The best DSLR gimbals for mirrorless and SLR camera users in 2024

Best DSLR and mirrorless camera gimbals
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The best DSLR and mirrorless camera gimbals don't just stabilize your camera to cut out the jitters, they control and smooth out deliberate camera movements to bring super-smooth panning and tracking shots. They are especially effective for 'run and gun' style filming, where both you and the camera are physically following your subject. 

Most mirrorless cameras now come with in-body stabilization systems that the makers would like us to believe can offer 'gimbal-like' stabilization, but that's not how it works. IBIS systems have only a limited range of movement to compensate for camera wobbles, and they can do nothing to smooth out panning movements, and even with 'active' digital stabilization, they can't match the smoothness of a gimbal if you need to walk, and film at the same time.

Gimbals use gyroscopic sensors and motorized pan, tilt, and roll axes. They offer different shooting modes for Pan Follow movements where the camera stays level, Follow modes where the camera can tilt up and down too and POV modes where you can create deliberate roll effects too. Even as an amateur filmmaker, you'll instantly notice the difference in your footage when shooting with a gimbal.

They are the ideal complement to the best video tripods, providing stability when you and the camera need to move to follow the action, and shooting from a static position is not an option.

Gimbals come in different sizes, weights, and payload capacities. We have a separate guide to the best smartphone gimbals, which are the smallest and lightest, but this guide is for heavier-duty gimbals capable of supporting the best DSLRs, the best mirrorless cameras, and, in some cases, the best cinema cameras.

Every gimbal has to be 'balanced' for the camera and lens combination you're using so that its weight is centered over the axes of movement and the gimbal motors are not overloaded. Even with balancing, you need to make sure that your camera kit's weight is within the gimbal's payload capacity in order for it to carry out its full range of movements smoothly.

So let's get into it, and look at the best DSLR and mirrorless camera gimbals for filmmaking right now!

The best DSLR and mirrorless camera gimbals in 2024

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The best gimbal for professionals

Specifications

Compatibility: DLSR/Mirrorless/Cine cameras
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 1.67kg
Battery life (approx): 12 hours

Reasons to buy

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Smooth roll, tilt, and pan action
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Built-in fill light
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Touchscreen and app control
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Adjustable sling grip and wrist rest
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Bluetooth shutter control

Reasons to avoid

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Tilt axis can nip your finger

If you want a gimbal that can cope with your larger camera setup, from DSLRs and mirrorless all the way to small cinema cine camera setups then look no further than the Zhiyun Crane 4. If you are also new to the joys of gimbal operation then the Crane 4 is well worth considering, especially as it reduces the time taken to balance the camera on the gimbal courtesy of the motor warning lights on its 3 axis. 

The option to control it remotely via the app will also give you extra shooting opportunities. The incorporation of a sling grip and adjustable wrist rest makes the Crane 4 a comfortable gimbal to maneuver smoothly even with a heavy payload. 

Read our full Zhiyun Crane 4 review for more details.

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The best gimbal for smaller mirrorless cameras

Specifications

Compatibility: Mirrorless cameras
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 705g
Dimensions: 284.2 x 74.5 x 163.5 mm
Battery life (approx): 7.5 hours

Reasons to buy

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Very easy and fast to set up
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Solid and well built
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Super smooth and steady shooting
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Easy to switch between shooting modes

Reasons to avoid

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One-handed use is tiring with most cameras
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Touch screen registers a lot of accidental touches
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No black option

The Zhiyun Crane-M 3S is one of the best gimbals you can buy if you are a vlogger or content creator looking for an effective and affordable way to step up to more professional-looking footage on your mirrorless camera or even your phone. The gimbal is light, yet powerful, capable of taking most small-medium-sized mirrorless camera and lens combinations. The controls are also intuitive, with plenty of buttons and dials for quick controls and a really useful mini touch screen for settings, it is a great gimbal to start with if you are not an experienced user.

Footage is smooth and a huge step up from handheld shooting, even with in-body and lens stabilization, results from the M3S were just more stable, especially with heavier movement. However, one-handed operation with mirrorless cameras is very straining. The Crane-M 3S is very well built and looks very modern and stylish, although I do wish it was available in a darker option too.

Read our full Zhiyun Crane-M 3S review.

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The best gimbal for heavy camera setups

Specifications

Compatibility: Cameras weighing up to 4.5kg
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 1.1kg
Dimensions: 415 x 218 x 195 mm
Battery life (approx): 12 hours

Reasons to buy

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Supports up to 4.5kg (10 lbs)
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OLED touch screen
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Physical Mode Switch
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Fine-tune knob to tweak tilt balance

Reasons to avoid

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Precise balancing can still be tricky
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Priced for pros

Firmly aimed at the professional videographer, this powerful stabilizer enables you to make Hollywood-style camera moves with a heavy camera and lens payload (up to 4.5kg). New features such as a tilt balance fine-tuning knob and physical Mode Switch help you get up and running more quickly and the new and larger OLED touchscreen is brighter and easier to see than on older Ronin models.

Read our full DJI RS 3 Pro Combo review.

