If you are looking forward to recording and shooting videos which are smooth and stable, then just using a DSLR for that purpose is never enough. Be it you are a professional or a beginner, getting shots that are smooth and without any wobbling is just something which is near to impossible. However, in recent years with the advancement in technology and science and the introduction of certain devices and instruments such as tripods and hangers shooting and recording flawless videos has become as easy as eating a pie. And one out of those many inventions about which we are going to discuss here today is the “Gimbal” and what are the “5 Best Gimbals for DSLR 2019” you can get for yourself to start shooting like a pro. Also, at the end of the list we will be discussing and listing out some of the most crucial points and tips that are necessary to consider, when choosing the correct gimbal for yourself. An “All in one Guide to buy Gimbals”.
The Top 5 Best DSLR Gimbal Stabilizers For 2019
Today, in our following list we are going to review and discuss some of the top contenders who have made it to our list for becoming the top 5 DSLR Gimbals for the year 2019. Here, we will go through and discuss about each and every important elements and factors which are crucial in determining which gimbal is right for you and which is not. And thus, without any further delay let us get going on with our today’s list of “The top 5 DSLR Gimbal Stabilizers for 2019”
- Wireless streaming of image directly to smartphones
- Can handle heavy equipments easily
- Does not feel very robust
- 7.5 hours battery life
“Built & Designed for Professionals”
If you consider yourself more of a professional and looking for something which gives you stability and smoothness, then my advice would be to have a peek into the all new Zhiyun Crane 3 Lab Gimbal Stabilizer which has made its debut in the year 2019 after its predecessor, the popular Zhiyun Crane 2.
Talking about the cost first, the Zhuyin Crane 3 gimbal can be a bit costly as compared to its other contenders in the market. However, it all seems legit for the various functions and features it has to offer.
Weighing up to 4.5 kgs, the Zhiyun Crane 3 gimbal is probably the heaviest in our list today. But then, if you need take care of heavy works and carry some really heavy DSLRs or Video cameras then the Zhiyun Crane 3 is just the perfect gimbal to trust as it can handle the heaviest of setups easily and without much issue.
Also, the other very crucial feature which I believe has really managed to make this gimbal suitable for professional filming and recoding is the ability to wirelessly stream whatever you are recording to your any device such as smartphone or even laptop monitors, that too in 1080p formats. A feature I believe, can really enable users to record quality videos in real time.
With all these features available, the Zhiyun gimbal stabilizer truly seems to be a gimbal to look forward to. However, there are a few cons or drawbacks you must consider before you consider it to be the ideal gimbal.
Firstly, like I said before, the Zhiyun gimbal will burn your pockets. So, it is important that you are well aware of your budget and know what you want before deciding to buy the gimbal. Secondly, although the built quality is not that poor, it is not that good either. Specially when compared to the price tag it comes to you for. However, since the features made available in it is quite something, it would be ok to let go on the built quality of the device. Last and finally, the one thing I would not have mind personally is the battery backup which lasts for not more than 7.5 hours. Now this again I would say that since it has to take care of some heavy-duty jobs is quite decent.
2. Moza Air 2
- Enhanced Controlling
- Equipped with a quick release plate
- Battery backup up to 16 hours
- Built quality is not very good not ver bad either
“Built & Designed for Ultimate Control”
Most of us love it when we are in full control. Don’t we? Well if you would like to go for a gimbal which enables you to have full control over what you shoot and how you shoot, then the Moza Air 2 has been built and designed to just achieve that for you. With the Moza Air 2 you can record, adjust focus, control roll and change camera settings, all directly with the help of controls provided on gimbal itself. Hence, there is just no need to rely on anything else than the gimbal itself.
On top of that, the Moza Air 2 comes with a quick release and fix plate that enables users to easily switch between various tripods and the gimbal whenever needed without having to balance the gimbal whenever you make a switch back. A feature which can truly help save a lot of precious time as well as help in providing some excellent stabilization.
And after all that, there is the battery life and backup which I would say is just exceptional when it comes to DSLR gimbals. On a full charge, the Moza Air 2 will last you easily up to 16 hours which is the highest any DSLR has made it up to in our list of today. Thus, if you think you need to work over-time and want a gimbal which could just do that for you then my in my opinion, the Moza Air 2 would be the perfect choice.
