Due to the Nikon d3400 being a very popular entry-level DSLR camera from the Nikon range we see a large number of people from its huge customer base reaching out each day with a number of questions. Due to the camera being a very popular option amongst the entry-level photography and videography communities as well as amongst the vlogging and social media influencer communities we usually see a wide range of questions covering pretty much every camera accessory that you can think of.
At the time of writing, the most commonly asked question that is increasing in frequency is about the best gimbal for Nikon d3400 cameras. Due to this, we have decided to focus on suitable gimbals for the d3400 in this article as we want to try and help as many of our readers who own the d3400 and are looking to purchase a handheld gimbal stabilizer as possible.
Thankfully, although the d3400 is a DSLR camera, it is very lightweight and actually comes in with a lower payload for its camera body than many of the popular mirrorless cameras on the market right now. Due to this, there is absolutely no need at all to folk out for the expensive DJI Ronin S that we see recommended so much for even lightweight DSLR rigs. Although the Ronin S is a solid gimbal stabilizer, there are two much better options that have only recently been released onto the market so have all of the latest technology on offer at a much lower price tag.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best gimbal for Nikon d3400 camera users on the market right now. It offers some of the best image stabilization available while also having a very low price tag offering some of the best bang for your buck that you will get. We feel that the Moza Aircross 2 comes in as a close second but it offers slightly less functionality than the Weebill S while also having a higher price tag making it miss out of taking the top spot.
Both the Weebill S and the Aircross 2 are the new kids on the block and have only been available for a matter of months at the time of writing. Although the Weebill S has only been on the market for a matter of months at the time of writing, it has rapidly grown its core customer base and has managed to earn an excellent reputation amongst the community. On top of this, the Weebill S has also managed to push the compeating gimbals aside and establish itself as the dominant gimbal stabilizer in the market space for its weight class.
Due to the brand new technology on the Weebill S, we have no doubt in our mind that it will be able to ensure you capture the best possible image quality with your Nikon d3400 and make a great addition to your camera accessories. As the Weebill S is our primary gimbal recommendation for the d3400, we will be going into more detail on what the gimbal has to offer our readers below as well as why we feel that it is the obvious option.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As we touched on earlier in the article, the Nikon d3400 is extremely light for a DSLR camera and has a payload weight of only 0.87 pounds even with its battery inserted into its housing. As the Weebill S offers a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total payload weight for your camera rig this is plenty for the vast majority, if not all d3400 rigs on the market. Off the top of our heads, we are unable to think of a single realistic d3400 setup that’s camera accessories that will need more than 5.74 pounds of load capacity.
This means that if needed, you can use all of the spare load capacity that the gimbal offers you to use some of the heavier camera lenses, video lights or external microphones as well as a number of other popular camera accessories too. This helps to ensure that your video footage will have the best audio and image quality possible while the Weebill S effortlessly supports your d3400 rig and provides you with its excellent image stabilization.
Another great benefit of the Weebill S is that it can also balance your d3400 even if you use a longer lens while recording. Although this is going to be more dependent on the niche that you are working in as well as what you are trying to capture with your camera, the Weebill S can support those longer, heavier lenses with ease. Due to its modern design, it holds its center of gravity better once balanced whereas the recent releases from some gimbal brands can really struggle with this and potentially not even be able to stabilize once the longer lens is mounted to your d3400.
Although the Moza Aircross 2 has a solid battery life too, another thing that the Weebill S has going for it is its great maximum battery life. At the time of writing, the average battery life for this weight class is around the ten-hour mark but the Weebill S offers up to fourteen hours per charge of its battery. What’s more, its battery technology is great and you can still expect around fourteen hours of battery per charge even when using the upper limits of the gimbals load capacity. Some compeating gimbals battery life can drop off quickly the heavier your camera rig but the Zhiyun technology prevents this.
We would imagine that the majority of our readers who are using the Nikon d3400 will likley be able to go off and capture all of the video footage they require with ease within the fourteen-hour battery life of the Weebill S. Most people will easily be able to recharge all of their gear at the end of the day with ease but there are a few niches that may have you working in remote areas without having regular access to a power outlet.
If you are working in one of these niches then the modern, high power load USB power banks tend to easily be able to recharge your devices while on the go. This not only allows you to recharge your Nikon d3400 when required but also your Weebill S and any other devices that you may have with you such as a smartphone or laptop too.
It’s no secret that the lack of new releases to the DJI gimbal range over the last few years has left Zhiyun free to innovate away as they see fit to earn the reputation as the gimbal brand that is paving the way for all of the latest technology and features in the gimbal space. One of the main things that Zhiyun have in their advantage is there they have the best detection and correction system available on the market right now by far and it comes as standard on the Zhiyun Weebill S.
