Although the newer Canon 90d has just been released, the older Canon 60d is still a very popular entry-level DSLR camera and although it is starting to show its age, it has received multiple price reductions over the years and newer variants of the camera become available. Due to its low price point and excellent performance the Canon 60d still has a large core customer base that is still growing at a steady pace. Due to this, each month we see a number of people from both the photography and videography side of the house reaching out and asking about various ways that they are able to improve their image quality and get the best performance out of their camera possible.
Over the last few months, we have noticed more and more people from the vlogging and videography side of things asking for advice on the best gimbal for Canon 60d owners. Due to this, we have decided to focus on gimbals for the 60d in today’s article in an attempt to help as many of our readers as possible who are looking to add some solid image stabilization to their collection of 60d camera accessories.
Although the Canon 60d is an entry-level DSLR camera body with a heavier than average camera body, there is no need to go with an expensive, bulky, and heavy gimbal like the DJI Ronin S that in all honesty is starting to show its age and be left behind by compeating gimbals. We see so many videographers and vloggers who use a DSLR camera instantly think that they have to go with the Ronin S and although this was half true back when the Ronin S was initially released a few years back, times have definatley changes.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is an excellent handheld gimbal stabilizer that is much cheaper than the Ronin S and has only been available for a few months at the time of writing. We feel that it should easily be able to meet the needs of the majority of our readers who use the Canon 60d while also potentially saving you hundreds of dollars over going with the Ronin S. Although the Moza Aircross 2 is another solid contender, it currently has a much higher price tag than the Weebill S while the Weebill S offers better levels of performance and image stabilization pushing it ahead of the Aircross 2.
Since its release, the Weebill S has just kept on growing its core customer base at a rapid pace to the point where it is currently the dominant gimbal in its weight class. In the four or five months since its release onto the market, it has managed to rightfully earn a great reputation amongst the videography and vlogging communities that is steadily increasing with each passing month.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As we touched on earlier, although the Canon 60d is slightly heavier than we would expect for a more recent camera of its size and specs coming in at 1.66 pounds, the Weebill S comes with the ability to easily support a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total payload weight. This ensures that even though your 60d is pretty heavy, you still have just under five pounds of available load capacity for your other camera accessories.
In this day and age, no matter what camera lens, external mic, or video light that you like to mount to your Canon 60d during use to improve the audio and image quality, we are confident in saying that the Weebill S will easily be able to support its weight. On top of this, the design of the gimbal, as well as the gimbal motors used, make long and heavy lenses easy work. Even in this day and age, some brands still release gimbals that are solid with a regular setup but have problems with image stabilization the second you mount a longer lens to your camera body. Thankfully though, Zhiyun are on top of this and it is not an issue for the Weebill S allowing you to mount those longer and heavier lenses to your 60d if needed without running into any problems.
Zhiyun has also worked their magic on their battery cell system too with the Weebill S having a maximum battery life of around fourteen hours while the actual cell itself is around a third smaller and lighter than other gimbals while providing around four hours more than the average battery life. Although we are confident in saying that fourteen hours of battery life should be plenty for most of our readers who use the Canon 60d, we are fully aware that some people may be working in niches where you may not have access to a power socket for days at a time.
If you are working in one of these niches then you are able to add a high output USB power bank to your camera accessories to help extend the battery life of all of your devices as required. The modern power banks are able to top up your camera, gimbal, and most other popular devices while out and about to keep you supplied with juice until you can use a power outlet.
The Weebill S also uses the Zhiyun rapid charge technology allowing you to recharge the gimbal in around three hours. This is when plugged into a mains power outlet but the recharge time of the gimbal will vairy if you are recharging it via a USB power bank and depending on the output levels of the power bank. All in all though, Zhiyun is definatley leading the way when it comes to gimbal battery cells and outright beat what the majority of the compeating brands are offering right now.
Another area where Zhiyun has been innovating an absolute ton is with the detection and correction system in the Weebill S and although Moza has done a solid job with the Aircross 2, there is a large gap between these two and the other compeating gimbals in this weight and price range in our opinion. This is just another reason that the Weebill S has managed to establish itself as the dominant gimbal within only a few months and see the competition off to have a massive market share.
Zhiyun has made a few tweaks to their gimbal sensors over what they have used in their previous generation of gimbals in an attempt to help improve the speed and accuracy that they actually detect movement. If you have issues actually detecting any movement in your gimbal head, the whole process to correct and stabilize is going to have issues right from the very start. Although the latest Moza gimbal sensors are solid too, we do feel that Zhiyun pushout ever so slightly ahead.
Next up, the data from the gimbal sensors is sent to the balancing algorithm to be processed to work out how best to counter the movement and keep your Canon 60d stable. Now, Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza all have great balancing algorithms but outside of the three main brands, the other compeating brands on the market seem to be being left behind. In all honesty, when it comes to the balancing algorithms of the top three, it is hard to call an outright winner as all three have slight advantages over each other in different areas so we will just be calling it a draw.
The main area where Zhiyun pulls away from both Moza and DJI, as well as the other compeating gimbal brands for dust, is with their next-generation gimbal motors. To date, we have no doubt in our minds that these are the best gimbal motors ever released as they offer three times the power of most compeating motors while being around a quarter smaller and a third lighter while also being very energy efficient too. This is the main reason that the Zhiyun Weebill S is so small and light while also being able to support heavy camera payloads with ease.
