Zhiyun Crane 2S review

With this robust Zhiyun Crane 2S stabilising gimbal you can take the wobble out of your video and shoot more interesting footage

Zhiyun Crane 2S
(Image: © Angela Nicholson)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Because of its weight, you may need to work up to long shoots, but thanks to its beefy motors the Zhiyun Crane 2S does a great job of stabilising hand-held footage from a range of cameras, freeing you to create more interesting and dynamic videos. It’s also easy to get to grips with but it takes time to master and unleash its full creative potential.


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    Powerful motors

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    Excellent Autotune feature

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    Flex Mount for camera orientation


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    Significant weight

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    Roll motor obscures camera screen

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    Needs a second handle for long shoots

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The Zhiyun Crane 2S is one of a series of hand-held stabilising gimbals that's well-known amongst videographers, and this model is aimed at DSLR or mirrorless camera users. 

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.