Although Feiyutech has dropped off in the quality of their handheld gimbal stabilizers over the last three years or so, they still have a solid reputation amongst the videographer community due to once offering some of the best gimbals on the market. Due to this, we have seen more and more people reaching out about a dedicated Feiyu a2000 vs ak2000 review due to the 2000 range of gimbals being one of the best sellers from Feiyutech.
Although the initial Feiyutech a2000 was a solid little gimbal stabilizer, it was unfortunately overshadowed by the Zhiyun Crane range of gimbals that still dominate the market today. That said though, the original a2000 managed to earn itself a solid little core customer base of vloggers and videographers who use it as their go to gimbal of choice and seem to get everything that they want out of it. That said though, just like most things when it comes to technology, gimbal tech has evolved over the last give years and the a2000 is definitely showing its age and unfortunately can’t compete with the more modern gimbal released onto the market.
Due to this, Feiyutech put a bunch of time, effort, and money into developing the Feiyutech ak2000 that was means to fix the few issues that the aging a2000 had while also bringing their 2000 range of gimbals up to date and offering some solid competition to Zhiyun and their dominance. Unfortunately, pretty much everything that could go wrong with the ak2000 did go wrong with it being released onto the market with a long list of issues with many problems that should never have even made it out of the initial design stage, never mind into the live product.
The issues with the ak2000 cost Feiyutech so much money and delivered a massive blow to their reputation amongst videographers that there were rumors that they may even go bankrupt. Although the ak2000 has a large number of issues, the ak4000 and the ak4500 also had these same issues meaning an entire line up of gimbals were essentially a waste of time and money and sold extremely poorly. If you are looking for a new gimbal to add to your collection of camera accessories, we would highly recommend that you avoid the Feiyutech ak2000 like the plague.
That’s said though, Feiyutech has managed to keep their company going and have now released the Feiyutech ak2000s and we are pleased to say that it is everything that the ak2000 should have been. Although the Zhiyun Weebill S blows it out the water in every way in our opinion, the ak2000s is a solid little gimbal and if Feiyutech are able to reduce the price tag of it by around one hundred dollars then we feel that it will dominate the entry-level gimbal price point.
The ak2000s has fixed all of the major issues that the ak2000 suffered from and if they were able to release the technology and design of the ak2000s back when they released the ak2000 onto the market then we feel that the Feiyutech brand would be in a much better position than it currently is. That said though, the Zhiyun Weebill S is probably the best 3 axis gimbal stabilizer ever made and outright beats everything that the ak2000s has to offer. Additionally, Moza has managed to put a ton of work in on their new Aircross 2 and we feel that it is also a much better gimbal than the ak2000s so we would recommend either of those two gimbals to any of our readers considering any of the 2000 range from Feiyutech instead.
That said though, Feiyutech does still have some videographers who are loyal to the brand from back in the glory days of the original a2000 so we will still be taking a more in-depth look at the 2000 range of gimbals from Feiyutech below. As we mentioned, if Feiyutech does reduce the price of the Feiyutech ak2000s to around the $250 mark then we feel that it is a solid option otherwise the Weebill S should be your primary gimbal consideration in our opinion.
Performance Of The Gimbal
In this day and age, the Feiyutech a2000 is pretty hard to get hold of due to Feiyutech having stopped making the gimbal a few years back now. The original a2000 was a solid little gimbal stabilizer for its time and offered a maximum load capacity of around 5.5 pounds of payload weight making sure that it could support the weight of a large number of popular camera setups and be used in a large number of popular videography niches.
When it comes to battery life, the Feiyutech a2000 could only support around eight hours of use and the higher the total payload weight of your camera setup, the quicker the battery on the gimbal would run dry too. In addition to this, the gimbal could take anywhere from two to four hours to fully recharge from empty too making it a bit of a pain to plan your gear recharges around.
As we touched on earlier in the article, we would not actually recommend that any of our readers purchase the Feiyutech ak2000 as it just has so many issues with it and it is not fit for purpose in our opinion. That said, on paper at least, the ak2000 is able to support a maximum load capacity of 6.1 pounds of total payload weight but it does have issues with vibration and balancing if you use a camera rig over 4 pounds of weight. This can cause a number of issues and on top of this, if you use a longer or heavy lens then the ak2000 can have problems with maintaining its center of gravity even after you balance it.
When it comes to battery life, the ak2000 offers you around twelve hours of power per charge but again, the more of the payload weight you use with your camera rig, the sooner the gimbals battery will run dry. Additionally, if you do end up having issues with the vibrations in the gimbal head then this can further reduce the amount of power that you can expect out of the gimbal during use too. The recharge time for the ak2000 usually takes between three and five hours when plugged into a regular wall based power socket.
