With the recent release of the Canon 90d, we have seen more and more photographers and videographers reaching out with various questions about this extremely popular camera body that is currently seeing exponential growth in its customer base. Its excellent image quality, great functionality, and solid build quality make it the obvious DSLR option for its price bracket and we only expect the number of questions we see from people about the camera increasing as its customer base continues to grow.
One of the main questions that we are seeing time and time again from the videography side of things is based around what the best gimbal for Canon 90d cameras actually is. Although the camera is a DSLR that comes in at around 1.6 pounds of payload weight without having any other camera accessories mounted to it, we don’t feel that something like the DJI Ronin S is essential. The Canon 90d and most of its popular setups right now are pretty lightweight and something like the Zhiyun Weebill S should easily be able to meet the needs of the majority of our readers in our opinion.
The Weebill S is an excellent handheld gimbal stabilizer and in our opinion, it is probably one of, if not the best gimbal made to date. It has only been on the market for around four months at the time of writing but it just keeps on going from strength to strength and growing its massive customer base. On top of this, with it being such a versatile 3 axis gimbal that can be used in pretty much any situation you can think of, it has managed to rapidly earn an excellent reputation for itself amongst the videography and vlogging communities.
The Weebill S is also much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the Ronin S too making it an excellent compact travel gimbal too if you know that you will b traveling around with your gear on a regular basis. It is easily able to provide you with some of the best image stabilization available to ensure you get the best image quality out of your Canon 90d and can make an excellent addition to your collection of camera accessories.
Throughout the rest of the article, we are going to be taking a more in-depth look at the Weebill S from Zhiyun as we really do feel that it should b the primary consideration for any of our readers who own the Canon 90d. We hope the cover the key reasons that we feel the Weebill S is our primary gimbal recommendation as well as why we feel that it is the perfect match for your 90d too.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Now, as we touchd on arlier, as the Canon 90d is a DSLR camera body, a large number of videographers instantly feel that they have to go with something like the DJI Ronin S as it used to be the undisputed king of gimbals for DSLR cameras. Although this does still ring true for a small number of super heavy setups, the Zhiyun range has evolved massivly over the years with their Weebill S easily being able to support the majority of light DSLR camera setups as well as the majority of the mid-weight DSLR setups too.
Your Canon 90d comes in at around 1.6 pounds of payload weight without you having any other camera accessories mountd to it at all. As the Zhiyun Weebill S has a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds, this leaves around five pounds of free load capacity for the camera accessories that you need to capture the footage you want. Chances are that no matter what lens and other camera accessories you are using with your Canon 90d, your total payload weight of your setup will easily come in at under the 6.61 pound maximum load capacity offered by the Weebill S.
On top of this, Zhiyun have also tweaked the actual design of the Weebill S over the older designs of the Weebill range to make it more efficient at supporting a camera body with a long or heavy camera lens mounted to it too. So many of the camera gimbals on the market right now will offer excellent image stabilization until you mount a long lens and then the expected center of gravity for the gimbal shifts and you end up with issues with vibrations during use. Thankfully, the tweaked design of the Weebill S prevents this from happening and ensures that you are able to capture some excellent video footage with ease even if you use a long lens and come close to the gimbals maximum load capacity.
Another area where Zhiyun have innovated with this latest addition to their gimbal range is in the battery technology as well as the power consumption requirements of the other componants on the gimbal. Each full charge of the gimbals battery will provide you with around fourteen hours of usable battery meaning that you should easily be able to capture all the video footage you need with your Canon 90d before having a chance to recharge the gimbal at the end of the day.
On top of this, if you are working in a niche where you will be out and about in remote areas for days at a time, you can also add a decent, high capacity USB power bank to your collection to top up your devices when away from a power outlet if needed. If you are working in regular videography and vlogging niches then this should not be required though and you can charge the battery on the Weebill S from totally empty back to full in around three hours via a wall based power outlet.
This means that for each hour you spend charging the Weebill S you get between four and five hours of active usage out of the gimbal. At the time of writing, this is one of the best charging rations available for a 3 axis gimbal and minimises any potential downtime allowing you to recharge your gear as quickly as possible and get back to work if needed.
If you have been involved in the videography or vlogging space for a few years then you may know that the gimbal space is pretty much a three-horse race between Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza with the other gimbal brands pretty much struggling to make any real gains on the top three brands. In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is ever so slightly ahead of the Moza Aircross 2 with both of these being well ahead of the DJI Ronin S and the remaining gimbals having been left for dust.
The main reason that we feel the Weebill S is leading the pack is because of the excellent detection and correction system that Zhiyun use on the gimbal. They have developed the system over the last five years or slightly perfecting it with each new release and then developing on it for their next. This has enabled Zhiyun to get to their current state that blows the majority of the competition out of the water without much of a challenge.
Everything from the gimbal sensors to the balancing algorithm to the gimbal motors on the Weebill S are top of their game and beat what the compeating brands offer on their gimbals. This ensures that you are getting the best possible performance from the gimbal no matter what you are doing and that you can use some surprisingly heavy rigs with the Weebill S and still get some excellent image stabilization too.
