We have seen a few people asking for advice on the best gimbal for Panasonic Lumix gx8 cameras so we have chosen to publish this article to help any of our readers looking to pick up a stabilizer for their gx8. Although there are a ton of low-quality gimbals on the market right now, there are also a handful of solid choices that will serve both you and your gx8 well.
After spending some time trying to get our shortlist down to just one single gimbal we actually ended up settling on two different products. They are both solid gimbals with very similar price points, levels of performance, and amounts of functionality. Picking up either of them will make a great addition to your photography kit and be able to provide you with some very smooth video footage that will up the level of your videography when using your gx8.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
As you may already know, all gimbals have a maximum upper payload limit of weight that they can support and keep level as required. The closer you get to this limit the more energy the gimbal will require to stabilize your camera and the shorter your battery will last. The Zhiyun Crane 2 comes with a maximum upper payload of seven pounds and as your Panasonic gx8 comes in at 1.07 pounds it leaves plenty of spare payload for accessories.
As the Panasonic gx8 is such a lightweight camera and leaves plenty of payload spare on the Zhiyun Crane 2 even when you throw some camera accessories on your camera rig you should be able to get or potentially beat the listed twelve-hour battery life for the gimbal stabilizer. This should be able to provide you with all the image stabilization that you require for your video shoots without running out of battery or having any problems before you get a chance to recharge your gimbal allowing you to get the best possible footage from your handheld gimbal.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 follows the same tried and tested 3-axis gimbal design that has stood the test of time and remained popular over the years due to how efficient it is on a gimbal and how easy it is to use. If you have never used a gimbal before then you couldn’t choose an easier first gimbal. The owners manual does a great job of explaining everything but in all honesty, it is so straight forward you will be able to work out the majority of its functionality yourself.
The OLED screen on the gimbal handle is also backlit making it easy to see in low light conditions without the need of a torch or headlamp. The Zhiyun Crane 2 also uses the Manfrotto quick release plate system so you can quickly and easily unmount your Panasonic gx8 from the gimbal when required and quickly mount it on a tripod if required.
All in all, there is a reason that the Zhiyun Crane 2 is such a popular gimbal and we feel it will do a great job of providing some excellent image stabilization for your Panasonic gx8 and help up your image quality for your video footage. Adding it to your camera accessories will give you a gimbal that will last you for many years to come and that is very easy to use.
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
For example, the DJI Ronin-S supports a higher payload of up to eight pounds beating the Zhiyun Crane 2 on that front and justifying its higher price tag for many camera owners. On the flipside though, the Panasonic gx8 is such a lightweight camera that you will struggle to max out the payload offered by the Zhiyun Crane 2, never mind the increased payload offered by the DJI Ronin-S meaning that in our opinion at least, there’s just no need to spend the additional money on a DJI Ronin-S.
One area that could have pushed the DJI Ronin-S out ahead of the Zhiyun Crane 2 is the battery life of the gimbal but again, it is listed as a twelve-hour battery life just like the Zhiyun Crane 2 above making both gimbals effectively the same when it comes to battery life too.
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.