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Zhiyun CRANE 3S Handheld Stabilizer

Zhiyun CRANE 3S Handheld Stabilizer
Key Features
  • 14.3 lb Payload, Zoom and Focus Wheel
  • Redesigned Detachable SmartSling Handle
  • Updated Axis Locking System
  • ViaTouch 2.0 Remote Motion Control
The CRANE 3S Handheld Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech is a powerful redesign of previous Zhiyun gimbals with the addition of detachable handle options, more powerful motors with a large 14.3 lb payload, an updated axis-locking system, external power input, and the ViaTouch 2.0 remote control system. The 55° angled roll axis allows you to fit your camera without blocking the view, and it is also modular so you can add an included extension arm to fit larger cameras.
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Zhiyun Crane 3S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Camera Compatibility
  • 3Innovative Gimbal Design
  • 4Powerful Motors
  • 5Crafted Latch Design
  • 6ViaTouch 2.0 Control System
  • 7Accessory Compatibility Options
By B&H Photo's

The CRANE 3S Handheld Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech is a powerful redesign of previous Zhiyun gimbals with the addition of detachable handle options, more powerful motors with a large 14.3 lb payload, an updated axis-locking system, external power input, and the ViaTouch 2.0 remote control system. The 55° angled roll axis allows you to fit your camera without blocking the view, and it is also modular so you can add an included extension arm to fit larger cameras.

The CRANE 3S features an angled, ergonomic handle that provides two-handed operation for optimal stability. The handle enables you to seamlessly switch to underslung mode, whether with one or two hands, and achieve creative shots such as 330° roll shots as you move closer toward a subject. It also has numerous advanced features such as remote control of camera record/stop/shutter using the included cables, an improved zoom and focus system from its predecessor the CRANE 3 LAB, and compatibility with the separately available Transmount Image Transmission System for wireless video transmission. It can also accommodate a wide range of camera sizes by utilizing a separately available extension module to extend the horizontal arm.

The 3S has two options for the detachable, angled handle. Included is the SmartSling that offers an ergonomic handle with an integrated joystick and control buttons, and the optional EasySling provides a simple, comfortable handgrip without controls. All the controls you need are provided at your fingertips at the top of the main handle along with an OLED status screen. The free Zhiyun iOS/Android app provides many of the same control functions, as well as special features such as panorama, focus time-lapse, motion time-lapse, long exposure time-lapse, camera settings, and more.

You can power the 3S using the three included batteries for up to 12 hours. However, if you need extra shooting time, a DC port allows you to plug in an optional battery pack such as the Transmount PowerPlus that contains six 18650 batteries, extending your shooting time to up to 18 hours. The CRANE 3S can be controlled using the updated ViaTouch 2.0 iOS or Android smartphone app via Bluetooth 5.0 for remote motion control and to manage the gimbal settings.

Nine accessory mounting threads are available around the gimbal to add a variety of Transmount or third-party accessories. Another major feature of the gimbal is a redesigned axis latch lock system consisting of a separate latch lock on each axis that provides solid locking in place without excess sway. This feature allows you to lock the individual axes to remember your balance positions when powering the gimbal off so you won't have to rebalance for each use.

The CRANE 3S doesn't support many third-party 18650 batteries because it requires the slightly shorter kind made by Zhiyun-Tech, so only Zhiyun-Tech 18650 batteries are recommended.
Camera Compatibility
For a full list of compatible cameras, please see the most current compatibility information on the Zhiyun-Tech website page or in PDF format.
Innovative Gimbal Design
Detachable, angled handle allows for two-handed operation; included SmartSling or optional EasySling handle options, and is compatible with a wide range of rigs and cameras
Powerful Motors
Featuring more powerful motors and a different gimbal design from the CRANE 3 LAB, the CRANE 3S achieves a greater load capacity of 14.3 lb
Crafted Latch Design
The CRANE 3S features a redesigned locking latch system that retains its balance position when turned off, and also locks more securely to prevent any excess joint sway
ViaTouch 2.0 Control System
The CRANE 3S ViaTouch 2.0 Control System consists of a variety of controls for framing shots, controlling certain gimbal movements, and adjusting camera settings, and it even supports SyncMotion, a motion control system using the physical movements of your remote control device
Accessory Compatibility Options
The CRANE 3S is compatible with optional Transmount products such as the Image Transmission System and other accessories that can attach to its numerous accessory threads
UPC: 191493001596

