Zhiyun Weebill 3S review

Capture cinematic pans, tilts, and tracking shots with this compact but powerful DSLR and mirrorless camera gimbal

Zhiyun Weebill 3S gimbal stabilizer
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Weebill 3S features some nice upgrades on the Weebill 3 (such as Bluetooth shutter control and a more versatile sling handle). If you already own last years’s Weebill 3 then it should perform as well as the 3S when it comes to making professional camera moves. However, if you’re still in the market for a compact DSLR or mirrorless stabilizer that combines a small size with the ability to carry a heavy payload then the Weebill 3S is definitely worth a purchase.


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    Ergonomic wrist support

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    Adjustable sling grip

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    Built-in mic

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    Built-in LED

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    Bluetooth shutter control

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    Switch between landscape and portrait


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    Plate at base of main grip rattled initially (until Allen key was applied)

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In August 2022 I tested and reviewed Zhiyun’s Weebill 3 DSLR and mirrorless camera stabilizer and was impressed enough to give it 4.5 stars. 2023 sees the release of the Weebill 3S. The fact that this incarnation isn’t called the Weebill 4 might lead you to think that there’s not much difference between the 3S and its predecessor. Indeed the differences between the 3 and the 3S may be relatively subtle but they are still welcome upgrades and improvements on last year’s model as we’ll explain.  

Like Australia’s smallest bird (the Weebill), the aptly named Weebill 3S has a compact profile. In fact, at a net weight of 1.05 kg/2.33 lbs, it’s even lighter than the 1.13kg/2.49 lbs of 2022’s Weebill 3. Despite its smaller stature, its motors are powerful enough to enable your mirrorless or DSLR cameras to perform a range of smoothly cinematic moves (as you’ll see if you scroll down to watch this review’s supporting video).

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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.