In our opinion, at the time of writing at least, the Canon 200d is one of, if not the best entry-level, budget-friendly DSLR camera on the market right now. It offers some of the best image quality available with some solid performance all for a very fair, low price. As you would expect, due to this, it has gone from strength to strength amongst the photography, videography, social media influencer, and vlogging communities and still sees rapid growth of its core customer base with each month that passes.
For today’s article, we are going to be focusing in on one of the more common questions that we see asked on a regular basis from the videography and vlogging side of things and that is based around the best gimbal for Canon 200d cameras. Thankfully, Canon has made their 200d extremely lightweight and with the modern gimbals offering some excellent payload support, there really is no need to folk out on an expensive 3 axis gimbal stabilizer like the DJI Ronin S.
In our opinion, something like either the Zhiyun Weebill S or even the Moza Aircross 2 will more than meet your needs and offer all the load capacity that you need to get the best image stabilization possible. In our opinion, the Weebill S is the better handheld gimbal due to it offering slightly better performance than the Aircross 2 while also being more versatile as well as having a slightly lower price tag too.
At the time of writing, the Weebill S has only been available for a matter of months but in this short time, it has managed to blow the majority of compeating gimbals out the water with ease. Its excellent performance, great build quality, and large amount of versatility allow you to use it as your go-to gimbal of choice and get the best possible image quality out of your 200d if you add it to your camera accessories. On top of this, judging by the outstanding reputation that the gimbal has managed to earn already, it would seem like the vast majority of people who try the Weebill S agree with us.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Without any other camera accessories mounted to it, the Canon 200d comes in with a payload weight of just shy of one pound meaning that the Weebill S has plenty of spare load capacity available for all the camera accessories that you could ever need. Due to the gimbal having a massive 6.61 maximum payload capacity, with your camera mounted, you have around 5.61 pounds spare and off the top of our heads, we are unable to think of a single popular 200d setup that will even come close to needing this.
This ensures that no matter what camera lens, video light, or external microphone you choose to use with your 200d, the Weebill S will easily be able to support their weight and provide you with great image stabilization. Another solid feature of the Weebill S is its super high torque motors that also make easy work of longer camera lenses too. Although rare for videography with a 200d, some of our readers may need to use a longer and heavier lens at time while recording so it is nice to know the Weebill S can handle it without issue. Many compeating stabilizers on the market right now seem to have issues with this with most having issues with vibrations as soon as you mount a longer lens to your camera body.
Zhiyun has been working on their battery cell technology for the last two years or so but rather than trying to increase its maximum battery life, they have been working to make it smaller and lighter. This is due to their Weebill range of gimbals having been designed from the very start to be as small and light as possible. That said though, although the battery cell in the Weebill S is around a third smaller and lighter than most of the competition, it also comes in with a fourteen-hour maximum battery life meaning it offers four hours more than average too.
The Zhiyun recharge system is solid too with the cell being able to go from empty to full in just over three hours when charged via a mains power socket. Although we would imagine that fourteen hours of the battery will be enough for the majority of our readers, many vloggers and videographers have started to add a USB power bank to their collection of camera accessories.
Many of the newer, higher output power banks being released onto the market can help to keep your devices supplied with power if you are out and about away from a mains power socket. They are particularly useful if you are working as a travel vlogger as you can recharge your Canon 200d, the Weebill S, your laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, or pretty much any other popular device provided you get a high load output power bank.
In our opinion, the previous generation of Zhiyun gimbals had one of the best detection and correction systems that we have ever seen leaving pretty much no wiggle room for compeating gimbal brands to try and muscle in and take their market share. That said though, with Zhiyun being Zhiyun they have been innovating away as usual and improved the system even further for their Weebill S.
They have upgraded their already market-leading gimbal sensors making tweaks to help improve their accuracy as well as the speed that they are able to process the data that they detect. As we have said a few times, if your initial data is low quality, the rest of the detection and correction system will struggle, a lesson that Feiyutech has found out the hard way with their AK range of gimbals that have a ton of problems.
The gimbal sensors on the Weebill S then feed this information directly into the Zhiyun balancing algorithm and just like their sensors, their algorithm was already leading the way in our opinion. Although Moza with their Aircross 2 have managed to gain some solid ground on Zhiyun over the last year or so, we feel that the Zhiyun algorithm is still slightly better due to being just as fast but also ensuring that its counter-movement is as power-efficient as possible to ensure you get every last drop of juice out of your battery.
