Today’s article is going to be focusing on what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic Lumix G9 cameras currently available on the market today. We constantly see a stream of people reaching out advice on what gimbals they should be considering for their Lumix G9 and with the gimbal market being a bit of a minefield these days we decided to publish this article to help our readers.
Both of the gimbals are more than capable of supporting the weight of your Panasonic G9 while also having plenty of payload weight left over for your lens of choice as well as an external microphone if you like or a number of other accessories too. Both gimbals also offer excellent performance with plenty of functionality that will enable you to use either of these gimbals to get the perfect, smooth video footage you require with great image quality for almost any job you can imagine.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
The camera body of your Lumix G9 comes in at around 1.28lbs while the Zhiyun Crane 2 provides a maximum payload capacity of around 7lbs. This leaves a spare 5.72lbs of payload weight that you can use for your lens and other accessories while your G9 is mounted on the gimbal. Just keep in mind, the more payload weight of the gimbal that you use up, the more power it will need to balance your camera and the more battery power it will consume at a faster rate.
The test footage in the video below was recorded one a Panasonic g9 mounted on a Zhiyun Crane 2 and we feel that it offers a good example of the type of image quality and level of image stabilization the gimbal can provide while recording video.
Although we touched on the battery life of the Zhiyun Crane 2 earlier in the article, we would just like to revisit it quickly. Most people report a fully charged battery being able to power the gimbal stabilizer for around twelve hours without issue. For the vast majority of our readers, this should easily be enough to capture all the footage required for your gig but we would like to point out that the heavier your camera rig and the more payload you take up the shorter your battery life will be.
If you are looking for a great lightweight, small gimbal system that fairly prices, easy to use, and will serve your Panasonic g9 well then we really do think that the Zhiyun Crane 2 is the gimbal for you. The video above shows the kind of image quality it is able to provide you and its great reputation within the community should speak for itself.
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
One advantage that the DJI Ronin-S has over the Zhiyun Crane 2 is that it has an additional pound on its payload offering a total of 8lbs of supported weight mounted on it during use. If you own any heavier cameras this could be the deciding factor for you but in all honesty, we doubt many people will be getting their payload up to even 7lbs when mounting a Lumix g9 anyway so for this particular camera, the higher payload is not really a key feature of the camera.
The test footage in the video below was recorded using a Lumix G9 and was mounted on a DJI Ronin-S for the duration offering a good insight into the level of image quality and image stabilization the DJI Ronin-S is able to offer your G9.
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.