Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

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Product Highlights

  • 360° Rotation Along All Three Axes
  • Supports Large Payloads up to 5.5 lb
  • MotionMemory & POV Modes
  • Intelligent Object Tracking & NightLapse
  • Control Select Panasonic & Sony Cameras
  • 45° Roll Axis in POV Mode
  • Aluminum Mini-Tripod Included
  • Control via iOS/Android ZY Play App
  • 12-Hour Runtime with Included Batteries
  • Hard Carrying Case Included
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Gimbal Model: Crane Plus

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Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus overview

  • 1Description

Taking a step up from the Crane v2, the Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus is a three-axis handheld gimbal stabilizer offering MotionMemory, POV, Intelligent Object Tracking, and NightLapse modes. The Crane Plus supports a large payload capacity of up to 5.5 lb, and provides integrated control for select DSLR and mirrorless cameras. With 360° rotation along all three axes, and up to 45° of synchronized roll in POV mode, the Crane Plus offers a multitude of smooth, stabilized shooting angles. An all-in-one design and dedicated camera cables enable you to snap stills, and zoom with select cameras using controls on the Crane Plus handgrip.

The versatile MotionMemory feature enables you to create and save custom moves, including time-lapse setups. Use MotionMemory to repeat your camera motion again and again with just the touch of a button. Use the POV mode to capture traditional, level point-of-view shots, or engage up to 45° of roll angle to create an off-level, "Dutch tilt" look. The Intelligent Object Tracking mode is useful for vlogging and otherwise automatically following a subject or object. Trace a box around your subject on your smartphone to start the Crane Plus tracking. The aptly named NightLapse feature on the Crane Plus enables you to create dramatic time-lapse videos at night, complete with extended exposures, streaking taillights, etc.

The Crane Plus is designed for DSLR and mirrorless camera rigs weighing up to 5.5 lb, and includes a detachable lens support for long lenses. The included aluminum mini-tripod does double duty as an extended handgrip, and a 1/4"-20 mounting hole on the gimbal's bottom enables its use with monopods and other supports. This gimbal can also be controlled wirelessly via the downloadable ZY Play iOS/Android app. The Crane Plus is powered by the two included 26500 lithium-ion batteries, which feature a 12 to 18-hour runtime, and a three-hour average charging time.

Key Features
  • Features MotionMemory, POV, Intelligent Object Tracking, and NightLapse modes
  • 360° rotation along all three axes; 45° of synchronized roll in POV mode
  • Supports camera rigs weighing up to 5.5 lb
  • Includes a detachable lens support for long lenses
  • Four-way stepless joystick
  • Provides integrated control for select Panasonic and Sony DSLR or mirrorless cameras
  • Includes a 1/4"-20 bottom mounting hole, a hard carrying case, and an aluminum mini-tripod
  • The gimbal can be controlled wirelessly from an iOS/Android app
  • Maximum 12 to 18-hour runtime with included batteries
Camera Control via Cable
Select Panasonic cameras
Select Sony cameras
UPC: 191493000698
In the Box
Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • Battery Compartment
  • Battery Charger
  • 2 x 26500 Li-Ion Battery
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Lens Mounting Clamp
  • 2 x Mounting Screw
  • Anti-Slip Grip Tape
  • Panasonic Camera Control Cable
  • Sony Camera Control Cable
  • Aluminum Tripod
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus specs

    Payload 0.8 to 5.5 lb / 0.35 to 2.5 kg
    Range Pan: 360°
    Tilt: 360°, unlimited
    Roll: 360°, unlimited
    POV Mode Roll: 45°
    Operational Current 80 to 6000 mAh range, 110 mAh standard
    Deviation Static State: ±0.01 to ±0.03°
    In Motion: ±0.05 to ±0.2°
    Battery 3.7 V, 3600 mAh
    Battery Type 26500, lithium-ion
    Battery Runtime 12-18 hours
    Typical Charging Time 3 hours
    Operation Temperature 14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 6.8 x 7.4 x 14.7" / 17.3 x 18.8 x 37.4 cm
    Weight 2.1 lb / 0.95 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.0 x 12.25 x 4.0"

