Zhiyun Crane M2

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Key specs

Maximum load capacity
720 g
Weight
0,5 kg
Controlled via buttons on device
Yes
Tilt range
310 °

Pros and cons

According to our gimbal expert
  • The gimbal is suitable for multiple products, such as smartphones, cameras, and action cameras.
  • You can easily record different shots with the 6 recording modes.
  • You can control your smartphone or camera with the gimbal via WiFi or Bluetooth.
  • Due to the maximum carrying weight of 720 grams, the gimbal isn't suitable for heavy cameras and lenses.
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Description

Note: you need extra accessories to attach your smartphone or action camera.

The Zhiyun Crane is a gimbal for smartphones, cameras, and action cameras. With the 6 different modes, the gimbal makes certain movements. This way, you can easily record various shots. In PF mode, for example, the gimbal makes a horizontal movement when you turn the handle to the left or right. Thanks to the compact design, you can easily take the gimbal with you on the road. You can connect the gimbal to your smartphone or camera via WiFi or Bluetooth. This allows you to control your smartphone or camera with the gimbal. You can do this with the control buttons on the grip. You can easily attach your camera with the quick release system. With the special markings and memory slots, you can balance the camera and lock this position.

Note: you need extra accessories to attach your smartphone or action camera.

The Zhiyun Crane is a gimbal for smartphones, cameras, and action cameras. With the 6 different modes, the gimbal makes certain movements. This way, you can easily record various shots. In PF mode, for example, the gimbal makes a horizontal movement when you turn the handle to the left or right. Thanks to the compact design, you can easily take the gimbal with you on the road. You can connect the gimbal to your smartphone or camera via WiFi or Bluetooth. This allows you to control your smartphone or camera with the gimbal. You can do this with the control buttons on the grip. You can easily attach your camera with the quick release system. With the special markings and memory slots, you can balance the camera and lock this position.


Included by default

  • Manual
  • Quick release plate
  • Wrist strap
  • Phone clip
  • Storage cover
  • 1/4-inch screw

Included by default

  • Manual
  • Quick release plate
  • Wrist strap
  • Phone clip
  • Storage cover
  • 1/4-inch screw

Key specs

Maximum load capacity
720 g
Weight
0,5 kg
Controlled via buttons on device
Yes
Tilt range
310 °

Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Great gimbal for beginners and advanced amateurs

    Sandra Bladergroen-Tromp | 19 October 2020 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Good stabilization
    • Suitable for multiple devices
    • Value for money
    • Position buttons

    I've had the Zhiyun Crane M2 for about 3 months now. I chose this gimbal because I wanted a stabilizer for my phone and GoPro in particular. Handy that both fit on this system and possibly also a small camera. A phone holder is included. For the GoPro I bought a mount with 1/4" thread. I use it as a hobbyist. For this purpose the stabilization is fine. It fits well in the hand. My videos look much better than before when I was shooting handheld. The position of the buttons could be a little better (handle maybe a little longer). Now I often accidentally press a button while holding the gimbal. It is also a bit more difficult to operate for left-handers. In addition, I have the problem that my phone has a maximum of 10 minutes before it goes into sleep mode. When unlocking the phone I have to grab it, which often causes the gimbal to go into error mode. You can only reset the gimbal by turning the gimbal off and on again. A button for this would be more convenient .
    The micro-USB port is handy to charge the phone. I have a fairly large phone, but with the right cable (90 degree angle) the gimbal can still be aligned. A cable with a straight plug is too large. Then the phone sticks out too much and the counterweight can no longer handle it. The battery life of the gimbal is sufficient. Also handy that there are attachment points for extensions both on the bottom (tripod/tripod) and on the side (bar for e.g. film lamp).
    The accompanying app (ZY play) works well with the Samsung S9+, also in 4K mode (a previously often heard complaint), both in camera mode (phone is camera) and operating mode (phone functions as a remote control for the gimbal). The GoPro Hero 8 is not supported.
    Too bad you can't pair two phones at the same time (one as a camera and another as a remote control). Just make sure that you choose 'For Pro Cameras' instead of 'For smartphones', even when using a smartphone as a camera, otherwise the app will not recognize the Zhiyun Crane M2.

