The Nikon d7000 is without a doubt one of, if not the most popular entry-level price point DSLR camera bodies on the market right now. It has proven to be an extremely popular option amongst photographers, videographers, social media personalities, and vloggers and is still steadily growing its customer base with each passing month. Although it already offers some excellent image quality for its price tag right out the box, we have noticed a steady increase in the number of people who are reaching out and asking for advice and assistance on a number of camera accessories for the d7000 to further improve its image quality.
Although we see an absolute ton of questions about different camera accessories, one of the most common ones that we see is based around the best gimbal for Nikon d7000 camera owners. Due to being such a popular option with the entry-level videography and vlogging communities, a large number of people seem to be wanting to invest in a solid source of image stabilization for their camera to improve the image quality they can capture.
Now, although the Nikon d7000 is a DSLR camera, we have noticed that a large number of people instantly default to a traditional DSLR camera gimbal such as the DJI Ronin S. In our opinion, there is no need to go with the Ronin S if you use the d7000 as the Zhiyun Weebill S is easily able to support its weight and has a decent-sized community of d7000 owners using it as their gimbal of choice too.
It is one of the latest handheld gimbal stabilizers to be released to the market and comes with all of the latest technology from Zhiyun who is one of the leading gimbal brands globally and has an excellent track record with their gimbal range. Although the Ronin S is a great gimbal, it is starting to get old and the brand new technology on the Weebill S can easily support the vast majority of d7000 setups while also helping to save you a few hundred dollars over going with the Ronin S. On top of this, since its release a few months back, the Weebill S has continued to go from strength to strength and quickly earn on of the best reputations going amongst videographers and vloggers.
Due to this, the Weebill S is definatley our primary gimbal recommendation for any of our readers who have the Nikon d7000 and are looking to add a 3 axis gimbal to their collection of camera accessories. Due to this, we are going to be taking a more in-depth look at the Weebill S and all that it has to offer throughout the rest of our article and why we feel it is the best option for your d7000.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Due to being a DSLR camera, the Nikon d7000 is a pretty heavy unit coming in at around 1.73 pounds for just the camera body with the camera’s battery fitted without any other accessories mounted. Thankfully though, the high torque gimbal motors on the Weebill S are able to provide you with the support to stabilize total camera payloads of up to and including 6.61 pounds of payload weight. This means that even after factoring in the weight of your d7000, you have around 4.88 pounds of freeload capacity for your camera accessories.
This should be more than enough for the vast majority of our readers to load their d7000 with pretty much any lens, microphone, and video light they require while still having a fair amount of load capacity free. If you are using a super heavy camera rig and required more support then the DJI Ronin S with its maximum load capacity of just under eight pounds may be the only option available but this will be very rare. On top of this, the gimbal motors on the Weebill S are great for dealing with any long and heavy camera lens setups with the d7000 allowing you to use any lens with your camera without running into issues with the levels of image stabilization provided.
Although the majority of gimbals on the market usually provide you with between eight and ten hours of battery per charge, the Weebill S uses the next-generation battery cell from Zhiyun and provides you with around fourteen hours per charge. In addition to this though, the battery cell on the Weebill S is not only smaller but around a third lighter than many compeating gimbal battery cells at the time of writing too. This helps to keep the size compact and the weight as light as possible to make the Weebill S a great travel gimbal too while providing great professional-level image stabilization.
The battery cell in the gimbal also uses the Zhiyun quick charge system allowing you to recharge it back to full in around three hours. Not only is this one of the fastest gimbals to recharge on the market right now but it is also one of the best charging ratios available too. Each hour spent charging the gimbal can provide you with between four and five hours of usable battery life with your d7000 mounted.
We know that some of our readers will be working in videography and vlogging niches where they may be away from civilization and a regular power outlet for days at a time. If this is the case for you then adding a decent, high output USB power bank to your camera accessories can be a great workaround. This allows you to recharge your Weebill S and d7000 as well as your other devices while out and about away from a power outlet to keep you going until you can recharge everything.
Although Zhiyun has been leading the way due to their innovation for a few years now and the lack of new releases from the DJI gimbal range has pretty much allowed Zhiyun to grow their user base and reputation without any real competition, the Weebill S has a ton of innovation on it. We feel that even if DJI had released a compeating gimbal, Zhiyun would have still taken the lead due to how many improvements the Weebill S has on it over the previous generation of gimbals and although Moza are managing to almost keep pace with Zhiyun, we feel that DJI are close to being left behind unless they pull something drastic out of the bag soon.
One of the main areas that Zhiyun has innovated on their Weebill S is the detection and correction system for a movement that consists of three different stages. At the time of writing, there is absolutely no doubt in our mind that Zhiyun has the best system available out of all compeating gimbals and that it is going to be difficult for any compeating gimbal manufacturer to knock them off the top spot anytime soon.
The gimbal sensors on the Weebill S are similar to the sensors that Zhiyun has used in some of their other gimbal stabilizers, most notably the LAB and the Crane 3 but they have made a few changes. The variant of the sensors that they have used in the Weebill S has been tweaked slightly to help improve the accuracy of the data that the sensors are able to pick up while also helping improve the speed that the sensors are able to actually process the data too.
Although the latest version of the Moza algorithm on the Aircross 2 is excellent, we feel that the Zhiyun balancing algorithm does sneak out and take the crown due to the speed that it calculates the required counter-movement for the detection motion. On top of this though, the Zhiyun algorithm also factors in power efficiency to ensure that the gimbal motors run as efficiently as possible. This is one of the reasons that the Weebill S has a smaller and lighter battery cell while offering four hours more battery life than average at the time of writing.
