We have seen a number of people share some really bad advice when it comes to hat the best gimbal for Nikon d810 cameras is so we decided to publish our own article to try and cover the subject better. As we go through the article we will be going over the key points that we feel are important as well as offering advice on why we are recommending or not recommending various products throughout.
As the Nikon d810 is a higher end camera with the price tag to match as well as being a much heavier camera than the majority of cameras we see people reaching out for advice on we will be sharing test footage recorded using a d810 and the various gimbals we recommend throughout the article. Our hope is that the footage will help better explain our recommendations as well as show our readers the exact image quality and image stabilization that the various products are able to offer your camera when recording video footage.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
The Zhiyun Crane 2 has a maximum upper payload of around seven pounds and the handheld gimbal is able to provide you with around twelve hours of battery life but the more payload you camera rig takes up the lower the battery life will be. As your Nikon d810 comes in at around 2.16lbs the Zhiyun Crane 2 can easily take it weight while having enough payload left over for your lens of choice and will be able to stabilize the full rig without issue.
The video footage below was recorded using a Zhiyun Crane 2 with a Nikon d810 mounted on it and does a decent job of showing how smooth your image quality can be when using this gimbal with your camera.
The quick release plate system used on the Zhiyun Crane gimbals is exactly the same as the one used on Manfrotto tripods. once you mount your Nikon d810 on the quick release plate you are able to easily hot swap your camera between your gimbal and your tripod as required throughout your session without wasting time. On top of this, the OLED screen on the Zhiyun Crane 2 is backlit making it very easy to see in low light conditions so you can control your gimbal stabilizer in poor light.
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 DJI Ronin-S is able to support a payload of around eight pounds where as the Zhiyun Crane 2 covered above supports around seven. When your Nikon d810 comes in at only 2.16 pounds the higher payload limit of the DJI Ronin-S is probably useless to use and simply not needed as even a heavy lens on a Nikon d810 will probably not get above seven pounds in weight.
That said, many videographers have multiple cameras in their collections so if you have heavier cameras then the DJI Ronin-S could be the better choice. So if you are in this situation here is some test footage recorded using a Nikon d810 mounted on a DJI Ronin-S to show the kind of image stabilization that it can provide.
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.