Although we would still say that the DJI algorithm comes in at a solid third place, they have no released any new gimbals outside of the smartphone and action camera weight class for a few years now. Due to this, there is little that they are able to do with the aging technology on the Ronin S to stay competitive against the Weebill S or Aircross 2 in our opinion.
The final part of the system is the motors on the gimbal and Zhiyun have done an excellent job with the work that they have put in. To try and keep the Weebill S as small and light as possible, their next-generation motors are around a quarter smaller and lighter than their older gimbals but provide you with three times the torque. This is the main reason that the image stabilization on the gimbal is so efficient and smooth with it being able to easily support heavier camera setups and longer lenses with ease.
Zhiyun have also updated their vortex mode and tracking modes on the gimbal too while supporting the regular pan, manual, lock, and follow gimbal modes too. As usual, the amount of time you spend using each of the modes is going to depend more on the niche you are actually working in and what you are trying to do with your Canon 200d. In our opinion though, all of the modes perform flawlessly and in our opinion, Zhiyun have the best tracking technology of all gimbals currently on the market.
Although we are fully aware that we sound like a bunch of fan boys for the Weebill S, you can click here to read a bunch of third-party reviews of the gimbal that have been published by independent videographers and vloggers. If you skim over them, you will be able to see that the overwhelming opinion of the Weebill S is that is is an excellent camera accessory and has set the bar for the compeating gimbal brands to try and reach.
User Interface And Control System
Zhiyun has upgraded the joystick in the control interface system on the Weebill S to make is as responsive as possible. The only real remaining weakness of motorized gimbal stabilizers over manual handheld Steadicam style stabilizers is that their manual mode footage could sometimes seem a little robotic at times. Thankfully though, Zhiyun has added sixteen points of contact for their joystick and rather than using an old school four way control, they have a fully omnidirectional joystick.
This allows you to mount your Canon 200d to your gimbal and manually tilt or pan your camera as required while working and get super smooth motions that look just as natural as a Steadicam style stabilizer. This has essentially removed the only remaining advantage that the Steadicam rigs have over the motorized gimbals at this price point in the market and the system on the Moza Aircross 2 also offers these same advantages as the Zhiyun Weebill S too. This leads us to believe that the compeating brands on the market will also be upgrading their own designs to follow suit in their next generation of gimbals too.
One of the few weaknesses of the previous generation of Zhiyun gimbals was that their LCD panel was a total nightmare to read when using your gimbal in direct sunlight. This made it a pain to tweak your gimbal settings quickly but Zhiyun has taken the constructive criticism on board and added an anti-glare coating to the panel. This works a treat and allows you to see exactly what information the panel is displaying when working outdoors in the sun with ease.
One of the few areas on the Weebill S that Zhiyun has kept the same is their balancing process but in all honesty, we see no reason to change it. Alongside Moza and DJI, Zhiyun has had an extremely simple and straight forward balancing process for years now and with the Canon 200d being so light, it just makes everything easier. On top of this, the high torque motors on the gimbal are very forgiving for any first-time gimbal users opting to pick up the Weebill S.
Although the user manual fully covers how best to balance the gimbal in detail, we doubt many people will need it as the process on the Weebill S is very straight forward. Even if you are brand new to using a handheld gimbal stabilizer, we are confident that most of our readers will be able to get the process down to taking less than sixty seconds after a little practice.
Zhiyun has also kept the same navigation menu that their older Crane range of gimbals used due to it being so user-friendly and quick to learn. It is very straight forward and allows you to make any tweaks as required without having to waste time. On top of this, if you are a more experienced videographer and have been using gimbals for years, the navigation menu allows you to quickly tweak your config but with a camera, as light as the Canon 200d, we doubt that this will be required much, if at all.
That brings our thoughts on the best gimbal for Canon 200d camera users to an end and although there are a fair few suitable handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now, we see no reason to fork out for something like the DJI Ronin S simply due to the fact that you are using a DSLR camera. In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S will likley be the better option due to the much lighter weight of the Canon 200d anyway and the fact that it saves you a few hundred dollars is just a bonus.
If you are still on the fence about adding the Weebill S to your collection of 200d camera accessories then we would strongly recommend that you read some of these independent reviews about the gimbal. They have all been published by third-party videographers and go over how the Weebill S has helped them improve the image quality that they have been able to capture. They also offer some solid insight into various aspects of how the gimbal performs in various different niches too potentially offering a better insight into the performance of the gimbal that is directly relative to the niche that you will be working in with your Canon 200d.