Edit – Many of the gimbals in this article are now considered to be dated and we would recommend that you read this post for modern Sony RX100 gimbals with better performance than these in the original article.
As the various versions of the Sony RX100 are massively popular within the vlogging community it is no surprise that we see a ton of people reaching out to ask what the best gimbal for the Sony rx100 is. As we have been publishing a ton of Gimbal content recently we have decided to publish an article focused on the rx100 and what gimbal you should be picking up for it to help our readers.
Thankfully, all variants of the rx100 are very lightweight coming in at around 0.53 pounds meaning the gimbal market is wide open for you! This allows you to get your hands on a right little bargain to record some silky smooth video footage for your vlogs with some great image stabilization. If you also have other popular vlogging cameras like the Canon g7x then you can easily hot swap between your cameras as required with these gimbals as it is a very similar weight to your rx100.
Rather than focus on just one single gimbal system, we have decided to feature two. The first is a more entry-level option with fewer features but a lower price tag and the second is a better option but has the price tag to match. Only you know your own personal circumstances and can decide what budget you have available but either of these two gimbals are great choices for your rx100.
The Feiyu G6 Plus (Budget Option)
This has caused a number of lightweight camera owners to pick it up as their go-to handheld gimbal of choice to get some great image stabilization without breaking the bank. If you like, you can click here to read some of the reviews that independent videographers have left sharing their thoughts on the G6 and its performance.
As we mentioned, the Feiyu G6 Plus has a 1.76-pound payload allowing it to easily support your 0.53 pound Sony rx100 without issue. The spare payload on the gimbal also results in less stress on the gyro and motors in the gimbal and can lead to better battery life. It is based around the standard 3-axis gimbal system that is considered to be the best and easiest to use gimbal design allowing you to easily get some excellent image quality out of your rx100 even if you have never used a gimbal before.
All that said though, this is an entry-level system and as thus there are going to be things that have been cut to help keep the price as low as possible. In our opinion, the two main things for the Feiyu G6 Plus are the fact that it does feel kind of cheap due to the trims not being as fancy as the other gimbal systems but with a budget-friendly gimbal you want performance over looks and feel anyway.
The other thing is the battery life of the Feiyu G6 Plus is Eight hours. Now, if you are a vlogger just wanting ot get yourself some smooth video footage for YouTube, your Instagram story, or some other social network, this should not be an issue as Eight hours is plenty. If you are an entry level videographer though, although eight hours sounds like a lot, if you are in a remote location and unable to recharge your rig then it may be a problem.
If you are looking for a very budget friendly gimbal system for your rx100 then we would definitely recommend that you pick up the Feiyu G6 Plus and add it to your collection of camera accessories.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Feiyu G6 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Zhiyun Crane M (Premium Option)
Note – The Zhiyun Crane M2 is not available and is our primary recommendation for anyone looking for a gimbal for the Sony RX100.
If you have the funds available then in our opinion, the absolute best gimbal for Sony rx100 cameras is the Zhiyun Crane M (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Everything about this gimbal system is excellent ranging from its design, to its build quality, to its performance but on the flip side of this, it does have a higher price tag to match.
The Zhiyun Crane M can supply you with up to twelve hours of battery life per charge giving you an additional four hours over the Feiyu G6 Plus making it a better choice for any aspiring videographers who plan to record in remote locations. The maximum upper payload of the Zhiyun Crane M is around 1.43-pounds too meaning it is able to easily support your Sony rx100 without breaking a sweat.
The quick release plate system on the Zhiyun Crane M is also very easy to use allowing you to quickly mount and unmount your camera from the gimbal as required. This can be useful in a number of situations depending on what you are using your rx100 for and can save you a fair bit of time over the course of a recording session.
As we mentioned earlier, the design and build quality of this handheld gimbal stabilizer is second to none. The handle and weight distribution of the gimbal is very comfortable allowing you to easily hold the system with your rx100 mounted for long periods of time without issue.
The image stabilization provided by the Zhiyun Crane M is also top of the line as Zhiyun have taken everything that they have learned from their older gimbal systems and put it all into the M ensuring it blows the competition out of the water.
All of this adds up to make an excellent little gimbal system that will serve you well for many years to come. It is definitely worth adding to your camera accessories if you have the budget available and we have no doubt that it will massively improve the image quality you can get when recording video with your Sony rx100.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zhiyun Crane M to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.