    Sandra Bladergroen-Tromp | 19 October 2020 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    7,6/10
    Highly recommend

    Tipe | 18 February 2021 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Does what it's supposed to do good stability
    • Battery life is fine
    • Good value for money
    • A small minus is the complexity of setting up the Sony rx100, but this is more due to the Sony software.
    • The screen of the sony rx100 goes dark when the crane m2 controls the sony.

    Nice stable images

    Tipe | 18 February 2021 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Top

    Erik Drenth | 8 December 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Small and manageable
    • Works very well
    • Good battery life

    In the beginning it takes some getting used to to use the gimball in a good way, but once you get the hang of it it gives a very nice stable image. This also saves a lot of time during editing. Not cheap but if you film a lot eb so edit highly recommended.

    Erik Drenth | 8 December 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    Stable and blissful in use.
    • Blissfully stable videos
    • Charge your camera
    • Long battery life
    • Controlling the camera
    • Easy to reset once set
    • Stabilize the first time serious work

    My videos for my youtube channel now look even more professional due to stabilization! Der Alterego is now a cinema quality channel by the zhiyun crane m2

    Der Alterego Beuzy | 30 August 2020 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 3.5 / 5 stars
    7,2/10
    A good beginner stabilizer that is multiplatform!
    • Easy to use.
    • Balancing easy.
    • This software is well supported (firmware, etc.)
    • Multiplatform (camera, smartphone, action cameras)
    • Comes in a foam packaging that can be used on its own or on the go.
    • Battery doesn't last very long, it's not wrong but could be better
    • Compatibility for older cameras could be better.

    We bought this stabilizer because we would like to improve the quality of our holiday videos. The Crane M2 was chosen because it is a relatively affordable stabilizer that, in addition to your camera, also supports your smartphone and action camera (GoPro).

    Ilse Arendsen | 15 March 2020 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Awesome
    • light weight
    • Easy to take with you
    • No

    Quality of the footage is clearly better

    Bram | 8 June 2020 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 3 / 5 stars
    6,4/10
    Only works with a limited number of cameras
    • App is easy to connect
    • Easy to operate
    • Lots of error message
    • To balance

    This gimbal is great for those with a flagship smartphone and for supported cameras and lenses. Please check the website first. If your camera is not there, you may have problems balancing.
    Those with cameras with inbuild lenses. This is also becoming a problem.
    With the Lumix G7, the balancing was okay, but vortek, for example, didn't work and the motor had trouble balancing.
    With the DMC-LX100 and DC-FZ82, the vertical axis could not be balanced.
    So sent back

    Paul Teunissen | 21 November 2019 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    For the advanced amateurs and bloggers and vloggers
    • Beautiful design
    • Easy to stabilize
    • The app is clearly in use
    • Many possible positions
    • Price is a bit high for beginners
    • Can get a scratch quickly

    Fine and easy to use. Many options for stable images. Slightly smaller than I thought (plus point). If you choose crane m2, you go for price-quality ratio on its Max.

    Suraphon Monfils | 10 November 2020 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 1.5 / 5 stars
    3,2/10
    Don't: better buy something more expensive.

    The focus button on the back has a bad response. You do not feel whether you have pressed it in addition.

    Rick Waltmann | 19 April 2021 | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4 / 5 stars
    8,4/10
    A must-have.

    This is my first, but still impressive. Pretty quiet and efficient.

    Carl Bonte | 18 January 2021 | Automatically translated from Dutch

Specifications

Product

Product number
837709
Manufacturer code
633020016
Brand
Zhiyun
Warranty
2 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

General properties

Material
Plastic
Weight
0,5 kg
Color
Black
Compatible with product type
Action cameras, Compact cameras, Mirrorless cameras, Smartphone
Made for brand
Apple, Canon, GoPro, Panasonic, Sony
Maximum load capacity present
Yes
Maximum load capacity
720 g

Stabilization and operation

Image stabilization type
Electronic image stabilization