The Feiyutech ak2000s is not only the newest addition to the Feiyutech 2000 range of gimbals and definitely offers you the best levels of image stabilization. That said though, it also has the lowest maximum load capacity with the gimbal only being able to 4.85 pounds of total camera payload weight. We feel that Feiyutech has done this due to the gimbal using the majority of the same technology as the ak2000 and realizing that the motors on the gimbal are not able to support the heavier camera payloads.
The battery life on the ak2000s is solid with the gimbal being able to support around fourteen hours of battery life with each full charge. Additionally, Feiyutech seems to have fixed the issue with their battery cell technology to help prevent the power bleed with the higher payload camera setups to helping you get close to fourteen hours of power no matter the payload weight of our camera. The ak2000s also take three to five hours to recharge depending on what you are doing but the more constant battery life and better overall performance of the ak2000s is a solid leap in the right direction.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the Zhiyun Weebill S is a much better option than the ak2000s in our opinion and should definitely be your gimbal of choice, especially at the time of writing as both gimbals retail for a very similar price point. The Weebill S can easily support a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total camera payload weight and does not have any issues with vibrations or power bleed too. The motors on the Weebill S are the best that we have ever seen to date and can also easily support longer and heavier camera lenses and other camera accessories when recording too.
In our opinion, Zhiyun also has the best battery technology in the gimbal space right now and the cell in the Weebill S will provide you with around fourteen hours of power with each full charge of its battery. Additionally, the Weebill S also has a pretty consistent recharge time of around three hours no matter what you are doing with your gimbal.
User Interface And Control System
Feiyutechare one of the few brands who have started to experiment with trying to incorporate touchscreen systems into their gimbals and although the system is pretty solid in all fairness to Feiyutech, we feel that the more traditional joystick based system is better overall. The new Feiyutech use a hybrid of the system with a traditional joystick supplemented with a touchscreen and we feel that Feiyutech have done a solid job of putting the system together.
The a2000 and ak2000s are very easy and straight forward to balance and we are confident that the vast majority of our readers will easily be able to balance the gimbals without running into any issues. That said though, the ak2000 can be an absolute nightmare to balance due to some design issues with the gimbal causing no end of problems. Although Feiyutech were quick to put out a fix for the issues, a number of people have reported that the official fix is not able to correct the issues anyway and is just another reason to about the sk2000 if possible.
All three of the gimbals in the Feiyutech 2000 range offer the standard quick release plate system allowing you to quickly and easily mount or unmount your camera from the gimbals as required. This allows you to switch up what you are doing with your camera without having to waste time such as using your gimbal, switching to handheld recording, then switching to your tripod, and then switching back to your gimbal again.
Build Quality And Design
When it comes to the actual design of the Feiyutech 2000 range of gimbals, they basically follow the traditional handheld gimbal stabilizer design. Due to this, even the newest ak2000s from Feiyutech is pretty large and heavy when compared to something like the Zhiyun Weebill S. Zhiyun has been sure to keep innovating as best they can and all of those marginal gains have paid off as the Weebill S is much smaller and lighter than all other gimbals in its weight class on the market right now. If you are looking for a suitable travel gimbal then the Weebill S is definitely the best gimbal around right now.
That said though, outside of Zhiyun and their Weebill range of gimbals, the Feiyutech a2000, ak2000, and ak2000s all fit similar dimensions and weights as the majority of the other gimbals on the market. This means that the ak2000s is a similar size, weight and shape to something like the Moza Aircross 2 but the Aircross 2 offers a better maximum load capacity, battery life, and general levels of image stabilization in general.
The latest ak2000s also has a gel set handle grip on the gimbal and although the majority of compeating gimbals on the market right now also offer this, the older ak2000 had whole bunch of issues with their handle grip so it is nice to see these have been corrected for the ak2000s. The gel set handle is also much more comfortable than the older, rigid plastic handles allowing you to easily hold the gimbal for longer when recording with it.
That brings our article going over our Feiyu a2000 vs ak2000 vs ak2000s comparison to a close and in all honesty, we would always recommend that our readers in the market for a new handheld gimbal stabilizer go with either the Zhiyun Weebill Sor the Moza Aircross 2 over the Feiyutech gimbals in this day and age. Although Feiyutech did show promise until around five years back, all of the issues with the ak2000 has held them back and left brands like Moza and Zhiyun to race off ahead and produce superior gimbals.
If you are deadset on adding one of the Feiyutech gimbals to your camera accessories then we would recommend the Feiyutech ak2000s but as we touched on earlier in the article, we feel it is currently overpriced at $350 for what you actually get. It is around the same price as the Zhiyun Weebill S right now but the Weebill S is a much better gimbal in every single way. With sales dwindling we fully expect Feiyutech to run a price reduction on the ak2000s and if you are able to find it for $250 or less then we feel it can be a solid investment but the Weebill S will still be a much better option for any professional level, paid videography work.