Although a few other articles had to take priority over this one, we have finally got around to publishing our article on what feel is the best gimbal for Sony A7S cameras currently available on the market right now. After seeing a bunch of feedback on these gimbles when they are recommended for A7S owners, it would also seem a large amount of the community also agree with us too.
For the article, we will be going over two different gimbals that have proven very popular with the community as well as have a proven track record of working well with the Sony a7s. Both of the gimbals that we have decided to feature are used for slightly different reasons but both have established their niche in the market and proven to be very popular.
The Zhiyun Crane 2
Due to having so much spare payload weight left over you are able to mount a pretty sizable camera rig on the gimbal without affecting its performance. For example, you can put a decent lens, a microphone, and maybe a flash or external light source or something all on the gimbal and it will work fine.
This has led to a large number of videographers picking the Zhiyun Crane 2 with many of them loving the gimbal stabilizer so much that they choose to post their own third-party review (click here to read some of them) online. Additionally, the video below was recorded with a Sony a7s mounted on a Zhiyun Crane 2 and does a good job of showcasing the smoothness and image quality the gimbal can provide.
One of the main drawbacks with the Zhiyun Crane 2 is that some of its extended functionality will only work with the Canon range of cameras. Thankfully, a workaround has been developed by the Sony camera owning community and is explained in the video below. We would recommend that you watch the video if you are planning on picking the Zhiyun Crane 2 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) up as it is only short and can make your life much easier when using it with Sony cameras.
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
We recently saw a Sony a7s reaching out for help on a small, lightweight gimbal for his camera as he was an amateur videographer who was wanting to record rodents in small tight spaces. As we can probably agree, this is a very specialist niche and although the Zhiyun Crane 2 covered above was suggested, he checked the specs and came back saying that it was just too big and ended up settling on the Zhiyun Crane-M and it met his needs perfectly.
Now keep in mind, the Zhiyun Crane-M only has a payload of around 1.5lbs and your Sony a7s comes in at around 1.08lbs leaving little room for lenses. In fact, we would not recommend that you use a lens bigger than the FE 55mm as it will be too heavy for the Zhiyun Crane-M. On the flip side though, if you are in a specialist niche where you need a tiny light weight gimbal then chances are you have a small lightweight lens anyway.
Now we know some of you are probably thinking that the Zhiyun Crane-M will provide a jumpy video when used with a Sony a7s but the video below was recorded using a Sony a7s mounted on a Zhiyun Crane-M and as you can see, it provides decent video quality.
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.