For today’s article, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel is the best gimbal for Sony a5100 cameras currently available on the market right now. Picking up a gimbal stabilizer for your a5100 can help you capture some beautifully smooth footage and due to the price of decent gimbals coming down in recent years, more and more people are choosing to pick one up for their camera accessories.
We have settled on two different gimbals that we would highly recommend that you consider picking up for your a5100 that both have excellent reputations amongst the community. First up we will be taking a look at a more premium priced gimbal and then following up with a more budget-friendly gimbal.
One thing that we would like to point out with these two gimbals is that although their names are very similar, they are actually very different products with totally different generations of technology in them. Notice the V before the 2 on the budget-friendly product. This denotes that it is actually version 2 of the original product, not the next generation of the product that is denoted by just the 2.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
The high build quality, excellent functionality, great performance, and fair price tag have all contributed to the Zhiyun Crane 2 handheld gimbal becoming so popular. Over the years, its user base has decided to publish plenty of independent reviews (click here to read some) that we would recommend that you read if you want a third-party opinion of the product.
On top of the benefits mentioned above, the Zhiyun Crane 2 also has some of the best battery life of all handheld 3-axis handheld gimbal stabilizers available on the market right now. Although the battery life of the gimbal is listed as twelve to eighteen hours, the weight of your camera rig and what you are using the gimbal for definitely comes into play.
The video below offers a nice little workaround that you are able to use with your Zhiyun Crane 2 and your Sony a5100 to increase the level of performance it can offer your a5100 as well as any other Sony cameras you may want to use with it. If you are planning on picking up this gimbal then we would highly recommend you watch it.
If you own a Sony a5100 and are looking to pick up a great little camera gimbal then we would definitely recommend that you seriously consider picking up the Zhiyun Crane 2. It will offer some excellent performance and functionality while also lasting you for many years to come.
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 V2
Although confusing, this has its advantages, as the Zhiyun Crane V2 is essentially the Zhiyun Crane 1 with a few small upgrades it has much older technology in it that is cheap to produce these days. This has resulted in a decent little handheld gimbal stabilizer that offers decent functionality and performance that can easily support the weight of your Sony a5100.
Although the tech in the gimbal is old, it is still decent and can offer you some great image quality for your footage. The video below shows some example test footage that was recorded using a Sony a5100 mounted on the Zhiyun Crane V2 and does a decent job of showing the level of quality you can get.
If you are on a tight budget and own a Sony a5100 while looking to pick up a nice little handheld camera gimbal then we would highly recommend that you consider picking up the Zhiyun Crane V2.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Zhiyun Crane V2 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.