The Canon 80d is without a doubt one of, if not the most popular entry-level DSLR camera body on the market right now and although the newer Canon 90d is now available, the recent price reduction for the Canon 80d due to the release of its successor seems to have spiked its sales. As with all camera bodies that are as popular as the Canon 80d we always see large numbers of both videographers and photographers reaching out and asking various questions about different camera accessories for their camera.
One of the most popular questions that we have noticed over the last few weeks that seems to have spiked due to the increased interest in the popularity of the camera due to its price reduction is based around what the best gimbal for Canon 80d cameras actually is. Now, although there are a number of solid contenders, we would actually argue that you should be seriously considering the Zhiyun Weebill S as it is an excellent bit of kit and a great camera accessory.
Although the Canon 80d is a DSLR camera body, it is pretty light and comes in at around 1.61 pounds of payload weight with the standard battery fitted to the camera. Keep in mind that this is just the weight of your 80d and your camera lens and various other camera accessories will increase this total payload but we are confident that the Weebill S will be able to take it.
At the time of writing, the Weebill S is one of the latest handheld gimbal stabilizers to market and offers some of the best image stabilization to improve your image quality going. Although personal preference will come into it, we feel that the Weebill S is one of the best 3 axis gimbals ever made. It would seem that many independent videographers would also agree with us too as it has managed to earn itself an outstanding reputation amongst the community with its customer base increasing with each passing month.
Although the DJI Ronin S is a very popular option amongst the DSLR camera using community, we feel that it is definatley starting to show its age. In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S or Moza Aircross 2 make much better additions to your collection of camera accessories and we feel that either gimbal will perform very well for the majority of popular Canon 80d setups at the time of writing.
As the Zhiyun Weebill S is our primary gimbal recommendation for any of our readers who own the Canon 80d, we will now be taking a more in-depth look into the gimbal and why we feel it should be your primary consideration. We know a large number of our readers like to know as much as possible about any potential addition to their camera accessories so want to be as thorough as possible.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As we touched on above, your Canon 80d comes in at around 1.61 pounds of camera body payload weight when free from all other camera accessories. The majority of popular 80d setups at the time of writing are usually under four pounds of payload weight meaning that the Zhiyun Weebill S is easily able to support your setup with its 6.61-pound maximum load capacity.
Not only does this help to ensure that you are easily able to mount your Canon 80d rig with pretty much any camera accessories you could ever need to be mounted to the gimbal but you also have a fair bit of spare load capacity free too. This ensures that the gimbal stabilizer is future-proofing your for any potential new, heavier camera accessory purchases in the future or even an upgrade to a new, heavier DSLR too.
The Weebill S also does an excellent job of providing its silky smooth image stabilization even if you are using a heavy, long lens and is free from vibration issues all the way up to its 6.61-pound limit. This is one of the main weaknesses with compeating gimbals on the market right now. Outside of the Zhiyun Weebill S, the DJI Ronin S and the Moza Aircross 2, almost all gimbals have issues with longers heavier lenses as well as problems with vibrations at the upper rangers of their respective load capacities. This is why we would always recommend any of the three gimbals mentioned over the competition with the Weebill S coming out just ahead of the other two being the better overall option.
Zhiyun has done a great job of keeping the Weebill S as small and compact as possible while also developing small and lightweight batteries too that offer you around fourteen hours of battery life for each full charge of their battery. This is a few hours above the average battery life for a modern gimbal at the time of writing and the batteries on the Weebill S are around a quarter smaller and a third lighter than the average gimbal battery too.
The Zhiyun quick charge technology is another area where they dominate and even leave DJI and Moza for dust with the batteries of the Weebill S being able to be charged back to full from being totally empty in around three hours! This provides you with just under five hours of usable battery life for each hour spent charging your gimbal to minimize any potential downtime.
On top of this, as we know that the Canon 80d is a very popular camera body within the travel vlogging and travel social media influencer communities, you can also add a decent USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories too if you wish. If you are out hiking to some remote waterfall and your gimbal or Canon 80d need to be charged you can simply plug the USB power bank into your device and charge it further extending the time you can stay out and about on your adventures.
Although Zhiyun has been leading the way when it comes to gimbal performance for the last few years, they have really turned their innovation up to eleven when it comes to their Weebill S, especially with the detection and correction system that it uses. This ensures that you are getting optimal image quality from your Canon 80d in the vast majority of common videography situations due to the excellent image stabilization that the gimbal can provide.
The gimbal sensors on the Weebill S are excellent and able to instantly detect and process even the slightest movement in the gimbal head without issue, even if you are using a heavier setup closer to its maximum load capacity. The new, next-generation Zhiyun gimbal motors on Weebill S are outstanding and blow pretty much everything else out the water boasting almost three times the torque of the previous generation of Zhiyun motors.
On top of this, these next-generation gimbal motors have specifically been designed from the very start to be as small, lightweight, and power-efficient as possible and we are happy to report that Zhiyun has managed to reach all three of their goals. The motors and tiny and very lightweight helping to make the Zhiyun Weebill S the ideal general-purpose gimbal and travel gimbal all in one. Additionally, their power efficiency is one of the main reasons that Zhiyun has been able to use a smaller, lighter battery while offering more battery life than their previous generation of gimbals.
Although the Zhiyun balancing algorithm has not been updated much from the Weebill Lab to the Weebill S, we feel that it is so far ahead of the competition anyway that there is little to no innovation left to be done with the technology available right now. In our opinion, the only gimbal that even comes close to the Weebill S and its balancing algorithm is the Moza Aircross 2 but it comes in at a higher price point while being ever so slightly behind the Weebill S in most areas making the Weebill S the obvious option.
