The Zhiyun Crane has always been one of the best gimbal stabilizers (opens in new tab) for use with big camera set-ups, but the latest version sets a new record for the amount of weight that it can take whilst ensuring you can shoot smooth handheld video. The Zhiyun Crane 3S can not support a payload of 6.5kg – but amazingly can now pack away into a smaller bag or case than the Crane 3 LAB that it will replace.
Whilst its predecessor could carry a 4.5kg rig, the new 6.5kg limit means that the Crane 3S is able to carry substantial cinema camera (opens in new tab) set-ups, or full-frame professional DSLRs with big lenses – and without the need for additional counterbalances to be used. It uses new SUPER motors which allow it to take all the additional weight, and keep it stable.(opens in new tab)
The previous LAB series introduced an innovative way of holding a gimbal in underslung mode with the second handle. The CRANE 3S rethinks the structure and introduces a detachable second handle with two options – the basic EasySling Handle and the more expensive SmartSling Handle.
You can either mount EasySling handle to extend the grip for more comfort upright & underslung operation, or choose to mount SmartSling handle featuring a control panel and LED screen, for direct camera & gimbal parameter adjustment, or combine them together. The removable handle allows the 2.47kg gimbal to be packed away into a more manageable size for transportation than its predecesssor.
The Crane 3S now offers nine different mount points (up from three) onto which you can attach accessories, such as LED panels (opens in new tab), external screens (opens in new tab) or microphones (opens in new tab).
Another improvement is a longer running time. With three 18650-format batteries, ZhiyunCrane 3S can run for up to 12 hours (the Crane 3 ran for 7.5 hours max). A DC-in power port on the battery compartment allows input of up to 25.2-volts for direct charging. To support long shoots with larger setups, there is a new optional TransMount PowerPlus Battery Pack, a compact fast-charging power bank for the gimbal and camera, that houses six 18650 batteries providing up to 18 hours of runtime.
The Zhiyun Tech Crane 3S was originally scheduled to launch at The Photography Show 2020 (opens in new tab), which has now been postponed until September.(opens in new tab)
Price and availability
The Zhiyun Crane 3S is available for sale this month, in three different configurations.
The basic kit with the EasySling handle will retail for $649 / £659. The step-up option is with the alternative SmartSling handle, which will sell for $739 / £729. Alternatively you can opt for the Pro kit which comes with SmartSling Handle, PowerPlus Battery Pack, Zoom&Focus Controllers, Image Transmission Transmitter and Smartphone Clamp for a total of $1149 /£1149.
• Preorder the Zhiyun Crane 3S at B&H Photo (opens in new tab)
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