Canon has done an amazing job with their 700d and improved on the weak areas of their 600d with minimal increase in the price tag of the camera while drastically improving the image quality it offers. Due to this, a large number of people have taken to using the 700d as their go-to camera of choice as it is definatley one of the best entry-level DSLR camera bodies on the market right now. It has proven to be a very popular option amongst entry-level photographers and videographers as well as a large number of social media influencer types and vloggers too.
Just like all of the other extremely popular camera bodies on the market right now, we have noticed a steady increase in people reaching out for advice on the best camera accessories to improve the image quality that they can get with their 700d. Due to a number of vloggers recommending the 700d as one of the best budget-friendly DSLRs for vlogging as well as it always having had a solid videography user base, we are seeing a ton of people asking about the best gimbal for Canon 700d cameras.
Thankfully, although the 700d is a DSLR camera body, it is extremely lightweight when compared to some of the other DSLRs on the market that can easily be more than double its weight. This is good news for any of our readers who own the 700d and are in the market for a handheld gimbal stabilizer to provide some image stabilization as it means the vast majority of stabilizers can support your camera.
That said though, gimbal technology has come on a long way over the last three years and the difference in performance and the image quality improvements between the recent gimbals and gimbals that are a few years old is night and day. This is why we would always recommend that our readers who own the Canon 700d go with either the Zhiyun Weebill S or the Moza Aircross 2. They are both excellent 3 axis gimbal stabilizers and we have no doubt in our mind that either of them will make a solid addition to your collection of camera accessories.
That said though, in our opinion, the Weebill S is definatley the better option due to it currently being over one hundred dollars cheaper than the Aircross 2 while also offering better levels of image stabilization. On top of this, if you will be traveling around, especially via plane then the Weebill S is a much better travel gimbal than the Aircross 2 due to its much smaller size and weight too.
At the time of writing, the Weebill S has only been available for purchase for a matter of months but it has seen extremely rapid growth of its user base in such a short period of time. In our opinion, this is largely due to so many people seeing how much further ahead the Zhiyun gimbal technology is to what the competition are offering as well as the low price tag of the Weebill S for what you get for your cash. This has ensured that the Weebill S has been able to quickly establish itself as the leading gimbal in the market while also having quickly earned one of the best reputations we have ever seen amongst handheld gimbals.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Thankfully, the Canon 700d is only around the 1.28-pound mark without having any of your other camera accessories mounted to it. This is very light for a DSLR camera body and is around half the weight of some compeating DSLRs while being around the same weight as some of the heavier mirrorless camera bodies on the market too. This light initial payload weight leaves you a ton of wiggle room for your camera accessories as the Weebill S can support load capacities of up to and including 6.61 pounds of total payload weight.
This means that you can mount even the heaviest camera lenses, video lights, external microphones or other accessories without running into issues with your image stabilization. Off the top of our head, we can’t think of any popular 700d setups that will even come close to needing all of this payload weight helping to ensure you get optimal image quality when using the gimbal. Additionally, this also future proofs your gimbal purchase against any potential future camera purchase that may be much heavier than your 700d as the Weebill S can support most light and mid-weight DSLRs with ease.
Although many videographers and vloggers simply take it as a given these days, a large number of even the recent gimbal releases onto the market can actually struggle with longer lenses when mounted to your camera. Thankfully though, the Zhiyun Weebill S, DJI Ronin S, and Moza Aircross 2 all offer solid performance if you are using a longer lens while recording.
Although the battery cell technology in the gimbal space has been stale for a while, Zhiyun has managed to knock out some solid innovation with their latest range of cells. Not only have they managed to reduce the size and weight of these next-generation batteries by around a third, they have also managed to actually increase maximum battery life while also reducing size. The battery in the Weebill S can support around fourteen hours of use with each charge coming in at around four hours longer than what most other gimbal batteries are currently offering to users.
Although the Moza rapid recharging system has managed to catch up, both the Weebill S and the Aircross 2 are able to be recharged back to full in three to four hours. This helps you get back out and about with minimal downtime as you get just under five hours of usable battery life for every hour you spend recharging your gimbals. If you are working in a niche where you will be using your gimbal for long periods of time without having breaks then this can be a godsend.
Additionally, if you are working in something like travel vlogging or one of the other niches where you may be in remote locations for days at a time potentially without power then adding a USB power bank to your camera accessories can be a solid option. The modern power banks have a high load output allowing you to recharge your devices while out and about with ease. Provided you get a high output power bank this helps to ensure that your camera, gimbal, and other devices all have the juice to capture your content for days at a time with ease.
