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Zhiyun CRANE-M3 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer (Standard Kit)

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Zhiyun CRANE-M3 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer (Standard Kit)
Key Features
  • Ultra-Portable Design, White Color
  • For Compact/Action Cameras & Smartphones
  • One-Button Quick Release Camera System
  • 360° Pan, 309° Tilt & 333° Roll Rotation
Small, lightweight, and fashionable, the CRANE-M3 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech is designed for compact cameras, smartphones, and action cameras. The compact design allows you to freely maneuver your camera for longer periods of time, and it's also easy to pack up with you when traveling. New features include an integrated fill light with color filters and adjustable color temperature, a fashionable white exterior, a 1.22" full-color OLED display, PD quick charge, eight hours of runtime, and an even faster quick release baseplate.
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Zhiyun Crane-M3 Overview

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Small, lightweight, and fashionable, the CRANE-M3 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer from Zhiyun-Tech is designed for compact cameras, smartphones, and action cameras. The compact design allows you to freely maneuver your camera for longer periods of time, and it's also easy to pack up with you when traveling. New features include an integrated fill light with color filters and adjustable color temperature, a fashionable white exterior, a 1.22" full-color OLED display, PD quick charge, eight hours of runtime, and an even faster quick release baseplate.

The CRANE-M3 offers 360° pan, 309° tilt, and 333° roll rotation across seven modes of operation, including follow, pan-follow, POV, portrait, GO, lock, and Vortex modes, and it can also be adjusted manually if required. It runs for approximately eight hours using its built-in 1150mAh battery that's rechargeable using an included USB Type-C cable, and you can also power the gimbal using a power bank while operating the gimbal. The color OLED display confirms the selected operation mode, battery level, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi status, and other functions. Scale marks and memory locks help you balance the camera and lock the balance position for the camera used.

Over built-in Wi-Fi, the gimbal can sync up with a Wi-Fi-enabled camera that supports remote zoom, shutter, and video start/stop control, or you can utilize a camera control cable and the USB Type-C port on the baseplate to control the camera shutter and also power the camera. Over built-in Bluetooth, the camera syncs up with a free-download ZY Play mobile app for iOS and Android for additional capabilities. The app provides remote control over many functions of the gimbal and has filmmaking features such as time-lapse, panorama, and slow-motion capture. The integrated LED light allows you to utilize a fill light for your subject without the requirement of external lights.

Compatibility
For a full list of compatible cameras, please see the most current compatibility information on the Zhiyun-Tech website page or see the camera compatibility list in PDF format.
Key Features
Compact Size, Uncompromised Performance
Get rid of a hefty gimbal body; the ultra-compact Zhiyun CRANE-M3 features upgraded motors with strong torque, guaranteeing stable movements with cameras of different sizes.
Fill Light Filters
Red, yellow, blue, and orange filters are included to adjust the color of the integrated fill light.
Multiple Gimbal Modes
To make operation even faster and easier, the CRANE-M3 features multiple gimbal modes, including Pan-Follow, lock, follow, point-of-view, vortex, GO, and portrait. It can also be manually repositioned.
Low-Light Performance
A built-in CRI 90+ LED fill light for reducing image noise allows you to shoot in dark or dim light, and an adjustable 2600 to 5400K color temperature and brightness are available to sharpen the image.
Touchscreen Display
All-new full-color 1.22" OLED touchscreen display with advanced UI design and intuitive interface.
Fast Quick Release
Upgraded quick release system with general quick release plate for easier balancing, assembly, and disassembly. Locks with palm-rejection design to protect cameras while ensuring efficiency.
Charge Fast and Faster
PD Fast Charge, a Type-C charging port, and 1150mAh battery capacity allow you to charge the gimbal to full in only two hours, but it will operate for up to eight hours. You can also use the gimbal while charging via a power bank.
New Design
The CRANE-M3 features a fashionable white color and an ergonomic grip handle with a material that comfortably fits your palm.
Expansion Possibilities
Options include an expansion base with a microphone connection port, 1/4" audio port, and 1/4" expansion port to unlock more capabilities such as vlogging, commercials, interviews, and travelogues. A custom-designed backpack is also available separately.
UPC: 191493002470

