Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

B&H # ZHCRANEM MFR # CRANE-M
Discontinued

Product Highlights

  • For Mirrorless, Action Cams, and Phones
  • Supports Devices up to 1.4 lb
  • 360° Rotation Along All Three Axes
  • Large 4-Way Joystick
  • Lock, Yaw, Pitch/Yaw, and Inverted Modes
  • 32-Bit Triple-MCUs at 4 kHz Frequency
  • High Accuracy Brushless Motors
  • Toolless Adjustment of All Axes
  • Remote iOS/Android Control via Bluetooth
  • 12-Hour Runtime On Included Batteries
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Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M overview

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The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M is a smaller, lighter version of the original Crane. It is designed for small mirrorless cameras, smartphones, and action cameras weighing between 4.4 oz and 1.4 lb. At the same time, it has the advanced features of the original as well as improvements over it. (Separately sold adapters from Zhiyun Tech are required for mounting phones and action cams.)

The Crane-M provides 360° rotation along the pan, tilt, and roll axes via a large 4-way joystick. It can also be controlled remotely over Bluetooth using the free Zhiyun Assistant app from your mobile device (iOS/Android).

The Crane-M operates on 32-bit triple-MCUs running in parallel at 4 kHz frequency. It also features brushless motors offering high accuracy while maintaining low vibration and increasing torque. Accuracy is ensured with a magnetic encoder in each motor and advanced stabilization algorithms. The Crane-M can achieve up to 0.01° of accuracy within 0.25 millisecond.

Featuring a quick-release plate and thumbscrew at the mounting platform, the Crane-M balances very easily without any tools. All three axes can be adjusted to your preferences in about one minute.

Multiple modes are available to select from. In Lock Mode, all three axes work together to keep the camera pointed in one position. The camera will stay still no matter how you move the handle. In Yaw-Axis Follow Mode, the Crane-M will only follow your pan movements, while in Pitch/Yaw-Axis Follow Mode, it will follow your pan and tilt movements. You can also switch to Inverted Mode at any time by simply flipping the handle over the camera. Inverted mode can be operated in conjunction with the Lock and Follow modes. In addition, the gimbal also has a Camera Control function with which shutter release can conveniently be triggered over a USB cable for select Sony cameras.

A 1/4"-20 mounting thread on the bottom of the gimbal allows mounting on tripods, monopods, and other support gear. Having the Crane-M mounted is also the ideal way of using it when controlling it remotely over the mobile app. The Crane-M runs for approximately 12 hours on included 26500 lithium-ion batteries, which take about 3 hours to fully charge.

Key Features
  • Smaller version of the original Crane
  • Designed for small mirrorless cameras, smartphones, and action cameras between 4.4 oz and 1.4 lb
  • 360° rotation along the pan, tilt, and roll axes
  • Large 4-way joystick
  • Can be controlled remotely via a free iOS/Android app
  • Operates on 32-bit triple-MCUs running in parallel at 4 KHz frequency
  • Brushless motors offering high accuracy while maintaining low vibration and increasing torque
  • Accuracy is ensured with a magnetic encoder in each motor and advanced stabilization algorithms
  • Up to 0.01° of accuracy within 0.25 millisecond
  • Features a quick-release plate and thumbscrew; toolless adjustment of all three axes
  • Lock Mode, Yaw-Axis Follow Mode, Pitch/Yaw-Axis Follow Mode, Inverted Mode
  • Shutter release camera control over a USB cable for select Sony cameras
  • 1/4"-20 mounting thread on the bottom
  • Approximately 12-hour runtime on included batteries
UPC: 191493000094
In the Box
Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
  • 2 x 3.7V 3600mAh 26500 Li-Ion Batteries
  • 26500 Li-Ion Battery Charger
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Black Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M specs

    Gimbal
    Number of Axes 3-Axis
    Rotation Range Yaw (Pan): 360
    Roll: 360
    Pitch (Tilt): 360
    Load Capacity 0.3 to 1.4 lb / 125 to 650 g
    Battery
    Battery Runtime 12 Hours
    Power
    Operating Voltage 6.8 to 12.6 VDC
    Operating Current 80 to 6000 mA
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 32 to 113°F / 0 to 45°C
    General
    Dimensions 13.62 x 6.22 x 5.71" / 346 x 158 x 145 mm
    Weight 1.6 lb / 0.75 kg (without Battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.9 x 10.1 x 4.5"

    Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M reviews

    Crane-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing product. Gets your shooting to a pro level - photo and video, but you see far more benefits on the video side. Paired with my Sony a6500 and Sigma 30mm f1.4 lenses, it's an incredible shooting experience, specially at night (my taste), where the entire system shines. I'm running out of disk space - so many videos made! The M version is small and light enough to carry with you where you go, which is a must for me. Calibration is done in 2 minutes, when you get used to it. TIP: get a quick mount adapter. It makes it easier to get the camera in and out the crane. Just go for it, you won't regret it.
    Date published: 2017-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended gimbal and very well made. I brought this to go with the sony rx100 V and it works great. The crane M is well made, comes in a nice case and it very easy to set-up. It a little smaller than the crane and just about fits in my camera bag which means I will carry it all the time. I have two small things I wish were different, the first is you have to buy the cable that plugs from the gimbal to your camera so you can control it via the buttons on the gimbal. This is a great feature but annoying they don't include the cable. The second is the way the gimbal folds down after use, I have the sony rx100 V balanced on the gimbal but after use the arm doesn't fold flat without moving the main arm which means you need to rebalance the gimbal each time if you want to fold the gimbal flat for storage. It's not a big deal and only takes a minute but it would have been great to just leave everything as it was and just screw the camera on. Apart from that love it and works great with the sony rx and panasonic g7 set-up, nice and light.
    Date published: 2016-12-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Your shots will be more cinematic The crane makes all the difference in your shots. It really is the small details that make the most difference. All my shots now look as if there is a professional crew behind them because they are so smooth. I love how intuitive the interface is as well as the ability to attach a tripod to the handle. I have been using my tripod to raise my camera in the crane well above my head. This gives a smooth birds eye view to your shots that is hard to achieve with a regular tripod. Looking forward to exploring this product further.
    Date published: 2017-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for Rx100 and a6500 cameras Love this gimbal. I use the Beholder EC-1 and have had both Pilotflys. I like this one because it is smaller and I cannot believe how long the battery lasts. The movements are not nearly as smooth as my Beholder. The problem with the Beholder is i can't put my sony a6500 or a6000 or rx100 on it. Constant jitters with the lighter cameras. They work perfectly on the Crane-M!
    Date published: 2017-05-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again Great stabilizer, easy to set up and use. Definitely worth the money. I use it with the Lumix G7 and there are some restricted motions, but only when flipping to inverted mode which i hardly ever do anyway.
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Buy I haven't had much time to use it. I have tried this a few times and this review is based on that. I got a Steadicam Like product a while back and till this date, I haven't used it in a single shoot. I never could get it to balance correctly and even if I did - i couldn't operate it well. I work with small crews a extremely tight deadlines. And it just didn't fit with that process. IGetting to balance quickly and operate easily was high on my wish list when I started looking gimbals. I read several reviews here, in the web and you tube and Zhiyun crane consistently was appreciated. So, I went with the crane-m because it was cheaper, lighter and flexible enough for a smart phone or a small mirrorless. I have been testing with Sony NEX 5t and a 20mm pancake. After unboxing, I was able to balance it in 30 minutes. I was amazed that I got it to balance which I have never been able to before. I do need to get familiar with the modes, I tried the Lock and the Pan Following mode and the footage looks great. Again, this is my first use of a stabilizer device ever. Love how technology has made it easy. The build quality is amazing. I don't see myself getting the remote or the cable for Sony cameras. So, what you get in the box is sufficient to get going. I can't tell much about battery life since I don't shot for more than 30 minutes at a time. This is a great product at a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend. I am very excited that this makes my videos so much better and provides shot flexibility. BH like always shipped quirky and as described on the page.
    Date published: 2017-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gimbal I have had so far. Best gimbal I have had so far. Perfect for small mirrorless cameras. No vibrations like many of the others. I use it with a Lumix LX-100.
    Date published: 2017-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Gimbal at a great price Use the gimbal as a replacement for sliders/cranes to shoot films. Excellent product and very high quality build. I wish the case was designed a little differently, because you have to disassemble the gimbal every time - forcing you to re-balance for your camera every time. Just a minor complaint for a great device. Definitely recommend. Works great with the SonyA6xxx series.
    Date published: 2017-11-17
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