The main part of their detection and correction system that Zhiyun has innovated on is the gimbal motors that they use and we have no doubt in our mind that at the time of writing, these motors on the Weebill S are the best motors available right now. Not only are they smaller, lighter, and more power-efficient than the Zhiyun motors used in their previous generation but they also offer up to three times more torque too. This pushes them well out ahead of the gimbal stabilizers used in the compeating gimbal motors on the market right now as in our opinion, the previous generation of Zhiyun motors were still top tier anyway. These next-generation motors are the main reason why the Weebill S is able to support the weight of the heavier Nikon d7000 rigs without having issues.
As we touched on back at the start of the article, the Weebill S is just going from strength to strength with each passing month and rapidly growing its customer base at an almost exponential rate due to being such an excellent stabilizer. That said though, you can also read these reviews of the Weebill S that have been published by people from both the videography and vlogging communities who use the gimbal as their stabilizer of choice. They offer external opinions on how good the gimbal actually is and how well it performs in a large number of situations in most popular niches. In our opinion, they are well worth reading as they are all independent reviews and offer some valuable opinions on the gimbal.
User Interface And Control System
Although there were some rumors that the Weebill S will have a fully integrated touchscreen interface, we are actually glad that Zhiyun stuck to the more traditional joystick based system. Brands such as Feiyutech have tried to integrate touchscreens to their gimbals and in our opinion, to date at least, they have all been integrated very badly. In our opinion, touchscreen control systems do not offer the same levels of control over the gimbal head when in manual mode as the joystick based systems either.
Thankfully, Zhiyun has used a modern, omnidirectional joystick on the Weebill S that offers some of the best manual control that we have seen to date. This ensures that you are able to get some super smooth panning and tilting with your Nikon d7000 mounted to the gimbal head that looks as smooth and natural as possible. Many of the interface systems that use a touchscreen still have that robotic and awkward feel to the footage when panning or tilting the gimbal in manual mode similar to the old school four way joystick systems. The next generation omnidirectional joystick on the Weebill S avoids all of that though with your panning and tilting all looking as natural as possible.
Depending on the niche that you are working in or what you are doing with your camera and gimbal, the LCD panel on the gimbal may not be needed much at all. Thankfully though, for those who do tweak their gimbal settings often, the LCD panel on the Weebill S is very clear and easy to read. Not only is it fully backlit for low light conditions but it also has an anti-glare coating for when you are out in direct sunlight.
The Zhiyun navigation menu on the gimbal is also very simple and straight forward making it easy to learn for anyone who has never used a gimbal previously. We are confident that the majority of our readers will easily be able to learn the system on the Weebill S within minutes and be able to get out with their d7000 mounted and capture their video footage. That said though, Zhiyun has still included all of the professional level customizations and features that an advanced gimbal user will likley require ensuring that the Weebill S should be ideal for videographers of all levels of experience.
Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza all have great balancing systems these days too meaning that you can mount your d7000 to your Weebill S and should easily be able to get it stabilized and ready to capture your video footage. Even just last year the AK range from Feiyutech has a number of issues with actually balancing their gimbal causing no end to the problems for their users. The Zhiyun system is very easy and straight forward though and you should be able to balance your d7000 in around a minute once you have gone through the process a few times.
Build Quality And Design
If you are an experienced videographer or vlogger then there is a strong chance that you have heard of the Zhiyun brand previously. Their Crane range of handheld gimbal stabilizers has dominated the space for the last decade but with their bulky build quality and traditional handheld gimbal design, they can be a bit of a pain to travel with. This is where their new Weebill range comes in to help Zhiyun cement their position as the go-to gimbal brand for anyone wanting some serious image stabilization without having to break the bank.
Although the Weebill S does look like a traditional handheld gimbal at first, it is much smaller and lighter than the other gimbals on the market right now. On top of this, it also has a fully detachable handle with base and rear mounting points allowing you to switch between regular handheld gimbal use and underslung gimbal use within seconds. At the time of writing, other gimbals require you to purchase aftermarket, third-party accessories for this functionality but the Webill rang offer it natively right out the box.
The compact design also ensures that the gimbal is as small as possible making it the ideal travel gimbal as it takes up much less space then compeating gimbals with this level of battery life and payload. On top of this, the high torque gimbal motors that we covered above are excellent for ensuring that you still get professional-level image stabilization out of the Weebill S with your Nikon d7000 even though it is much smaller and lighter than other gimbals.
The axis locking system on each of the three-axis on the gimbal also ensures that if you are planning to travel around on a regular basis, you can quickly and easily lock each of your gimbal axis in place. The helps you plan out the layout of your bags without having to worry about any of the axis on your gimbal randomly spinning and potentially getting broken, once the locks are in place, that axis can’t move until the system is unlocked.
The actual build quality of the Weebill S is excellent but in all fairness, you would be right to fully expect this from Zhiyun at this stage anyway. They have also used the highest quality possible materials in the construction of the gimbal to ensure that it is not only light but it is also as tough as possible too. This helps to keep its weight as low as possible for air travel and to make it easier to hold it for long sessions while still ensuring that it can take plenty of bumps during use too.
That concludes our thoughts going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Nikon d7000 cameras at the time of writing. As we mentioned back at the start of the article, in our opinion, there is no need to folk out for the DJI Ronin S, there are a number of d7000 owners who use the Zhiyun Weebill S and get some excellent image quality due to its great levels of image stabilization without having any issues. The Weebill S is also hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Ronin S at the time of writing too helping to free up cash for other camera accessories too.
In our opinion, the Weebill S is definatley one of the best handheld gimbal stabilizers ever made and can make an excellent addition to your camera accessories. If you are still not sure though, we would recommend that you at least skim over some of these reviews of the gimbal from independent vloggers and videographers who use it. They offer a great external opinion on just how good the Weebill S is and can definatley help you see how much of a bargain Zhiyun are offering in the stabilizer.