In order to shoot better videos and movies, you’d better get a gimbal for Nikon Z7 II.
The Nikon Z7 II, the second version of its high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera, has just been announced by Nikon. This is a refinement rather than a reimagination, as the name implies; even while the changes do not knock off your socks, we really liked the original Nikon Z7 and this latest one builds on a formula that is already popular.
The Nikon Z7 II also has a 45.7MP full-frame BSI camera but as opposed to the single processor in its ancestor, it’s now backed up by two processors. The exterior of the camera is essentially unchanged, which is perfect with us, with some of our favorite ergonomics on the mirrorless camera industry for Nikon’s Z-series models.
We have tested the latest gimbals in the world, and below are the top-rated ones for Nikon Z7 II:
Best Gimbal for Nikon Z7 II
DJI RSC 2 – 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Camera
"The DJI RSC 2 accommodates up to 6.6 lb of camera and equipment. DJI's website has a list of compatible cameras and lenses.
The RSC 2's motors are 50% stronger than the Ronin- SC's. The RSC 2 folds for underslung mode.
You can spin the gimbal over and utilize it underslung for low-angle pictures without attaching or detaching anything. The integrated gimbal handle features 14-hour built-in batteries. Batteries can be charged via the handle while the gimbal is in use (unless in extreme heat/cold). The handle may be recharged in two hours with an 18W fast charger (not included). Foldable gimbals make transportation and storage easier.
RSC 2's 1 ""OLED black-and-white screen and horizontal dial for adjusting focus with the same hand as the gimbal. Each side of the gimbal handle has a NATO mount with M4 threading for attachments like a suitcase handle.
RSC 2 employs DJI Titan's enhanced stabilization algorithm for better stability and smoothness. The SuperSmooth works with up to 100mm zoom lenses to complement the algorithm. SuperSmooth reduces micromovements and boosts torque for long lenses.
The gimbal incorporates two replaceable Manfrotto and Arca-Swiss fast-release plates. A tap puts your camera in portrait mode for social networking. The RSC 2 comes with an iOS/Android app that offers time-lapse, panoramic, and Roll 360, which spins your camera constantly along the roll axis. The optional DJI RavenEye transmission device offers remote 1080p video transmission, ActiveTrack 3.0 subject tracking, and other functionalities.
The RSC 2 includes a 1/4-inch mini tripod ""-20 thread on the grip handle to operate as a stand or extension handle for a two-handed gimbal operation. Included camera control wires allow for direct camera and function control from the gimbal."
DJI RS 2 – 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Camera
"The RS 2 gimbal is a modification of the Ronin-S with a 10-lb payload. Monocoque carbon fiber axis arms and a shorter grip handle with a smaller battery cartridge make it 25% lighter and more compact. The 20% more powerful motors support the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Canon 1D X Mark III, Sony a7S III, and ALEXA Mini LF. DJI's website has a list of compatible cameras and lenses.
RS 2 has 1.4-liter engine ""Full-color LCD touchscreen for accessing gimbal settings and features like time-lapse and hyper-lapse.
DJI Titan stabilization algorithm improves RS 2 stability and smoothness. The SuperSmooth compensates for micromovements and increases torque to ensure fluid motion in applications with up to 100mm zoom lenses (optional lens support is required).
Each RSA port includes a NATO mount for rapid release attachment of specific accessories. The left and right gimbal sides have RSA ports. Focus wheel, twist-grip dual handle, and universal mount for mounting gimbal to an automobile, jib, or slider are supported accessories.
The iOS/Android Ronin apps have creative features beyond time-lapse and panorama. The Time Tunnel ""twists"" space and time via roll motion and hyperlapse. A track creates a repeatable camera path for staged shots. Force Mobile follows your phone's movements. Using the bundled RavenEye communication device improves Force Mobile's responsiveness. RavenEye's ActiveTrack feature displays a live image of your subjects on the touchscreen.
The RS 2 has a dual-layer Manfrotto plus Arca-Swiss camera mount with two quick-release plates. For social media content, you can adjust the gimbal to portrait orientation with a button. The RS 2 includes axis locks on each axis so you can balance one at a time. A fine-tune balancing knob lets you fine-tune your camera's balance.
The gimbal runs for 12 hours on a grip-mounted battery cartridge. Separate cartridges can be replaced. When you need to recharge the cartridge, you simply detach the grip from the gimbal. The BG30 grip supports PD and QC 2.0. DJI recommends a 24W, non-included charger. The battery charges at 24W in 1.5 hours.
The RS 2 comes with a splash-proof transport case for the gimbal and accessories. A 1/4-inch tiny tripod is provided ""-20 thread on the grip handle to operate as a stand or extension handle for two-handed gimbal maneuvering."
DJI Ronin-SC - Camera Stabilizer 3-Axis Gimbal Handheld for Mirrorless Cameras
"The DJI Ronin-SC Gimbal Stabilizer is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Ronin-S. It's designed for mirrorless cameras under 4.4 lbs. DJI's website has a list of compatible cameras and lenses.
The Ronin-SC is small but packed with features, design upgrades, and technology. The gimbal's stabilization, pan, tilt, and roll controls, plus 360° of continuous panning, generate solid 3D/360° motion shots.
The gimbal weighs only 2.4 lbs, making it ultra-portable and easy to handle for long periods. It has balancing and storage locking modes. The sliding quick release camera plate makes it easy to rebalance your camera after moving to a new location. Balance your camera in the balancing lock position. Unmount it with the plate, put the gimbal in storage mode, travel, remount your camera, unlock and turn on the gimbal, and voilà, your camera is still balanced.
