In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best gimbals for Canon 7d cameras currently available on the market right now. More and more videographers are looking to pick up a gimbal to further improve their work and we have decided to publish this article to help any of our readers who are Canon 7D owners that may be looking to pick up a gimbal.
Both of the gimbals on our list have managed to earn themselves excellent reputations over the years amongst the community while carving out their own space in the market. We hope that this article will help our readers pick out a gimbal stabilizer as the gimbal market has become a total minefield over the last few years due to many low-quality products flooding the market.
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The Zhiyun Crane 2
The Zhiyun Crane 2 has taken all of the lessons learned from the previous generations of Zhiyun handheld gimbal and all been put together to form this excellent product. The gimbal comes with a maximum payload of around 7lbs meaning it is easily able to support the weight of your Canon 7d that comes in at around 2lbs as well as the vast majority of popular lenses and accessories used with 7d’s at the same time providing some amazingly smooth footage.
The video below features some test footage that was recorded on a Canon 7d while mounted on a Zhiyun Crane 2. As you can see, the gimbal offers some excellent functionality and performance for you at a very fair price.
The gimbal comes with three type 18650 batteries that offer you 6000mAh and up to eighteen hours of constant use of the gimbal without interruption or the need to change out the batteries. Now we would like to point out that this does depend on how much of the available payload your camera rig is taking up but with the Canon 7d being such a light camera, you should be able to get very close to eighteen hours of use without issue.
The image to the left shows the control handle on the Zhiyun Crane 2 that has also been overhauled when compared to previous versions of gimbals. As you can see, there are only two main control buttons and a dial allowing you to quickly pick up the gimbal, play with it for a few hours and have it easily become second nature.
In our opinion, one of the main problems with many of the other gimbal systems on the market is that their control systems and user interfaces are just too confusing and complicated. Not only does it scare off many potential customers but the people who do choose to pick the product up can sometimes have problems navigating the gimbals controls.
Thankfully, the Zhiyun Crane 2 does not have this problem and it is very easy to use. All in all we feel it is one of, if not the best handheld gimbal for your Canon 7d on the market right now. Its excellent reputation and fair price tag have made it a very popular choice and its growth shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The DJI Ronin M
Another thing that may put the average videographer off is that it is a two handle gimble rather than a single hand camera gimbal. Although this offers superior control and better overall footage, they tend to be harder to build, balance, setup, and use while also having very similar footage to most peoples eye to a one-handed gimbal.
The video below offers some great test footage of the DJI Ronin M handheld stabilizer recorded with a Canon 7d. Please note that this footage was a part of a test project and also has a very small amount of drone footage in it but all of the ground level footage is from the DJI Ronin M.