Zhiyun Crane M2S Combo Kit review

The Zhiyun Crane M2S lets you capture a range of Hollywood style camera moves with this versatile lightweight gimbal kit

Zhiyun Crane M2S
(Image: © George Cairns)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Zhiyun Crane M2S enables you to perform a combination of tilts, pans and even rolls with your smartphone or action camera so that you can capture professional steadicam style clips. Its quick release plate enables you to detach a camera and remount a different one with a minimum of fuss and effort. It will even shine a little light on your selfies thanks to a built-in fill light.


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    Smooth roll, tilt and pan action

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    Built-in fill light

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    Menu display

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    Attachable tripod legs


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    Joystick drops off

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    No smartphone remote control

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    Struggles with mirrorless cameras

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The Zhiyun Crane M2S is the latest in a line of gimbals produced by Zhiyun. These devices enable you to pan, tilt and roll your camera to make smooth and steady camera moves. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.