Although the Aircross 2 is probably the second-best gimbal on the market right now for a Canon 700d user, we feel that the main advantage of the Weebill S is its next-generation detection and correction system that blows the compeating systems out the water. The Zhiyun technology ensures that you get rapid, smooth, natural-looking image stabilization every time without you having to go through any complicated procedures too.
Everything starts with the sensors in the gimbal as the initial information has to be accurate or everything after the initial detection of motion will end up having a hard time actually working out what it has to do to provide accurate image stabilization. Thankfully, in our opinion, even the previous generation of Zhiyun gimbal sensors beat pretty much everything other than the Moza sensors with ease.
That said though, for this new generation of gimbals, Zhiyun has been innovating away and made a few tweaks to their sensors. Although they are the same size and weight as their older sensors, they have increased levels of accuracy and also process their data at a quicker rate. On top of this, they are also more power-efficient too and this is one of the reasons that the gimbal is able to get such a great maximum battery life while having a smaller battery cell.
The information that the sensors detect is then passed into the Zhiyun balancing algorithm that has been the dominant algorithm in the gimbal space for the last few years now. Although DJI used to previously lap frog Zhiyuns algorithm with their own system on a regular basis, they have not released a new gimbal outside of their smartphone range for years leaving Zhiyun to innovate away and keep increasing their lead. In our opinion, Moza have actually leapfrogged DJI to become the second-best gimbal brand at the time of writing but their balancing algorithm is still a little behind what the Zhiyun system uses.
The Zhiyun algorithm has been tweaked over the years to be as close to perfect as possible and is lightning fast at working out the easiest, most power-efficient way to make the required counter-movement to keep your 700d stable while recording. The speed and accuracy that the Zhiyun algorithm works at is enough to make it the dominant system but they have also improved on it to make it as power-efficient as possible to help stretch the battery life of the gimbal too.
The final part of the Zhiyun system is the next generation gimbal motors that they have developed and they absolutely blow everything else out the water with ease. At the time of writing, no other compeating gimbal on the market right now has motors that are even close to what Zhiyun are offering and is the main reason that the gimbal has been so successful in such a short period of time since release.
Zhiyun has managed to make these new motors around a quarter smaller than their older motors while also being around a quarter lighter too but they actually offer up to three times the torque of the compeating motors. This is why the Weebill S is able to be so small and compact yet offer such a large maximum load capacity and effortlessly handle camera rigs that use a longer lens. The motors have also been designed to be as power-efficient as possible too allowing optimal consumption of power when correcting detected movement to help squeeze every last drop of power out of the smaller battery cell on the gimbal.
We would highly recommend that at this stage our readers consider skimming over some of these independent reviews of the Weebill S. We are fully aware that we are starting to sound like fanboys of the gimbal but in reality, the Weebill S is just so much better than the compeating stabilizers on the market right now and you can see that a large number of third-party videographers and vloggers agree with use in the reviews that they have published.
User Interface And Control System
We are fully aware that some gimbal brands are starting to try and experiment with different types of gimbal interface but in our opinion, at the time of writing at least, nothing beats the modern joystick setups. Although the joystick control interface has been popular on gimbals for around a decade, modern gimbals like the Weebill S have upgraded to a fully omnidirectional sixteen point of contact joystick for the best possible control.
Back in the day, the majority of gimbals would use a static four way joystick that would result in robotic looking video footage when used but this is thankfully now a thing of the past. The system on the Weebill S offers superior manual control and offers super smooth, rapid, manual movement of your gimbal head that looks natural and not robotic. If you are planning to do any paid videography work using manual mode on your gimbal this alone can make the Weebill S the obvious option.
In this day and age, the Zhiyun, Moza, and DJI balancing systems have no real improvements left to make with the technology we currently have available. All three brands offer some very simple and straight forward gimbal balancing that will be quick and easy even if you are a first-time gimbal user. Tier two gimbal brands such as Feiyutech and Evo are also making massive improvements to their balancing systems too so there is no need to worry about having issues with balancing any of the modern gimbals.
That brings our article on what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon 700d camera owners to an end. In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is well out ahead of what the compeating gimbal brands are offering so we doubt that it is going to lose the top spot any time soon. We are confident that the Weebill S can make a great addition to your 700d camera accessories and easily stabilize your camera rig no matter what setup you use with your camera when capturing your content.
As we touched on earlier in the article, a large number of people have quickly taken to this great little handheld gimbal stabilizer with many published their own third-party reviews for the gimbal. They cover a ton of different situations and niches and offer some great insight into how the Weebill S has helped them improve the quality of their image quality and can definatley be worth skimming over in our opinion.