The Fuji xt2 is one of the most popular mirrorless cameras from the Fuji line up and has a massive core customer base of people who use it as their go-to camera of choice. The excellent image quality of the camera, its small size, lightweight, ease of use, and great build quality have made it a hit with both the photography and videography communities with a number of vloggers and social media influencers using it too.
With the xt2 being such a popular camera body, we often see large amounts of questions being asked each month based around the various camera accessories that people should be looking to purchase to help improve the image quality that they can capture with their camera. One of the most frequent questions that we have seen asked time and time again is based around the best gimbal for Fuji xt2 camera users.
With more and more people opting to add a handheld gimbal stabilizer to their camera accessories to get some solid image stabilization, we have decided to make this the topic of our article for today. We are hoping that our article will help any of our readers who own the xt2 and are looking to purchase a gimbal as the 3 axis gimbal space is a bit of a minefield right now but there are some solid options that are well worth the money.
In our opinion, either the Zhiyun Weebill S or the Moza Aircross 2 are definatley going to be the best gimbal option for your xt2. At the time of writing, both of those have only been on the market for a matter of months and come jam-packed with all of the latest gimbal technology blowing the compeating stabilizers out the water. That said though, we feel that the lower price tag and better performance of the Weebill S manage to push it ahead of the Aircross 2 and make it the obvious option.
Zhiyun is one of the oldest gimbal brands and has been a dominant force in the gimbal space for over a decade now. In this time, their gimbal range has managed to earn them an excellent reputation as a company who is always innovating and offering the very best product possible to their customers. This definatley shows in their new Weebill S as it has managed to rapidly build an outstanding reputation for itself that just keeps on getting stronger.
We really are not surprised that the Weebill S has managed to dominate its weight class and clearly establish itself as the leading gimbal for mirrorless cameras in only a matter of months. We will now be taking a more in-depth look at what the gimbal has to offer you and why we feel that it is the best option on the market right now for your Fuji xt2.
Performance Of The Gimbal
With your Fuji xt2 being a lightweight mirrorless camera body, it has an initial payload weight of only 1.11 pounds that in the grand scheme of things, is very light. As the Weebill S is able to easily support a load capacity of up to 6.61 pounds without issue, it leaves around five and a half pounds of free load capacity for the camera accessories that you want to use with your camera when recording. This is more than enough for all of the popular xt2 setups that we can think of, even if you do use a heavy lens, video light, or microphone, the Weebill S still has you covered.
Another great feature of the high torque motors that have been used on the Weebill S is that they effortlesley handle longer lenses with your xt2. The recent AK range from Feiyutech as well as a few other compeating brands are having a ton of issues with actually stabilizing camera rigs that use longer lenses but the Weebill S has no issues at all. Although longer lenses are rarer in videography and vlogging, some niches do still need them so it is nice to know that your gimbal of choice is able to support you.
Another area where the Weebill S shines is with its new, updated battery cell technology that is some of the best available by far. Not only have Zhiyun managed to make their battery cell about one third smaller and lighter than their older batteries but they have also managed to increase the battery life it can provide at the same time. The Weebill S offers a maximum battery life of around fourteen hours meaning that out of the compeating gimbals on the market right now, you are getting between four and six hours of additional battery while also having a smaller and lighter cell.
The Zhiyun, Moza, and DJI recharging technology is all about the same these days and you are able to recharge the Weebill S in as little as three hours. Although we would imagine that the majority of our readers who own the Fuji xt2 will be able to get everything the need with a gimbal that provides fourteen hours of battery life per charge, there are some niches where you may be away from a power outlet for days at a time. If you are working in one of these niches then adding a USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories can be a great option. A modern, high load power bank allows you to recharge your devices while out and about to ensure that you always have power to do what you need.
Although we do feel that the Moza Aircross 2 is definatley the second-best gimbal for the Fuji xt2, the lower price tag and better detection and correction system on the Zhiyun Weebill S do make it the better option in our opinion. Although Moza has put some great work in with their Aircross 2 and in our opinion now sit above the DJI Ronin S, the Zhiyun just keeps on extending its lead due to their innovation.
Right from the get go Zhiyun has been innovating away with their latest detection and correction system with their new gimbal sensors that have been updated and modified over the previous sensors. Now, even without these upgrades, their older sensors we still some of the best on the market by far but with these tweaks to accuracy and processing speed they have no real rival at the time of writing other than the Aircross 2.