    Zhiyun-Tech Crane Plus reviews

    Crane Plus Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic with low weight, very poor above 3 pounds Used a GH4 with the tiny 20mm 1.7 pancake lens and it worked BEAUTIFULLY. The crane plus produced some really stunning footage. When I put on a Nikon 85 1.4g with a speed booster is approx 2 pounds (3 1/2 pounds total). After carefully balancing the gimbal, and having fresh batteries, it is overwhelmed by the GH4/Nikon 85/Speedbooster combo. Switched out the 85 1.4 to the Nikon 35 1.8 and it was a little better, but still had micro jerks when steadying it. Saying it has a 5.5 payload is openly dishonest. Other than that, the build quality, case and performance on sub 2 pound loads is superb.
    Date published: 2018-03-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compared to V2, plus and Crane2 I already had the CraneV2 but wanted to be able to use a Sony 7Rii and 7Riii with heavier 16-35mm Sony G lens. Also wanted the tracking feature.. The Crane Plus works well with my set up. Tracking using a small light iPod mounted ontop of hot shoe is somewhat cumbersome, but much better than my larger HTC cell phone.. And tracking say lights of a boat on the Nile wasn't good as it would switch to track other lights etc.. Using a heavy cell phone is even worse in terms of balance issues.. , you can't balance the camera with a big phone on the hotshoe, but do the best you can in terms of left-right and front-back balance so motors have less work. But over all satisfied crane plus... With my sony 7Rii 16-35mm set up, it is heavy, I don't own the new Crane 2 but it is clearly much heavier.. The tracking and timelapse are just software apps that you can use with any of the Crane products, but differneces have to do with weight the crane can handle, the craneV2 won't work well with tracking app because it can't handle added weight of cell phone for tracking.. Crane2 can handle heavier camera and cell phone tracking plus has focus wheel, but will be very heavy to hold for long periods... Say more than a few min. So if you don't need the focus wheel, but want medium weight set up, the Crane Plus is a good option.
    Date published: 2018-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gimbal for mirrorless I ordered this because it suits my Sony A7iii and offers a very lightweight solution. It also has a cable control while Ronin-S doesn't (the infrared control is not as convenient and reliable). I tested it on my A7iii + 35mm 2.8 Zeiss. The results are super smooth videos, even at the beach with strong winds. I have yet to test it with larger lenses. Initially, due to a product defect in the attached Sony cable, the cable control doesn't work on my Sony. I directly contacted Zhiyun service and they mailed me a new one from China and now it works properly. I think their after-sale service is great. The only downside of this gimbal is the absence of a mode indicator. So you have to memorize which mode it is in while it goes through a loop every time you press "mode". If you use it with extended time then it won't be much of an issue.
    Date published: 2018-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect experience exceeded my expectations. I went with the intention of buying from another brand, but the seller convinced me to buy the Crane Plus, which would be perfect for my camera. And it really was. I was afraid of the battery, but it actually lasts 12 hours straight. I indicate the purchase for those who have mirrolles or dlsr cameras.
    Date published: 2018-07-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product I've worked with many gimbals and haven't found one yet that is perfect. This one is really nice and my favorite so far. I am not a fan of not having OLED since the user interface is a little confusing, but once you adapt it is does its job!
    Date published: 2018-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight gimbal for mirrorless camera and small mic I use it on my A7S with small shotgun mic on camera. Works great and is definitely more stable than my older Crane v1. Nice case and all the extras come with this model also.
    Date published: 2018-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product Once a camera has been balanced on the gimbal -- and that does take a bit of time -- the results are fantastic. A quick-release plate makes a great accessory.
    Date published: 2018-07-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from great for Sonys, dslrs are too big In order to balance this I had to pull the swinging bar out so much that it hit the bottom of the stick platform, limiting my range of motion. It's easy to balance and works great as far as stabilization but its just not built for DSLR's despite the 5-7 pound limit.
    Date published: 2018-06-09
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