Zhiyun Crane 3S Specs

Grip DesignSingle Handgrip (Slanted)
Load Capacity1.32 to 14.3 lb / 0.6 to 6.49 kg
Number of Axes3-Axis (Pitch (Tilt), Roll, Yaw (Pan))
Rotation RangeControllable Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° 
Pitch (Tilt): 246° (-91 to 155°) 
Roll: 295° (-57.5 to 237.5°) 
Inputs/Outputs1 x USB-C (Power / Control) Input
1 x Proprietary (25.2 VDC Power) Input
Wireless ProtocolBluetooth 5.0
Battery Type3 x 18650
Battery Capacity2600 mAh
Battery Runtime12 Hours
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion
Voltage9.8 to 11.1 VDC
Operating Voltage9.8 to 25.2 VDC
Operating Current360 to 5400 mA (Maximum)
Operating Temperature22 to 77°F / -10 to 45°C
Mounting9 x 1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions13.62 x 13.54 x 3.86" / 346 x 344 x 98 mm
Weight5.45 lb / 2.47 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.51 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)18 x 16 x 6.2"

Zhiyun Crane 3S Reviews

The perfect gift for someone you despise.

By Brett
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-06

Excitedly pulling the case from it's box, the trapped air loudly breaks wind back at you, mocking your purchase. It is a harbinger. Once constructed, you begin to get an inkling that something isn't right. The feeble electronic menu winking from the distant past perhaps. Or the battery cover that refuses to lock correctly, its designers no doubt smirking at the thought of you turning around a flat object over and over like a confused toddler, attempting to reason with yourself that surely it must fit somehow. The slow trolling of your mind continues as you realise that there isn't a power button. There is a red switch that does nothing. Other buttons labelled with letters. Finally you submit to YouTube and endure endless review videos until you finally find one showing a person switching on The Crane, zooming in and squinting at where you must press. Sure enough it is an unlabelled small dot surrounded by meaningless letters, like a cypher. It glows blue, the universal colour of refrigeration or the emergency services causing yet more confusion. Is The Crane now 'on'? Unfortunately it is. But once power is finally achieved, your problems have only just begun. Attaching a camera, you plug in the accompanying cable (in my case to an FX6) and your device halts in USB mode, refusing to communicate. Unable to take the hint from your own trusted technology, you must press on through this madness. When finally you lift the contraption, you realise it has been designed for some kind of cyborg with unlimited arm and back strength and two horrifically-sized hands - one of a 5 year old child to hold the puny tripod grip, the other that of an ape to handle the enormous protrusion you are supposed to steer this thing with. Sadistically angled towards your body, it offers no support at all, rather a constant feeling that you are falling backwards, a waking nightmare come to life. As your muscles begin to register that you are under unusual physical stress, you instinctively lower the machine and hold it like a briefcase. This is far more comfortable, and perhaps reveals a sinister motive behind this design : a worldwide conspiracy to force every video ever shot to be from the point of view of a cat. As you realise you have used this 'flying cats view' on a job only once before in your life, you raise the contraption to waist height to achieve an at least useable frame. You soon give up though, and try once more to film at eye level. Instantly the device again mocks your puny arms, along with the inability of your wrist to bend like rubber, so grimacing with pain you place the device on any flat surface close-by before reviewing the results. Now your soul yearns for a time machine, to take back your foolishness at being lured by photographs of the strangely enticing Crane. The footage bounces - not in rhythm with your cumbersome shuffle, but completely independently, the resulting footage nodding back at you with glee. This is because the default motor settings are factory-set to their lowest, so that any mid-sized camera - the exact type that this thing is supposedly made for - will suffer from this. Only those willing to download the accompanying app to their smartphone or navigate the myriad menu system will possibly be able to deduce this. I stared at this nemesis for a day and a night, as if by studying it I would be able to work out it's hideous riddle. I even searched for vests and support arms that would help me wrangle The Crane. It seems that they are out there, coming in at the princely sum of around one thousand dollars. At this point, on the very brink of madness and a bottomless financial pit, I pulled back from the edge. Why was I doing this? Let others arrive on set dressed as if in a reboot of RoboCop. This was not for me. I don't know why it is for anyone.

