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Zhiyun CRANE 2S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

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Zhiyun CRANE 2S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
Key Features
  • 9th Instune High Axis Response Algorithm
  • Large Camera Support: BMPCC 6K, S1H, 1DX
  • Dedicated TransMount Transmitter Mounts
  • Standard & Vertical Camera Mounts
A follow-up to the Crane-2, the Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 2S has been highly upgraded to better suit the needs of filmmakers. Featuring a new-generation 9th Instune Algorithm that improves the responsiveness of each axis, the CRANE 2S is capable of stabilizing large cameras such as the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Panasonic S1H, and Canon EOS 1DX Mark II along with accessories.
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Zhiyun Crane-2S Overview

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A follow-up to the Crane-2, the Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 2S has been highly upgraded to better suit the needs of filmmakers. Featuring a new-generation 9th Instune Algorithm that improves the responsiveness of each axis, the CRANE 2S is capable of stabilizing large cameras such as the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Panasonic S1H, and Canon EOS 1DX Mark II along with accessories.

To support a collaborative process, the CRANE 2S offers dedicated mounting points for attaching an optional Zhiyun-Tech TransMount transmitter. Another new feature, integrated to support the growing demand for social media content, is a vertical quick release mount that enables you to set your camera up vertically. Besides this, a new FlexMount system is used for mounting your camera the standard way. This technology simplifies the mounting and setup process while securing your camera with a double-safety mechanism. The axis-locking mechanism for balancing a camera has also been improved with a two-phase locking design. The axis-locking mechanism additionally ensures that there's no movement of the gimbal components during travel or storage.

The grip handle of the gimbal is made out of carbon fiber so the gimbal feels lighter in your hand. The built-in handwheel on the side of the handle has been upgraded to allow for very low delay when controlling an add-on lens motor, sold separately, so you can make adjustments with more precision. (When using both a focus and zoom motor, you can set the handwheel to control your choice of one or the other.) On the bottom of the handle is a 1/4"-20 thread that allows you to attach the included mini tripod to be used as a stand or as an extension that can be held with the other hand for more control.

Using the companion iOS/Android mobile app, advanced cinematic functions such as panorama, time-lapse, motion-lapse, and long exposure time-lapse can be performed with the gimbal to achieve creative results. Many of the gimbal's parameters can be adjusted via this app, while many key modes and parameters can be accessed directly from the 0.96" OLED screen right above the handle.

The CRANE 2S also supports a variety of dedicated Zhiyun-Tech TransMount accessories, which include servo motors. The quick release plate included with the gimbal is compatible with many common tripod heads so you can efficiently move your camera between the gimbal and tripods, sliders, and other camera supports. Also included are a lens control and multiple camera control cables to allow for a comprehensive workflow. The CRANE 2S runs for up to 12 hours on three included batteries, which are rechargeable using a supplied triple charger.

Compatibility
For a full list of compatible cameras, please see the most current compatibility information on the Zhiyun-Tech website or in PDF format.
Key Features
  • 9th Instune Algorithm with high axis responsiveness
  • Support for large cameras such as the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Panasonic S1H, and Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
  • Six modes: pan follow, lock, follow, full-range POV, vortex, and Go modes
  • Dedicated mounting points for attaching an optional Zhiyun-Tech TransMount transmitter
  • FlexMount camera mounting system with a double safety mechanism
  • Vertical quick release camera mount
  • Quick release plate compatible with many tripod heads and sliders
  • Two-phase axis locking mechanism for balancing a camera and for storage/travel
  • Carbon fiber handle
  • Low-delay handwheel performance when used with optional lens motors
  • Up to 12-hour runtime on three included removable batteries
  • 360° pan motion
  • 0.96" OLED screen
  • Panorama, time-lapse, motion-lapse, and long exposure time-lapse via the companion iOS/Android app
  • 1/4"-20 thread on the bottom
UPC: 191493001831

Zhiyun Crane-2S Specs

Grip DesignSingle Handgrip
Gimbal
Number of Axes3-Axis (Pitch (Tilt), Roll, Yaw (Pan))
Rotation RangeMechanical Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° 
Pitch (Tilt): 246° (-91 to 155°) 
Roll: 295° (-57.5 to 237.5°) 
Controllable Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° (-180 to 180°) 
Pitch (Tilt): 215° (-80 to 135°) 
Roll: 70° (-35 to 35°) 
Compatibility
Camera ControlOn Compatible Models (See Full Compatibility List)
Camera Mounting Screw1 x 1/4"-20 Male
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs1 x USB-C (Control)
1 x USB-C (Firmware Updates)
Wireless Frequency2.4 GHz
Wireless ProtocolBluetooth 5.0
Battery
Battery Type3 x 18650
Battery Capacity2600 mAh
Battery Runtime12 Hours
Battery Charging Time4 Hours
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion
Voltage3.7 VDC
Power
Operating Voltage9.8 to 12.6 VDC
Operating Current160 to 6000 mA
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C
General
Display TypeFixed OLED
Mounting3 x 1/4"-20 Female
1 x 3/8"-16 Female
Weight4.14 lb / 1.88 kg (without Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight7.09 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.9 x 13.2 x 4.4"

