With the Fuji xt20 being such a popular option amongst both the photography and videography communities we have noticed more and more people reaching out with various questions about the camera body. These are usually based around the best camera accessories for certain situations to try and help ensure that you are able to get the best image quality possible when using the xt20. We have noticed more and more people reaching out and specifically asking about the best gimbal for Fuji xt20 cameras so we have decided to focus on this particular question for today’s article.
We are hoping that our article will be able to help any of our readers on the hunt for a decent gimbal for their xt20 and help ensure you are able to get the best image stabilization possible without breaking the bank. Now, although there are an absolute ton of popular gimbals on the market right now, we feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best option for the xt20 with the Moza Aircross 2 being just behind it.
In our opinion, both of them offer absolutely outstanding performance and functionality for a super-light mirrorless camera like the Fuji xt20 and both gimbals are brand new to the market at the time of writing offering the latest technology. This helps to future proof your gimbal purchase and ensure that your new addition to your xt20 camera accessories will be able to last you for years to come without issue.
Although the Aircross 2 is a solid handheld gimbal stabilizer, its slightly higher price tag, as well as the slightly better performance from the Weebill S, makes the Zhiyun gimbal the obvious option in our opinion. Due to this, we will primarily be focusing on the Weebill S throughout the rest of the article as it is our primary gimbal recommendation for the xt20.
As we mentioned, it has only been available for a few months but it has managed to rapidly grow a large core customer base and establish itself as the go-to handheld gimbal stabilizer on the market for mirrorless camera users. It has also managed to earn one of the best reputations that we have seen amongst the vlogging and videography community that just keeps on getting better and better as time goes on too. We are confident that the Weebill S will make a great addition to your Fuji xt20 camera accessories and help improve the image quality that you are able to capture when recording due to its excellent image stabilization.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Thankfully, the Fuji xt20 comes in at the lower end of the mirrorless camera weight range with the xt20 camera body coming in at only 0.85 pounds of total weight. Of course, this will increase once you start to mount your other camera accessories such as your camera lens to your xt20 but the thankfully, the Weebill S offers a massive maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds meaning that it can make easy work of the vast majority of popular Fuji xt20 rigs at the time of writing.
This ensures that no matter the arrangement of your other camera accessories that you are using with your xt20, the Weebill S can easily support its total payload weight and provide you with some of the best image stabilization that you are going to find. On top of this, the design of the gimbal, as well as its high torque gimbal motors, ensure that it can also easily support the weight of a longer or heavier lens that some people may mount to their Fuji xt20 without having to sacrifice the quality of image stabilization or having issues with vibrations.
Zhiyun has put a whole bunch of their research and development time into their new, next-generation gimbal batteries that the Weebill S uses too. Not only are they around a third smaller and lighter than their older gimbal batteries but they also offer more power per charge too. You can expect to get around fourteen hours of battery with each charge of the battery that is around four hours longer than the average gimbal at the time of writing.
We would guess that having fourteen hours of power per charge will be plenty for the vast majority of our readers who own the Fuji xt20 as it can easily last you for a full day of recording before you get a chance to recharge your gimbal. That said though, there are a number of videography and vlogging niches such as wildlife or travel where you may be away from a power outlet for days at a time.
Thankfully though, if you do work in these niches then you can add a modern, high output USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories to keep you going. The high capacity power banks can usually recharge your Fuji xt20, gimbal, and other devices too to help keep you going while out and about without the need of a power outlet and can be a valuable accessory for some videography and vlogging niches.
Zhiyun has one of the best quick charge systems going at the time of writing and their technology can allow you to recharge the Weebill S in around three hours from empty back to full. At the time of writing, this is the one of the best charging ratios available with a single hour of charging offering just shy of five hours of usable power for the gimbal. This helps to minimize your downtime by getting your gimbal recharged as quickly as possible and help get you out and about to capture your video footage quickly.
In our opinion, the main strength of the Zhiyun Weebill S and main reason that it is our primary gimbal recommendation for anyone who uses the Fuji xt20 is its outstanding detection and correction system. Zhiyun really is leading the way when it comes to their gimbal sensors and gimbal motors and although the Moza Aircross 2 comes close, no other compeating gimbal on the market at the time of writing can challenge Zhiyun’s dominance.
They have managed to develop some of the most versatile gimbal sensors released to date that are extremely sensitive and accurate while also being lightning fast too. This overcomes the initial weaknesses of some of many of the compeating gimbals that are usually only strong in two of these areas whereas the Weebill S is strong in all three. This means that the detection system on the Weebill S has an advantage over the competition from the very start of the stabilization process and offers advantages to your Fuji xt20 right out the gate.
Next up, we have the Zhiyun balancing algorithm that has essentially been leading the market for the last three to five years in our opinion. Although DJI did manage to take the lead for a couple of months after the release of their Ronin S the stagnation on the DJI gimbal range and lack of updates or releases for the last few years really is starting to take its toll. The constant updates and innovations from Zhiyun have basically created a large gap between the Zhiyun balancing algorithm and the DJI algorithm that once challenged its dominance.
Anyway, the Zhiyun algorithm is not only lightning fast at processing the information sent to it from the Zhiyun sensors but it has also been optimized to be as power-efficient as possible. This means that unlike some of the compeating gimbals that only prioritize speed, the Zhiyun algorithm also ensures that the most power-efficient correction is sent to the gimbal motors to ensure you get getting the best possible battery life while also getting the best levels of image stabilization possible.