Zhiyun Crane-M3 Specs

Grip DesignSingle Handgrip (Slanted)
Gimbal
Load Capacity2.48 lb / 1.12 kg
Number of Axes3-Axis (Pitch (Tilt), Roll, Yaw (Pan))
Rotation RangeMechanical Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° 
Pitch (Tilt): 309° 
Roll: 333° 
Controllable Range
Yaw (Pan): 360° Unlimited 
Pitch (Tilt): 205° (-45 to 160°) 
Roll: 60° (-30 to 30°) 
Compatibility
Camera ControlOn Compatible Models (See Full Compatibility List)
Camera Mounting Screw1 x 1/4"-20 Male
Connectivity
Inputs/Outputs1 x USB-C (Power) Input
1 x USB-C (Power / Control) Output
Wireless Frequency2.4 GHz
Wireless ProtocolBluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (Unspecified Type)
Battery
Battery Type1 x Built-In
Battery Capacity1150 mAh
Battery Runtime8 Hours
Battery Charging Time2 Hours
Power
Operating Voltage9.6 to 12.6 VDC
Operating Current130 to 4700 mA
Environmental
Operating Temperature14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
General
Display TypeFixed Touchscreen OLED
Mounting1 x 1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions10.2 x 5.9 x 5.3" / 259 x 150 x 135 mm (without Tripod)
11 x 6.2 x 3" / 280 x 157 x 75 mm (Folded)
Weight2.2 lb / 1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.61 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.8 x 8.2 x 4.1"

Zhiyun Crane-M3 Reviews

Tiny gimbal. Great.

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-08

This thing is tiny. Very compact and light. Easy to balance a full frame camera. In my case an A7Rii with the 20mm 1.8. Built in charging port, comes with a type of quick release mount. Also a built in light makes it very convenient. Smooth motor action. Can't beat this gimbal. Totally recommend it.

Love it

By Nikiya
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-30

If you have a mirroless camera, M3 is the gimbal that you need. Balancing is super easy, motor is powerful and it looks awesome. So far it works well with my A7III and the battery runtime is okay for me. Overall I'm happy with it.

Great upgrade from my other gimbal

By Haiuhsiu
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-24

Definitely a great buy. I bought this gimbal to use with my iPhone 13 Pro Max. I can easily mount other accessories to the handle. The build quality is great and the touch screen is very handy. Also the built-in light is bright when maxed out if you're the subject. Build quality is superb, feels very solid, all the locks and levers move very easily. Highly recommend

THE BEST Gimbal in 2022

By Jiakang
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-19

The gimbal is very lightweight. The footage is very stable even at 4K. It's a very good system for lightweight camera setups like Sony A7c , Sony A6600. The light on the front is very bright. Compact and perfect for travel. m

The Perfect Gimbal

By Jiakang
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

The gimbal is easy to use and very lightweight. The footage is very stable even at 4K. And the quick release system that with just a click of a button you can mount and release the camera plate from the gimbal.

Worth every penny

By ANGEL
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-12

Perfect for my ZVE10, balancing is easy, mode change is simple too and the fill light is brilliant to have when filming in the dark. And I love the storm trooper look!

Balances on my A7 IV with a 24mm GM 1.4 Lens

By Mark
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-29

I'm new-ish to stabilizers and not a pro. Use it for my son's YouTube channel, VLOG and POV shots. Unit looks good and was fairly easy to figure out how to balance after a couple YouTube searches. I have not tried any zoom lenses, but it does well with my 24mm 1.4 GM on a Sony A7 IV. I think the Sony 16-35 F4 would be about the largest lens I would put on it. Four stars because there is probably too much of a learning curve for hobbyists, I feel the controls are a little un-intuitive, and I feel the pro-kit should come with Zhiyun's upgraded mounting plate that allows you to switch the battery without taking the camera off of the stabilizer thus necessitating you to rebalance every time your batter runs out.

Great & portable

By Randy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-02

Great Gimble for my Sony APSC cameras.

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