The Nikon d7500 is a very popular DSLR camera body that sits at the highest end of the entry-level DSLR price bracket and is steadily growing its core customer base with each passing month. Although it is not the most popular of camera bodies, we still see a decent number of people reaching out and asking various questions about the d7500 as well as what camera accessories they should be using with it to get optimal image quality.
One question that we have seen asked over and over again from videographers who use the d7500 is about the best gimbal for Nikon d7500 cameras. Although the d7500 is a pretty heavy camera body that comes in at around 1.59 pounds of weight without having any camera accessories mounted to it, there are still some great, budget-friendly gimbal stabilizers that you can use with the camera to get some excellent image stabilization during use.
Although we always see people recommending the DJI Ronin S for the d7500, we would highly recommend that our readers seriously consider the Zhiyun Weebill S instead as in our opinion, it is a much better option that is cheaper and offers better image stabilization. As the Ronin S is starting to show its age, the fact that the Weebill S is only a few months old also scores its points and its compact design and lightweight also makes it very easy to travel with if needed.
Although the Weebill S has only been available for a short period of time, it has gone from strength to strength with each passing month and has managed to establish itself as one of the dominant gimbals on the market in a matter of weeks while growing a massive customer base. Many of the videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers who have made the switch to using the Weebill S have decided to publish their own dedicated review of the handheld gimbal stabilizer too.
If you have the time to skim over some of those reviews, you can see easily see the reputation that the gimbal has amongst the community as well as how it can make the perfect addition to your d7500 camera accessories too. It offers some of the best image stabilization that we have ever seen to date to ensure you capture the best image quality possible with your video footage without having to break the bank on an expensive 3 axis gimbal like the DJI Ronin S. This is why the Weebill S is our primary gimbal recommendation for the Nikon d7500 and we will be taking a more in-depth look at it throughout the rest of the article.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Zhiyun really has gone all out with the Weebill S and put some of the highest torque gimbal motors in it that we have ever seen. This means that even though the Weebill S is very compact, small, and light, it can support a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total payload weight allowing you to use some of the heavier Nikon d7500 setups with ease with the gimbal. That said though if you are going to be using a super heavy rig then the DJI Ronin S may be essential but in our opinion, for the majority of our readers at last, the Weebill S will be more than enough.
The high torque motors on the Weebill S and the slightly tweaked design of the older Weebill Lab also mean that the Weebill S is easily able to support your d7500 if you use a longer or heavier camera lens with it. Until the last year or so, many of the smaller and lighter gimbal stabilizers on the market could definatley struggle to support a camera body with a long lens as it essentially shifted the center of gravity for the whole setup.
This basically, means that the gimbal motors had to work overtime and that the image stabilization would suffer from vibrations while also potentially having issues with overheating. Thankfully though, the Zhiyun Weebill S does not have this issue and it can provide you with super smooth image stabilization and maintain the cameras center of gravity even if you are using a longer and heavier camera lens with your Nikon d7500.
Zhiyun has also gone above and beyond when it comes to the battery on the Weebill S too as they have put a ton of development time and money into their new battery system. Not only have they ensured that everything on the gimbal is as power-efficient as possible to get you the most battery life possible but their next-generation cells also offer excellent output while also being smaller and lighter than their older generation of batteries too.
This means that although the battery on the Weebill S is around a third of the size and weight of the last generation of Zhiyun battery, it can still provide you with fourteen hours of battery life with each full charge that is around four hours higher than average at the time of writing. This should easily be enough for the majority of our readers to ensure that you are able to get all of the video footage that you need with your Nikon d7500 each day without running out of juice.
That said, once the gimbal is out of power, it can be charged back to full in around three hours due to the Zhiyun rapid charge system meaning you get just under five hours of usable power per hour spent charging. On top of this, if you are planning to be working in remote locations without access to a power outlet then you can also add a USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories too. A high output power bank can let you recharge your gimbal and your Nikon d7500 as well as your other devices while on to go.
