We are massive fans of the Canon m50 and are pleased to see that it is doing extremely well and seeing almost exponential growth of its core customer base. We feel that Canon has done an excellent job of producing a great mirrorless camera that fills the void between the extremely popular Canon g7x and their entry-level DSLR range like the Canon 90d. This has made the Canon m50 the perfect vlogging camera as it is cheap yet offers some excellent image quality and its small size and weight make it ideal for traveling too.
Just like all of the popular camera bodies on the market, we always see large numbers of people reaching out and asking for advice on various camera accessories for their cameras. With the Canon m50 being such a popular option with the vlogging community with a solid following from videographers too, we are seeing more and more people reaching out and asking for advice on the best gimbal for Canon m50 cameras.
Now, the Canon m50 is a pretty lightweight camera that comes in at around 0.85 pounds of payload weight without having a camera lens or any other camera accessories mounted to it the camera. This means that you actually have more options when it comes to your handheld gimbal stabilizer for the camera but the total payload weight of your setup will definatley come into play for the best gimbal for the camera.
Until around two months back, we would have said that the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best gimbal for the Canon m50 as the older Feiyutech G6 Plus is only able to support payloads of up to 1.76 pounds meaning that there is little wiggle room for camera accessories with the m50. Thankfully though, Feiyutech has just released the Feiyutech G6 Max that has a higher load capacity of 2.65 pounds meaning that it can easily support the majority of popular Canon m50 setups at the time of writing.
On top of this, the G6 Max is tiny for a gimbal making it the perfect solution for any of our readers who are involved in travel vlogging with their m50 as it is so light and small making it very easy to travel with. In our opinion, the G6 Max is probably going to be the better option for most of our readers who use the m50 as it is cheaper than the Weebill S but if your total m50 payload weight is over 2.5 pounds then we would recommend the Zhiyun Weebill S over the G6 Max to ensure that you have the support needed for optimal image stabilization and image quality.
Both gimbals can make a solid addition to your m50 camera accessories and are both ideals for travel due to their compact designs. Due to this, rather than just focusing in on one single gimbal we will be featuring both of them throughout the article and touching on where each has the advantage over the other. That said though, as we mentioned we feel that the Feiyutech G6 Max will easily be able to meet the needs of the majority of our readers while also being much cheaper than the Weebill S too.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As we mentioned earlier, the m50 comes in at around 0.85 pounds of payload weight with the additional weight of your camera accessories often pushing this up to over the two-pound mark. This is without a doubt the main deciding factor on what gimbal you will be purchasing as although the G6 Max has a maximum load capacity of 2.65 pounds, we would not recommend that you mount a rig that is heavier than 2.5 pound to it else the levels of image stabilization will definatley start to suffer. Thankfully, most of the popular Canon m50 setups do come in well within this meaning that that G6 Max should easily be able to meet your needs.
That said though, there are a small number of Canon m50 rigs that will be over the 2.5-pound mark and this is where the Zhiyun Weebill S comes in with its 6.61-pound maximum load capacity. On top of this, in our opinion at least, the Weebill S is without a doubt on of the best 3 axis gimbal stabilizers ever made and offers some of the best performance and functionality available but it is almost double the price of the G6 Max.
Moving onto the maximum battery life of the gimbals, the Weebill S wipes the floor of the G6 Max offering your up to fourteen hours of power with each charge whereas the G6 Max can only provide you with eight hours. That said though, although the battery life of the G6 Max is much lower than that of the Weebill S, a large number of our readers will likley be able to capture all of the video footage they need with their m50 within the eight hours of battery they have.
Additionally, more and more vloggers and videographers are also choosing to add a high capacity USB power bank to their collections of camera accessories too. Not only does this allow you to recharge your m50 while out and about but a power bank with a high enough power output level can also recharge your gimbal too. This pretty much removes the advantage that the Weebill S has when it comes to battery life as a USB power bank can be used to extend the battery of the G6 Max for as long as required.
