At less than £300, the M2 S is packed with high-end features, and the only real limitation is the weight of the cameras it will support. If your camera does tip that weight balance, it’s a step up to the slightly larger and more expensive M3.
Feature-wise the basic list reads much like M3 with the gimbal supporting action cameras, Smartphones and mirrorless cameras fitted with a lightweight lens. Although on the features, whereas the M3 offers the accessories module that clips to the base, the M2 S doesn’t offer this option.
The first thing you notice about the M2 S is the weight; it’s incredibly light and a complete contrast to the original single-handed mobile gimbal stabilisers such as the Crane that only appeared a few years ago; this means that it’s more suitable for the masses and easier to use over long durations. The ZHIYUN M2 S gimbal only weighs in at 549g.
A feature that I liked on the M3 was the small light, and here on the M2 S, it’s just as small and bright. The lamp offers 1000 lumens of illumination with five levels of adjustability. While the LED light is cool in colour temperature, ZHIYUN includes a selection of four filters that can be used to create different lighting effects.
One of the big features that sold me on the M3 was the V-Shape quick release, this again appears on this small gimbal, and I’m hoping the design will transfer to the larger gimbals when they upgrade.
What’s clever about the quick release design is that action cameras and smartphones can mount directly onto the V-Shape quick release, while a camera can mount onto an additional mount for even more flexibility.
This dedicated quick release plate for use with Mirrorless cameras is an additional purchase and looks like a great idea. The plate features a quick slide-out release plate which is ideal if you mount and unmount the camera from one device to another.
Being small means that it’s comfortable to hold, and the grip features direct controls for the different modes such as Pan Follow (PF), Lock (L), Follow (F), with Point of View (POV) and Vortex (V) modes being selectable through the app. You also have the joystick, shutter button, light operation and trigger all in easy reach.
On the handle is the small 0.66-inch display that enables you to check which mode you’re in and adjust settings for the gimbal directly.
If your camera is compatible, one nice feature for mirrorless users is the ability to control the shutter through the handle controls. A connection is made by connecting a USB-C cable from the back of the gimbal to the camera; it’s all nice and simple.
Alongside the gimbal, ZHIYUN has once again supplied the small backpack. As before not my style but a nice touch.