The Canon t6i is a very popular entry-level camera body that comes in with some solid image quality considering its very budget-friendly price tag. Although the t6i does come in at the higher end of the entry-level DSLR camera price range, it offers some solid intermediate-level performance and as you would expect, rightfully earned itself a large user base amongst photographers, videographers, vloggers, and streamers. With the t6i being such a popular option, many people reach out each month asking a number of questions on what camera accessories they are able to add to their collection to help improve the performance of their camera.
For today’s article, we are going to be going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon t6i camera users on the market right now. Adding a solid handheld gimbal stabilizer to your kit can be a quick and easy way to add some solid image stabilization and ensure that you are able to get the very best image quality possible when recording. Due to the very lightweight of the t6i, a large number of gimbals are able to support the camera with ease but in our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is the undisputed king at the time of writing.
Not only have Zhiyun been dominating the gimbal space for the last few years but they have also been innovating constantly with their range to ensure that you get the best possible gimbal for the price. The Weebill S is no different and it comes packed with a ton of upgrades that blow the compeating gimbals on the market out the water with ease right now. On top of this, although the gimbal has only been on the market for around six months at the time of writing, it has managed to grow one of the largest user bases and establish itself as the dominant gimbal in the weight class.
The Weebill S has proven to be a very popular option for videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers and has managed to earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the communities that just keeps on getting stronger. Although the Moza Aircross 2 does come close to the performance of the Weebill S, the Aircross 2 is over a hundred dollars more while the Weebill S does offer slightly better performance in our opinion-making it the obvious option for your Canon t6i.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Thankfully, the Canon t6i is very light for a DSLR camera body coming in at only 1.22 pounds of total payload weight. For a DSLR camera body, this is very light and actually comes in with a lower weight than many of the heavier mirrorless cameras on the market right now. As the Weebill S offers a massive 6.61-pound maximum load capacity it can easily support the vast majority, if not all popular Canon t6i rigs on the market right now.
Although rare for most videography and vlogging niches, if you do want to use a heavier or longer lens with your Canon t6i then the Weebill S can easily support most popular lenses on the market right now. Provided your total camera payload weight comes in lower than the maximum supported load capacity, the motors on the Weebill S makes light work of the longer lenses that some compeating gimbals can really struggle with.
Zhiyun has also been developing and updating their battery cell technology brining it on leaps and bounds to essentially make it the leading power supply system in the gimbal market today. They have updated the battery for the Weebill S to help increase its maximum battery life to fourteen hours per charge offering around four hours more than the average 3 axis gimbal stabilizer on the market right now.
The Zhiyun rapid recharge system also offers a recharging ratio of between four and five hours of actionable power per hour spent charging. At the time of writing, this is one of the best recharging ratios on the market by far and you can recharge the Weebill S back to full from being totally empty in just over three hours. On top of this, if you need to be able to recharge your devices while out and about without direct access to a power outlet, you can also add a USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories to allow you to recharge everything wherever you are.
As we have touched on already Zhiyun have innovated in a few areas with the Weebill S already to help ensure that it is the dominant gimbal in the space but in our opinion, the main advantage of the Weebill S is its excellent detection and correction system. Although the older Zhiyun system used to have a close rival in the DJI system, the lack of releases from DJI in recent years has left Zhiyun to innovate away and take a clear lead.
The sensors on the Weebill S are actually very similar to the older Zhiyun ones on their older gimbals but they have had a few small upgrades. Firstly, they are smaller and lighter to fit with the whole lightweight, compact travel gimbal design of the Weebill S. On top of this, Zhiyun has also managed to not only increase the sensitivity of the sensors but also increase their accuracy too.
The data that gets detected by the gimbal sensors is then pushed directly into the Zhiyun balancing algorithm that leads the gimbal space right now. Although the DJI system did use to rival it, we feel that the DJI range has dropped off massively and is now actually in third place rather than second. Moza has done some amazing work with their new Aircross 2 and we feel it is now the second-best gimbal on the market behind the Weebill S. The Moza balancing algorithm is also very close to the Zhiyun algorithm but the higher price point and lower torque motors are the only things holding Moza back right now.
The final part of any gimbals detection and correction system is the actual gimbal motors and Zhiyun definatley has the best motor technology on the market right now by a long shot. Although Moza can challenge the Weebill S in some areas, they are not even close when it comes to the gimbal motors but this is just a testament to the experience that Zhiyun has built up in the niche over the last decade or so.
