The Canon t7i follows a long successful line of camera releases from Canon over the last decade of so with each one being more successful than the last. With the t7i being one of the more recent additions to the range it is not surprising that we have noticed more and more people reaching out with a number of different questions based on various camera accessories for the t7i. With the t7i already having a large user base from both the photography and videography communities that is still rapidly growing, we have decided to start publishing some content to try and help our readers who own the t7i.
One of the most frequent questions that we are seeing asked more and more often is based around the best gimbal for Canon t7i cameras and as we know that we have a number of videographers who read our content, we have decided to make this the focus of today’s article. We are hoping that our article will be able to help as many of our readers who own the Canon t7i as possible and help ensure that you are able to add a solid handheld gimbal stabilizer to your camera accessories as the gimbal market is a bit of a minefield right now.
That said though, there are two 3 axis handheld gimbal stabilizers that are leading the market in our opinion and can provide your t7i with some excellent levels of image stabilization to ensure you get the best image quality possible. The first one is the Zhiyun Weebill S that is dominating the gimbal space right now and the second one is the Moza Aircross 2 that is a close second to the Weebill S but the higher price point for a slightly lower level of performance makes the Weebill S our primary recommendation.
Both of the gimbals have only been on the market for around six months at the time of writing and the both keep on going from strength to strength. That said though, the Weebill S is definitely increasing its lead over the Aircross 2 with it having one of the best reputations for a handheld gimbal that we have ever seen to date. This is largely due to its outstanding image stabilization, a robust build quality, and its low price tag. We will not be taking a more in-depth look at the various features of the Weebill S to try and explain why we feel it should be the primary gimbal choice for our readers.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Now, although the Canon t7i is a DSLR camera body that are often heavy and bulky, the t7i is only 1.17 pounds meaning that it is actually a lighter camera body that many of the heavier mirrorless cameras on the market right now. This means that there are a large number of gimbals that can easily support your t7i with ease but you want to be sure that you are getting the best levels of image stabilization possible for your budget and this is why we feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S is the best option on the market.
The Weebill S offers you an absolutely massive maximum load capacity relative to its size coming in at 6.61 pounds of total payload weight support. This means that after factoring in the 1.17-pound weight of your t7i, you have around 5.44 pounds of load capacity free to mount pretty much any camera accessories that you want to ensure that you are getting the best possible image quality when recording.
This means that you are free to use some very heavy camera accessories such as a really heavy video light, external microphone, and camera lens when recording. Additionally, the Weebill S can easily handle those longer lenses that can cause issues with other gimbals due to being outside of their maximum length restrictions. The high torque gimbal motors on the Weebill S ensure that you can pretty much use any lens you want with your Canon t7i without having problems but we doubt that the majority of our readers will need the full 6.61 pounds of load capacity.
Zhiyun has also made a few updates the their battery and power system on their new Weebill S gimbal too that improve it in pretty much every way. Not only is the actually battery smaller and lighter than it used to be but it also offers a longer battery life coming in at around fourteen hours with each charge that is around four hours longer than average right now. They have also made a few tweaks to their market-leading recharging system too so you can recharge our Weebill S in around three hours offering one of the best power charging ratios on the market right now by a long shot.
Although fourteen hours of power should be enough for most of our readers who use the Canon t7i as their go-to camera body of choice, we know that some people work in travel or remote based niches where you may not have a way to recharge your gear at the end of a day. If you are working in one of these niches then the newer USB power banks on the market can offer you some solid power output and will likely be able to recharge most if not all of your devices to keep you supplied with power.
Zhiyun absolutely blows the compeating gimbals on the market out of the water with their Weebill S when it comes to the detection and correction system on the gimbal. Nothing else on the market right now is able to nail it in all three aspects of the system and although the Moza Aircross 2 does come close in two areas, the Weebill S destroys it when it comes to its gimbal motors with ease.
Just like all of the other 3 axis handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now, the detection and correction system for the Weebill S all starts with its excellent gimbal sensors that have been tweaked slightly over the previous version of Zhiyun sensors to improve performance. Zhiyun has made them smaller and lighter to fit with the whole travel gimbal design for the Weebill S while also increasing the accuracy and processing speed of the sensors too. This ensures that they are able to quickly and accurately detect even the slightest movement that is detected int he gimbal head and then process the data as required at lightning-fast speed.
Next up is the industry-leading Zhiyun balancing algorithm and although the algorithm on the DJI Ronin S has previously lead the way for years, DJI are primarily focusing on their drone range rather than their gimbal range right now with very few new products being released. This has left Zhiyun to race out ahead and take the top spot from DJI when it comes to their balancing algorithm technology. On top of this, in our opinion, Moza have put a solid effort in with their Aircross 2 and we feel that they are probably in second place when it comes to their balancing algorithm with DJI now sitting in third.
