ZHIYUN has announced the company’s latest premium offering in the form of the CRANE 4-camera gimbal. This new gimbal has been designed for filmmakers and content creators.
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Equipped with a range of features that build on the company’s long experience in the stabilisation sector as well as feedback from creatives, the ZHIYUN CRANE 4 looks to be an interesting proposition. One of the stand-out features that I’m excited to see is the new built-in balance indicator lights on each motor, which provide a quick visual check of calibration status and should help to ensure precise and reliable stabilisation. Again the gimbal will provide Bluetooth connectivity that will enable seamless integration with a range of compatible cameras and help to eliminate the need for cables.
As we’ve seen with the WeeBill range of gimbals, ZHIYUN knows how to strip back the size and weight of their gimbals whilst building on the design quality and features. The CRANE 4 is again lightweight and ergonomic in design. ZHIYUN has engineered this gimbal to be lighter than its predecessors, enabling extended usage without fatigue. While we have seen lightweight CRANE gimbals from ZHIYUN in the last year the update to the CRANE 3 has been long anticipated.
Aimed at the mid to high-end enthusiast and professional user, the CRANE 4 is available with the sling grip that has become a popular choice with the WeeBill models and also incorporates an ergonomic wrist rest, that all help to ensure operators can achieve smooth control and comfort while filming. The versatile sling grip can be effortlessly adjusted to align with the gimbal’s central axis, allowing easy transition between sling and two-handed modes depending on the operator’s preference. The quick-release module facilitates seamless switching between landscape and portrait orientations to meet various shooting demands, whether that’s traditional video or social media.
The ZHIYUN CRANE 4 might be lightweight but it has been designed to take heavy payloads and is able to support heavier full-frame DSLR and compact cinema cameras. Filmmakers can now confidently use cameras like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, ZCAM, and SIGMA FP series, ensuring exceptional stability and accuracy during operation. Its extended arm length and powerful motors deliver precision and portability
A nice feature that is becoming increasingly popular on this style of gimbal is a small 1.22-inch colour touchscreen. This interface enables easy adjustment over essential functions such as balance settings, operating modes, and real-time status monitoring.
When it comes to run time the CRANE 4 boasts four high-capacity 18650 batteries that offer up to 12 hours. Thanks to PD fast charging technology, these batteries can be fully recharged in less than two hours using a USB PD charger, so coupling with a Bluetti AC180 Powerstation might be a good idea.
With ZHIYUN investing heavily in lighting at the moment the CRANE 4 has a built-in 10W fill light. This powerful fill light delivers a maximum illuminance of 3200 lux, with excellent colour rendering capabilities (CRI 95+) and a colour temperature range of 2700K-5500K.
The CRANE 4 can be paired with a range of professional accessories, including remote monitoring systems, follow-focus motors, and ZHIYUN’s TransMount Image Transmission system to further expand its creative possibilities. This comprehensive ecosystem caters to the diverse needs of professional filmmakers, offering unmatched versatility and flexibility.
For more information about the ZHIYUN CRANE 4, please visit the official website at ZHIYUN Tech.
Price and Availability:
- CRANE 4: £669
- CRANE 4 Combo (with MasterMove accessories and storage bag): £749