In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best gimbals for Canon G7X users currently available on the market right now. Due to its huge popularity within the vlogging scene, it’s no surprise that we see a steady number of people reaching out for advice on what gimbals they should be using for their G7X to get the best video possible.
We have researched a large number of gimbals that are available on the market right now. We felt that the majority of them were massively overpriced for use with the Canon G7X and what most users would require from that camera but we have settled on three gimbals.
We feel each of these gimbals will offer you excellent functionality when used with a G7X. They won’t break the bank but still, offer very smooth video with some really nice functionality that you are able to take advantage of. Each of the gimbals on our list is able to work fine with the weight of the G7X mounted on them and they already have a number of people using the set up to record.
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The Zhiyun Crane M Three-Axis Gimbal
It is no surprise that the Zhiyun Crane M has managed to take the market by storm since its release a few years back quickly going from strength to strength. Over the years it has managed to earn the excellent reputation it enjoys today within the videography community and shows no signs of being knocked off the top spot any time soon. If you are looking for a high-quality handheld gimbal for canon g7x cameras then this is most definitely it!
The Zhiyun Crane M is able to support a payload ranging from 0.28 lbs up to 1.43 lbs without any issues. As the Canon G7X comes in at only 0.67 lbs it leaves an allowance of around 0.76 lbs for additional items such as a microphone. Just keep in mind that the more of the payload you use up, the lower the battery life will be. If you do choose to use a microphone on your G7X while using the Zhiyun Crane M then keep in mind that some of the larger and longer mics may inhibit the gimbals range of motion.
The battery time on the gimbal usually ranges between ten and twelve hours depending on how you are using your camera and how much of the payload weight your G7X takes up. The batteries can be quickly externally charged going from empty to a full charge in as little as only two hours depending on the batteries and charger you choose to use.
The Zhiyun Crane M offers full three hundred and sixty-degree unlimited rotation as well as fully supports inverted recording as shown in the image to the left. The inverted mode is often left out of the feature list for this cheaper handheld gimbals that are designed for use with mirrorless cameras giving the Zhiyun M an additional edge over the competition.
One of our favorite things about the Zhiyun M is how easy it is to switch it to run in its inverted mode. There are no complicated setting changed required, you literally just rotate the camera below the handle of the gimbal so it is in the position in the image to the left and inverted mode will instantly activate.
The same is true from bringing it back up to its upright mode. Just rotate the camera above the handle and it will automatically change back to its regular correction for you with no need to change any settings or stop recording. This allows you to quickly and easily switch between regular and low angle photography or videography when using the Zhiyun M.
Although not the main point of this article, we know that some of our readers will have multiple cameras and or smartphones at their disposal. In addition to the Canon G7X, the Zhiyun Crane M is also able to support a wide range of action cameras such as GoPros as well as a number of smartphones and other small mirrorless cameras. This can allow you to quickly and easily switch between the equipment that you need while out on your photography, videography or vlogging session.
Another benefit of using the Zhiyun M is its small size and profile. To most people, they will just think that it is a high-end selfie stick and leave you to get on with your day. When using a two-handed gimbal system you can sometimes be interrupted by people asking what you are doing.
As you would expect, the handle of the Zhiyun Crane M features the standard power on and off button, a mode button, a joystick, and a comfortable grip as shown in the image to the right. These controls allow you to quickly and easily control the gimbal to get the image that you want with minimal effort required for adjustments.
The comfortable grip on the handle also ensures that you are easily able to keep using the gimbal for extended periods of time without feeling any discomfort or pain. Many budget level gimbals simply provide an all plastic grip that can quickly start to feel uncomfortable and interrupt your session or cause issues with your video.
Balancing the Zhiyun M couldn’t be easier. The system has been designed to be as quick and easy as possible for people of all levels of experience. Once you are used to it you will be able to balance or re-balance the gimbal in as little as thirty seconds. Once balanced the gimbal is free from the shakiness or random strange movements that can be common with some competing budget gimbals.
Just like many of the gimbal companies out there these days, Zhiyun has released a smartphone app that is fully compatible with the Crane M. The app works well and allows you to quickly and easily tweak various settings on the gimbal on the fly with minimal effort.
It can also give you the ability to remotely control the gimbals focus point via your phone. Depending on the type of photography or videography that you do on a regular basis this feature alone could be the reason to pick up the Zhiyun Crane M. The app is also regularly updated with various improvements and bug fixes and is available on all major smartphone app stores.
The Zhiyun Crane M also includes a surprisingly high-quality carry case considering the price point of the gimbal. It offers plenty of protection for your equipment while also being resistance and fitting the full Zhiyun M rig in it without issue.
The Zhiyun Crane V2
The Zhiyun Crane V2 is literally the version two of the original Zhiyun Crane that uses almost identical technology just with a few slight improvements. The Zhiyun Crane 2 Is the second-generation model that has a number of overall upgrades and improvements and thus, a higher price tag. We just wanted to point that out as we have seen a number of people get confused with the two products. Although we feel that the Zhiyun Crane M covered above is the best stabilizer for Canon G7X users, we wanted to present our readers with at least one decent quality alternative and settled on the Zhiyun Crane V2 as that option.
With a four pound payload, the Zhiyun Crane V2 is easily able to support the 0.67-pound weight of the G7X leaving plenty of spare weight for accessories or for you to leave available to help improve the battery life of the product. Speaking of battery life, depending on what you are using the gimbal for it is able to run for between six and twelve hours from a single set of fully charged batteries.
This pretty large duration discrepancy is due to the way the motors work in the older Zhiyun gimbals and is unfortunately unavoidable. With the very lightweight and no additional lens options of the Canon G7X, we would expect the Crane V2 to keep you going for at least ten hours though.
The handle of the Zhiyun Crane V2 is very similar and provides almost identical functionality to the one on the Zhiyun Crane M covered earlier in the article. If you have ever used a Zhiyun gimbal in the past then you will be able to quickly and easily pick up the control system.
As you would probably expect, it has a joystick, a power on and off button, a mode button, and a few other controls to customize the performance of the gimbal as and when required.
Again, the handle grip on the Zhiyun Crane v2 is comfortable allowing for extended us over long periods of time without the need to take breaks or feeling any discomfort. Some people have reported that they prefer to put a third-party sock over the handle grip on the Crane V2 to try and improve the amount of time they are able to hold it, particularly in very cold conditions but we doubt many of our readers will need this.
In our opinion, the balancing of the Crane V2 is a little tricker than the one on the Zhiyun Crane M covered earlier. That said, once you are used to the gimbal and how to balance it you should be able to balance or re-balance it within a minute or two. Once correctly balanced, the gimbal will offer your G7X the ability to take panoramic shots along all three axes covering a full three hundred and sixty-degree rotation helping to make it an ideal gimbal stabilizer for canon G7X users.
Just like the Zhiyun Crane M above, the Zhiyun Crane V2 is also fully compatible with the Zhiyun smartphone application allowing you to tweak a number of different features of the gimbal on the fly directly from your phone.
It offers full remote control while also offering you some quick and easy calibration options that are surprisingly useful and accurate. Using this app can help save you around $50 as it replaces a large amount of the remote control functionality that the Zhiyun Remote provides but comes from their free app. While doing your research you may see people recommend that you pick up the Zhiyun Remote for your gimbal rig but many of these reviews were published well before the remote control functionality was added to the Zhiyun smartphone app so we feel that you will be good to go with just the gimbal itself, your Canon G7X, and the Zhiyun app.
The Feiyutech A1000
We would highly recommend that you read this article for the most up to date gimbals suitable for the Canon G7X camera.