it without having any problems with balancing.
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
The main advantage of the DJI Ronin-S is its increased payload over the Zhiyun Crane 2 but as we explained earlier in the article, chances are that you won’t even max out the payload of the Crane never mind the additional payload capacity of the DJI Ronin-S. Due to the added technology to provide this functionality on the DJI gimbal, it also results in a slightly higher price tag that we see no reason to spend when the Zhiyun Crane 2 will meet your needs.
That said if you do have other heavier cameras in your collection that you will be wanting to mount on your gimbal system that use heavier lenses then this will make the DJI Ronin-S the obvious choice but other than that, we would advise that you pick up the Zhiyun Crane 2.
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.