As the Canon 90d has just been released onto the market, the Canon 70d has just received another price reduction turning it into an absolute bargain for any entry-level photographer or videographer. With this new surge in popularity, we have seen more and more photographers and videographers reaching out with a number of different questions about the Canon 70d over the last few weeks.
One of the most commonly asked questions that we have seen asked over the last few weeks is based around the best gimbal for Canon 70d cameras. A large number of the videographers who have chosen to purchase the 70d have decided to also invest in a quality gimbal to get the image stabilization that they need for the best possible image quality. As we always try to help as many of our readers as possible, we have decided to spend todays article going over what we feel should be your primary gimbal consideration for your 70d.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best gimbal for the Canon 70d and in our opinion, there is little to no competition to it at the time of writing, especially at the price point of the Weebill S. If you are on a very tight budget then the Zhiyun Crane Plus can make a decent option but the price difference between the two is minimal and the Weebill S has only been on the market for a few months whereas the Crane Plus is a few years old now and showing its age.
Although the Canon 70d is a DSLR camera body, the high torque motors on the Weebill S should make light work of the vast majority of popular 70d setups and provide you with the image stabilization that you are looking for. Although it is on of the newest handheld gimbal stabilizers to market, the Weebill S has managed to quickly establish itself as a market leader as well as earn itself an absolute ton of excellent independent reviews from videographers and vloggers too.
Due to this, we would highly recommend that any of our readers who own the Canon 70d and are looking to add great little gimbal stabilizer to their camera accessories consider the Weebill S. Throughout the rest of our article, we will be taking a more in-depth look at the gimbal and going over the various reasons that we feel that it should be your primary consideration.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Although the Canon 70d camera body is pretty heavy coming in at around 1.66 pounds of payload weight with its battery and no other camera accessories, the 6.61-pound maximum load capacity of the Weebill S can easily deal with it. With around 4.95 pounds of spare load capacity for your other camera accessories when using the Weebill S with the 70d, you can rest assured that you can mount pretty much anything you want to your camera without running into vibration or image stabilization issues.
Although some of the older Zhiyun handheld gimbals did have some issues if you were using a longer or heavier lens due to shifting the expected center of gravity, the Weebill S has been tweaked to avoid this. Although small, these tweaks ensure that the gimbal can easily stabilize your Canon 70d even if you opt to use a long lens while recording and push the Weebill S ahead of the compeating gimbals on the market right now.
Another area where the Weebill S pushes ahead of the compeating gimbals available at the time of writing is in its battery system. Both the actual cell and the recharging system are from Zhiyun next-generation technology offering a longer battery life that can be recharged quicker while also being around thirty-three percent smaller and lighter than their older batteries.
This means that each full charge of the battery can provide you with a massive fourteen hours of battery with each full charge of their battery. At the time of writing, this is around four to five hours longer than the average gimbal battery life on the market offering a battery life that should be enough for the vast majority of our readers. Fourteen hours should let you get out and about with your Canon 70d for a full day worth of recording your footage without your gimbal running out of juice.
The rapid recharging technology that Zhiyun has developed over the last few years offer one of the best recharging time rations on the market right now too. The Weebill S can be fully recharged in around three hours meaning that with each hour charging you get just under five hours of live battery beating out most of the compeating gimbals. If you do need to extend the gimbals battery life due to working in a remote location then adding a USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories can help ensure you have all the power you need for your gimbal and camera.
In our opinion, the only compeating gimbal on the market right now that even comes close to what the Zhiyun Weebill S is able to offer you and your Canon 70d is the Moza Aircross 2 and even then it comes in at a higher price point with slightly worse performance too. Zhiyun has just done what they do best and innovated so much with the Weebill S that no one was expecting such an excellent gimbal stabilizer.
In our opinion, Zhiyun has also gone above and beyond with the detection and correction system for the Weebill S too, especially at this price point in the market as they have produced one of, if not the best system available at one of the lowest price points going. The next generation gimbal sensors that Zhiyun have developed are some of the best we have seen and offer excellent, accurate detection of movement at a lightning-fast speed.
The information that the sensor detects is then processed by the Zhiyun balancing algorithm that has managed to extend its lead over the DJI balancing algorithm that is its next closes competitor to essentially be in a league of its own. As Zhiyun has set itself a mission of producing one of the most energy-efficient gimbals possible, the balancing algorithm sends the most power-efficient correction to the gimbal motors to ensure you are able to get the most battery life possible out of the gimbals smaller battery.
The final part of the system is what has enabled the Weebill S to gain such a large lead over the compeating gimbals on the market and that is the excellent gimbal motors that Zhiyun has developed. Not only are they smaller and lighter than the older Zhiyun motors and most of the compeating motors on the market but they are also very power efficient while also offering three times the torque over the previous generation of gimbal motors from Zhiyun.
