So there is absolutely no denying that the Fujifilm XT3 just keeps on growing its core customer base as time goes on. Both videographers and photographers seem to absolutely love the camera as it is able to provide you with some excellent image quality in pretty much every situation that you can think of while only having minimal drawbacks that can easily be overlooked in our opinion.
Due to this, we see so many people from both the photography and videography size of the XT3 user spectrum who run into issues or simply want some advice on various camera accessories that they should be adding to their collection. With videography becoming more and more popular as a profession as well as more and more vloggers and social media influencers looking to improve their skillset we have seen a sudden increase in the number of people asking for advice on the best gimbal for Fujifilm xt3 cameras.
Now, in our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is the undisputed king when it comes to the mirrorless camera weight class right now. It is only a few months old but Zhiyun has absolutely blown their competition our the water with the Weebill S with only the Moza Aircross 2 even coming close to it. On top of that, the majority of compeating gimbal brands have all released their latest gimbals and none have posed a serious threat to the Weebill S so we doubt it will be knocked off the top spot any time soon.
On top of this, the Weebill S offers your Fujifilm XT3 some of the best image stabilization available while also having a relatively low price tag for the improvements to your image quality that it provides. Its excellent design offers quick and easy low angle video footage while its solid build quality ensures that it is tough and robust. Although it has only been available for a number of months at the time of writing, the Weebill S has one of the strongest reputations amongst videographers going while also having one of the fastest-growing customer basis around of all the handheld gimbal stabilizers.
Due to all of this, we will be focusing on the Zhiyun Weebill S throughout the rest of our article to take a more in-depth look at it for our readers. We know that most people like to know as much as possible about any potential new addition to their camera accessories so want to spend as much time going over the Weebill S as possible. Although Moza has done an excellent job with their Aircross 2, we feel that it just misses out on being our primary gimbal recommendation for the Fujifilm XT3 so we will not be covering it any further in this article.
Performance Of The Gimbal
With the Fujifilm XT3 being a great little mirrorless camera that offers some solid performance and functionality, it comes in at around 1.1 pounds of payload weight. Now, keep in mind that this is just your camera body with the regular battery in use with no additional camera accessories mounted to your rig. The total payload weight of your XT3 can easily get up to around three to four pounds of payload weight depending on the niche you are working in and what you are planning to do.
Thankfully, the Zhiyun Weebill S has a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total camera payload weight and offers absolutely outstanding levels of image stabilization all the way up to its upper limit. So many compeating gimbals in the mirrorless camera weight class can have issues with vibrations and battery life if you exceed around eighty percent of their listed maximum load capacity but this is not an issue with the Weebill S.
Additionally, even if you are using a long and heavy camera lens that may cause some of the other compeating 3 axis gimbals on the market to have issues with their center of gravity, the Weebill S will soldier on and keep your Fujifilm XT3 steady without issue. This really is a testament to the level that Zhiyun has managed to reach when it comes to gimbal stabilizers and how they dominate the brand with their experience and knowledge.
The handheld gimbal boasts a very respectable battery life of around fourteen hours of power with every charge of its battery. This is around four hours above the average battery life of the modern mirrorless camera gimbals and should easily be enough for the vast majority of our readers to get out and about with their Fujifilm XT3 to capture all of the video footage that they require without running out of power.
If you are doing something like wildlife videographer, travel videography, or travel vlogging where you might be out in remote locations away from power outlets, this can easily keep your gimbal powered for a few days in many circumstances. If needed, you can also pick up one of the newer USB power banks that have a higher power output and can usually recharge your handheld gimbal stabilizer, camera, and pretty much any other device. One of the larger USB power banks can easily keep all of your devices topped up with power when needed for days at a time without issue so can make a solid addition to your camera accessories.
Once the gimbal has ran out of battery, it can usually be charged from totally empty back to full in just over three hours. This is one of the best charge to active power ratios available at the time of writing with one hour of charging providing almost five hours of usable battery. This ensures that you can recharge the Weebill S as quickly as possible to get back out and capture as much super smooth video footage as possible if needed.
One of the main advantages that the Zhiyun Weebill S has over the other compeating handheld gimbals on the market right now is that it has all of the latest gimbal technology on it as standard. This includes the latest detection and correction technology that has been developed by Zhiyun and is allowing them to dominate the market by offering better and cheaper levels of image stabilization than the competition.
