The Nikon d5200 is one of the most popular entry-level, cheap DSLR camera bodies on the market right now and it has managed to build itself a massive core customer base over the last few years and its customer base is still growing. Due to the huge core customer base of the Nikon D5200 and its popularity in so many different photography and videography niches, we are constantly seeing more and more people reaching out with various questions about the camera and how to improve its performance and the image quality you can capture.
Although we see an absolute ton of different questions about pretty much every camera accessory that you can imagine, the main one that we have noticed that is steadily being asked more and more is for advice on the best gimbal for Nikon d5200 cameras. With so many videographers and vloggers using the Nikon d5200 due to its excellent video quality, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people wanting to add a handheld gimbal stabilizer to their camera accessories to get some solid image stabilization.
Thankfully though, gone are the days when the only real option for any DSLR camera rig was the DJI Ronin S as so many other, modern 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market can easily support the majority, if not all d5200 setups. In our opinion, you should be seriously considering the Zhiyun Weebill S as it is much cheaper than the Ronin S while also coming wither modern gimbal technology that is just a few months old rather than the Ronin S tech from a few years back.
Due to the Weebill S offering excellent levels of image stabilization with one of the best build quality and designs that we have ever seen, it has quickly managed to push the compeating gimbal stabilizers to the side and cement its position as the dominant gimbal in its weight class. In our opinion, outside of the Moza Aircross 2 that just falls short, no other gimbal in its weight class comes close to beating the Weebill S at the time of writing.
All of this has ensured that the Weebill S has been able to quickly and rightfully grow one of the best reputations we have seen for gimbals amongst videographers and vloggers. On top of this, due to the Weebill S also being so young and having years left in its product life cycle, we can only see its reputation getting stronger and stronger as time goes on. That said though, we will be taking a more detailed look at the gimbal below to go over what it has to offer as well as why we feel it is the obvious option for the Nikon d5200.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As we touched on above, the Nikon d5200 is an entry-level DSLR camera body but in all fairness to it, it is most definatley on the lighter end of the DSLR camera weight class with some of the heaviest mirrorless cameras being heavier. With its battery in its housing, the Nikon d5200 comes in at around 1.22 pounds of total payload weight leaving plenty of the 6.61-pound maximum load capacity of the Weebill S free.
This means that the spare 5.39 pounds of load capacity on the gimbal can be used for pretty much any combination of camera accessories that you can dream up. At the time of writing, this spare 5.39 pounds is plenty for all of the popular Nikon d5200 setups and can also support all of the heavier rigs with ease too. This is due to the excellent gimbal motors on the gimbal providing it with all of the power that you need when using a DSLR camera rig for your videography or vlogging.
These next-generation gimbal motors on the Weebill S also ensures that you are able to mount a long zoom lens to your Nikon d5200 if required too. These longer zoom lenses are usually much heavier than the smaller lenses but depending on the niche that you are working in, a longer lens may be essential.
One of the main reasons that the Weebill S has managed to quickly overtake the compeating handheld gimbal stabilizers in its weight class is due to the fact that it has one of the best battery life available at the time of writing. A full charge of the gimbals battery will provide you with around fourteen hours of juice, four hours longer than the average ten helping ensure that you have all of the power you need for a full day of recording.
Another advantage of the Zhiyun system is that even if you are close to its maximum load capacity, the expected battery life per charge will still be around the fourteen-hour mark. Some of the older gimbals on the market drastically drop off in battery life the higher the weight of your camera rig due to the gimbal motors being so power inefficient. Thankfully though, this has not been an issue for the Zhiyun, DJI, or Moza gimbals for a few years now.
We know that fourteen hours is likley plenty of juice for the vast majority of our readers for a day’s work, some niches may have you away on your adventures for days at a time without having the ability to recharge any of your gear. The most popular situation where this may affect our readers is if you are either a travel vlogger or a wildlife videographer as you can be out and about for days at a time. If this is the case, adding a USB power bank to your camera accessories can be a quick and easy way to ensure that you are able to top your battery life up as required while on the go.
Although the battery technology on the Weebill S is great, Zhiyun has done a ton of innovating on the detection and correction system for their latest gimbals to cement them as the industry leaders. Although everything has been updated in some way the gimbal sensors on the Weebill S are essentially just the same ones on the older Weebill Lab that have been tweaked slightly to help improve their performance.
These improvements range from increasing the accuracy of the sensors to ensure that they are able to accurately detect even the smallest movement to improving their processing speed. Although these are only small changes, they help to improve on the most important part of any gimbals system, the actual detection of movement in the gimbal head to ensure that the rest of the system is able to counter the movement and stabilize your camera rig.
The information from the gimbal sensors is then sent to the Zhiyun balancing algorithm to be processed and although most of the latest Zhiyun gimbals all technically use the same balancing algorithm, the higher torque motors on the Weebill S and the Crane 3 do have access to parts of the algorithm the other gimbals don’t. This is due to the motors having more power and being able to react to the information sent to them in a more efficient way than the other gimbals in the current Zhiyun line up.
