Zhiyun Crane 3S review

The Zhiyun Crane 3S is a heavy-duty gimbal aimed at serious filmmakers. It's got some muscle, but you'll need some too

Zhiyun Crane 3S review
(Image: © Alistair Campbell)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The performance and smoothness of the camera movements on the Zhiyun Crane 3S are impressive. It has a great payload capacity and long battery life. It is heavy to carry as a run-and-gun gimbal, however, 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 heavier cine gear than just a regular mirrorless camera, this is the tool for the job.


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    6.5kg payload

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    Dual carrying options

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    Powerful enough serious cine gear


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    Very heavy for handheld use

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    Some controls awkwardly placed

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The Zhiyun Crane 3S is a heavy duty powered stabilising gimbal for larger mirrorless, DSLR or cinema cameras. Zhiyun is already well known in this area, but the Crane 3S is 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%.

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Alistair Campbell

Alistair is the Features Editor of Digital Camera magazine, and has worked as a professional photographer and video producer.