Although the Zhiyun detection and correction system has always been at the top end of the market, they have really upped their game over the last year or two. The latest Zhiyun gimbal sensors are absolutely outstanding and offer some of the highest levels of sensitivity to motion that we have ever seen, especially at this price point in the market. Not only are the sensors extremely rapid at detecting motion but they are very sensitive and can easily detect even the slightest vibration in your gimbal head to correct it as soon as possible.
The actual Zhiyun balancing algorithm has been consistently leading the pack over the last five years or so and although the current Moza and DJI balancing algorithms are solid, the Zhiyun algorithm is ever so slightly better in our opinion. Is it lightning-fast at processing the data it receives from the gimbals sensors and pushed out the required correction to the gimbal motors to keep your Fujifilm XT3 as smooth and stabilized as possible during use.
The actual Zhiyun gimbal motors on the Weebill S are out of this world. Not only do the offer some of the best levels of torque that we have seen to date helping to ensure that even the heaviest Fujifilm XT3 setups get optimal image stabilization but they are also small and very power efficient. As Zhiyun designed the Weebill body to be compact and the perfect travel gimbal, the motors had to be as small and light as possible to help meet their vision. They are also extremely power efficient for how powerful they are and this is one of the main reasons the Zhiyun Weebill S offers such a high maximum battery life while having a smaller battery than most of the compeating gimbals.
Being the latest gimbal from Zhiyun at the time of writing, it has all of the regular gimbal modes that you would expect such as pan, lock, follow, and manual mode to help ensure that you are able to get the best possible image quality when your Fujifilm XT3 is mounted. On top of the traditional gimbal modes, Zhiyun has also added their intelligent object tracking mode and their vortex mode.
The tracking system on the Weebill S is excellent and manages to hold its own against the systems on the higher price point gimbals with ease. It allows you to set a subject that you want your gimbal to automatically track as you move to make your life much easier in a number of different videography and vlogging niches. In all honesty, we initially thought that the vortex mode would be useless as it essentially just gets your camera to do a barrel roll type movement but it has proven to be a big hit with the community and compeating gimbal brands are also adding it to their latest gimbals too.
When you take the excellent performance and functionality of the Weebill S into account, it is easy to see why the gimbal has managed to earn such a large market share in only a few months while also having so many excellent independent reviews posted about it too. We really do feel that it is the best option available on the market at the time of writing for your Fujifilm XT3 and are confident in saying that the Zhiyun Weebill S is more of an investment in your camera accessories that will definatley stand the test of time and last you for many years to come without issue.
User Interface And Control System
Over the years, Zhiyun has rightfully earned themselves a great reputation when it comes to the interface and control system for their gimbal stabilizers that not only perform well but are also extremely easy to learn. This makes the Weebill S the ideal option for both entry-level and advanced gimbal users alike making it the ideal option for videographers who use the Fujifilm XT3 as their goto camera of choice no matter the level of experience that they have.
If you are brand new to using a handheld gimbal then the Zhiyun interface can realistically be learned right out of the box within minutes. We doubt that the majority of our readers are going to have to waste time and effort on reading through the user manual and watching YouTube tutorials as everything has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible. On the flip side of this though, if you are an advanced gimbal user then the Weebill S offers everything you could ever need in a professional level gimbal too and offers some excellent customization to meet your needs too.
This means that if you are new to using gimbals, the Zhiyun Weebill S is the ideal option as it can meet your needs all the way from being an entry-level videographer all the way up to doing professional-level paid client gigs all in the same stabilizer. The helps to future proof yourself and remove the need to upgrade to a professional level gimbal stabilizer in the future as the Weebill S is essentially an all in one option.
The Zhiyun balancing system has been heavily updated over the last five years or so with the knowledge and experience that they have build up from being a dominant gimbal brand for over a decade being used to make it as easy and straight forward as possible. Although the balancing procedure may take a few minutes the first few times you mount your Fujifilm XT3 to the Weebill S, we are confident that you will be able to quickly and easily get this down to under a minute with experience.