At last, if we need to talk about some of the drawbacks that the gimbal has would be the not very robust built quality and slight buggy software. Apart from that everything else is just fine and perfect.
3. DJI Ronin S
- Ultimate Stabilization
- 12 hours of Battery Life
- Easily portable (Unscrewable grips)
- Quality Built
- Quite heavy
- Non detachable battery
“A Built Body reflecting Quality”
The first thing I absolutely loved about the DJI Ronin S gimbal stabilizer is its built quality and design which is just flawless and truly reflects quality, and that to for the $599 price tag it comes for. A robust built and simple unscrewing feature makes the gimbal just perfect for easy packing and carrying.
Secondly, the stabilization provided by the DJI gimbal is just something you just cannot complain. You are sure to enjoy shooting and recording videos which are smooth and flawless. And summing up that with all the well interfaced and rich software DJI brings to the table just compliments perfectly to give you some of the very best video outputs to boast upon.
Thirdly we have with us the battery life which gives a good battery backup that would last you easily for 12 hours on a single charge. An average figure, if we had to consider the above two contenders today.
And finally, if we have to look at the cons that the DJI Ronin – S has to bring to the table. I would say that there is just one, which is a non-removable battery making it absolutely impossible for videographers and film makers to go on long treks or distance without having the need to charge again and again. Something which could have been easily achieved with a pair of extra batteries that could be plugged in whenever the previous ones ran out.
- Very Light weight
- Precise shots
- Comes with advance FOC Algorithms
- Very Expensive
“Built and designed for Maximum Precision”
The Moza Lite 2 Premium gimbal is totally going to burn your pockets since it comes with a price tag of over $1000. So, it is very important that you consider all the pros and cons well before you make any kind of decision regarding this Moza gimbal we have with us today.
So firstly, as the name itself suggest the Moza Lite 2 is a lightweight gimbal stabilizer weighing about 2.2 kgs (4.8 lbs), which I would say is pretty light compared to other gimbals in its segment. The light weight not only allows you to carry the instrument without breaking a sweat but also proves to be really versatile when it comes to taking some really cramped up shots.
Also, the advance FOC algorithm which the Moza Lite 2 employs just makes it even easier to shoot as well as achieve some very sharp camera movements. Overall, I would say if you are a professional videographer and want something light to record and film your everyday shots, then I believe there is nothing more perfect than the Moza gimbal we have with us today. And although, the gimbal may seem light, do not for once assume that it is not made for some heavy-duty work. The Moza Lite 2 has been designed and built in such a manner that it can carry and handle camera equipment up to 5.6 kgs in weight, something you can never imagine a 2 kg gimbal to do.
Apart from all that setting up the camera with the gimbal is as easy as it can get, so even if you are a beginner, you should just have no problem there. Then there are the handlebars of the gimbal which are detachable, giving you enough provision to detach and attach with any other platforms whenever and wherever necessary, making it just the perfect gimbal to carry around.
Now, speaking of cons, there are mainly two major drawbacks. First, obviously being the costliest in our list today and the second a battery life which only lasts around 4 to 8 hours.
5. Roxant Pro
- Very Affordable
- Easy to use and set-up
- Very light and easily portable
- Durable Built
- Not compatible with heavy cameras above 1 kg
“Built to relax your pockets”
Now, when I say built to relax your pockets. I just mean one thing, i.e. a gimbal which saves you a lot of money as you have already seen in the price mentioned above. Moreover, if you are into indie filmmaking like me, then this gimbal will undoubtedly prove to be best option for you.
Apart from being affordable, the gimbal comes with an easy interface and is really easy to set up. Using it is similarly easy and needs no prior experience at all. Overall, the built quality of the Roxant Pro gimbal is just exceptional. It has a robust body as well as composed of really good quality durable material, so it should easily last you ages without any trouble at all.