Anyway, their balancing algorithm is probably the best on the market at the time of writing with both the Moza and DJI algorithms just behind the Zhiyun algorithm. All three of them are lightning-fast at processing all of the information received but the Zhiyun algorithm also does its best to ensure that the corrective movement will also be as power-efficient as possible to allow you to get more juice out of the smaller and lighter batteries on the Weebill S.
Now, we have mentioned the next generation Zhiyun motors a few times now but these are the main reason that the Weebill S is in a league of its own and has left the compeating gimbals for dust. They offer three times the torque over the similar gimbals on the market right now while also requiring less power for standard movements while also being around a quarter smaller and lighter than other gimbal motors. These next-generation Zhiyun motors truly are in a league of their own and blow the latest DJI motors out of the water and although they are better than the latest Moza motors, Moza definatley did put a solid effort in with the tech in their Aircross 2.
In our opinion, all of this is why the Weebill S is seeing exponential growth in its customer base with more and more videographers and vloggers discounting the compeating gimbals from other brands. On top of this, a large number of the people who use the Weebill S as their gimbal stabilizer of choice have also posted a third-party review of their own that you can read too. Skimming over some of those linked reviews is well worth it as it covers opinions on the gimbal from people working in a large number of different niches and their thoughts on the Weebill S.
User Interface And Control System
Zhiyun has some work in on the control interface for the Weebill S too upgrading their already excellent joystick based interface to increase the sensitivity of the sixteen points of contact to ensure that all manual movements are as smooth and natural-looking as possible. Although we would say that the technology on the Moza Aircross 2 is very similar when it comes to its control interface, the performance and build quality of the Zhiyun Weebill S definatley push it ahead of the Aircross 2.
The new joystick system on the Weebill S is fully omnidirectional with sixteen highly sensitive points of content that ensure that you get superior control of your gimbals head when using the Weebill S in manual mode. This allows you to control the panning and tilting of your Nikon d5200 when mounted and gets you that smooth and natural feel that manual Steadicam style stabilizers are well known for rather than the slightly robotic panning and tilting that older motorized gimbals had.
Zhiyun has kept to their regular navigation menu design on the Weebill S too that maximized ease of use for anyone new to using a handheld gimbal stabilizer while still offering everything an advanced user may need from the system. This allows new gimbal users to quickly and easily get to grips with the gimbal right out of the box and get your Nikon d5200 mounted to capture some super smooth video footage within minutes of getting the Weebill S.
Even in this day and age, we see so many people worrying about balancing their gimbal and although some gimbal brands still have poor balancing procedures for their gimbals, the Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza range all use a modern balancing system that is extremely easy to use. With your Nikon d5200 being such a lightweight camera we are confident that once you have balanced the Weebill S a few times to get used to the process that you should be able to go through the balancing procedure in less than a minute with ease and be ready to go.
All in all, Zhiyun has absolutely nailed the control interface on the Weebill S ensuring that it has everything an entry-level gimbal user needs while still is as user-friendly as possible to make the gimbal easy to learn while also making sure it offers everything an experienced gimbal user will need. As we mentioned the Moza system is very similar but the other advantages of the Weebill S are the reason that we have it as our primary suggesting over the Aircross 2.
Build Quality And Design
The Weebill range from Zhiyun has been designed from the very start to offer videographers and vloggers a leap forward in the designs of handheld gimbals. Although the Zhiyun Crane range of gimbals has been one of the leading gimbal products for over a decade, Zhiyun realized that it has some weaknesses that can be improved upon so they decided to develop the Weebill range of gimbals.
The main tweaks to the design of the gimbal are to its size and weight making it much more travel gimbal friendly while still providing you with industry-leading levels of image stabilization. Although the Weebill range do look like regular handheld gimbals, if you put a Weebill gimbal side by side to something like the DJI Ronin S it is obvious that it is much smaller. At the time of writing, the Weebill range of gimbals has the best size to power ratio available making them the perfect option for anyone who is using a heavy camera setup but having to travel around on a regular basis.
As we touched on, the Weebill S is also extremely lightweight to considering it offers a 6.61-pound maximum load capacity. This is largely due to its gimbal batteries being around a third lighter than usual and its gimbal motors being around a quarter lighter than compeating motors. On top of this, Zhiyun have not cut corners with the actual build of the gimbal and has used the latest polymers to ensure that the gimbal is as light as possible while still being tough and robust too.
This ensures that the Weebill S can take its fair share of knocks or bumps when recording or while in transit without breaking. Although the gimbal does have a low price tag compared to some of the compeating gimbals on the market, it still costs a few hundred dollars so it is nice to know that it is built to last.
That concludes our thoughts on the best gimbal for Nikon d5200 camera uses and although the Moza Aircross 2 is definatley in second place, in our opinion, your primary gimbal consideration should be the Zhiyun Weebill S as it offers more advantages that the Aircross 2 while also having a lower price tag. We are confident that it can make a great addition to your d5200 camera accessories and should easily provide you with all the image stabilization that you could ever need for optimal image quality.
Although we touched on it earlier in the article, if you are still undecided on the gimbal to go with, we would recommend that you check out these reviews of the Weebill S. They have all been published by third-party, independent videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers and go into their own experiences and thoughts on the Weebill S. They go into a large number of popular niches as well as common situations and mention how well the Weebill S is performing for them.