The Canon 7d has seen a surge in popularity due to its recent price reduction helping to increase its market share amongst the entry-level DSLR camera users even further. Every time a popular camera body receives a price reduction we always see a number of both videographers and photographers asking various questions on how to improve the image quality they can capture via various camera accessories. Over the last month or so we have seen more and more people reaching out about the Canon 7d and one question that has stood out is from the videography side of the house based around the best gimbal for Canon 7d cameras.
Due to this, we want to focus on what we feel are the best gimbals for the Canon 7d for today’s article. We are hoping that we will be able to help any of our readers who already have the 7d but are looking to add a decent handheld gimbal stabilizer to their collection of camera accessories. Thankfully, there are a number of great 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market right now that will easily provide you with the image stabilization the 7d requires for optimal image quality when capturing your videos.
That said, as the Canon 7d is a DSLR camera that is around the middleweight range of the DSLR camera weight class, so many videographers instantly default to the DJI Ronin S as their recommended gimbal of choice for the 7d. As the 7d is more of an entry-level camera body with a more budget-friendly price point, we would highly recommend that our readers actually consider the Zhiyun Weebill S as their gimbal of choice.
Not only is it around half the price of the Ronin S at the time of writing but it can still easily support and stabilize the vast majority of popular Canon 7d setups too. The Weebill S is also a brand new gimbal stabilizer too whereas the Ronin S is a few years old now and definatley starting to show its age. The Weebill S has definatley managed to prove itself as a popular option amongst the videography and vlogging communities in the few months since it has been available with it earning a ton of excellent independent reviews from the community singing the gimbals praises.
If you know for a fact that you will be using a super heavy setup with your 7d that has a total payload weight of over 6.5 pounds then the DJI Ronin S maybe the best option for you. In the highly likley situation that your total payload weight is lower than 6.5 pounds then we feel that you should definatley be looking towards adding the Weebill S to your collection of camera accessories instead. Due to this, we will be taking a more in-depth look at the Weebill S throughout the rest of the article to share why we feel that it should be your primary gimbal consideration for your camera.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Your Canon 7d comes in at just under 2.1 pounds of payload weight for its camera body alone without having any of the camera accessories mounted to the camera. Obviously, this will increase once you mount your camera lens as well as any other accessories that you use such as an external microphone or a video light. Thankfully though, although the camera body of the 7d is pretty heavy, the 6.61-pound maximum load capacity of the Weebill S ensures that it can easily support the vast majority of popular 7d rigs on the market right now.
Another advantage of the Weebill S is that it can also support your Canon 7d if you have a longer or heavier camera lens mounted to it too. This can be a common issue with many compeating gimbals due to the expected center of gravity and the actual center of gravity being different from these longer lenses. Thankfully, a few design tweaks and the high torque Zhiyun motors on the Weebill S ensure that it makes easy work of even a long lens setup.
Zhiyun have also done a great job of pushing the boundaries when it comes to the battery cell technology on their latest gimbal stabilizers too. Not only are their latest gimbal batteries smaller and lighter by up to a third than the compeating batteries, they also offer up to four hours more juice than the average gimbal battery at the time of writing offering around fourteen hours of power when fully charged.
The batteries in the Weebill S also have Zhiyun’s quick charge system too allowing you to charge them back to full in around three hours from being totally empty. This results in you getting over four hours of power with each hour spent charging meaning you are getting one of the best charging ratios currently available in the gimbal space.
Although we would imagine that the vast majority of our readers will easily be able to get all of the video footage they need in a days to work with fourteen hours of power, we know some people in some vlogging and videography niches will not be able to recharge their gear at the end of each day. If you are working in one of these niches then we would highly recommend that you add a high capacity USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories too. This allows you to recharge our devices while out and about away from a traditional power outlet to ensure you can always capture the video footage you need.
The Zhiyun Weebill S also has one of, if not the best detection and correction systems that we have seen to date from any gimbal on the market. Just like other handheld gimbal stabilizers, everything starts with the gimbals sensors and the latest Zhiyun sensors are outstanding in all fairness to them. Not only are they extremely responsive to even small movements but they are also very accurate as well as quick to register the movements they detect with the Zhiyun balancing algorithm too.
Now, the big three balancing algorithms from the three most popular gimbal brands at the time of writing Zhiyun, Moza, and DJI are all excellent, they all do have advantages and disadvantages over each other but when it comes to general videography or vlogging, especially with a more entry-level camera body like the 7d, we feel that the Zhiyun algorithm does sneak out every so slightly ahead of the other two.
The Zhiyun algorithm is extremely quick to process the relevant information but the tweaks made to the algorithm on the Weebill S over the older Zhiyun gimbals also factor in power consumption too. Previously, it would just work out the best correction as quickly as possible and then send the information off to the gimbal motors but this new version of the algorithm also ensures that the correction will require the minimum amount of power possible to get the most out of the smaller battery on the gimbal too.
