Zhiyun Crane 3S gimbal stabilizer gives champion weight-lifting performance

Zhiyun Crane 3S gimbal stabilizer
(Image credit: Zhiyun Tech)

The Zhiyun Crane has always been one of the best gimbal stabilizers 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 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.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.