After seeing countless people reaching out to ask what the best gimbal for Nikon d7000 cameras is we decided to sit down and publish this article. We have recently published a fair few articles covering gimbal stabilizers for a number of different cameras and hope that this article will be just as successful as those.
Rather than settle on one single gimbal system, we decided to feature two different products that are slightly different. We will be going over the advantages and disadvantages of each throughout the article but in all honesty, we feel the vast majority of our readers will be fine using our first more budget-friendly recommendation when using a Nikon d7000.
The Zhiyun Crane v2
The Zhiyun Crane v2 has so many things going for it that you are able to use to your advantage. As it is an older gimbal from the Zhiyun range its price has fallen by around thirty percent since its launch. This has opened up the opportunity for you to get yourself a right little bargain. The build quality, performance, and functionality of the gimbal are all excellent and on top of this its maximum upper payload of just under four pounds can easily support the weight of your Nikon d7000 camera body that is just over a pound and a half.
The spare payload can be utilized for you to use a bunch of camera accessories with your camera including a number of the popular heavier lenses available for the d7000. without it having a negative effect on the image stabilization of your camera. The example footage in the video below does a great job of showing the type of image quality the Zhiyun Crane is able to provide your camera.
In our opinion, the main downside of the Zhiyun Crane v2 is its weight. Due to it being an older gimbal system it uses some older, heaver technology and comes in at around four and a half pounds. Now, this may not sound like much but once you add in around four additional pounds of payload weight and realize that you may be holding the gimbal at arm’s length for extended periods of time it can quickly add up.
That said, we would imagine that the vast majority of our readers will be able to easily support the gimbal and payload to capture the video footage they require. Additionally, putting up with the heavier gimbal can actually save you around thirty to forty percent of the price of a more modern Zhiyun gimbal (Click here to check for product prices and availability).
The low price tag and ability to easily support the weight of your Nikon d7000 makes it the obvious choice for you. We would highly recommend that you seriously consider picking up the Zhiyun Crane V2 and we are confident it will meet all of your needs.
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
In reality, there is no requirement for such a large payload for a Nikon d7000, especially when you factor in that the DJI Ronin-S is around thirty to forty percent more expensive than the Zhiyun Crane V2 depending on where you get it. That’s why we specified that you should only consider this gimbal if you are planning to pick up a heavier camera soon.
Again, the DJI Ronin-S provides around twelve hours of battery life per full charge of battery that we feel should be plenty to help keep the gimbal stabilizer going throughout the full duration of your video session. The gimbal is also based around the tried and tested 3-axis gimbal system making it very easy to use if you are brand new to gimbal systems. It is very easy to set up and balance allowing you to be ready to go in as little as two minutes once you have had a few practices runs.
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.