We have touched on the next generation Zhiyun gimbal motors above a few times now but Zhiyun has done an excellent job with them and in our opinion, they are the best motors on the market right now. Not only are they small, light, and very power efficient sticking to the whole compact, travel gimbal design of the Weebill range but they also offer three times the torque of the previous generation of gimbal motors from Zhiyun too.
As we mentioned back at the start of the section, the Canon 7d is around 2.1 pounds of payload weight without having any of your other camera accessories mounted to it. This could cause issues with some of the older gimbals that use the older gimbal motors but the power output on the motors on the Weebill S make light work of it even though the gimbal is much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the DJI Ronin S that is usually recommended for cameras like the 7d.
With the constant innovation coming from Zhiyun, it is not surprising that the Weebill S has managed to establish itself as the go-to gimbal of choice in its weight class for both videographers and vloggers in only a matter of months. On top of this, its customer base is growing at an almost exponential pace right now with many of the people who use it as their gimbal of choice having published their own excellent independent review for the gimbal. Those reviews are well worth skimming over as they offer a truly third-party opinion on how well the Weebill S performs and shows off exactly why it is our favorite gimbal on the market right now.
User Interface And Control System
Although some compeating brands have tried to experiment with using a touchscreen-based gimbal interface, to date, all of these touchscreen systems have failed due to being implemented extremely poorly. The main three gimbal brands still stick with the more traditional control interface system based around a joystick with supplementary buttons and an LCD panel and the Weebill S uses a modernized version of this same system.
Although aesthetically, the system on the Weebill S does look very similar to the older systems, both the LCD Panel and joystick have been modernized and upgraded in a number of ways. The LCD panel has been tweaked to prevent glare from the sun causing visibility issues when recording outside allowing you to always see the information displayed. Additionally, the backlighting system on the LCD panel has also been improved to ensure that you can also clearly see the information on the screen when working in low light conditions too.
In our opinion, the best feature on the control system for the Weebill S is definatley it’s an omnidirectional joystick. Although it is a very similar joystick to the one used on the Aircross 2 we feel that the general performance on the Weebill S is better than the Aircross 2 while also being cheaper making the Zhiyun option the better choice in our opinion.
The joystick offers some of the best manual control of a gimbal that we have ever seen ensuring that you are able to manipulate the gimbal head when used in manual mode to get it to do anything you require with your Canon 7d mounted to it. As the joystick is omnidirectional rather than four way, it also offers super smooth, natural-looking panning and tilting that is free from that robotic look that older gimbal stabilizers on the market can have.
The actual user navigation menu when using the gimbal is great too and is extremely user-friendly and easy to learn. This ensures that if this is your very first handheld gimbal and you have no prior experience using a gimbal then you should easily be able to get used to the control system on the Weebill S. On the flip side of this though if you are a more advanced videographer looking to use the gimbal with your Canon 7d for paid jobs the Weebill S also offers all of the customization and professional functions that you could ever require too.
The quick-release plate system on the Weebill S is also very easy to use too allowing you to switch your Canon 7d between your gimbal, your tripod, and your hands within seconds if required. This ensures that you can always use your camera as required without having to waste time when changing the camera accessory that your 7d is mounted to.
Build Quality And Design
The Zhiyun Crane range is one of the most popular gimbal lines ever made but the larger size of the gimbals can make them a pain to travel with. Zhiyun set out to develop their new Weebill range to be as small, compact, light, and robust as possible to ensure that the users would get a stabilizer the size of a travel gimbal that offers the same professional level image stabilization that videographers expect from a Zhiyun gimbal.
We are pleased to say that Zhiyun has done a great job of reaching their goal and this is one of the main reasons that the Weebill S is such a popular gimbal. It is much smaller and lighter than the other compeating handheld gimbals in its weight class while also being just as robust as the larger and heavier gimbals too. If you are working in a niche where you will have to travel around on a regular basis with all your gear this can help to make your life as easy as possible due to the small size and lightweight of the unit.
On top of this, Zhiyun has also added independent locks to all three of the axis on the Weebill range of gimbals too allowing you to lock the moving parts in place when required. This prevents any accidental rotations while in your videography kit bag that may lead to any potential damage to the gimbal while in transit too. This is an excellent little feature that we are actually surprised we never saw added sooner and other gimbal brands are taking a leaf out of Zhiyun book and adding these locks to their own products now too.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon 7d cameras currently on the market right now. Like we said back at the start of the article, a small number of our readers who use a heavy Canon 7d rig may be forced to go with the DJI Ronin S but a large number of our readers will be able to save a few hundred dollars and go with the Zhiyun Weebill S instead.
In our opinion, the Weebill S is an excellent investment in your videography camera accessories and we have no doubt that it can help to improve the overall image quality that you are able to capture with your Canon 7d either. As we mentioned earlier in the article, a large number of videographers and vloggers who use the Weebill S have published independent reviews of the gimbal that you can read for a third-party insight into its performance too.