The Fuji xt200 is a relatively new release to the Fujifilm mirrorless camera range and with the huge popularity of the previous additions to the Fuji XT camera line up, we are expecting the xt200 to grow itself a huge customer base over the coming years just like its predecessors. Although it xt200 did get off to a slightly rocky start, the camera body is starting to pick up tracking with more and more photographers and videographers purchasing the camera.
As the xt200 has only been on the market for a month and a half at the time of writing, we have started to notice a few people reaching out and asking about what camera accessories they can add to their collection to try and get the best image quality possible. One of the most popular questions that we have seen from the previous releases to the Fuji XT range is based around gimbals so we have decided to dedicated today’s article to what we feel is the best gimbal for Fuji xt200 camera owners.
We have no doubt that more and more people will be looking to add a handheld gimbal stabilizer to their collection of camera accessories over the coming years and we hope that this article will be able to help as many people as possible. Now, there are a ton of mirrorless camera gimbals on the market right now but in all honesty, both the Zhiyun Weebill S and the Moza Aircross 2 standout ahead of the pack as the optimal gimbals for the Fuji xt200.
Both gimbals are only a few months old and come jam-packed with a ton of next-generation gimbal hardware to ensure that they are able to provide you and your Fuji xt200 with some of the best possible image stabilization going. That said though, although we do feel that Moza have managed to secure the second place with their Aircross 2, in our opinion, the Weebill S should definitely be your primary gimbal option for your Fuji xt200.
Not only is the Weebill S cheaper than the Aircross 2 but the Zhiyun gimbal motors on the gimbal are second to none in our opinion and we doubt that any compeating brand is going to be able to knock the Weebill S off the top spot any time soon. Zhiyun has been innovating away to ensure that the Weebill S blows the competing gimbals out the water and in our opinion, they have done a great job.
This is why the Weebill S has managed to secure the top spot and is dominating the gimbal space right now seeing exponential growth in its user base that shows no signs of slowing down. The gimbal has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations amongst videographers and vloggers that we have seen to date too. This is why it is our primary gimbal recommendation for our readers who own the Fuji xt200 and we will not be taking a more in-depth look at what the Weebill S has to offer you.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Your Fuji xt200 comes in with a standard payload weight of just over 0.8 pounds meaning that the camera body itself is at the lower end of the maximum load capacity of the Weebill S. The gimbal is easily able to provide you with image stabilization for loads of up to and including 6.61 pounds of total camera payload weight. This means that you have around 5.81 pounds of free load capacity available after actually mounting your Fuji xt200 to the gimbal for your other camera accessories.
The Weebill S has some of the highest torque gimbal motors ever products meaning that it is also easily able to provide your Fuji xt200 with solid levels of image stabilization even if you are using a longer, heavier lens. Although you would think that all modern gimbals would be able to do this due to advancements in technology, this is still, unfortunately, a rarity and the Zhiyun Weebill S, Moza Aircross 2, and DJI Ronin S are the only gimbals on the market right now with a solid performance record for those longer and heavier lens rigs.
The spare load capacity left over for the Weebill S means that you can use heavier lenses, video lighters, and external microphones to further improve the performance of your Fuji xt200 without it having a negative effect on the image quality. This ensures that if you are going paid videography work, you are always capturing the best possible footage for your clients to keep them happy and grow your reputation as a videographer.
Zhiyun have made a number of improvements to their battery cell technology over the last few years too with their latest power cell in the Weebill S offering you around fourteen hours of battery life with each full charge. This is around four hours longer than the average mirrorless camera gimbal right now and ensures that you are getting some of the best battery life going. Additionally, Zhiyun has a great rapid recharging system on the Weebill S that lets you charge it back to full in just over three hours too minimizing downtime.
Although the majority of vlogging and videography niches should be fine with a maximum battery life of around fourteen hours, some niches may have you out and about for days at a time without access to a power outlet. If you are working in one of these niches then adding a solid USB power bank to your camera accessories can be a great way to let you charge your devices on the go and extend your battery life when you would other wide be out of power.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the main advantage of the Zhiyun Weebill S over the Moza Aircross 2 in our opinion is its gimbal motors that are a part of the gimbals detection and correction system. In general, though, the Zhiyun is slightly better than the Moza system and with the higher price tag of the Aircross 2, it makes the Weebill S the obvious option for us to recommend to our readers.
Zhiyun has had the best gimbal sensors on the market for a few years not and although their previous generation of sensors are still solid and perform very well compared to the competing gimbal sensors from other brands, Zhiyun has decided to innovate away and improve on their own technology. As the Weebill range of gimbals is meant to be as small and light as possible, Zhiyun has reduced the size and weight of the sensors by around a third over their older system. On top of this, they have also increased the detection speed of the sensors as well as the accuracy that they are able to detect any movement in your gimbal during use.