In a bid to ensure that the Weebill S allows you to use it in pretty much any situation you can think of, Zhiyun has included the pan, lock, follow, and manual modes that pretty much every modern handheld gimbal stabilizer comes with these days. In addition to this though, they have also included vortex mode as well as their excellent tracking mode that is usually only found on higher price point gimbals. Although DJI also has a great tracking system, we feel that the Zhiyun one has leapfrogged the DJI system to become the dominant gimbal tracking tech on the market as DJI has not released a new gimbal for a few years now.
When you take all of this into account as well as the fact that most retailers currently list the Weebill S at around the $450 price point it very easy to see how it has managed to grow such a massive customer base in a matter of months. On top of this, many of the videographers and vloggers who use the Weebill S have published dedicated reviews sharing their opinions and thoughts on the gimbal. Those reviews go into how well the Weebill S is performing and offer some solid, independent insights into how it is performing in a large number of popular vlogging and videography niches too.
User Interface And Control System
Zhiyun has always prioritized ease of use when it comes to their control interface for their gimbals and the system on the Weebill S is no different. It has been specifically designed to be as user-friendly and easy to use as possible while also having the advanced functionality and customization that a professional videographer will require too. This makes it an ideal option for an entry-level gimbal owner as well as an advanced gimbal user with years of experience too.
The system is based around the user joystick control with some buttons to help assist the user and an LCD panel to display the various information that a user will need to see. Rather than the old school four direction joysticks that some gimbals used to use, the Weebill S comes with a modern omnidirectional joystick to allow you to have full control of your gimbal head and your Canon 60d no matter what you are doing with your gimbal. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily pan or tilt the head of the gimbal without issue. On top of this, your panning also looks natural and smooth without looking robotic like the panning on older gimbals that use a four way joystick.
The quick-release plate system on the Weebill S is very simple and easy to use and fully adjustable too. This allows you to mount or unmount your Canon 60d from the gimbal within seconds to switch between the gimbal and your tripod or hands as required. The adjustable parts of the gimbal are also very quick and easy to do too allowing you to customize its dimensions to your needs within seconds too.
Finally, Zhiyun has had one of the quickest and easiest balancing systems for years now meaning that even if you are brand new to using a gimbal you will easily be able to get your 60d setup balanced. The high torque gimbal motors on the Weebill S are very forgiving too meaning that even if you don’t get the balancing procedure perfect you will still get great image stabilization. Once you have to balance your 60d on the Weebill S a few times and had a little practice, we are confident that you will be able go through the process in less than sixty seconds each time you need to balance the gimbal.
Build Quality And Design
Zhiyun has made a number of changes to the design of their Weebill range of gimbals over their old school Crane range to try and improve the Weebill range as much as possible. These changes range from a much smaller, compact design of the gimbal body to make it as easy as possible to travel with when required. The detachable gimbal handle and multiple mounting points native to the gimbal design also allow you to quickly and easily change the gimbal to underslung mode for low angle video recording when required too.
Zhiyun has also changed the design of the handle grip on the Weebill S to ensure that it offers maximum comfort to the user when using the gimbal too. Although it is a very simple feature, so many gimbals, even ones that have been released over the last few years have issues with comfort or being able to provide a solid gripping surface. This new Zhiyun grip design offers great comfort to prevent aches and cramps while also offering a firm and solid hold of the gimbal to prevent you from accidentally dropping it too.
Another great little design feature that Zhiyun has added to the Weebill gimbals is the individual axis locks that allow you to quickly and easily lock the moving parts of the gimbal in place when required. For example, if you are packing your gear up ready to transport you don’t want the axis on the gimbal randomly rotating in your bag and potentially breaking so this lets you lock them in place until you disable the locks.
When it comes to the actual build quality of the gimbal, Zhiyun has done a great job of keeping the price tag of the gimbal as low as possible while using the lightest weight materials possible while still keeping the gimbal as tough and robust as possible. If you are working in a niche where you have to travel with your gear in your bags potentially being knocked around or a niche involving action where it may be knocked during use, the tough build of the gimbal is an excellent feature.
It helps to ensure that no matter what is coming the gimbals way, it will be able to take its fair share of a punishment without breaking. Although some of the compeating gimbals on the market are also very robust, very few offer the same levels of performance, are as compact and small, or as lightweight as the Weebill S. All in all, Zhiyun has done a solid job of putting the Weebill S together and designing it to be as efficient as possible.
That concludes our thoughts on what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon 60d cameras and we really do feel that our readers who own the 60d and are looking to add a handheld gimbal to their camera accessories should go with the Zhiyun Weebill S. As we have pointed out, it absolutely dominates its weight class right now and we doubt that anything is going to knock it off the top spot any time soon.
On top of this, it has one of the best reputations going amongst gimbals with an absolute ton of independent reviews making it a great option for the vast majority of videographers and vloggers. If you are yet to make your decision then skimming over those third-party reviews are well worth it in our opinion as they cover the performance of the Weebill S in pretty much any videography or vlogging situation you may find yourself in.