The Ronin-SC has a record button, a joystick, and a re-centered front trigger button for accurate gimbal control. Holding the M button activates Sport Mode, which allows quick tracking when recording action sequences. Active Track 3.0 lets users track a subject with the gimbal using an Android or iOS app through Bluetooth 5.0. DJI's Force Mobile lets you control your gimbal's motion when it's mounted on a rig or tripod using your smartphone's gyroscope, allowing you to do more precise gimbal motions while utilizing your natural motion. Time-lapse and motion-lapse modes are built-in.
The Ronin-handle-mounted SC's 2450mAh 18650 LiPo battery lasts 11 hours per charge. It's charged through USB Type-C and can manage a compatible camera's run/stop or focus using a multiport USB cable. The handle has 1/4""-20 and 3/8""-16 mounting threads for accessories like the smartphone holder.
The Ronin-SC includes an extended grip/tripod, camera riser, lens support, port cover, Allen wrench, quick release plate with 1/4""-20 camera mounting screw, an M4 screw, multicamera USB control cables, multicamera USB Type-C control cables, a USB Type-C charging cable, a USB Type-C to micro-USB adapter, and a storage case."
DJI Ronin-S Essentials Kit - Camera Stabilizer 3-Axis Gimbal Handheld
"The Ronin-S Essentials Kit includes crucial accessories. The Essentials Kit saves money by excluding the focus wheel and other accessories from the basic Ronin-S bundle.
The DJI Ronin-S is a scalable ecosystem for DSLR and mirrorless camera integration into professional workflows. The Ronin-single-handed S's design allows for 8-lb camera payloads. DJI's website has a list of compatible cameras and lenses.
The front trigger, rear mode button, and joystick provide accurate gimbal control. The front trigger locks the gimbal when held, re-centers it when tapped twice, and turns 180° when tapped three times. Pressing the mode button activates three adjustable shooting modes with tunable speed and reaction. Sport mode offers extra-fast response times and gimbal movements up to 45 mph. The Ronin-S fits documentary, event, and feature film workflows and operates 12 hours on a single battery charge."
Zhiyun Crane-M2 Crane M2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras
"The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 is a 3-axis handheld gimbal that supports up to 7 lb. Balance your camera on the included Manfrotto-standard fast release plate and shoot for up to 18 hours. A rod-mount mechanical focus motor can be controlled by the gimbal's handwheel or a Crane 2 remote. It can be aligned to your lens' focus or zoom ring for follow focus or zoom. A support rod, USB cable, and two universal lens gear rings are included for attaching and connecting the focus motor.
Crane-2 supports digital follow focus through the gimbal handwheel for various Canon DSLRs and the Nikon D850 with autofocus lenses. After connecting the camera to the gimbal using the USB cords, you'll have direct follow focus control without an extra motor.
Crane-2 can pan, tilt, and roll 360°. Multiple shooting modes make the gimbal more creative. Full-range POV mode synchronizes all three axes for 360° movement. This means the camera will lock onto a single position and follow your motions without stopping. This captures POV.
Onboard controls and an OLED display modify gimbal settings. ""Slow-fall"" feature prevents camera drop when Crane-2 is turned off."
FeiyuTech AK4500 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for Mirrorless & DSLR Camera
"The Feiyu AK4500 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer supports up to 10.1 lbs. more than the AK4000. It has an angled motor arm, so nothing blocks your camera screen and pans 360°, tilts 230°, and rolls 360°.
The gimbal's handle has a touchscreen LCD smart panel and a multifunction handwheel. The handwheel controls camera movement in pan and tilt modes and digital focus and zoom with compatible cameras. The handwheel can also operate an external focus motor. Feiyu's website lists compatible cameras for conventional operation and Wi-Fi focus/zoom.
The touchscreen LCD, joystick, and handwheel let you control gimbal settings. The Feiyu ON iOS/Android app (free download) enables you to alter settings and perform remote operations. The Hyperlink remote controller lets you control the gimbal up to 49' away via Bluetooth.
The gimbal's camera baseplate works with Manfrotto or Arca-Swiss plates. An extension rod comes with the AK4500, so you may hold the gimbal with both hands for certain shots. Or, use the provided tiny tripod to set the gimbal down."
MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimabl Stabilizer
"The Moza Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer boasts new high-torque motors and a 9.25 lb weight capacity. High weight capacity enables more cameras and lens combinations. The optional Moza iFOCUS Intelligent Wireless Lens Control System offers standard and automated (with preset start/end points) focus and zoom control from the Moza Air 2.
Thanks to an inclined motor arm, the Air 2's camera LCD is unobstructed. The 12 physical buttons control the gimbal and camera and regulate shutter, aperture, and exposure compensation (where applicable). The joystick, smart wheel, and smart trigger are configurable for different shooting techniques. An OLED display shows most settings, customizations, and gimbal status.
The Air 2 has eight working modes, including pan and tilt follow (please see the Features section below for the full list). Sports Gear, FPV, Panorama, Tracking, and Inception are Moza's shooting modes. Inception lets you swivel the camera while zooming in.
Four bundled lithium-ion 18650 batteries power the gimbal for 16 hours. Replacement batteries are available. The Air 2 has an input connector for powering the gimbal and three output ports for powering the camera and accessories with optional Moza adapter cables.
Motion-lapse, tracking time-lapse, and zoom time-lapse are all available on the Air 2. Auto-tuning determines ideal parameters based on load.
Visual markings make the Air 2 easier to balance. A mechanical memory quick release helps adjust the camera without rebalancing the gimbal. The Moza Air 2 has 3/8""-16 threaded holes on the front and bottom for tripod installation and accessory attachment."