Today is the turn of what we feel is the best gimbal for Nikon d5500 cameras currently available on the market. We have noticed more and more people reaching out for advice on what gimbal stabilizer d5500 owners should be picking up for their cameras so we decided to publish this article to help our readers in this same situation.
Now, a gimbal can be a pretty pricey bit of kit so we will be working our way through the article while also mentioning other gimbal units that you are able to use if they better fit your circumstances. When we get to each stage where we touch on the other gimbals, we will go over how they may be able to better suit you than our main recommendation. We hope that this allows you to make a better, more informed decision as we do our best to explain how some of these gimbals are better than others depending on your own individual circumstances.
The Zhiyun Crane V2
The Zhiyun Crane V2 is based on the standard 3-axis gimbal that has stood the test of time over the years due to its simplicity of use and how easy it is to maintain. Additionally, the gimbal can support a maximum payload of just under four pounds while providing you with up to twelve hours of battery life too. As your Nikon d5500 camera body comes in at just under one pound the gimbal still has plenty of payload left over for your lens of choice as well as any additional accessories you may want to add on it.
If you do want to pick up a gimbal with a higher payload then more modern Zhiyun Crane’s (Click here to check for product prices and availability) are available with payloads up to seven pounds but in all honesty, for a Nikon d5500 we don’t see a reason of shelling out the additional funds when you probably won’t need the increased payload capacity anyway.
The example footage below was recorded using the Nikon d5500 mounted on a Zhiyun Crane V2 and shows a good representation of the image stabilization and image quality that you can capture then using this rig.
We would like to quickly also mention the Zhiyun Crane M (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as some people do recommend it for use with the Nikon d5500. That said, we feel that the Zhiyun Crane V2 is a better overall choice as it has more than double the payload weight, the same battery life as well as a very similar price tag. That said, the Zhiyun Crane M can support a payload of around 1.43 pounds and with your Nikon d5500 coming in at around 0.93 pounds it does offer enough payload for your camera body with a lightweight lens mounted on it.
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
That said if you plan to use any heaver cameras with your gimbal then the DJI Ronin-S can be a perfect choice. It can support the heaviest cameras on the market right while providing you with around twelve hours of battery life too. Again, it is based on the 3-axis gimbal stabilizer design making it very easy to use with minimal effort, even if you have never used a gimbal before.
As you would expect coming from DJI and the price tag for the Ronin-S it offers some of the best image stabilization on the market allowing you to capture your footage with excellent image quality. Ad the DJI Ronin-S is a small handheld gimbal system it is very easy to use and its small size and light weight make it a great choice for travel too.
As we touched on earlier, we feel that the DJI Ronin-S can make an excellent addition to your collection of camera accessories providing that you are planning on using a heavier camera than your Nikon d5500 with it else one of the Zhiyun Crane’s covered above is probably a better option due to the reduced price tag and very similar functionality.
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.