This is why the Weebill S is such a good match for the heavier camera body of the Canon 70d and allows the 3 axis gimbal to be able to handle the camera without issue. We see so many people who see a DSLR camera and instantly think that they need a massive gimbal like the DJI Ronin S when they really don’t.
When you look at the price tag of the Ronin S and see that the Weebill S is almost half its price while offering very similar levels of image stabilization it is no surprise that the Weebill S has one of the fastest-growing customer bases going. In addition to this, the Weebill S is also growing an excellent reputation for itself with many videographers and vloggers publishing their own dedicated reviews of the gimbal. Even if you just spend a few minutes skimming over those reviews we feel that it is well worth it as they offer some solid independent insight into how good the gimbal actually is from third-party videographers who have used it in pretty much any situation you can think of.
User Interface And Control System
In our opinion, both the Weebill S and the Aircross 2 have a very similar control interface that put them both joint top when it comes to ease of use while also offering everything that a professional, advanced videographer will need from a gimbal too. They both use a modernized version of the traditional LCD panel and joystick combo that offers excellent control over the gimbal during use too.
The LCD panel on both of the gimbals is very clear and easy to read while also being easy to see in low light too. They both also offer an omnidirectional joystick too that offers much better manual control over the gimbal head when in manual mode than the older four way joysticks that some stabilizers still use. The actual navigation menus on the gimbals are also very easy to follow too meaning even if this is your very first gimbal stabilizer that you should easily be able to get to grips with the gimbal right out the box without issue.
Both systems offer some solid advanced customization but we do feel that the tracking mode on the Weebill S is better than the one on the Aircross 2. If you do plan to use the tracking mode on a regular basis then the Weebill S is definatley the better option in our opinion. Although both of the gimbals offer a similar balancing system, the Zhiyun system is a little easier and quicker too, especially once you have gone through the process a few times too helping the Weebill S score even more points.
Zhiyun have been putting a ton of money into their smartphone app over the last twelve to eighteen months to fix all of the connectivity problems that it has been having. At the time of writing, it is in a good place and offers some great functionality that can definatley be useful to the average videographer or vlogger. That said though unless you plan to use the tracking mode on the gimbal, the app is not essential and all functions will perform fine without it.
Outside of the easy interface for the tracking mode for the Weebill S, the smartphone app also offers some solid wireless remote control functionality and easy access to the gimbals settings. Again though, the usefulness of these will depend on what you are planning to actually do with the gimbal as well as the niches you are working in and neither of them are essential.
That said though, as you progress through your videography career and develop your skillset, the access to the gimbal settings from the app is an excellent little feature for a professional level videographer. It allows you to make tweaks to the gimbals configuration within seconds whereas the other methods of making tweaks take minutes reducing the time you waste during a session. Although a great feature though, we doubt you will need to tweak the settings of the gimbal much, if at all for use with something like the Canon 70d anyway as the default confirm is so good.
Build Quality And Design
One of our favorite things about the Weebill gimbal range from Zhiyun is that although it is a handheld gimbal stabilizer, they have gone back to the drawing board to redesign it from scratch to build on the weaknesses of their Crane range of gimbals. Not only has the Weebill range been designed to be as small, compact, and light as possible to make it the ideal travel gimbal but it also has a few other new features.
For example, it offers native underslung mode within seconds and without the need to unmount your Canon 70d to switch to underslung mode. Although most modern gimbals do have aftermarket accessories that you can use to get underslung mode and low angle video footage from your gimbal, the Weebill S offers it directly on the gimbal by detatching the handle from the base mount to the rear mount.
As far as 3 axis gimbal designs go, we definitely feel that Zhiyun is the only brand in the space truly innovating these days and everyone else just rips off what Zhiyun develops. This happened with their Vortex mode and it is happening again with their axes locking nuts that allow you to lock each of the three independent axis in place for travel to minimize the risk of accidental damage.
If you are working in a niche such as travel vlogging or travel videography where you know that you will be moving around, possibly via plane on a regular basis, the small body and lightweight of the Weebill S will make your life much easier. On top of this, the gimbal is also very tough ensuring that it can take bumps and knocks while packed without breaking too.
Another thing that Zhiyun has upgraded on the Weebill S is its handle grip that is extremely comfortable while also being firm and easy to hold too. This ensures that no matter what camera accessories you mount to your 70d, you will easily be able to support its weight as well as the weight of your gimbal without having problems or getting cramps or aches in your hand.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon 70d cameras to an end and we really do feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S is going to be the best option for most people. It offers excellent image stabilization, especially for its price range as well as the best performance and functionality that we have seen from a handheld gimbal stabilizer to date.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, there are also a large number of third-party reviews online for the gimbal from independent videographers and vloggers who have added the Weebill S to their camera accessories. They are well with reading if you have a few minute’s free as they offer further insight into the performance of the gimbal and how it has helped others improve the image quality that they have been able to capture.