The information from the gimbal sensors is then sent directly into the Zhiyun balancing algorithm and although the DJI balancing algorithm had led the way for years, the lack of newly released from DJI after the huge success of their aging Ronin S has left both Zhiyun and Moza to overtake their technology. Although the Zhiyun and Moza algorithms are very close to each other, we feel that the power efficiency of the Zhiyun algorithm pushes it out ahead. This essentially allows the gimbal motors to make the most power-efficient movement possible during use to ensure that you are getting the best battery life possible out of your gimbal.
The final part, and the area where Zhiyun has zero competition at the time of writing of their detection and correction system is their gimbal motors. Zhiyun have done an amazing job of upgrading every aspect of their motors and getting the best possible performance of their users and no other gimbal brand on the market can even come close to what Zhiyun are offering when it comes to their motors.
Not only are they around a quarter smaller and lighter but they are also able to offer up to three times more torque while also requiring less power from the battery to stabilize your Fuji xt200 when recording. On top of this, they are as close to silent as you are going to get meaning that your audio track will not be picking up any of the little clicks of the motors making their adjustments that some of the older 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market used to have.
This all comes together to make the Weebill S an outstanding gimbal that is not only better than the vast majority of gimbals that can even come close to competing with it but also cheaper than them too. This is why so many people from the vlogging and videography communities have chosen to leave their own third-party reviews of the gimbal online that you can read if you wish. We would highly recommend that our readers at least check some of them out as they offer valuable insight into the gimbal, its image stabilization, and just how well it performs in the vast majority of niches.
User Interface And Control System
Zhiyun has been sure to stick with a user-friendly control system based around a Joystick rather than a touchscreen system. Although this may sound like a bit of a drawback when compared to other modern technology, in our opinion, touchscreen systems are not currently at a level where the offer comparable control when using your gimbal in manual mode to the joystick systems.
The Weebill S uses a modern omnidirectional joystick rather than the old school four way joysticks that has sixteen points of content that are all very sensitive and responsive. This ensures that you have superior control of your Fuji xt200 when mounted to your Weebill S and using the gimbal in manual control mode. You can really see the difference between these newer omnidirectional joystick controllers over the older four way as they offer some excellent, smooth, natural-looking panning and tilting.
The Zhiyun balancing system on their modern gimbals is also very straight forward and user friendly too. We know that some of the modern gimbals from the Feiyutech range can have multiple issues with balancing but the Feiyutech balancing process is totally different to the Zhiyun system. We are confident that our readers will be able to mount their Fuji xt200 to the Zhiyun Weebill S and have it balanced and ready to go quickly. Although you may have to go through the process a few times to learn it, once comfortable with it, you should be able to get your rig balanced in less than one minute.
Build Quality And Design
Over the last decade, Zhiyun has managed to rightfully earn the reputation for having one of the best build quality standards amongst the videography and vlogging community with their older Crane range of gimbals. Although they are still making their Crane gimbals, they have moved them towards being their heavy lifting range of gimbals for super heavy rigs.
Due to the Fuji xt200 being a lightweight mirrorless camera, the Weebill range of gimbals from Zhiyun is a much better option in our opinion due to their smaller, lighter build making them the perfect travel gimbal but the fact that they also offer professional-level image stabilization too. If you are working in any niche where you will be moving around on a regular basis for work and having to take all of your camera gear with you then the Zhiyun Weebill S is definitely the best option.
Zhiyun has also used the latest developments in plastic polymer technology to ensure that the gimbal is as light as possible while also keeping it as tough and robust as possible too. This is very rare in this day and age as you usually get one or the other, especially in this price range but Zhiyun offers a gimbal that is both lightweight and robust too. This ensures that the Weebill S will be able to last you for many years to come and easily withstand the punishment coming its way when being use or while in your camera accessory bag.
The last point that we want to make is that the handle grip on the Weebill S is also very comfortable. Now, we know that this sounds like a silly little thing to mention but a comfortable handle on your gimbal is definitely underrated. Even in this day and age, we see large numbers of gimbal manufacturers releasing gimbals with uncomfortable plastic handles. The Weebill S has a gel set handle that is very comfortable to hold as well as easy to grip helping to minimize the chances of you getting hand cramps on those longer sessions.
That concludes our thoughts on the best gimbal for Fuji xt200 camera owners and in our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is the clear option and at the time of writing, we doubt that anything is going to even come close to knocking it off the top spot anytime soon. We feel that adding the Weebill S to your collection of camera accessories will make a great addition and help to provide you with some outstanding image stabilization that is very cost-efficient.
We just want to quickly remind our readers about all of those independent reviews that have been published from other videographers and vloggers for the gimbal too. If you are not totally sold on the Weebill S for your Fuji xt200 then reading over a few of them will definitely be worth the time as they offer some great insight into just how good the Weebill S actually is.