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The best gimbal for comfortable use

Specifications

Compatibility: DSLR/mirrorless camera
Stabilization: Three-axis
Weight: 1.05 kg
Dimensions: 305x210x72.5 mm
Battery life (approx): 11.5 hours

Reasons to buy

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Ergonomic wrist support and adjustable sling grip 
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Built-in mic and LED light
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Bluetooth shutter control
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Switch between landscape and portrait

Reasons to avoid

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Baseplate was lose in initial setup (until corrected)

We loved the Weebill 3 when it was released last year and the lighter but equally powerful Weevil 3S gives us even more to love thanks to some nice evolutionary touches. The upgraded sling-grip 2.5 can be rotated alongside the grip handle to enable a two-handed grip which is useful for managing heavier payloads.  It also carried a DSLR and mirrorless camera with ease, making it an attractive purchase for videographers who need to shoot on the move without cluttering up a location with a heavy tripod (plus it’s harder work to lug a tripod around, especially if you’re shooting an event with multiple locations such as a graduation or a wedding). 

Read our full Zhiyun Weebill 3S review.

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Designed for use with mirrorless cameras, it can take up to 2kg and it's competitively priced

Specifications

Compatibility: DSLR/mirrorless camera (up to 2kg weight)
Stabilization: Three-axis
Weight: 1.1kg
Dimensions: Unfolded: 370 x 165 x 150mm, Folded: 220×200×75 mm
Battery life (approx): 11 hours

Reasons to buy

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Great stabilisation out of the box
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Quality build yet accessibly priced
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11-hour rechargeable battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Can still feel heavy after prolonged use
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Only suitable for lighter mirrorless setups

DJI's Ronin-SC has been specifically designed for mirrorless camera setups up to 2kg in total weight. That’s considerably less than DJI’s bigger Ronin-S can support, but the Ronin-SC is 400g lighter at 1.1kg. Despite this, construction quality still feels first class.

The SC’s capacity is plenty for a camera like a Canon EOS R or Fujifilm X-T4, but it’s best to steer clear of bulky and heavy lenses, as these can be tough and sometimes impossible to balance properly. At least each axis can be individually locked, making initial balancing much easier, and, and the SC folds surprisingly compact.

Once you’re ready to shoot, there are plenty of features to explore. Arguably the most impressive is Active Track 3.0. This uses your phone’s camera and a very clever DJI app to automatically track subjects. The system requires your phone to be mounted on top of your main camera, but a hot-shoe clamp is provided. The only issue with this arrangement is it makes your camera quite top-heavy, so you’ll need to re-calibrate some pivot points.

Read our full DJI Ronin-SC review.

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This beat of a gimbal is aimed at professional filmmakers using top-spec cine cameras

Specifications

Compatibility: Mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 6490g
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 2470g
Dimensions: 346 x 344 x 98mm
Battery life (approx): 12 hours

Reasons to buy

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6.5kg payload
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Dual carrying options
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Powerful enough serious cine gear

Reasons to avoid

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Very heavy for handheld use
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Some controls awkwardly placed

The Zhiyun Crane 3S is a heavy duty powered stabilizing gimbal for larger mirrorless, DSLR or cinema cameras. It's a total redesign from previous Zhiyun gimbals, with the addition of detachable handle options, a large 6.5kg payload, an updated axis-locking system, external power input, and the ViaTouch 2.0 motion control system. It's an update to the previous Zhiyun Crane 3 Lab, but with a payload increase of around 45%.

The Crane 3S gives very smooth and steady footage and can handle a huge range of cameras. The performance and smoothness of the camera movements are impressive. But while it certainly boasts a great payload capacity and long battery life, it's heavy to carry as a run-and-gun gimbal, so this isn’t something you’d take out with you and use all day. But if you need to shoot handheld or ground-level video with cine gear that's a step up from a regular mirrorless camera, this is the tool for the job.

Read our full Zhiyun Crane 3S review.

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Designed for heavier, DSLR cameras with a massive 4.2kg payload

Specifications

Compatibility: DSLR/mirrorless camera (up to 4.2kg weight)
Stabilization: Three-axis
Weight: 1.6kg
Dimensions: 490 x 250 x 260 mm
Battery life (approx): 16 hours

Reasons to buy

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Generous payload capacity
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Great functionality for the price

Reasons to avoid

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Fewer features than Ronin-S
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Long charge time

Promising moving footage that’s smoother than smooth, the Gudsen MOZA Air 2 is capable of handling heavier DSLR and cinema camera setups with long professional lenses, up to a maximum payload of 4.2kg. It offers a 3-axis stabilization system and produces impressive footage when moving, as well as providing eight follow modes. There’s also a nice selection of time-lapse functions, and users planning for a long day’s shoot will be pleased to note that its four batteries give it a total battery life of up to 16 hours (though be aware that this requires a 5-hour charge time).

Also included in this newer version of the original MOZA Air are a quick-release plate, auto-tune modes that assess a camera’s weight and compensate accordingly, and useful physical controls including a joystick and rotating wheel, making handling a pleasingly tactile experience. For the price, it’s impressively featured and is a great way to expand your filmmaking potential without breaking the bank.