If you are an experienced videographer or have been involved in the gimbal space for some time, you may know that DJI and Zhiyun had a bit of a heated battle going on when it came to their balancing algorithms. Each company would leapfrog the technology of the other with ease subsequent addition to their line up but DJI seems to have shifted their focus onto their drones. Although the Ronin S is still a solid gimbal, especially if you are using a heavy DLSR camera, it is definatley showing its age.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun algorithm is ever so slightly better than the Moza algorithm but it is a close call. Both algorithms are lightning-fast and able to accurately work out how best to provide you with image stabilization via a counter-movement to the gimbal head. In our opinion, the advantage of the Zhiyun algorithm is that it also tries to work out the most power-efficient way to provide the stabilization and get the most out of the battery.
As we touched on earlier, the final part of the system on the Weebill S is the gimbal motors that Zhiyun has been developing for a while now and they truly are next generation. Not even the motors on the Aircross 2 or Ronin S come close to what Zhiyun are offering. These new motors are smaller and lighter than the compeating motors while also being more power-efficient as well as able to provide three times the torque.
This puts them in a league of their own and gives us confidence that the Weebill S is going to continue to reign supreme for the foreseeable future with little to no real competition from compeating gimbals. It is easy to see how good the Weebill S is but you don’t have to take our word for it, as you would expect from such a popular handheld gimbal, plenty of users have published their own reviews going over their thoughts on the Weebill S too.
Skimming over a few of them is a great way to see how good the Weebill S is and how highly the community feels about it. Skimming over those reviews offers some great insight into how well it is performing in pretty much every vlogging and videography situation you may find yourself in with your Fuji xt2 helping give you an idea of what you can expect when using it.
User Interface And Control System
Although the interface on the new Weebill S may look a little different to the older generations of Zhiyun gimbal, it is essentially the same joystick controller with an LCD panel and supporting buttons. Our regular readers may know that we are big fans of this system due to it being so reliable and easy to use, even if you are new to operating a 3 axis gimbal.
That said though, due to Zhiyun being Zhiyun, they have been tweaking the system under the hood and they have increased the sensitivity of the contact points for the joystick to increase responsiveness and the fluid motions that it can provide. This allows even a new gimbal user to easily get extremely smooth manual control movements of the gimbal head that look natural and help to capture the best possible image quality.
Zhiyun have also taken constructive criticism about their older LCD panel systems into consideration for the Weebill S too and the screen now has an anti-glare coating on it. This helps to ensure that you can clearly see the information being displayed, even if you are using the gimbal outside in direct sunlight. As usual, the backlit LCD panel also ensures that the data is easy to see in low light conditions too so you can always tweak your settings and clearly see what the LCD panel is showing.
Although a few small changes have been made to the navigation system, it is essentially the same as the older systems due to it being very popular. the Zhiyun navigation system is extremely user-friendly allowing first-time gimbal users to quickly learn what they are doing while also offering all of the functionality that an advanced gimbal user will require too. If you have been using gimbals for years then there is a large chance that you will know your way around the Zhiyun system anyway but if you are new, we are confident that you will be able to work the majority of it out without having to look at the manual.
A number of first-time gimbal users usually seem to be a little nervous about initially balancing their camera rigs on their new gimbal. Thankfully though, all of the major gimbal brands have perfected their balancing systems over the years and although Feiyutech seems to be having issues with their system, their latest releases seem to have corrected the bugs they were having.
With your Fuji xt2 being so lightweight and the motors on the Weebill S offering so much power and torque the system is very straight forward, easy, and forgiving. Although you might have to take your time for the first time times you balance your gimbal, you should easily be able to smash through it in less than a minute after using it for a while.
That concludes our thoughts on what we feel is currently the best gimbal for Fuji xt2 camera owners. Due to the Zhiyun Weebill S being such a new handheld gimbal stabilizer and so far ahead of the competition, we are confident that it will stay in the top spot for the foreseeable future with ease. It offers some of the best quality image stabilization and will make a great addition to any Fuji xt2 owners camera accessories and help improve your image quality.
Like we mentioned earlier in the article, a large number of external, totally independent videographers and vloggers have posted their own reviews of the Weebill S and what you can expect from it during use. Skimming over those is well worth the time in our opinion as many of the people sharing their thoughts are using much heavier cameras than the Fuji xt2 and having no issues at all. A number of the reviews are from other mirrorless camera owners too and singing the gimbals praises.