Zhiyun Crane-2S Reviews

It's good, but it acts up sometimes

By Nyki
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-15

First off, I don't like that you need to install an app on your phone to use this gimbal. I would prefer something that works out of the box without the need for an app. Second, it glitches out occasionally. The camera mount and camera will start vibrating rapidly, even with calibration. I've had to reset it a couple times.

I liked it

By Ilham
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-24

But a little heavy

So much performance and quality, for so little cost.

By Lawrence
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-09

No.1 Even for someone with basically zero videography experience, as myself, the learning curve is not too steep. No.2 Even after only a short time in use it is easy to see and feel the quality built into this product. No.3 The quality of video is worlds away from any other hand held output I have ever been able to accomplish with my D850 before, even for such a short time using the product. If you have ever had even a remote desire to make high quality hand held video this is without a doubt a great starting point.

Excelente producto

By Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-09

Es un gran dispositivo para trabajar como videografo profesional. Manejo Fcil e intuitivo

Using this as my first gimbal

By Joseph
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

This is my first gimbal and I love it so far. I mean it has it's cons but so far it's great. Had a bit of trouble getting it set up and balanced when on, but quickly learned how to calibrate the motors and all that and it works like a charm! I would definitely recommend this to a friend!

Great midlevel gimbal!!

By Josh
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-13

I have a Z7II with the batterygrip added so expectedly my camera is quite heavy, especially with the super long 24-70 2.8. This gimbal has had some small issues handling it, but after a while of fine tuning the motors and carefully balancing the gimble, it handles it beautifully, even with super aggressive maneuvering. My lense is quite heavy and longer than most with the required ftz ii mount (for using an old lens with a mirrorless), so i can only imagine how much better a slightly less heavy and less long lense would handle on this. Solid job Zhiyun!

Best quality

By Euclides
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-21

First I purchased DJI RSC 2 Gimbal Stabilizer to use with my bmpcc 4k. It couldn't hold, but this beast does, so I trade for this! And B&H made that very easy, thank you!!

Like one other reviewer said - get a glidecam.....

By John
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-29

I was excited to get this and use it. I use a glide-cam all the time so I figured this should be better....... Set up and balance are a snap. The use..... not so much much. Maybe I have a deflective one but it will not go into follow mode (even if I go into the menus), unless I hold the follow button which is not how it is supposed to work, but it starts to drift as if with a mind of its own. I have reset, rebalanced, recalibrated....... Hate to say it but it is going back to B&H. AND..... you have to register it with an app...... I HATE that. That alone put a bad taste in my mouth for this product. And as one other reviewer also said.... it block most of the screen so unless you are using and external monitor...

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Answered by: Yoni
Date published: 2022-02-15

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Asked by: Tevin
Although the Nikon D3500 can balance on the Zhiyun-Tech Crane 2S, unfortunately there is no control of the camera through the gimbal.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-12-17

Will this work with the Nikon Z9?

Will this work with the Nikon Z9?
Asked by: Jeffrey
Yes, The Nikon Z9 is supported and compatible for control with the Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 2S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2022-02-06

Will this work with the Canon 60D?

Will this work with the Canon 60D?
Asked by: Madsincinema
Zhiyun's does not current list compatibility with the 60D, but they are usually only referring to compatibility in regards to when the camera is plugged in via USB. However, with regard to balancing, it should be no problem with small/medium-sized lenses. Therefore you should still be able to use the gimbal as long as you aren't looking for control over the camera's settings/focus. Please see Zhiyun's chart here: https://bit.ly/38tOQ1z or visit their website for the most up-to-date list.
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If any of you who has used the DJI RSC 2, which ...

If any of you who has used the DJI RSC 2, which one is better? Thank you.
Asked by: George
RS2 for sure
Answered by: Dakota
Date published: 2021-03-02

What is the payload capacity of this gimbal?

What is the payload capacity of this gimbal?
Asked by: Brandon
Much like the Weebill-S before it, this gimbal does not list a specific capacity. However Zhiyun rates it to to work with cameras as small as the A6400 up to smaller cinema camera options like the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and Z Cam E2 with mid range zoom lenses.
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Will this work with a canon xc10?

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Asked by: Stewart
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Date published: 2021-06-29
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