Good and past

By Samir
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-14

Good website marketing pasted than I thought

Rane 3S

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-31

It is amazing love my crane, incredible experience

Crane 3S

By Sean
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-31

It's amazing, I am a very impressed.

Wrong deal

By marcos
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-28

don't buy this version 3s-e, it doesn't come with the smart sling handle, you can't calibrate it without the smartsling handle, I having to buy the extra handle just to calibrate it now my total comes to $619.99 for $529.00 you can buy the 3s version with the smartsling handle. I feel ripped off.


Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-28

This is absolutely the worst piece of gear one can buy. I bought this gimbal thinking it can handle my heavier camera and will not stop shaking... The gimbal is now stuck in sleep mode and no functions work at all and not to mention it is perfectly balanced , this happened on the first day I got it straight out of the box .. SAVE YOUR SELF SOME TIME DO NOT PURCHASE THIS


By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

I've been searching for a good gimbal for awhile and this one just blew me away. It's so easy to use and get the hang of, especially when you use the app. It's also incredibly easy to balance and customize for whatever you use for you rig. I paired it with my BMCC 4K and it's easily one of the best and most versatile rigs I've ever used. I can't recommend it enough!

Very good

By Harutyun
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-11

Very comfortable gimbal

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does the crane 3s have a 2-axis mode like the ...

does the crane 3s have a 2-axis mode like the ronin 2 , mechanically locking the Pan axis with the lock while running ? for direct control when mounted on a steadicam
Asked by: jörn
This has that configuration. It can do any configuration of on/off.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2020-09-08

Will the focus/zoom motors from the Crane 3 lab ...

Will the focus/zoom motors from the Crane 3 lab work with the 3s?
Asked by: jack
Yes, but the motor function cannot be interchanged. The Lite motor controls the focus and the Max the zoom (the zoom can only be activated with the Smartsling handle or with the transmount). Also, if you do not have the Smarsling handle, you cannot access the settings of the Lite motor, leaving the possibility of using it correctly in the 3S-E pack disabled. I hope they fix this error and it can be configured from the app.
Answered by: Pedro
Date published: 2020-06-24

What size of hardcase would you recommand to ...

What size of hardcase would you recommand to carry it ?
Asked by: Keven
Honestly I carry it in the case that it came in. Tho it is big and bulky I’m not exactly sure if there is anything that you can put it in.
Answered by: Adam
Date published: 2021-02-01

Do you need the Transmount Image Transmission ...

Do you need the Transmount Image Transmission System to transmit video? Or can you also monitor & control the gimbal with just your smartphone?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Zhiyun-Tech Transmount Image Transmission Receiver for WEEBILL-S/CRANE 3S/2S (BH #ZHGMBCOV2) is not included in the box with this model.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-10-27

I already own a Tilta Nucleus Nano. Is there a ...

I already own a Tilta Nucleus Nano. Is there a version of this stabilizer without the zoom/focus knob?
Asked by: Hunter
no all the versions of it include the zoom/focus knob
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2020-06-10

What's in the box?

What's in the box?
Asked by: Safwan
In the Box Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 3S Handheld Stabilizer Quick Release Camera Plate SmartSling Handle 3 x 18650 Battery Battery Charger Extension Arm Handle Adapter Base Backing Base Tripod Lens Support Lens Support Rod Micro-USB Canon Control Cable Mini-USB Canon Control Cable USB Type-C Panasonic Control Cable USB Type-C to Multi Sony Control Cable USB Type-C Charging Cable Foam Storage Box 3 x 1/4"-20 Screw Wrench Set (M1.3, M2.5, M4)
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2021-05-19

What accessories would I need to fly this on an ...

What accessories would I need to fly this on an Easyrig, specifically the Flycam Flowline?
Asked by: Geoffrey
An EasyRig just would not be the right option for this gimbal. The Thanos would be a much better option.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2021-03-22

Hey! I just bought a Crane 3S and when I try to ...

Hey! I just bought a Crane 3S and when I try to turn it on, it automatically turn to standby mode. It give me a message that need to upgrade, (current version is 1.0) I tried multiple times to upgrade it, but still the same. I cannot connect the gimbal to the app either. Also the light around the ON/OFF button turn half red and half blue. WHAT CAN I DO?
Asked by: Nathanael
All current versions of the app and firmware are available here (currently the latest firmware is version 1.78). Please also check the compatibility list for use with mobile devices for recommended operating system for best use with the app.
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2020-07-22
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