We absolutely love the Nikon d7200 and with its excellent performance, great image quality it is low price tag it has proven to be a big hit with both the videography and photography communities seeing constant growth of its customer base. Just like the other popular cameras on the market, photographers and videographers who use the d7200 have been reaching out with a ton of questions about how they are able to get the best image quality possible out of their camera.
One particular question that we have seen asked more and more is based around the best gimbal for Nikon d7200 cameras. As there are a large number of entry-level videographers and vloggers who use the d7200 as their camera body of choice, we have decided to focus today’s article on what handheld gimbal stabilizers are worth considering adding to your camera accessories.
As the d7200 is a DSLR camera body, we often see people instantly thinking that they need to pick up an expensive 3 axis gimbal like the DJI Ronin S but in our opinion, in this day and age, this is massive overkill for what you actually need. The two main candidates in our opinion are the Zhiyun Weebill S and the Moza Aircross 2. They are two of the latest gimbals to market and both have excellent high power motors to help support the heavier payload weight of a DSLR rig.
Although the Aircross 2 is an excellent camera gimbal, it is slightly over price at the time of writing in our opinion coming in at around $100 more than the Weebill S. On top of this, the Weebill S also provides you with slightly better performance while also having a smaller, lighter, compact design making it ideal for use as a travel gimbal too. This is why we would recommend any of our readers who own the Nikon d7200 and are looking for a gimbal to go with the Weebill S and judging by the excellent reputation that it has managed to earn amongst the community, it would seem that many independent videographers and vloggers agree with us too.
Due to this, we are going to put the Zhiyun Weebill S as our primary gimbal recommendation for the Nikon d7200. As we know many of our readers will want to know as much as possible about the gimbal prior to purchasing it, we will now be taking a more detailed look at the various features offered by the Weebill S that we feel set it apart from the compeating gimbals on the market right now.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Although the Nikon d7200 is a DSLR camera, the weight of its camera body is surprisingly light coming in at only 1.49 pounds of payload weight making it only marginally heavier than the heavier mirrorless cameras on the market right now. Thankfully, the massive maximum load capacity of the Weebill S is 6.61 pounds meaning that it should easily support all but the heaviest of d7200 setups.
That said though, if you are using a super heavy setup that comes in at over 6.61 pounds of total payload weight with all of your camera accessories mounted then you may have to go with the DJI Ronin S over the Weebill S. Thankfully though, this will likley be a very small number of our readers meaning that the majority of people will be able to go with the Weebill S and get professional-level image stabilization while saving hundreds of dollars over having to go with the Ronin S.
In addition to its excellent maximum load capacity, the Weebill S also offers an excellent maximum battery life too coming in at around fourteen hours of juice with each charge of its battery. This should easily be enough for our readers to be able to go out with their d7200 and capture all the video footage they need in a day without running out of battery. That said though, once your battery does run low, you are able to recharge it from empty to full in just over three hours minimizing downtime.
On top of this, if you are working in one of the videography or vlogging niches such as travel or wildlife where you may be in a remote location for days at a time you can invest in a decent high output USB power bank. This allows you to extend the battery life of your Nikon d7200 as well as your gimbal of choice and any other devices for as long as required without having direct access to a power outlet.
With the Weebill S being the latest addition to the Zhiyun gimbal range, it comes with all the latest technology available and although it has only been available for a matter of months, it has still managed to build up a solid core customer base as well as one of the best reputations we have ever seen. On the flip side of this though, the Ronin S is a few years old now and is definatley starting to show its age when it comes to the technology in it.
Although Moza has done a great job with their Aircross 2, we feel that Zhiyun has just managed beat it when it comes to their detection and correction system and the lower price tag of the Weebill S is just the icing on the cake. This is without a doubt one of the strongest areas of the Weebill S and the reason that it has proven to be so popular as its detection and correction system is second to none.
The Zhiyun gimbal sensors are extremely accurate and able to detect tiny movements in the gimbal head to ensure that even the slightest deviation of the positioning of your Nikon d7200 can be corrected at lightning speeds. In our opinion, Zhiyun is well out ahead of the compeating brands when it comes to their balancing algorithm and it has a number of different things going for it. Not only is it lightning-fast, extremely good at working out the best way to correct movement but it is also very power efficient ensuring you get the most out of the battery on the gimbal too.
The next generation gimbal motors that Zhiyun have developed over the last year really are way out in a league of their own. Not only are they smaller and around a third lighter than the other modern gimbal motors on the market right now but they are also very power efficient while also being able to provide three times the torque of the compeating motors. This ensures that even if you are using a d7200 setup that comes close to the 6.62-pound maximum load capacity of the Weebill S you still get professional-level image stabilization to ensure you are getting the best image quality possible.