Just like all other modern gimbals, the detection and correction system on the Weebill S starts with its gimbal sensors and although the sensors in the gimbal are a slightly upgraded version of the Zhiyun sensors from their previous generation of gimbals, they still nail it. Even the regular version of these sensors from the last generation of gimbals from Zhiyun still beat the majority of tech on many of the compeating gimbals but these updates help to improve the speed and accuracy of the data collected just help secure the easy win for Zhiyun.
One of the smaller compeating brands in the gimbal space, Feiyutech, found this out the hard way and have had a nightmare with their recent gimbal motors. If the first step in your balancing system has issues then that does not bode well for everything that follows. The Zhiyun sensors ensure that everything after the initial detection of movement has the best data possible and that they get it extremely quickly too.
Although Moza have put a ton of work into the balancing algorithm to be on a similar level to what the Zhiyun algorithm offers, both Moza and Zhiyun have left the DJI technology for dust in our opinion. The gimbal sensors on the Weebill S feed their data directly into the Zhiyun balancing algorithm that processes everything at lightning-fast speed to ensure that your Nikon d3400 is kept stable even with rapid movements.
Then we come to the final part of the Zhiyun system, their never generation gimbal motors that really are some of the best motors ever made. Zhiyun has definitely shown all of the experience and knowledge that they have managed to build up over the last decade to develop these motors that are smaller and lighter than the compeating motors while also being more power-efficient and able to provide up to three times the power.
These motors are the reason that the Weebill S is able to be so small and light coming in at a similar size and weight to a traditional travel gimbal while still offering professional-level image stabilization. They are also the reason that the Weebill S has such a large maximum load capacity relative to its small size as well as its ability to handle those longer and heavier camera lenses with your Nikon d3400.
Considering that most retailers offer the Weebill S at between $400 and $500, it really is easy to see why it is such a popular option as it offers so much bang for your buck. The gimbal has the fastest growing customer base at the time of writing with many of the vloggers and videographers who use it publishing their own independent reviews of the Weebill S that you can read. Those reviews are well worth skimming over as they offer some solid insight into just how well the gimbal actually performs in pretty much every niche or situation you can think of.
Build Quality And Design
Zhiyun have also put a ton of time in when it comes to actually design their new Weebill range of gimbals too as although they initially look similar to their older Crane range, there are a surprising number of differences. Although the Weebill range does stick to the traditional handheld gimbal design, it is much smaller and compact than a regular handheld gimbal. This is easy to overlook until you see a gimbal from the Weebill range side by side a gimbal from the Crane range or side by side something like the DJI Ronin S.
This ensures that if you do have to move around on a regular basis with all of your gear, the Weebill S is the ideal gimbal for your Nikon d3400 as it takes up less space in your luggage while also being lighter than most other gimbals too. If you are a travel vlogger or working in a similar niche, this really is a godsend as unlike videographers, it can be a nightmare for a vlogger to get media rates from airlines so keeping everything as small and light is well worth it.
Zhiyun has also taken advantage of a large number of recent developments in plastic polymers and used them to full effect with the Weebill S. This is the main reason that the gimbal is so lightweight while also being so tough and robust as the same time. Although the Weebill S is towards the lower price range for modern gimbals, it still codes a few hundred dollars so knowing that the gimbal can take its fair share of knocks and will last for many years to come offers some great peace of mind.
The final point that we want to make when it comes to the Weebill S is that it has a fully detachable handle with a bottom and rear mounting point allowing you to quickly and easily switch between the two. This offers you almost instant underslung mode on the gimbal without having to unmount your Nikon d3400 or having to purchase any third-party, aftermarket gimbal accessories like you would with other gimbals.
On top of this, the handle grip on the Weebill S handle is great too and is extremely comfortable. This ensures that the vast majority of people will easily be able to hold it for long periods of time even with a heavy Nikon d3400 setup mounted to it. Even in this day and age, a large number of other gimbals use a hard handle grip on the gimbal handle that can end up causing aches, pains, or cramps in your hands when using it for long periods of time.
That concludes our thoughts on what we feel is the best gimbal for Nikon d3400 camera users. Although the Moza Aircross 2 is a decent gimbal and comes in with a comfortable second, the Zhiyun Weebill S is the clear winner in our opinion and will make a great addition to your camera accessories. It offers some of the best image stabilization that we have ever seen for its price point and size and has all of the latest technology on it.
Just like we mentioned earlier in the article, a large number of third-party, independent videographers and vloggers who use the Weebill S have published their own dedicated reviews of the gimbal. If you are not convinced on the Weebill S then we would highly recommend that you read some of them as they offer some solid insight into just how good the gimbal is as well as why so many people think so highly of it.