The Zhiyun algorithm has been designed and tweaked to be as efficient as possible taking the data in from the gimbal sensors and sending the best possible counter movement data out to the gimbal motors at the fastest possible speed. This results in snappy image stabilization ensuring that the Weebill S is suitable for use in a large number of different niches while the algorithm also ensures that the counter-movement is as power-efficient as possible too. This helps to get the absolute best possible battery life out of your gimbal during use and is a nice little feature often not considered by compeating brands.
The final part of the Zhiyun system and the area where they are absolutely dominating is their high-torque, next-generation gimbal motors that to date, are the best gimbal motors that we have seen by a long shot. Not only are they smaller, lighter, and more power-efficient but they also deliver you up to three times the torque of previous motors. This is the main reason that the Weebill S is able to handle pretty much any setup of camera accessories on your Canon t7i that you can dream up with ease.
When you factor in that the Zhiyun Weebill Salso retails with a lower price tag than the other two gimbals that can even come close to its performance on the market right now, it is easy to see why it is such a popular option amongst the vlogging and videography community. A large number of these vloggers and videographers who use the Weebill S have chosen to publish their own independent reviews of their experiences with the gimbal too. Reading those offers some great, independent insight into just how good the Weebill S is and the levels of image stabilization that it can provide.
User Interface And Control System
Although a few compeating gimbal brands have tried to innovate on the basic control interface for their latest handheld gimbals and change things up to try and gain some ground on the Zhiyun range, to date, none of them have managed to pull it off with many of them actually ending up having a negative effect on sales. Thankfully, both Zhiyun and Moza have stuck with the more tried and tested joystick control interface that has proven itself time and time again.
Although the actual system on the Weebill S looks similar to what has been used over the last because the actual technology underneath has been updated drastically. Gone are the old school four way joystick controllers that could make our footage look and feel slightly robotic when recording. The new system on the Weebill S uses a fully omnidirectional joystick that has sixteen points of highly sensitive connectivity. This ensures that when using your Weebill S in manual mode with your Canon t7i, you get the absolute best manual control available with smooth and natural-looking pans and tilts as needed.
The actual balancing system on the Weebill S is almost identical to the one on the older Zhiyun gimbals and this is as expected in all honesty as there really is little else that Zhiyun can do to improve on their system. Zhiyun, Moza, and DJI all have very user-friendly balancing processes these days allowing you to mount your Canon t7i and having it balanced and ready to go in less than a minute after doing it a few times. There is no need to worry if you are brand new to using a gimbal, the system is super easy and straight forward and the lightweight of your t7i and high torque motors on the gimbal makes the process even simpler too.
Build Quality And Design
Zhiyun have make a number of tweaks to the design of the Weebill S over their older Crane gimbals to make it smaller, lighter, and more compact while still ensuring that the gimbal is able to deliver you that high-quality image stabilization that the Zhiyun range is known for. We are happy to report that in our opinion at least, Zhiyun has definitely managed to do this with ease and that the Weebill S is the perfect travel gimbal in our opinion.
It is much smaller and lighter than something like the DJI Ronin S and Moza Aircross 2 meaning that it is much easier to pack in your luggage. As it requires less space and adds less weight to your luggage it is easier to add to your camera accessories without having to risk any additional baggage fees when traveling via air too. With airline companies becoming stricter and stricter with who can qualify for their media baggage rates this is a godsend and will pay off massively in the future in our opinion.
Although the Weebill S is very lightweight, it is actually surprisingly robust too due to the plastics that Zhiyun has made the majority of the gimbal from. Now only are they light, but they are tough too meaning that the gimbal will easily be able to take a bunch of punishment without breaking anytime soon. With gimbals being a rather expensive camera accessory for your Canon t7i, it is nice to know that the Weebill S is going to last you for the foreseeable future with ease.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Canon t7i cameras on the market right now. We feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S is the best option by a decent margin and with it being so far ahead of the competition in multiple areas, we doubt that any of the compeating brands are going to be able to release anything to knock it off the top spot any time soon either.
We know that some of our readers may not be totally sold on the Weebill S just yet though so we would highly recommend that anyone yet to make their mind up check our these independent reviews for the gimbal. They have been published by external, third-party videographers and vloggers and go into just how well the gimbal is performing for large amounts of people in a bunch of niches and cover just how good the image stabilization from the gimbal actually is.