With travel vlogging or travel social media influencing becoming more and more popular with more and more people wanting to do it as a profession, it’s not surprising that we see so many people reaching out for advice on the best travel gimbal available. On top of this, many professional-level videographers will also need to travel around for work on a regular basis too and required a small lightweight gimbal that can meet their needs. Now, we know that everyone will likley have their own individual setup depending on the size, weight, and budget that they can spare so we have decided to focus on three different categories in one article. Our hope is that we will be able to help as many of our readers as possible who are looking to add a travel gimbal to their collection of camera accessories and ensure you get the best gimbal possible.
We have decided to feature a gimbal for those who use mirrorless cameras or lightweight DSLR rigs, a gimbal for those who use point and shoot cameras, and a gimbal for those who use their smartphone or action camera to capture their content. All three of our suggestions are very popular and successful handheld gimbal stabilizers that have large customer bases and great reputations amongst their user base. We know that we don’t have a suggestion for the heavier DSLR camera set up but in all honesty, a heavy DSLR rig is not ideal for travel but low to mid-range setups should work with the Zhiyun Weebill S anyway.
We will be taking a quick look at the various 3 axis gimbals that we have decided to feature in our comparison table below followed by a quick and easy break down of all three suggestions. Then after that, we will be taking a more in-depth look at all three of the gimbals to ensure that you understand why we have decided to recommend each gimbal for their respective categories.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is without a doubt the best travel gimbal on the market right now for anyone who uses a mirrorless camera or light to medium weight DSLR rig. It offers some of the best performance that we have ever seen and its next-generation technology ensures that you get the best image quality possible. On top of this, relative to its maximum load capacity and feature list, the Weebill S is the smallest and lightest gimbal in its weight class making it extremely easy to travel with.
At the time of writing, the Weebill S has only been available for a few months and it has already managed to earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the videography and vlogging communities. It has also pushed all of the compeating handheld gimbal stabilizers in its weight class other than the Moza Aircross 2 to the side due to it simply outclassing the competition. Although the Aircross 2 is able to offer very similar levels of image stabilization with solid performance, the gimbal is larger and heavier than the Weebill S making it a pain to travel around with.
In our opinion, if you are using a point and shoot camera such as the Canon G7X or Sony RX100 or even a very lightweight mirrorless camera rig like the Canon m50 then the Feiyutech G6 Max can also be an excellent option. The Feiyutech G6 range has dominated this weight class in the gimbal space for years with no real competition and the G6 Max is the latest release in this excellent line of gimbals. It has been designed from the very start to be the perfect travel gimbal and be as small and compact as possible while offering some excellent image stabilization too.
With so many travel vloggers and travel based social media influencers using the G7X or RX100 camera ranges, it is not surprising that the G6 Max has managed to launch and quickly earn itself an excellent reputation and become the default gimbal for travel vloggers. Feiyutech has improved on the performance of the gimbal in every way over the older G6 Plus that was the previous dominant gimbal in this weight class until Feiyutech released its successor.
The final gimbal that is a great option for traveling is the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 that has been designed for smartphone use. Although not officially supported, there are also additional third-party gimbal accessories that you can purchase to allow you to mount your GoPro or other brands of action camera to the gimbal too if required. Due to only having to support a very small load capacity, the gimbal is tiny and very easy to store for travel while also being extremely lightweight.
If you are planning on traveling around on a regular basis while using your smartphone or action camera to capture your content, the Osmo Mobile 3 is a no brainer. Although there is some solid competition on the market in the smartphone gimbal space, its main rival is the Snoppa Atom but the Osmo Mobile 3 definatley has the larger customer base and better reputation amongst smartphone content creators at the time of writing.
Performance Of The Gimbals
All three of the featured handheld gimbal stabilizers offer the best maximum load capacity to gimbal size and weight ratio at the time of writing ensuring that you are getting the absolute best bang for your buck for a travel gimbal. All three stabilizers have plenty of free load capacity available for add all the additional camera accessories that you could ever need when you are out capturing your footage too allowing you to always get the best image quality possible.
On top of this, if you are using a mirrorless or DSLR camera rig and going with the Zhiyun Weebill S then it also has all the torque that you could ever need for those longer and heavier lenses. Although this will be very niche dependent, some people may need to use a longer lens when capturing their content and even from the modern higher end gimbals recently released onto the market, many still have issues with providing solid image stabilization if you are using a longer lens with your camera body.
When it comes to their maximum battery lifes, the G6 Plus does come in a little short for what we would expect in this day and age but this is due to the trade off with its size. Feiyutech have prioritized ensuring that the gimbal is as small and light as possible while offering outstanding image stabilization while recording too. Using a heavier battery with a longer battery life would have increased the overall weight of the gimbal and potentially gave room to competing units to gain market share.
Both the Weebill S and the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 offers an excellent battery life and the Osmo Mobile 3 also supports two way charging allowing you to charge your smartphone up from your gimbals power supply if required. All that said and done though, the majority of people who will be traveling around on a regular basis with all of their gear will likley be using a decent USB power bank anyway. The modern high output power banks allow you to easily recharge your devices while out and about away from a regular power outlet to ensure that you always have the juice required to recharge your devices and keep on capturing content without interaction.