And lastly, speaking of compatibility with other devices such as cameras, mobile phones, etc. The Roxant Pro is truly a pro there. This gimbal supports and is compatible with nearly every kind of camera device out there. From GoPros to Camera brands like Sony, Nikon, Canon, etc is all covered in its range of compatibility. And not just that, this Roxant gimbal is even compatible with most smartphones running on OS like Android as well iOS. Truly, making it the perfect gimbal for ‘indie filming’.
However, coming back to some of the cons, there is just one major drawback that is the inability to carry and work with cameras weighing over 2.1 lbs, which I would say disqualifies most high-end cameras in the market today. But, apart from that there is just nothing else I dislike about this gimbal.
The All In One Buying Guide For DSLR Gimbals (2019)
Today, with the growing demands in gadgets and equipment, there has been a number of gimbals which have made their way into the market, out of which only very few are there which is worth considering and buying. Now, when it comes to gimbals, just buying one for the sake of having a gimbal is not enough, in order to choose and buy the perfect gimbal for yourself, you must know how to look and consider the various factors associated to help decide which gimbal is better and which is not. And just so that you know how to do that, I have come up with the “All in one Buying Guide for DSLR gimbals”, where I will be discussing all the points and factors elaborately and distinctively in order to choose the correct gimbal.
What Type Of Axis?
One of the very first things you must consider while looking out for a gimbal is what type of axis it employs. Now when we talk about the types of axis, then they are mainly of two types; 2-axis and 3-axis gimbals.
The 2 axis gimbals are those gimbals which provide stabilization for your tilt and roll only, whereas the 3 axis gimbals are those which in addition to tilt and roll, also provide stabilization for the pan. This way the 3-axis are better than the 2-axis gimbals in providing better stability and smoothness to video recording and shooting.
Also, it is quite obvious that a 3-axis gimbals will obviously cost you more than that of a 2-axis gimbal stabilizer. Thus, it is necessary that you know your requirements and needs, depending upon which you can make a better decision in whether to go for a 3-axis gimbal or can do well with a 2-axis gimbal only.
How Much Battery Life It Offers?
The second very important point to consider while purchasing a gimbal is how long can it last on a single charge. This in many cases I would say is relative, as not everyone needs to work with a gimbal for the same number of hours and not all gimbals who provide a good battery backup necessarily has to be a good gimbal. Depending upon what features a gimbal has to offer along with the quality of a gimbal, one must decide whether the battery factor works for the advantage or not for a particular gimbal.
Is It Too Heavy To Handle?
Another important factor which that plays a crucial role in distinguishing a good gimbal from the rest of the average ones is the weight of the gimbal. If a gimbal is too heavy to handle and use, then no matter how good the features are or the quality, using it will always be a pain in the back.
Is The Software Good To Go?
Almost everything you will achieve with a gimbal primarily depends on the type of utility software it employs. Also, it is very important that you first check which OS works better with which utility software so that in the long run you do not face any kind of difficulties while working with your gimbal.
Is It Compatible Enough?
Now not all gimbals are compatible with all devices. Some gimbals work better with iPhones, some work better with Androids and there are some which works with only certain versions of smartphones or brands. Hence, I would advise that before choosing to buy a gimbal for yourself, you first check and be sure whether the particular gimbal is compatible with your smart device or not.
Is It Pricy?
Well, this is based completely upon your own intuition. If you think the price is right for the features and quality you are getting, then going with that particular gimbal is never a bad idea. However, if you think the gimbal is too costly and does not do justice, then there are always quite a few options I believe will be available for a lesser price. Thus, it all depends on your budget and how much are you willing to pay or you think is the right price for a particular gimbal device.
How Do DSLR Gimbal Work?
A DSLR gimbal works in two main ways. A 2-axis gimbal allows the movement or rotation of a DSLR camera in upward and downward direction, whereas a 3-axis DSLR gimbal allows the camera to move in up down direction, left-right direction as well as front to back and back to front directions.
What Is The Purpose Of A Gimbal?
The main purpose of a gimbal is to offer stabilization and smoothness to a camera device while recording. Moreover, some gimbals also come with features such as time lapse, motion lapse, zoom, etc to enhance a video as well as produce more cinematic outputs.
Is Image Stabilization Important?
Yes, image stabilization is very important in order to give video output which are smooth and without any kind of shakiness or instability.