Keeping our series of gimbal recommendation posts going, we will be going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic gh4 cameras today. We choose to feature the gh4 as we have noticed a steady stream of people who own the gh4 asking for advice on what gimbal they should pick up so we hope our article will help.
As the camera body of the gh4 comes in at around 1.23-pounds it puts the camera is a kind of grey area. Although it is technically light enough to be used on the smaller gimbal systems on the market right now, the weight of just your camera body alone will bring it close to their upper payloads making it hard to get a lens or microphone working with the rig but we will cover this in more detail later in the article.
The Zhiyun Crane V2
Its solid performance, ease of use, great build quality, and excellent functionality have made it the obvious choice for many videographers over the years. As the Zhiyun Crane V2 has a reputation for quickly converting people into loyal followers, it is no surprise that many of its owners have posted their own third-party reviews (click here to read some of them) of the gimbal online offering an external opinion of its performance.
The Zhiyun Crane V2 is based around the standard handheld 3-axis gimbal design that is very popular with many competing brands essentially ripping off the Zhiyun have developed over the years to put in their own product. The gimbal has an upper payload limit of just under four pounds meaning that it can easily support the weight of your Panasonic gh4 even with a decent lens mounted on it.
When fully charged, the batteries in the Zhiyun Crane V2 can provide you with twelve hours of image stabilization for your gh4 ensuring that you can capture all of the video footage that you need. Unlike some other gimbals, as the battery level nears empty, the Zhiyun Crane V2 does not lose performance ensuring the best possible image stabilization and image quality for you until it is totally empty.
As we mentioned at the start of the article, some people tend to recommend the Crane M (Click here to check for product prices and availability) over the Crane v2 for the gh4 but we would not recommend picking up the Crane M. Although the Crane M can support your gh4’s 1.23-pound weight with its upper weight limit of around 1.43-pounds, it leaves very little available payload for lenses. This can put a massive restriction on what lens you are able to use with your camera as well as the quality of footage you can get with the Crane M so we would always recommend the Crane v2 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as they are around the same price.
If you use a Manfrotto tripod or a third-party tripod who have licensed the Manfrotto quick release plate design then you can quickly and easily swap your gh4 from the Zhiyun Crane V2 to your tripod of choice as it uses the exact same quick release plate. This can allow you to quickly change up the type of footage you are capturing without you having to waste time mounting or unmounting as you would with some other gimbal systems.
If you are looking to pick up a great little gimbal stabilizer that has stood the test of time and will perform well for many years to come then we would highly recommend that you pick up the Zhiyun Crane V2. It provides some excellent image stabilization and its reputation within the community really is second to none making it the stand out choice in our opinion.
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
The DJI Ronin-S is newer than the Zhiyun Crane V2 using newer technology and supports a payload of up to eight pounds allowing you to easily use your 1.23-pound Panasonic gh4 on the gimbal as well as pretty much any set of accessories you want but you pay for this privilege. At the time of writing, the DJI Ronin-S retails at thirty to forty percent more than the Zhiyun Crane V2 depending on where you purchase it. In reality, you would imagine that the majority of our readers won’t even meet the payload limit of the Zhiyun Crane V2 making the eight-pound payload of the DJI Ronin-S overkill and a total waste of money.
That said, if you have the budget available, own heavier cameras or plan to pick up a heavier camera and lens combination soon then the DJI Ronin-S could be the better option for you and is worth checking out.
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.