On this video Tommy Callaway recently posted an interesting comparison of four different motorized gimbals by DJI, Zhiyun, and Moza and looked at different aspects related to their weight, carrying capacity, build, operation, app usability, setup and more.
Motorized gimbals had come a really long way in recent years and most of the more recent ones work very well and differentiate from one another mostly by feature set, build quality and accessories more than actual performance.
Callaway starts by discussing the price (see below) and moves on to build quality where the DJI wins hands down made from very well made aluminum. The Aircross 2 is also pretty well made – the two other gimbals are quite placticy.
The Weebill S is by far the lightest one although the Aircross 2 is not too far behind. The Air 2 was sort of O.K. in the app front but Callaway has big issues with the app on the Weebill S – which we didn’t so there might be other factors here and maybe Zhiyun fixed that. On the DJI you can’t use the gimbal at all without the app (which is really nice on its own).
As for balancing, the DJI Ronin S has no locks on the gimbals for the motors which are a shame but it does separate into two parts for travel which is nice. The Moza Air 2 has locks but doesn’t separate so you have a pretty big unit to take with you when you travel. The Zhiyun Weebill S is the smallest and can be folded into a really small size which is easy to carry, it also allows you to change into an inverted position really easily (just get another handle, it was also the easiest to balance lenses on it.
Most of the gimbals can carry almost any reasonable setup that you can think of but basically both the Moza Air 2 and the DJI Ronin S are leading in this category (the DJI Ronin S seems to perform the best when doing fast movements though). All gimbals are rated for well over 10 hours of usage which makes the difference really irrelevant for most users (although the Moza Air 2 seems to drain the battery faster when not in use and has no USB charging).
As for pricing – here is a price comparison:
- DJI Ronin S – $600 (the DJI Ronin SC not shown here costs just $440).
- Zhiyun Weebill S – $440.
- Moza Aircross 2 – $450.
- Moza Air 2 – $600 (with motorized follow focus kit).
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