Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras

Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras

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Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras

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  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Upright & Underslung Modes
  • Wireless Image Transmission
  • ViaTouch Control System Touch Panel
  • ZY Play Mobile App for iPhone & Android
  • 10-Hour Runtime
  • Runs on Two Included 18650 Batteries
  • Includes Tripod
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Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB overview

  • 1Description

The Zhiyun WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras supports cameras weighing up to 6.6 pounds. It features a removable handheld tripod which can be mounted on the battery bin as a grip providing additional functionality, as opposed to crowding all the controls on the primary handgrip. The gimbal has a nominal runtime of ten hours and requires two 18650 batteries. It is built using aviation-grade motors. The WEEBILL LAB allows you to connect and control select cameras via an included cable, and supports wireless transmission of the camera's video via Wi-Fi. Control over the gimbal and camera is by the ViaTouch Control System.

The gimbal features pan follow, full follow, locking mode, PhoneGo mode, Vortex mode, and POV mode. An included lens support is useful when working with long lenses and an external follow focus motor (not included) for pulling focus on manual lenses. A downloadable app allows you to fine tune and control the gimbal wirelessly. The included removable tripod holds the gimbal upright while balancing and folds to become an extension to the main handle. For compatible list of cameras and lenses see the "Compatible List" below the list of what's in the box.

The WEEBILL LAB is a configurable gimbal platform that works well when held in either standard or underslung position
It features both Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto compatible quick release plates
its crafted latch design simplifies both balancing and setup
The wireless image transmission system is compatible with mobile devices running iOS or Android
The ViaTouch Control System enables using your phone screen to make gimbal movements and adjust camera settings, all while framing the shot
Motion sensor control allows you to control the gimbal by simply moving your mobile device
Time-lapse options include long exposure, panorama, and tracking time-lapse
The ZY Play app is available for iOS, with the Android version slated for release before December 1, 2018
Default Wi-Fi Password
12345678
Compatible Cameras for Limited Electronic Control
Sony: a9, a7 III, a7R III, a7R II, a7SII, a6500, a6300, a6000
Panasonic: GH5s, GH5

For updated compatibility see the manufacturer's website.
UPC: 191493000964
In the Box
Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras
  • USB Type-C Cable
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Camera Cable
  • Lens Support
  • Micro-USB to USB Type-C Converter
  • Tripod
  • Charger
  • Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB specs

    Gimbal
    Number of Axes 3-Axis (Roll, Horizontal, Vertical)
    Load Capacity 6.61 lb / 3 kg
    Connectivity
    Wireless Protocol Wi-Fi (Unspecified Type)
    Battery
    Battery Type 2 x 18650
    Battery Runtime 10 Hours
    Battery Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    General
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.7 x 13.4 x 4.4"

    Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL LAB reviews

    WEEBILL LAB Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent gimbal with a6500 Most of the reviews on here include bitterness of pre-orders (like myself) not including the phone mount for free or difficulty in updating the app firmware, but as far as the product goes Im very happy. It does a great job with my Sony a6500 and Im starting to incorporate it on my commercial shoots. The axis locks make balancing so quick and simple, and I use to struggle with this step. Its small enough to fit into my Peak Design Everyday Messenger, and the quick release allows you to pre-balance the camera before packing it up. You can even do the 360 roll, like the Ronin-S. Overall, Im very satisfied with the functionality of this gimbal and would recommend.
    Date published: 2018-11-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not ready for prime time Unit I received had was imperfect in its manufacturing, specifically the the battery cover of all things. IMPOSSIBLE to remove had to put gloves on just to depress it deeply and hard enough to release the plastic tab. Literally broke a sweat and was fearful Id break the gimbal. Ridiculous of course. As others have said read the box this does NOT have the phone attachment which many are expecting. My unit just felt imperfect and overpriced for what it is. Move on. I suspect a price decrease will occur to push units out.  Zhiyun-Tech should include the phone mount- no brainer. Not ready for prime time at this price.
    Date published: 2018-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first mirrorless camera gimbal,,,so far so good It works well with my GH5. Very impressed by the underslung mode and latch on each axis so that I can easily hold it like a handbag. I took it with me in a short trip and the experience is fantastic. The wireless image transmission is smooth on my iOS and I can control the gimbal direction, focus, ISO, etc. (the app interface is user friendly) The object tracking works very well (better than my Smooth 4). As I can use my phone as a monitor, so I cant really complain as I dont need to spend money to buy an extra monitor.   This product is not dependent on the app. I can still control parameters with the control panel. I will consider buying more accessories for future shooting.
    Date published: 2018-11-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half working gimbal Mounted a gh5 with a olympus 12-40. Balanced it correctly. Motors do decent job of balancing. It tilt wobbles when in underslung mode. Tried to calibrate using the dials on the control. I hit calibrate. OLED reads step1 then nothing happens. The motors seem to have turned off itself. Android app doesnt support the weebill yet. No firmware I can download from their website. Fair to say that there is 0 software support for this hardware. I agree with everyone else saying that its too early in the market. Hope it gets better with the software updates and I hope they make it happen soon.
    Date published: 2018-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Small Gimbal - As other people saying A game Changer The Weebill Lab has a great and ingenious design making it small and light and still powerful. I love the double quick release plates, it makes it a breezy to move a from and to the Gimbal which will maintain  the same setting (if using the same lens), Ideally it should come with two sets of double quick release plates, so you can leave one on the camera/gimbal and the other on the tripod base.The bad is that Zhiyun Tech does not have the Double quick release plate to sell as an Accessory, wish they did. The Weebill Lab  very smooth and great to use specially in low shots. Great Gimbal but the instructions Manual is very poorly done and is missing lots of information.
    Date published: 2018-11-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Gimbal... for certain Cameras. So this has amazing features, you get the 360 barrel roll, locking mechanisms for easy travel, its lightweight and still built well, plus a claim of 6 pound load capacity. It all sounds good, right? Well, there are cons. First, this gimbal cannot hold 6 pounds unless the camera is perfectly balanced. What I mean is the lens and camera need to weigh the same in order to balance well on this gimbal to get that 6 pound claim (which is very unlikely to do since usually lenses are ether more or less then the body). So when your using uneven weights, say your camera is 1 pound and the lens is 2 pounds then it gets tricky to balance because Zhiyun limited the amount of space you have to for changing the axises.  Its for definitely mirrorless. I have a Canon M50 and wanted a nice gimbal to use with that. I also have a 5DM4 and thought maybe for fun that could balance since with a 16-35mm f4 its under 6 pounds. Welp, it can balance actually if you really try, but the second you turn on the gimbal (with high motor sensitivity) and move it around, the motors give out and there goes your camera with it. So do not use DSLRs (even mid-sized ones like the 80D). Youll have spend $300 more for the Crane 3 LAB or get the Ronin-S (or last years Crane 2). This gimbal is more of a Crane V2 replacement. But I bought this for my M50, not my 5D, so Im too upset over that. Back to mirrorless. Like I said earlier, you cant use heavy lenses with a lightweight mirrorless camera on this gimbal. There simply isnt room on all of the axises to balance it correctly. Itd be possible if Zhiyun comes out with counter weights of some kind, but until then, you gotta stick with the small lightweight lenses.  On the good side, as long as you have a small lightweight setup (Canon M50 with 10-18mm), youll love this thing! The gimbal itself is super lightweight which is the reason why I got it (less weight equals less breaks during shoots). The locking mechanisms work great for balance and I love the new button layout compared to the Crane 2, I do wish this gimbal came with the follow focus (but they wanted to keep the price down I guess).  So overall, if you have a lightweight setup (better if you have Sony or Panasonic cameras), this is the gimbal for you! The design is fantastic (I love the handle change for low shots) and I give probs to Zhiyun for trying something different. I just dont like how the 6 pound claim is basically a false claim unless you have a very, very particular camera setup.  I have yet to use the Zhiyun app yet, but I can tell you the Canon M series isnt supported. If you try to plug in the cable, it actually crashes your camera (you have to pull the battery out to restart it). So stick to Sony or Panasonic cameras if you want to use the smartphone and on-gimbal camera controls.
    Date published: 2018-11-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from payload questionable I pre-ordered it, tested it out and did not like it. Coming from a DJI gimbal user, the controls on this gimbal did not feel intuitive.  I correctly balanced my gimbal using A7III with kit lens following a youtube guide video. the tiny instruction booklet that came with it was useless. Just messing around with the gimbal, I felt that the motors were getting quite warm. I dont use external monitor so I cant comment. I use the gimbal for its main function of keeping the footage stable. the footage is stable but Im worried if I switch it to a heavier lens will this thing burn out. love the underslung mode and the lock levers. I will wait for 2nd generation or alternative option.
    Date published: 2018-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact The compact size and ability to lock this gimbal for easy travel more then makes it worth the money to me. Currently running a A7iii- Sony 16-35 f4 and/or Tamron 28-75 f2.8 the first week of use which is def at the top of its weight limit. It works in about 90% of situations with this combo and overall I’m very happy as it meets my needs for stock footage. If you push it though some wobble comes into play (full on run or super fast movements). If you mount a short/lighter prime this will more then meet your needs (35mm prime was a cake walk for it). If you do push the weight you will need to make sure you really have it balanced well. This was a major upgrade from my Crane v2 so I’m happy. I would spend the $599 again.
    Date published: 2018-11-22
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