Not only are these new, next-generation Zhiyun gimbal motors around a quarter smaller and lighter than the older style gimbal motors from Zhiyun but they also offer up to three times the torque of the competition as well as require less power to stabilize. Zhiyun has simply improved on their gimbal motors in every aspect without having to hike the price tag of the gimbal up and have cemented their position as the dominant gimbal brand for the foreseeable future.
With DJI seemingly focusing on their drone range rather than their gimbal range right now and Moza having just released the Aircross 2, we doubt anything is going to be able to knock the Weebill S off the top spot any time soon. Although there are other gimbal brands out there, the big three are the only serious players in our opinion with Evo and Feiyutech having a long way to go to be a serious threat.
As we mentioned earlier, the Weebill S has an absolutely massive core user base that seem to love the gimbal as much as we do. Many of these totally independent videographers and vloggers have chosen to publish their own dedicated reviews of the Weebill S that you can read if you have a few minutes spare. They have been published by vloggers and videographers from all walks of life working in all niches and offer some solid, independent insight into the image stabilization and general performance of the Weebill S.
User Interface And Control System
Although the Zhiyun Weebill S offers professional levels of image stabilization, the interface and control system on the gimbal is very user friendly and is actually easier to use than many of the entry-level gimbals in our opinion. Zhiyun is using the traditional joystick system that is very easy to learn allowing you to get great performance out of the gimbal without having to spend hours learning how to operate the gimbal. If you are looking to purchase your very first gimbal then we feel that the system on the Weebill S is ideal.
Zhiyun has also made a few tweaks to the balancing system for the Weebill S too making it as user friendly and straight forward as possible. This just keeps on scoring the gimbal points against the compeating stabilizers on the market right now, especially if you are brand new to using a gimbal. After going through the balancing procedure with your Canon t6i a few times you will likley be able to balance your Weebill S and have it ready to go in under a minute.
If you are planning on doing a large amount of manual control work with your Canon t6i then the Weebill S is ideal. The omnidirectional joystick on the Weebill S has sixteen contact points to ensure that you get the best possible manual control over the gimbal head to keep your gimbal focused on your subject at all times. This is a drastic improvement over the older four way joysticks that offered terrible control over the gimbal when using it in manual mode.
Build Quality And Design
Zhiyun has made a number of different tweaks to their new Weebill range of gimbals over their older Crane range trying to design it and build it to be as small and compact as possible making it the perfect travel gimbal. This makes the Weebill S a great gimbal for anyone trying to keep the size and weight of their camera accessories down due to traveling around on a regular basis.
On top of this, the gimbal is very lightweight considering the level of performance that it is able to provide you. This ensures that you are getting professional-level image stabilization from the gimbal without having to add much weight to your camera accessories bag. With airlines becoming stricter on media rates for baggage, this can help keep your gear within your luggage allowance and prevent you from getting some additional fines for your baggage weight.
The Weebill S also comes with the new axis locking feature that is a great addition to gimbals and other competing gimbals brands are already starting to add it to their own systems. They are so small, cheap, and easy to use that we are actually surprised it has taken over a decade for them to be added. With the majority of long term damage to gimbals coming from one of the three-axis rotating when in your bags during transit, these little axis locks help to prevent this.
Prior to adding your gimbal to your bags you simply press the locks to activate them and the axis on your gimbal will not randomly rotate or spin until you unlock them once you take your gimbal out of your bag. If you are planning on using a longer and heavier lens for your Canon t6i then you can actually use the locks to keep your gimbal head in place when walking between locations with your camera mounted without it spinning around randomly too or having to leave your gimbal powered up and wasting battery life.
The final point that we would like to make for the Weebill S is that it has one of the new style gel set handles that is very comfortable to hold. Although the majority of the competing modern gimbals offer this too, the older gimbals with the plastic handles can be a pain and actually end up causing cramps in your hand when holding your gimbal for long periods of time.
That brings our article going over what we think is the best gimbal for Canon t6i camera users and we are confident that adding the Zhiyun Weebill S to your collection of camera accessories will make a great investment. It offers excellent levels of image stabilization for a gimbal that is cheap enough for the majority of Canon t6i users to purchase. It is so easy to use and great for anyone in a travel niche as well as offering excellent performance for paid videography work too.
We would just like to quickly remind our readers that there are a large number of independent reviews of the Weebill S online that you can read. If you have not made your mind up about what gimbal you want for your Canon t6i then at least spending a few minutes skimming over those can definitely help make your mind up. They are all from third-party videographers and vloggers going over their own independent thoughts on how well the Weebill S has performed for them.