This gimbal is the size of a bottle of water! Meet the Zhiyun Crane M3

Zhiyun Crane M3
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Zhiyun has launched its latest "small yet mighty" gimbal, the Zhiyun Crane M3 – a three-axis gimbal that's the size of a 500ml bottle of water and features a built-in LED fill light and touchscreen control. 

Designed for camera phones (opens in new tab), action cameras (opens in new tab) and full-frame mirrorless cameras (opens in new tab) (with certain lenses), the Zhiyun Crane M3 (opens in new tab) claims compatibility with "over 90% of mirrorless cameras". 

• Read more: Zhiyun Crane M3 review (opens in new tab)

Indeed, Universal TransMount Quick Release plates are available for the Sony A7 III (opens in new tab), Sony A7C (opens in new tab), Sony A6000 (opens in new tab), Sony A7S, Sony ZV-E10 (opens in new tab), Canon EOS M50 (opens in new tab) / Canon EOS M50 Mark II (opens in new tab), Nikon Z fc (opens in new tab), Fujifilm X-S10 (opens in new tab) and Fujifilm XT-4 (opens in new tab).

Promising a better user experience than the previous Crane, the M3's quick-release design facilitates seamless changing between camera types – as well as fresh batteries – without the need for rebalancing.

Upgraded motors with increased torque should deliver improved stability, with a new 1.22-inch full color touchscreen enabling granular adjustments to follow speed as well as settings such as portrait, go-mode and vortex mode.

The built-in receiver at the base can be paired with a transmitter module for wireless Bluetooth control of certain camera bodies, with a control wheel and joystick (to manipulate roll, aperture, shutter and ISO) offer simple one-handed operation. 

The Zhiyun Crane M3's built-in LED fill light, powered by heat generated by the device, is rated at 800 lumen – at its 6W peak it delivers 2600-5400K color temperature with a 90+ CRI. Magnetic light filter accessories are also available, adding further control to the illumination. 

Professional microphones can be easily and directly connected to the M3's TransMount Expansion Base, removing the need to add cables or weight to the camera itself. The gimbal comes with TransMount Shotgun Microphone as standard, with a 6.5mm audio jack. 

The Zhiyun Crane M3 is available now (opens in new tab), starting at $369 / £369 (Australian pricing TBC) for the standalone stabilizer.

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