Read our full MOZA Air 2 review.

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Glide, tilt and pan straight from your smartphone with the DJI RS 3 combo

Specifications

Compatibility: Mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 6490g
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 1.3kg
Dimensions: 410 x 260 x 195 mm
Battery life (approx): 12 hours

Reasons to buy

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Up to 3kg payload
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Touch screen
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Physical mode switch
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Bluetooth shutter button
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Cog wheel to tweak balance

Reasons to avoid

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Unbalanced by changing lens length
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Long lenses may not fit

The DJI RS 3 may not be an essential buy if you already own the RS 2, but you may be attracted by the latest model’s extended battery life, the new physical mode switch, and the auto locking and unlocking axes feature. If you don’t already own a heavy-lifting gimbal but want to make your DSLR or mirrorless camera float, pan, and tilt like a Hollywood steadicam then the RS 3 will do the job nicely.

Read our full DJI RS 3 Combo review.

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You can get your camera to glide, tilt and pan and even make moves via remote control

Specifications

Compatibility: Mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 6490g
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 2kg
Dimensions: 19.6 x 29 x 46cm
Battery life (approx): 10 hours

Reasons to buy

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Supports up to 3.4kg
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Touch screen changes modes
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Comes with Gimbal 300XM app

Reasons to avoid

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Slow to charge (2.6hrs)
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Rebalancing with some zooms

If you’ve been struggling to find a gimbal that will effortlessly carry a DSLR (or mirrorless camera) and large lens then the 300XM could be the answer. It enables you to perform smooth pans, tilts, and tracking moves with your usual DSLR kit but you could find that your arm begins to ache quite quickly. The ability to control the gimbal remotely via Gyro mode could be useful for certain scenarios (and it’s very cool to demonstrate!). A powerful heavy lifter!

Read our full Manfrotto MVG300XM gimbal review.

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A super-versatile gimbal that can be used for smaller mirrorless cameras and smartphones

Specifications

Compatibility: Smartphone, smaller mirrorless camera
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 787g
Dimensions: 228 x 179 x 272mm unfolded
Battery life (approx): 13h

Reasons to buy

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Sling arm for low angles
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Programmable dial

Reasons to avoid

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Occasional vibration 
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Didn’t auto track subject via app

The FeiyuTech Scorp Mini is an incredibly lightweight and maneuverable gimbal that will suit the needs of smartphone and mirrorless camera users when it comes to shooting pans, tilts, and tracking shots while keeping your horizon level. The sling arm enables you to get low-angle shots with ease and you can also make smooth moves using the tactile front knob and rear joystick. Just bear in mind that given the compact size of the gimbal it won’t suit cameras with a long lens – but of course, it handles smartphones with ease.

Read our full FeiyuTech Scorp Mini review.

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The Manfrotto MVG460 is a heavy lifter for larger camera and lens combinations

Specifications

Compatibility: Mirrorless and DSLR kits up to 4.6kg
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 1.656kg
Dimensions: 175 x 240 x 429 cm
Battery life (approx): 12h

Reasons to buy

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Supports up to 4.6kg
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Touch screen to change modes
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Rear handle for extra support

Reasons to avoid

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Horizon not always level
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Doesn’t cable control Fujifilm cameras

If you’ve been struggling to find a gimbal that will carry a heavy payload then the Manfrotto MVG460 could be the answer. It enables you to perform smooth pans, tilts, and tracking moves with your DSLR (or mirrorless kit), especially when the supplied tripod/handle is attached to the rear versatile arm for extra support. The main niggle we had was that balancing the camera could take a while and a few tweaks via the app were occasionally required to level the horizon before shooting. We were disappointed that we couldn’t trigger our Fujifilm X-S10 to start and stop shooting using the gimbal’s buttons (but you should be fine with Canon, Nikon, and Sony).

Read our full Manfrotto MVG460 review.

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The Crane M2S is another 'multi-device' gimbal for both cameras and smartphones

Specifications

Compatibility: Smartphone and smaller mirrorless cameras
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 550g
Dimensions: 240 x 68 x 150mm
Battery life (approx): 10h approx

Reasons to buy

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Smooth roll, tilt and pan action
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Built-in fill light

Reasons to avoid

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No smartphone remote control
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Struggles with mirrorless cameras

The Zhiyun Crane M2S enables you to perform a combination of tilts, pans, and even rolls with your smartphone or action camera so that you can capture professional Steadicam-style clips. Its quick-release plate enables you to detach a camera and remount a different one with a minimum of fuss and effort. It will even shine a little light on your selfies thanks to a built-in fill light. On the downside, you might need to keep an eye on the plastic joystick knob to make sure it stays attached. The joystick isn’t essential but it does help you fine-tune the starting position of the gimbal for perfect composition. We found the Crane M2S also struggled with the weight and dimensions of even mid-size mirrorless cameras like the GH5.

Read our full Zhiyun Crane M2S Combo review.


Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.

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