With all three of the feature gimbals being the most recent additions to their respective brand’s gimbal range, they also feature the modern rapid recharge systems too. This ensures that you have minimal downtime if you have to turn your gear around quickly, get everything recharged and then get back out the door. Again, this will be niche dependent but we are confident that a large number of our readers will likley be able to get value from the gimbals having such a short recycle time.
Another solid feature of all three of the featured 3 axis gimbal stabilizers is that they all come with the best detection and correction systems for their respective weight classes available by far. In our opinion, they will also remain at the top of their field for the foreseeable future due to the compeating brands already having released their compeating units and none coming close to beating the featured gimbals. This offers you peace of mind that adding either of the featured gimbals to your collection of camera accessories will serve you well for many years to come with ease.
All three of the gimbals support the standard pan, lock, and manual modes with the Weebill S and the G6 Max also supporting follow mode too while the Weebill S also supports vortex mode. In our opinion, the Weebill S offers the best intelligent object tracking of any gimbal available on the market right now by far. If you are planning on using the tracking modes on the gimbal, especially for professional-level paid work then the Weebill S is definatley the best travel gimbal going.
User Interface And Control System
All three of the featured gimbals use the standard joystick handheld gimbal control interface that has been consistently used by gimbal brands over the last decade. Over this time, the system has been tweaked and developed to perfection offering videographers some of the best manual control of their gimbals to get the best footage possible. The Weebill S and G6 Max use a sixteen contact point joystick while the Osmo Mobile 3 uses a twelve contact point joystick with all three systems using an omnidirectional system.
The Weebill S is the only gimbal that offers professional-level customization but in reality, the heavier camera rigs that professional videographers will likley use will be too heavy for the other two gimbals to support anyway. That said though, the G6 Max still offers some solid intermediate functionality that should be more than enough for anyone who is looking for a travel vlogging gimbal or something like that.
Thankfully, gone are the days when it was an absolute nightmare to balance your gimbal and all three systems are extremely easy to balance even if you are brand new to using a 3 axis gimbal. All three of the gimbals should easily be able to be balanced within a minute after a little practice with the Osmo Mobile 3 pretty much being set and forget with you just putting your smartphone onto it and being good to go.
No matter what level of experience you have with gimbals or what you will be looking to do with your new travel gimbal, we are confident that you will likley be able to get to grips with the user interfaces quickly. This is ideal for any entry-level gimbal user but as we mentioned, if you are a professional level videographer then the Zhiyun Weebill S is likley the only real option due to it offering professional-level features and customization to ensure that you can get what you like.
Build Quality And Design
When it comes to the actual design of the gimbals, they all follow the traditional handheld gimbal design but all have their own unique systems to keep them as small and light as possible during use. The Osmo Mobile 3 has been designed to fold back on itself to be compact when not in use, the G6 Max has been designed to be as small and light as possible, and the Weebill S has been designed to be compact with a detachable handle to help reduce its footprint size when in your luggage.
As you would probably expect, the gimbals come in with the Osmo Mobile 3 as the lightest, the G6 Max as the second lightest, and then finally the Weebill S as the heaviest but out of all handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now, the Weebill S is definatley the lightest one with such a high load capacity. If you do require the larger amounts of support due to the total payload weight of your camera then the Weebill S is the only real travel gimbal that we would recommend from that weight class of gimbals right now.
All three gimbals are made from the same next-generation plastic polymers that are as light as possible while also being as tough and robust they can be too. This is perfect when looking for a gimbal for traveling as you need the lightweight but the tough build is ideal as your gimbal will definatley end up taking a few knocks when in your luggage and the last thing you want is for it to break. We are confident that all three of the featured gimbals are easily able to take their fair share of punishment with all the bumps and knocks coming their way and feel that they will last you for years to come.
The Weebill S and the G6 Max also support axis locking too allowing you to lock the three individual axis of the gimbal in place when required. This is basically an essential feature for any modern travel gimbal stabilizer these days as it prevents the axis of your gimbal from randomly rotating while packed away and potentially breaking. The locking systems on both gimbals are very straight forward and easy to use allowing you to lock or unlock the axis within seconds if required.
The final point that we want to make is that all three of the gimbals have a very comfortable handle grip making them easy and comfortable to hold, even if you are working with your gimbal for hours. So many of the older gimbals could end up causing cramps or aches in your hand during use but the modern gel-based handles are ideal and help to prevent this. The lightweight of all three gimbals also prevent any aches or pains in your shoulders, back, or arms when working those longer sessions too.
That brings our article going over what we feel are the best travel gimbals currently available on the market right now. As we mentioned back at the start of the article, if you are using a mirrorless camera or light to mid-weight DSLR rig then the Zhiyun Weebill S should be your gimbal of choice. If you are using a point and shoot camera then the G6 Plus should be your gimbal of choice and if you are using a smartphone then the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is going to be your best option.
We feel that all three of these gimbals are top of their class and can make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories respective to their target cameras. They provide you with some excellent image stabilization while being very small and lightweight meaning they are ideal for traveling. This helps to ensure that you are always getting the best image quality possible while out and about on your adventures too as your video footage will be super smooth and have that professional level feel to it.