The final part of the Zhiyun detection and correction system is their high torque gimbal motors that are by far the best we have seen. The gimbal motors in the Weebill S really are next-generation motors in that they are not only smaller, lighter, and more power-efficient than the last generation of Zhiyun gimbal motors but that they also offer three times more torque! This is why the gimbal has such a massive load capacity for its small size and weight and can pretty much make light work of any Fuji xt20 setup that you can think of, even if you use a long and heavy camera lens.
As you would expect from the latest addition to the Zhiyun range, the Weebill S also offers various gimbal modes to help make your life as easy as possible. These include the standard follow, pan, lock, and manual modes as well as the more modern track and vortex modes too. This makes it as easy as possible for you to get the type of video footage that you want from the gimbal and your Fuji xt20 and ensure that you are getting it as easily as possible too.
It really is easy to see why the Weebill S has proven so popular within the gimbal space and managed to establish itself as the best mirrorless camera gimbal in such a short period of time. This level of performance with such a low price tag is unheard of and so many videographers and vloggers seem to agree with us as many have also posted their own independent reviews of the gimbal that offer some great insight into how good it actually is.
User Interface And Control System
One of the main things that we see people worrying about with regards to a gimbal is the balancing procedure. Thankfully, the Zhiyun system is extremely easy but the fact that the Fuji xt20 is such a lightweight camera also helps to ensure that it is as easy as possible to balance. We are confident that our readers will easily be able to balance the Weebill S without running into any issues and after a little practice, be able to get the gimbal ready to go in under a minute.
The main control system on the Weebill S is essentially a more modernized version of the traditional joystick and LCD panel system that has been used for years. This maximizes the ease of use of the interface for anyone new to using a gimbal while also ensuring that it offers everything that an advanced videographer will require too. The LCD panel is clear, sharp, and easy to read, even in low light so you can clearly see the information that it is displaying no matter your conditions.
Zhiyun has also made a few tweaks to their navigation menu to make it even easier to use too. This ensures that you can quickly and easily fly through the menu to get to the settings you want within seconds. This allows you to perform simple tasks such as switching up the gimbal mode within seconds and without having to waste time. If you are an advanced videographer then this also ensures that you can make any tweaks to the gimbal settings with ease too.
The Joystick on the Weebill S offers omnidirectional control rather than the older, clunkier four way control too. This ensures that when using the gimbal in manual mode, you get smooth and clean movement that is as natural as possible rather than having that old school robotic feel. If you are doing paid videography jobs with your Fuji xt20 then this helps to capture the best possible natural-looking video footage for your clients too.
It is a well-known fact that the Zhiyun smartphone app has had more than its fair share of issues over the years but a number of updates have been released over the last year or so to correct the problems that the app has previously suffered from. We are pleased to say that this has corrected the various issues with syncing and connectivity that the app once had as well as improved the app’s navigation menu too.
Although the app is only really essential if you plan to use the tracking mode on the Weebill S, it can still be worth downloading for its wireless remote control mode or the quick and easy access to your gimbal settings. Depending on the niche that you are working in and your level of experience, both of these can be put to good use and help make your life easier when working as a videographer.
That said though, the default settings on the Weebill S should be ideal for your Fuji xt20 as the gimbal has been optimized for use with mirrorless cameras anyway. This makes your life even easier if you are a first-time gimbal owner and lets you capture some excellent video footage right out the box without issue.
Build Quality And Design
The Weebill S is the second release in the new Weebill gimbal range from Zhiyun that is focused on being as small, lightweight, and portable as possible while still offering the same professional level image stabilization as their regular Crane range of gimbals. The Weebill range of gimbals also comes with native underslung mode due to the videographer or vlogger being able to quickly and easily change the positioning of the detachable handle as needed.
This offers the Weebill S advantages over the competition as it is the perfect travel gimbal for your Fuji xt20 due to its small size and lightweight while offering excellent performance without the large size or heavyweight. The underslung mode also ensures that if needed, you can quickly switch from handheld to underslung mode within seconds without having to unmount your Fuji xt20 to capture low angle video footage too.
On top of all of this, the gimbal is also surprisingly touch and robust too making sure that the gimbal will be able to last you for many years to come without breaking. No matter how careful you are, it is always nice to know that your gimbal can take the bumps coming its way when in transit or while being used as they are an expensive camera accessory that you want to last. Zhiyun has used some of the latest polymers to keep the Weebill S as light as possible while also ensuring that it is as tough as possible too.
Although most people overlook the importance of the handle grip on a gimbal, the Weebill S comes with a great little grip that is not only easy to grip and firm but also very comfortable too. This ensures that you should easily be able to grip the gimbal for long periods of time with your Fuji xt20 rig mounted to it without having any issues with aches, pains, or cramps in your hands too.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Fuji xt20 cameras on the market right now and as we mentioned earlier in the article, in our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is essentially in a league of its own at the time of writing. We are confident in recommending it to our readers as we feel it will make a great addition to your Fuji xt20 camera accessories and provide the best possible image stabilization to allow you to get the best image quality possible.
On top of this, the Weebill S has also had an absolute ton of great independent reviews posted for it online too. If you are still on the fence then we would highly recommend that you at least skim over some of those reviews as they offer some excellent, third-party insights into how good the gimbal actually is. They also go into how it performs in a large number of different situations too.