The gimbal motors on the Weebill S offer three times the torque of the previous generation of Zhiyun gimbals and are the main reason that we feel the Weebill S is the best option for a DSLR like the Canon 90d. The level of torque the provide can easily take anything the 90d may throw at it and the Weebill S will make light work of it and keep its image stabilization butter smooth to ensure that you get the best image quality possible.
The Weebill S also features the following gimbal modes too, pan, lock, follow, manual, vortex, and tracking and in all fairness to Zhiyun, we feel that their tracking mode technology is now the best on the market at the time of writing and it is also extremely easy to use too. This just keeps on scoring points for the Weebill S for a professional level videographer but the majority of features on the Weebill S are also ideal for a vlogger or social media influencer too.
When you take all of this into account as well as the fact that the Weebill S is actually very cost-efficient for what you are getting for your money, it is easy to see why it is so popular amongst the community. On top of this, the massive number of glowing independent reviews that have been published by the community for the gimbal just back up everything that we are saying. Skimming over some of those different reviews offer an excellent, external insight into the performance of the gimbal in pretty much any situation you can think of.
User Interface And Control System
In our opinion, both the Zhiyun Weebill S and the Moza Aircross 2 have two of the best control interfaces made to date for a gimbal stabilizer. In a time where some gimbal brands are taking the risk of trying to implement a touchscreen to their system, both gimbals stuck with the tried and tested joystick, LCD panel, and button system that has stood the test of time and we feel they work flawlessly.
The Weebill S also uses a fully omnidirectional joystick too offering some of the best manual control of the gimbal that is smooth and seamless too. The old gimbals that used the older four way joysticks often had that slightly robotic feel to them, especially when panning but the newer omnidirectional joysticks have that smooth, natural feel offering better overall image quality.
The actual navigation menu on the Weebill S is also very easy to follow while offering some excellent access to advanced functionality if required too. This essentially allows the gimbal to suit the requirements of anyone new to using a gimbal due to its ease of use as well as any advanced videographers due to the professional level functionality.
Zhiyun has also done a great job of keeping the balancing system for the Weebill S as quick and easy as possible too. This allows anyone, no matter your level of experience with using a gimbal to quickly and easily balance your Canon 90d rig with ease and with a little practice, in under a minute. This can really help to reduce the wasted time on a videography session, especially if you use multiple cameras for recording and will be switching between your active camera on your gimbal on a regular basis too.
Zhiyun has pushed out a large number of updates to their smartphone app over the last year or so to correct the various problems that it has been having with connectivity. Thankfully, at the time of writing at least, the app is in a solid place and it performs very well while also offering some solid functionality to the user.
Although its wireless remote control features and tracking mode functionality are both solid reasons to download the app, the both depend on the niche that you are working in as some videography and vlogging niches will never use them. That said though, no matter what you are planning to do with your Canon 90d and your gimbal of choice, there is a high chance that you will need to tweak the gimbals settings at some point.
Although the regular config that comes shipped with the Weebill S should be fine for many people who use the Canon 90d, we know that some people love to tinker. Although you can use the physical interface or the computer software to tweak your gimbals settings, these can end up wasting large amounts of time as they take minutes to push tweaks live. If you use the smartphone app, these exact same changes can be completed and pushed live within seconds.
The navigation menu on the smartphone app is also very user-friendly and ensures that even if you are brand new to using a gimbal app that you will easily be able to find your way around it and get what you need done. In our opinion, this quick and easy access to your gimbal settings alone is reason enough to download the app and the fact that it is free is just a bonus.
Build Quality And Design
Although the Zhiyun gimbal range have been dominating with their Crane range of gimbals for around five years, they decided to go back to the drawing board and innovate as much as possible for their Weebill range of gimbals. Rather than just build a standard handheld gimbal stabilizer, Zhiyun has focused on building a very compact, lightweight, and easy to use gimbal that also offers native underslung functionality too.
We are very pleased to say that Zhiyun has managed to reach all of these goals with the Weebill S being small and light enough to be a travel gimbal while its high torque gimbal motors offer the performance of a traditionally much larger and heavier gimbal. In our opinion, this new design is one of the reasons that the Zhiyun Weebill S has been such a popular option amongst the community from its initial pre-orders and why it has such an excellent reputation amongst videographers and vloggers.
Zhiyun has not dropped the ball when it comes to the actual build quality of the gimbal either and the Weebill S has been expertly put together to ensure that it will last. Rather than try to put profit over performance, Zhiyun has also used many expensive materials in the construction of the gimbal to keep its weight as low as possible while also keeping it as tough and robust as they can. If you are working in a vlogging or videography niche where you have to travel around a whole bunch then this ensures the Webill S can take plenty of bumps or knocks without breaking.
That brings our article to a close going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon 90d camera owners currently on the market right now. As the Zhiyun Weebill S has only just been released onto the market and comes with the latest technology from Zhiyun we feel that it will last you for many years to come and provide you with its excellent image stabilization. We have no doubt in our mind that this handheld gimbal can help to improve the image quality that you are able to capture when recording your video footage and that it will make an excellent addition to your camera accessories.
We know that some of our readers will likley still be on the fence so we would recommend that you spend some time at least skimming over these reviews of the gimbal from independent videographers and vloggers. They offer some excellent insight into just how well the stabilizer performs in pretty much any situation that you can think of making them well worth checking out in our opinion.