This helps to minimize any potentially wasted time when balancing the gimbal and on top of this, if you are using a multi camera setup you can quickly and easily switch between your Fujifilm XT3 and your other cameras via the quick release plate and adjust the balancing of the gimbal very quickly. Even if you don’t have an additional camera body in your collection at the time of reading this, its just additional future proofing and the maximum load capacity of the Weebill S is likley to be able to support the vast majority of camera rigs that you may add to your collection too.
Although the Zhiyun smartphone app used to be the weak point in the whole Zhiyun range, they have since overhauled it totally and it has been in a good place for over a year now. It offers some excellent additional functionality and quality of life upgrades to how you can use your Weebill S that we feel it is well worth downloading as it’s free.
The app is an integral part of the Zhiyun intelligent image tracking system and we would highly recommend that any of our readers who are planning to use the image tracking system with their Fujifilm XT3 download the app. It makes the whole process so much easier to a level of literally touching the area displayed on your smartphone screen that you want the gimbal to track for you.
Additionally, the app also offers some solid wireless remote control functionality that can be surprisingly useful. That said though, the usefulness of its remote control capabilities will definatley depend on the videography niche that you are working in and you may never actually use it where some people may use it in every job they do.
The main thing that we like about the Zhiyun smartphone app is the quick and easy access to the gimbals settings at the touch of a button. There are a number of slightly different ways that you are able to get access to the gimbals settings but in our opinion, the app is the quickest and most efficient way. It lets you quickly and easily adjust the performance of the stabilizer within seconds to meet the needs of your session.
If you know that you will be switching between the various camera accessories that you have mounted to your Fujifilm XT3 throughout a session this is essential in our opinion. It allows you to tweak the settings of the gimbal for optimal performance with various camera accessories mounted to it at the push of a button and can end up saving a surprising amount of time.
Build Quality And Design
As we touched on briefly earlier in the article, the design of Zhiyun’s new gimbal range allows you to quickly and easily switch between traditional, upright, handheld gimbal mode and underslung gimbal mode within seconds. This offers a massive advantage to most videographers in our opinion as no matter what niche you are working in, there is a large chance you will be needing to capture low angle video footage from time to time.
Although most compeating 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market right now do have aftermarket third-party underslung mounts, at the time of writing, none of them offer the functionality natively and as easily as the Weebill S. You can literally switch between upright and underslung mode within seconds with the removable handle while it offers a secure and firm fit no matter orientation you have the gimbal in.
Zhiyun has also done an excellent job of keeping the design of the Weebill S as compact and lightweight as possible. This makes it the ideal travel gimbal for anyone who travels around for their videography work, especially if they travel via air as it makes it much easier to stay under your baggage allowance. The small size also means that it requires less space to be stored in your videography kit too making the Weebill S easier to store.
The tough and robust build quality of the Weebill S also help to ensure that no matter what niche you are working in or what you are getting up to with your Fujifilm XT3 and your gimbal, it can take the bumps coming it’s way with ease. This also means that if you do travel around on a regular basis, the Weebill S can take the knocks that are inevitable when in your videography accessory bag.
Another feature of the Zhiyun Weebill S that other brands are starting to add into their own handheld gimbal stabilizers is the axes locking system. This is an excellent little feature that helps to protect the gimbal as it allows you to quickly and easily lock each of the three aces on the gimbal in place. If you are planning to travel around this lets you add that extra protection to your gimbal when in your accessory bag and prevent the axes randomly rotating when in transit.
As many videographers may have to hold their gimbal for hours at a time while also having their Fujifilm XT3 mounted to it a comfortable gimbal handle is essential. Thankfully, the handle grip on the Weebill S is very comfortable and we are confident that you will be able to hold it for long periods of time without having issues with aches or cramps. Additionally, the handle also offers a firm and secure grip to let you get optimal control of the gimbal and your Fujifilm XT3 when in use too.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Fujifilm xt3 cameras currently on the market. We are happy to recommend the Zhiyun Weebill S to our readers and are confident that it can make an excellent addition to the camera accessories of any of our readers who own the Fujifilm XT3. It really is an excellent little handheld gimbal stabilizer that is well worth the money and we have no doubt that it will last you for many years to come.
If you are still on the fence or want to know more about how the Weebill S is able to help improve the image quality that you can capture with your Fujifilm XT3 via its image stabilization we would highly recommend you skim these independent reviews. They offer some excellent insight into the performance of the gimbal from a large number of videographers who have added it to their camera accessories and used it in a large number of situations.