Zhiyun Crane M2 Review – Creative Results

Zhiyun Crane M2 Review – Creative Results


Oh hello, my name is Crane M2, eh hem… down
here. Yeh, people call me tiny and cute, but I do
pack a heck of a punch, not to mention I can film with almost any small camera you throw at me,
like this one, this one, or even this one! Yep, long as they are around seven hundred
twenty grams and below. Wanna see what I can do? Let me show you! You know, if I didn’t film those, I would
not have guessed that all those smooth shots came from this tiny little gimbal. What is going on everyone, today we are taking
a look at a very unique all in one small gimbal called Crane M2 by Zhiyun. Oh, I should mention that Zhiyun did send
me this gimbal to review. Yeh i know guys! This is my first product sponsored
video, it’s unreal, but I’m still going to try to keep it as unbias as possible. I mean.. I did tell them if I find anything bad, I
am gonna talk about it, and they were like “yeh that’s fine” so let’s talk about some of the pros and
cons of this gimbal as well as couple unique findings. The biggest Pro of this gimbal to me is the
obvious one, this gimbal is tiny! This opens up so much more creative possibilities. I am able to fit this gimbal into holes that
I never imagined a gimbal would fit. Like a gutter or in between statue’s legs. You get the picture, literally. Being so tiny, you can also easily raise this
gimbal way up in the air with a monopod. I thought the Weebill Lab was light. I was waving around my monopod and had to
do a double take. Uh,,, it’s like, is my gimbal still up there? Fake crane shot without your arms shaking,
yes please! So you’re thinking, okay what do they remove
to make this gimbal so small and light? Which brings me to the next point. The second thing that stood out to me is that
Zhiyun didn’t skim on all the modes even tho they shaved a lot of weight, size, and
even buttons. Now you only have this one M button that controls
all your modes, which declutters the whole gimbal grip. By single or double tapping the M button,
you get all the gimbal modes available on a full size gimbal like: Pan Follow, Lock,
POV, Vortext, and Go Mode. Oh yeh and there is more. If you hold down the trigger button while
you are on Pan Follow Mode or Lock mode, it engages the Follow mode. That’s how I was able to pull off that tilt
up move while walking straight with the Pan Follow mode. For vlogging, if you tap the trigger button
three times, the camera faces you. And the wonderful thing is, I don’t have
to go into an app to activate any hidden modes. It’s all available directly on the gimbal
right out of the box. Like this push pan mode. Speaking of right out of the box, I have to
talk about the seamless wifi app and camera connectivity right out of the box. I’d be honest guys. When I fired up that Zy Play app on my iPhone,
I was little nervous. If you guys watched my Weebill Lab reviews,
I didn’t have the best experience with the app and many of you guys shared the same experience. I am so excited that Zhiyun has finally put a lot
of effort in making this app actually work. And hopefully this is a pattern. Not only does the phone connect to the gimbal
right away, wait for it, the gimbal connects to the camera’s wifi. You just scan the barcode from your camera’s
wifi menu! and boom! You don’t need a special cable to be able
to hit record button directly from the gimbal or even use the zoom button. And get this! After the gimbal connects to your camera once,
you don’t even need your phone to connect to your camera’s wifi again. The gimbal remembers all your previous wifi
connections. This is a game changer guys for vlogging since
if the camera is facing you, you don’t want to be reaching around the camera every time
you have to hit the record button! I can’t speak on behalf of other camera
manufacturer, but my Sony RX100 VA and Sony A6400 connected without any issues. So how much weight can this gimbal really
handle? I can tell you for its size, the motors do
pack a punch. On paper this gimbal supports up to 720 grams. To give you a perspective, Sony A6400 with
10-18 mm lens weighs 630 grams, which is approaching close to the max payload, but it never felt
like the gimbal was struggling. I even put on a heavier Sigma 16mm F1.4, which
pushes the total weight to 808 grams. The issue then becomes that when you tilt
up or down hard, the bottom of the base plate hits the motor. Even at above the max payload, the gimbal
performed just fine in a straight line and the motor didn’t vibrate at full motor power
setting. In fact, it worked so well, I brought this
gimbal to two of my client jobs as a second gimbal. It’s not recommended that you put on a heavier
setup than the max capacity, and don’t get me wrong. This is not a full sized power gimbal. But I wanted to demonstrate that the motor
does have plenty of power for small camera setups and the creative moves you are trying
to pull off. Before we talk about the bad, I want to show
you couple unique findings with this gimbal. As you probably already seen on other videos,
this gimbal does have object tracking feature when using the phone as a camera. What’s cool about it is that it supports
front facing camera, which makes filming yourself so much easier. I was able to draw a square around my face
as I looked at the screen, and it tracked me sideways and back and forth movements fairly
well. One more unique thing I noticed has to do
with the phone holder. First, this is very high quality aluminum. But most importantly, they designed this so
that the phone holder mounts from the bottom and not the back. Why is this important? This allows you to mount a wide angle phone
lens without the motor or the holder getting in your shot. Something to note since wide angle phone lens
attachments are getting popular. Like fanny packs. They’re coming back! Okay now for the drawbacks. The biggest issue I had with this gimbal was
the way the quick release plate blocks my camera battery door. Most point and shoot camera and Sony aps-c
camera’s battery compartment is on the left side like this RX100 or this a6400. I’m very much of a run and gun style, and
having to remove the base plate each time I had to change the battery did slow me down
since essentially I had to rebalance the tilt axis everytime I changed the battery or take out the SD card in these Sony cameras. Second thing I did not like initially was
that there was no replaceable gimbal battery. I am little spoiled by Weebill Lab’s replaceable
batteries where I always have an extra pair in case I run out. Originally I took note of this as a drawback. However once I fully charged the battery and
ran around Washington DC all day with my a6400, I still had 50% battery left. The battery is rated at 7 hrs, but if you
balance your gimbal very well and if you turn it off when you are not actually using it,
yeh, this thing can easily go all day or two. The last drawback of this gimbal wasn’t
my opinion but I want to address some reviews that talk about how this 3 axis locking mechanism
is really just one axis locking. That may be true since there is only one axis
lock and the other two axis is held by a grove and a small pin. To lock all the axis, you do have to undo
the roll axis to lock it inside the grove. This method does allow me to transport the
gimbal in a nice tight format But surprisingly it does allow me to resume the setup very quickly. There is this tiny little memory lock that
remembers where your roll adjustment was. Since the only adjustment that got undone
is the roll axis, everything just falls into where it needs to be very quickly.
To me that’s fast enough as a run and gun gimbal. You’re probably wondering at this point,
what about for vlogging? Well… for vlogging this thing is so easy to carry! So tiny! I mean like. It just feels like it’s part of your limb. Because look at this! In brief, it’s great for small cameras like
RX100, but I’m actually going to do a whole separate video for Crane M2 vlogging. Ok, it’s official so I can tell you guys. I have been accepted to go to Sony’s Camera
Camp guys! It’s hosted by iJustine and some of my favorite
YouTubers will be there. It’s smack in the middle of my busiest season
so I need something that will just work and simple to use for vlogging. And that’s what this gimbal is. It’s not overly complicated, easy to transport,
and simple to use. For me, sometimes creativity comes from those
3 things, and the ability to stick your gimbal to holes that a regular gimbal cannot go through. You’ll be surprised what kind a possibility
that opens up. I visit Washington DC all the time, but with
this gimbal, it was an entirely new place to explore and film all the sudden. So that’s my thought for today guys. As usual, I’ll hangout in the comment section
for next couple of days so let me know your throughts on this gimbal or ask me any questions! And if you are interested in this gimbal, I’ll leave a product link in the description below. Check out the most recent price guys but for that price this gimbal is hard to beat with all kinds of features. On that note. Thanks for being part of this journey guys. Hope to see you in the next video! Later! Later!

