Today we will be featuring what we feel are the best Panasonic Lumix g80 gimbals on the market right now. Now depending on the level of videography, you are working at, investing in a gimbal can easily be the single most expensive camera accessory that you will pick up often even outpricing any of your lenses. On the flipside of this though, a decent gimbal stabilizer can massively up the image quality of your footage and help keep your paying clients happy and increase the amount of work you get in the future while also being able to grow your portfolio.
If you are only just starting or if you are on a strict budget then picking up one of the older Zhiyun Crane (Click here to check for product prices and availability) gimbals can also be a valid option. Although they are slightly dated these days, they still offer the image stabilization required and can easily take the weight of the Panasonic g80 and provide some smooth footage without issue. That said, if you are planning to use heavier lenses with your camera or have other cameras in your collection that are heavier than the g80 then we feel either of the two gimbals featured below would be better options for you.
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The Zhiyun Crane 2
Due to being such a solid gimbal, many people who have purchased the Zhiyun Crane 2 have chosen to publish reviews (click here to read some of them) online going over what they think of the system. We always like to share reviews of any product we recommend that have been posted by independent, third-party users to offer our readers a better, well-rounded view of the product.
The Zhiyun Crane 2 comes with an upper payload limit of around seven pounds meaning that it can easily stabilize your one pound Panasonic g80 camera body leaving plenty of payload weight available for accessories such as camera lenses or external microphones. Just keep in mind that the more payload weight you take up the less battery life you will get out of the gimbal battery from a full charge. That said, with a nice lightweight camera like the Panasonic g80 we would expect you to easily be able to get around the twelve hours of use advertised time from a full charge.
We have some video footage below that has been recorded using with a Panasonic g80 that has been mounted on a Zhiyun Crane 2 and does a good job of showcasing the image stabilization and image quality the gimbal can provide you.
Now this next point depends on what you are actually trying to get done with your Panasonic g80 and gimbal but the Zhiyun Crane 2 uses the same quick release plate system as the Manfrotto tripods. This can let you swap your g80 between your gimbal and tripod within seconds to switch between the type of image you are capturing effortlessly if required.
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 DJI Ronin-S
On the flip side of this though, if you do have other cameras in your collection that are heavier and use heavier lenses then the DJI Ronin-S could be the better choice. When it comes to battery life, both the DJI and Zhiyun gimbals provide around the twelve-hour mark of power too meaning they are pretty much tied here too.
The footage in the clip below was captured using a Panasonic g80 mounted on a DJI Ronin-S and gives a good idea of the level of image stabilization you can expect from the DJI Ronin-S.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the DJI Ronin-S to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.