Zhiyun has also added the more traditional gimbal modes of pan, lock, follow, and manual mode to the Weebill S as well as improving on their newer intelligent tracking mode and vortex modes too. Their intelligent image tracking mode is probably the best tracking technology out there right now as it has been a few years since DJI have released a gimbal to challenge Zhiyuns dominance in the space. Although we initially felt that the Vortex mode that was initially released on last year’s gimbals was a meme mode that would be a fad at best, it does seem to be being used by videographers and other gimbal brands have added it to their latest gimbal releases too.
Considering that the Zhiyun Weebill S is around $100 cheaper than its closest rival at the time of writing, we feel that it is definatley the best gimbal on the market for the Canon 80d. It has managed to rapidly grow its customer base and earn a ton of great reviews from the community too. If you want to know more from independent videographers and vloggers then skimming over some of those reviews is a great way to get some third-party opinions on the gimbal.
User Interface And Control System
Although Zhiyun has always tried to emphasize the ease of use of their products to ensure that anyone is able to pick their gimbals up and use them with ease, they have started to take this even further after starting their Weebill range in 2018. With the Weebill S being the latest addition to their Weebill gimbals it has their latest user interface system that we feel is excellent as it ensures that it provides everything required for both entry-level and experienced gimbal users all in one system.
Everything on the interface is easy and straight forward with the basics being very easy to understand and learn. This ensures that if you are looking for your first ever gimbal and have zero prior experience with any type of stabilizer, you can easily learn the system without having to waste your time. This lets you mount your Canon 80d and get out capturing some super smooth video footage within minutes of the gimbal being delivered.
If you are an advanced videographer who has previously used gimbals then the easy interface is quick to learn but also offers some great customization and access to the advanced settings that a professional level videographer doing paid client work will require. On top of this, with the Zhiyun Weebill S being able to cover your needs from entry-level all the way to professional level videographer it future proofs you against having to go out and buy a new gimbal for advanced videographer in a few years too.
The system is based around the traditional gimbal interface of an LCD panel, a joystick, and a few buttons offering maximum control. Unlike the older gimbals that used a basic four way joystick, the more modern gimbals including the Weebill S use an omnidirectional joystick for maximum control of the gimbal head when used in manual mode. The LCD panel is also very bright and clear too ensuring that it is easy to see in low light without running into issues no matter your recording conditions.
Although the majority of gimbals back in the day were a total nightmare to balance quickly, almost all modern gimbals from the top three brands are very easy to balance and the Weebill S is no different. Although the first two or three times you balance your Canon 80d may take a while, with some practice we are confident that you will be able to get it done in less than a minute.
Now, in reality, we would imagine that a large number of our readers will never use the smartphone app for their handheld gimbal for their Canon 80d but we just want to quickly go over the Zhiyun app. Although it has definatley had issues in the past, it is currently in a good sport and syncs to the Zhiyun gimbal range with ease and offers some solid features.
In our opinion, the best feature the app offers is the quick access to your gimbals settings to allow you to tweak them as required. This allows you to quickly and easily tweak your gimbal’s performance as you need throughout a session for optimal image stabilization and image quality. The app allows you to tweak your settings within seconds whereas the menu system takes minutes, over a full session this adds up to a surprising amount of time.
If you are planning to use the tracking mode on the Weebill S with your Canon 80d then the app is essential in our opinion as it makes the system much easier and very user-friendly. It lets you simply touch the area of your smartphone screen where the subject you want to track is and the app and gimbal take over and do everything else for you.
Build Quality And Design
One of the main reasons that Zhiyun released the Weebill range is to make a clear change to the regular handheld gimbal design that they use in their Crane range. Although their Weebill gimbals do look very similar to the Crane range initially, the Weebill range have a detachable handle that you can mount to the read of the handle to quickly and easily switch to underslung mode for low angle video if needed.
Although other 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market can be used in underslung mode, they all need an aftermarket gimbal accessory made by a third party and can be difficult to mount. With the Weebill S, you can switch between underslung and handheld gimbal mode within seconds while leaving your Canon 80d mounted too. No matter your level of videography or vlogging experience, chances are that you will likley be wanting some low angle footage so this is a great little feature.
As we touched on earlier, Zhiyun has also tried to make the Weebill S as small, light and compact as possible essentially making it the size and weight of a travel gimbal while offering the performance of a professional general purpose gimbal. This gives you the best of both worlds without having the drawbacks of either as the design of the gimbal is excellent. If you know you will be traveling via plane with your Canon 80d and camera accessories on a regular basis then the Weebill S is a great option as its small size and lightweight makes it easy to pack.
Although often underestimated by videographers, we feel that one of the most important features to look for when looking for a gimbal stabilizer for Canon 80d cameras is a comfortable handle grip. Although the Canon 80d is pretty light in the grand scheme of things, some setups can become very heavy and having to support the weight of your gimbal and camera rig can take its toll.
Thankfully, the handle grip on the Weebill S is very comfortable offering a firm and secure grip of the device while also maximizing comfort too. This helps to ensure all of your gear is safe and won’t fall while also reducing the risk of getting aches and pains in your hands while recording to making your life as easy as possible.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon 80d users to an end and we would strongly suggest our readers consider the Zhiyun Weebill S as their gimbal of choice. In our opinion, it should easily be able to meet your needs without breaking the bank either. It is a very popular handheld gimbal stabilizer that offers excellent image stabilization and can make a great addition to your camera accessories.
As we touched on earlier, it has a large number of excellent third-party reviews that have been posted by independent vloggers and videographers sharing their experiences. If you would like to know more about how the gimbal performs then we would highly recommend that you check out some of those reviews as they offer some great insight into using the gimbal in a wide number of niches.