Both the Weebill S and the G6 Max have been released in the last few months and come with all of the latest gimbal technology to ensure that you get the best performance possible. Both of the gimbals offer excellent image stabilization and we have no doubt in our minds that adding either of them to your collection of Canon m50 camera accessories will be able to improve the image quality that you can capture.
Although the detection and correction system on the Weebill S is a little better than the one on the G6 Max, the differences only really start to show when using a heavier camera rig on the gimbals. Due to the Canon m50 being so light and the majority of the popular setups for recording with the camera being lightweight too, wear comfortable with calling it a draw between the two gimbals when it comes to their detection and correction systems.
Both of the stabilizers have excellent gimbal sensors that are extremely sensitive and can detect even the slightest movement during use. This high sensitivity on the gimbal motors ensures that the gimbals are suitable for a large number of common videography and vlogging tasks and that they will perform very well too. Although the Zhiyun gimbal motors on the Weebill S offer a whole bunch of additional torque than the Feiyutech gimbal motors, the light, and small Canon m50 simply doesn’t require high levels of torque to stabilize.
One area that does count is that the Zhiyun balancing algorithm is a clear winner over the Feiyutech balancing algorithm and although they both operate at similar speeds, the Zhiyun algorithm is much more power-efficient ensuring that the correction issues from the gimbal motor is exactly what is require to preserve battery life. As the Feiyutech G6 Max already has almost half of the battery life of the Weebill S this can be an issue but as we touched on earlier in the article, adding a decent USB power bank can be a quick and easy workaround for any battery life issues.
Both of the gimbals also come with similar gimbal modes supported right out the box with both of them supporting manual, lock, pan, follow, vortex, and tracking mode. This pretty much covers any situation you may find yourself in and helps to make your life as easy as possible too. That said though, in our opinion, the tracking mode on the Weebill S is definatley better than the system on the G6 Max but you have to ask yourself if this one advantage is worth paying almost double for your gimbal stabilizer.
When it comes to reputation, both gimbals are pretty much seen as the leading gimbal stabilizer for their respective weight class at the time of writing. You can click here to read independent reviews for the Weebill S or click here to read independent reviews for the G6 Max. As you can see from those third-party reviews from videographers and vloggers, both of the handheld gimbals have an excellent reputation amongst the community.
User Interface And Control System
Now, both of the gimbals have a very similar control interface that has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible allowing videographers and vloggers of all levels of experience to easily learn the system within minutes. Both of the systems are based around the traditional joystick, LCD panel, and button setup that has proven to be popular amongst the community due to how easy it is to use.
Both of the gimbals also offer an omnidirectional joystick too offering superior control when using them in manual mode with your Canon m50 mounted. Chances are that no matter what niche you are planning to be working in, you will be using your gimbal in manual mode at some point and knowing that the manual control is natural due to the omnidirectional joystick rather than the slightly robotic with a four way joystick is always a benefit.
Additionally, both the Weebill S and the G6 Max are very easy to balance too, especially when using a lightweight mirrorless camera with them like the Canon m50. This ensures that even if you are brand new to using a handheld gimbal stabilizer that you can quickly and easily balance your camera rig and get out capturing your video footage with ease.
The quick-release plate systems on both gimbals work flawlessly too allowing you to quickly and easily switch between the camera you have mounted to the gimbal if you are using a multi-camera setup. On the flipside of this, the quick release plate system also makes it very easy for you to switch between having your m50 mounted to your gimbal of choice and then moving it over to your tripod or using it handheld within seconds. This ensures that no matter what you are up to, you can always get the type of video footage that you need.
We would imagine that both of the gimbals will offer the vast majority of the functionality that our readers who use a Canon m50 will need but the Weebill S does slightly sneak out ahead on the advanced functionality and customization. That said though, this is more by design as the Weebill S has been designed as a professional level gimbal stabilizer for use with mirrorless and DLSR camera rigs. The G6 Max is more of an entry-level gimbal stabilizer that has been designed for use with entry-level point and shoot cameras or lightweight mirrorless cameras like the Canon m50.