35 thoughts on “Zhiyun Crane M2 Review – Creative Results

  1. Geeez Se. just when I think I am catching up to your skills you release something like this. Thanks for keeping me on my toes. Lol.

  2. Sony Camera Camp!!!! I am so excited! I can help you with those vlogs ๐Ÿ˜‚ Your B-Roll/Transitions are still epic!!!

  3. ANY company that isn't reaching out to you & working with you now, will be regretting big time when your channel eventually explode. Which it will.

  4. It's awesome man and great probably for simple usage , but i'm still into the weebill ones since it can hold some load up there you know , thank you soo much for this great review and we all appreciate your efforts in this..god bless

  5. Good stuff sir hope you grow very fast your content is that good ๐Ÿ‘
    And a quick question which gimbal you reckon is the best out there in 2019 that can do most of it if not all, I mean for pro use (music videos shoot) where angles time lapse, transitions matter the most.

    Cheers

  6. Nice review, I was wondering it handles sigma 16mm with a6400. ์‹œ๊ทธ๋งˆ16๋ฏธ๋ฆฌ๋„ ์˜ฌ๋ผ๊ฐ€๋„ค์š” ใ„ทใ„ทใ„ท

  7. Hey Se, great stuff and good to meet you. I'm also going to go to Sony CC in about a week. I'm originally from southern VA. There are a couple others from your area coming as well. We should all meet up the night before and chill. Let me know the best way to contact you.

  8. Congrats on getting sponsored! That's awesome!
    Beautiful footage! I love my Zhiyun Crane M Gimbal, but since I upgraded to the A7rii from my a5100 it struggles with the weight now, time to buy a new one! Neat to see so many of the upgrades they've made to version 2!
    Ps. Stoked! See you at Sony Camera Camp!!

  9. Great intro! Iโ€™m using the M2 with a Sony RX100 m7 and got the WiFi setup easily. I can start and stop video from the gimbal but canโ€™t snap photos. Have you tried taking pics. I tried double clicking the video button but nothing happens. Any ideas? Thanks!

  10. I bought my RX100 Mark VA thanks to your review video and Iโ€™ll be buying the Zhiyun Crane M2 to pair with it thanks to this video as well. You are the man, Se! Keep up the awesome work! โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

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