Just like all other modern 3 axis gimbal stabilizers on the market these days, the Weebill S offers the manual, pan, lock, follow, track, and vortex gimbal modes as standard. Depending on the niche that you are working in as well as what you are actually planning to do with your gimbal these modes really can make your life so much easier with minimal effort required on your part.
When you look at all of this as well as the fact that the Weebill S is the cheapest out of the three lading gimbals on the market right now, it is easy to see why it is such a popular option. As we touched on earlier in the article, both the videography and vlogging communities have taken to the Weebill S quickly with many of them publishing their own independent reviews going over why they feel it is such an excellent little handheld gimbal stabilizer.
User Interface And Control System
With the Nikon d7200 being more of an entry-level DSLR camera body there is a strong chance that a large number of the videographers and vloggers reading this will be looking for their very first handheld gimbal stabilizer. Thankfully, Zhiyun produces some of the most user-friendly gimbals on the market right now and they are extremely easy to learn even if you have never used a gimbal before.
The Zhiyun balancing system has been perfected over the years to be one of the better systems going and although it can take a little practice, once you have gone through the process a few times we are confident you will be able to get your d7200 rig balanced in less than a minute with the Weebill S. On top of this, the actual control system and navigation menu on the gimbal is also very easy to learn to allow anyone new to using a gimbal to get to grips with the basics within minutes.
That said though, if you are already and advanced videographer or are looking for a gimbal to last you through your career then the Zhiyun Weebill S is also ideal. Not only does it offer all the advanced features a professional videographer will require but its interface makes it easy to customize the gimbal config as required to helping to score it even more points over the compeating stabilizers on the market.
Our favorite part of the control interface on the Weebill S has to be its joystick system and although the Aircross 2 also offers an omnidirectional joystick, it ensures that you get natural, smooth panning and tilting when in manual mode. Even in this day and age some of the gimbals from the compeating brands on the market offer terrible panning that looks so robotic but the Weebill S and Aircross 2 absolutely nail it and offer natural-looking panning.
Although the only thing on the Weebill S that actually needs the Zhiyun smartphone app is its tracking mode, we feel that the app is still well worth downloading as it is a great little free gimbal accessory. Although the app has definatley had its fair share of issues in the past, at the time of writing, it is in a solid place and all of its connectivity issues have been fixed by the various updates over the last year or so that Zhiyun has pushed out.
As we mentioned, the app makes the tracking mode extremely easy to use allowing you to literally tap the area of your smartphone screen where the subject you want the gimbal to track is and the app and gimbal do everything else. Although the use of this is definatley going to depend on what you are doing with your Nikon d7200 and gimbal, it is a solid feature to have and the best tracking mode released to date.
Although the app also offers some wireless remote control performance for the Weebill S, we doubt that this will be useful for most of our readers unless they are trying to do some very specific tasks with their gimbal. The main other feature of the app that we love is that you can access your gimbal settings within seconds to make changes on the fly almost instantly without having to waste time.
Build Quality And Design
Although Zhiyun initially built their reputation off the back of their Crane range of handheld gimbal stabilizers, they have tried to go in a new direction with their Weebill range. They have decided to make a range of gimbals that offer the same professional levels of image stabilization as their Crane range while also being as small, lightweight, compact, and robust as possible and although this sounds like a tall order, Zhiyun have totally smashed it in our opinion.
At the time of writing, the Weebill S is the smallest and lightest gimbal available on the market that offers the load capacity that it does. This means that you can use the Weebill S as a regular handheld gimbal or as a travel gimbal for your Nikon d7200 and always get what you need out of it to get the best possible image quality going.
If you are a travel vlogger or travel videographer then the added independent axis locks are a great feature too. As the Weebill S is a 3 axis gimbal, the independent locks allow you to lock all moving parts in place to ensure that they don’t randomly spin or rotate when being transported to minimize the potential of damage. As most modern gimbals are very robust the main source of damage is usually down to one of the three main axis randomly rotating and breaking when in your videography kit bag. These locks literally take a few seconds to activate or deactivate as require and then allow you to minimize the chances of this happening.
The final point that we want to make is that the handle grip on the Weebill S uses the gel-based system and is extremely easy to grip to provide a firm hold while also being very comfortable too. The comfort level of the handle allows you to support the weight of the gimbal as well as a heavier d7200 setup with ease and without getting pains in your hand.
That brings our article on what we feel is the best gimbal for Nikon d7200 cameras to a close. We hope that you have found this article helpful and in our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is the obvious option for any of our readers who own the d7200 as it is probably the best handheld gimbal stabilizer made to date offering excellent image stabilization making it a great addition to your camera accessories.
Like we mentioned earlier, the Weebill S has quickly grown a large core customer base for itself with many of the independent videographers and vloggers publishing their own third-party reviews of the Weebill S too going over their experiences with it. They are well worth reading if you have not made your mind up yet as they show how highly the community feel about the Weebill S as well as why it has proven to be so popular.