Another clear area where Zhiyun come out on top is in the smartphone apps and in all fairness, they absolutely blow the Feiyutech app out of the water by the simple fact that Zhiyun have put a whole bunch of time and effort into fixing the issues that their app had with connectivity over the last year or so. The Feiyutech still suffers from problems with syncing as well as random disconnects and in all honesty, the actual app navigation menu is sloppy and a little confusing to use.
That said though, neither of the apps are essential for optimal performance out of the gimbals in the majority of cases. Although both apps can make their respective tracking modes much easier to use, everything else on the gimbals will work fine without having the app. In our opinion, if Feiyutech puts a little time and effort into their app over the coming months and fix the issues with connectivity and updates their navigation menu then they will easily match the performance of the Zhiyun app with ease.
If you are only ever planning to use the Canon m50 with your gimbal of choice then the default config that comes shipped in each of the gimbals is ideal and should be able to meet your needs. If you do plan to upgrade to another camera in the future or plan to tweak your gimbal settings on a regular basis then the smartphone apps do tend to allow you to make your tweaks quicker than you could via the regular control system and save you a fair amount of time.
Both of the apps also come with some wireless remote control functionality too but in all honesty, if you are just using your Canon m50 for vlogging then we doubt that you will need the remote control feature anyway. That said though, it is nice to know that they are there and if you are doing something like travel vlogging it can make it easy to get nice slow panning shots of the landscapes you see while having you in the frame of the video footage too.
Build Quality And Design
As we touched on earlier in the article, the design of the gimbals is slightly different as the Weebill S is designed for a professional level videographer whereas the G6 Max is more of an entry-level gimbal. This means that straight out of the box the Weebill S offers more functionality from its design but does not necessarily mean this functionality will be useful for a Canon m50 user depending on what you are doing.
One advantage that Feiyutech have is that their gimbal is smaller and lighter than the Weebill S so if you are looking for a travel gimbal for travel vlogging or travel videography with your m50 then the Feiyutech G6 Max is a great option. Although the Zhiyun Weebill S is a small and compact gimbal for what it offers and is smaller than the other professional level gimbals, the G6 Max definatley has the advantage in size and weight.
Both of the gimbals also come with independent axis locks allowing you to lock all three of the axis on the gimbal in place prior to travel too. Although a relatively new feature for handheld gimbals, this is an absolute godsend and helps you keep your gimbal safe and prevent damage from any of the axis randomly rotating during transit. The locking system is quick and easy to use too and is based around a very simple on/off switch system.
The actual build quality of both of the gimbals is excellent too and we feel that Feiyutech has actually ripped the Zhiyun build off slightly in using the same sets of materials to ensure their gimbal is also as robust as possible while still light. This offers further advantages for anyone who will be traveling with their gear on a regular basis as it ensures the gimbals are tough enough to take any bumps when traveling or when in use too.
As both the Weebill S and the G6 Max are modern gimbals, they both come with the modern gel-based handles offering superior levels of comfort during use too. So many of the older gimbals had an awkward, uncomfortable handle that causes aches and cramps in your hand but thankfully, this seems to be a thing of the past. Both of the gimbals also have an easy grip on their handles offering a firm and secure hold during use too.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon m50 cameras currently available on the market. As we mentioned back at the start of the article, we feel that the Feiyutech G6 Max should easily be able to meet the needs of the majority of our readers while saving you a few hundred dollars. That said though, if you are using a m50 setup that is over 2.5 pounds then the Zhiyun Weebill S is the obvious option due to its outstanding image stabilization helping you get a better image quality.
That said though, either of these gimbals will make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories and in our opinion, they are both excellent bits of kit. As we touched on earlier, if you are still on the fence then you can click here to read independent reviews for the Weebill S or click here to read independent reviews for the G6 Max.
In our opinion, it is well worth skimming over some of those as they offer some solid insight into the performance of the gimbal in pretty much every situation you can imagine as well as show how highly the community think of both gimbals. Skimming over them may also help you decide on the correct option for you and your own situation to help you move forward in purchasing a gimbal for your Canon m50.