We have seen a number of people looking to pick up a gimbal for their Nikon d5300 so we have decided to publish this article. Our hope is that it will help as many d5300 owners looking to pick up a gimbal as possible and save you the time and effort that would usually be required to research the various products on the market before making your decision.
in this article, we will be focusing the majority of our time on two gimbals with a little bit of time on a third product too. All three of these gimbals can be used with your d5300 to offer some smooth video footage with minimal effort required on your part. The first half of the article will be based around general purpose gimbals that can be used in a massive number of niches with the second half of the article being based on a more specialist gimbal system that we doubt many of our readers will need but the niche is still out there and growing in popularity.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
With a maximum working payload of around seven pounds and your Nikon d5300 coming in at around one pound without a lens or any other accessories attached to it, you have plenty of payload weight spare. You can use this to load up your camera with accessories if you wish or you can simply add a lens to the camera and keep it as light as possible to help increase the potential battery life of the gimbal system.
There are multiple reports from independent videographers who own the Zhiyun Crane 2 that they have been able to keep the gimbal stabilizer powered for up to twelve hours at a time with a fully charged battery. On top of this, your camera is pretty light in the grand scheme of things and the more payload weight you leave empty the longer the battery on the gimbal will last.
The video footage below was recorded with a Nikon d5300 that had been mounted on the Zhiyun Crane 2 3-axis gimbal, as you can see, the footage is very smooth and clean.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Crane 2 will make a great addition to your camera accessories and help improve the image quality of the video footage that your Nikon d5300 is able to provide you. Although it might be a little pricey, it definatley offers you some of the best performance and functionality available.
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 Zhiyun Crane-M
That said, if you need a very small and lightweight gimbal then that is where the Zhiyun Crane-M comes in although this is pretty much its only use. It only has a payload of 1.433 and as your Nikon d5300 comes in at just over one lbs you have little to no payload left for even a lens although many small lightweight lenses will work fine.
The Zhiyun Crane-M is also based on the 3-axis handheld gimbal system so it is very easy to balance and allows you to quickly get to work and capture all the footage that you require for your job. Just keep in mind that it does have a very small max payload and if your camera and lens combo reach the payload limit then it will take a little longer to balance. Additionally, it will also reduce the battery lifetime the Zhiyun Crane-M can run for without having to be charged.
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.