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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After seeing a few people reaching out for advice on what gimbal they should be using for their Nikon d7500 we decided to set some time aside to publish this article. We hope that this article will help as many of our readers who own a d7500 and are looking to pick up a gimbal as possible. As the camera body of the d7500 comes in at around 1.41lbs it rules out the low-end gimbals that are common for smartphone use and means you have to use one of the mid-ranged handheld gimbals that have a payload that can support the weight of the camera.
Although we initially wanted to dedicate the article to one single gimbal system, we decided to actually feature two main gimbals from the two most popular gimbal brands on the market right now. We will also be briefly touching on a third gimbal during the article too as we want to try and offer the best possible solution for our readers that fits their circumstances as best as possible.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
The Zhiyun Crane 2 comes with a seven-pound payload limit and a twelve-hour battery life that will allow you to easily stabilize the 1.41lbs weight of your Nikon d7500 for the full duration of most video shoots. Additionally, the handle of the gimbal has been totally overhauled offering a much easier grip for holding the gimbal that will allow you to use the system for long periods of time without needing to take breaks due to getting hand cramps like some competing gimbals
Now, we know that the Zhiyun Crane 2 can be considered a little expensive so we would just like to quickly point out that older versions of the Zhiyun Crane (Click here to check for product prices and availability) are still very popular today too. Although they are obviously based around older technology, they are also cheaper and the one linked comes with a payload of just under four pounds meaning it can easily stabilize your Nikon d7500 even with some heavier lenses mounted on it.
Depending on what you are going to be doing with your handheld gimbal it may be worth noting that the Zhiyun Crane 2 uses the Manfrotto quick release plate system. This can save you time by enabling you to easily swap your d7500 between your gimbal and any tripod you have that uses the Manfrotto quick release plate.
Zhiyun has also taken feedback from previous generations of their gimbals onboard to help improve the design for the Zhiyun Crane 2. For example, the OLED interface on the handle of the gimbal is now fully backlit making it easy to read in low light conditions. Additionally, the image stabilization system has been overhauled with the microcontroller Unit on the gimbal being a totally new design to the older generations offering much better image stabilization.
Either of the Zhiyun Crane gimbals that we have linked in this section of the article will serve your d7500 well and help improve the image quality of any video footage that you capture with your camera. The independent reviews linked below offer plenty of additional reading on the product as well as share a number of third-party insights on it and we would recommend that you read them if you have some free time and seriously consider picking up the Zhiyun Crane 2.
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
As we touched on earlier, the Nikon d7500 is a very light camera anyway and we doubt that you would ever come close to maxing out the payload on the Zhiyun Crane 2 covered. Essentially, this just results in you paying the higher price tag for the DJI Ronin-S without getting anything in return unless you also own some heavier cameras. Even the battery life of the two main gimbals are the same coming in at around the twelve-hour mark so, in our opinion, it is better to just save the additional cash and 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.