One of the main reasons that the Zhiyun gimbal range is so far ahead of the majority of the competition is that their detection and correction system is so much further ahead of what the majority of the other gimbals offer. Out of all of the 3 axis gimbals on the market right now that are suitable for your d7500, we feel that the detection and correction systems on the DJI Ronin S and Moza Aircross 2 come in at a close second and third but the Zhiyun Weebill S just pushed out ahead and that’s why it is our primary recommendation.
The gimbal sensors for the Weebill gimbal range have been totally overdone to ensure that they are as sensitive as possible to detect even tiny vibrations to allow the gimbal to correct them with ease. The next generation gimbal motors on the Weebill S offer three times the torque of the motors on the older Weebill Lab and are the main reason that it can easily support your Nikon d7500. Additionally, the motors have been designed to be as power-efficient as possible and are one of the reasons that the battery life of the gimbal is so high.
This excellent level of performance and functionality from the Weebill S and its low price tag make it an excellent option for your Nikon d7500. It is easy to see how the gimbal has managed to earn itself such a great reputation amongst the videography community in only a few months while also earning such a large number of independent reviews.
User Interface And Control System
Just like all of the other Zhiyun gimbals on the market, the Weebill S uses a slightly new variant of their traditional control interface based around an LCD panel, a joystick, and a couple of buttons. This is the standard handheld gimbal control system right now and although a small number of brands have tried to implement a touchscreen, to date they have all been poorly implemented and outperformed by the traditional joystick-controlled systems.
Zhiyun has also upped their game by using a newer omnidirectional joystick rather than a traditional four way joystick that older gimbals use. Although the old school four way joysticks did get the job done they offered limited control when using the gimbal in manual mode. The newer omnidirectional joysticks offer superior manual control over the gimbal and offer some of the smoothest control available as well as smooth natural panning too.
The balancing system on the Weebill S has been slightly improved too and in our opinion has one of the easiest balancing systems going at the time of writing although the system on the Moza Aircross 2 is slightly easier. That said though, The Weebill S system is still extremely easy to do and we doubt that any of our readers will end up having any problems balancing their Nikon d7500 even if they use a long and heavy lens with it.
The quick-release plate system on the Weebill S also allows you to quickly and easily mount or unmount your d7500 within seconds as required. If you do use a multi-camera set up then you can easily switch between your cameras at lightning speed. On the flip side of this, if you are working in a videography niche where you have to switch between your gimbal to a tripod to handheld shooting then the quick release plate system makes this process very quick too.
We feel that Zhiyun has done a great job of coming up with a solid interface for the Weebill S that is easy enough for any entry-level gimbal user to get to grips with while also offering all of the advanced functionality an advanced gimbal user needs. No matter what niche you are working in we are confident that you will be able to get the gimbal to do whatever you need without running into problems with its control interface.
Now, the usefulness of the Zhiyun smartphone app is definatley going to depend on what you are actually planning on doing with your Nikon d7500. In all honesty, unless you are planning to use the Zhiyun tracking mode then there really is no essential need to download the app at all. That said though, the app does make the tracking mode so much easier to use that it is a no brainer to download it if you are using tracking mode.
The app also offers some solid wireless remote control performance too but only a small number of videography niches will actually need to use this functionality. On top of this, there are a number of other devices that you are able to use with the 2.4g wireless technology to get the same wireless remote control performance anyway.
In our opinion, the best feature of the Zhiyun smartphone app is definatley the ability to tweak the settings on your gimbal within seconds. Although the regular config on the Webill S will likley be found for the majority of our readers, we do know that there are a number of situations where you may have to tweak a setting or two for optimal levels of image stabilization. The interface of the app allows you to quickly navigate to the setting you require and tweak it as needed without having to waste a ton of time and then get back to your videography session quickly.
Build Quality And Design
Although the Weebill S offers some excellent performance, its design is also a very strong feature of the gimbal too offering native, quick and easy handheld to underslung functionality. Although this will definitely depend on what you are planning to do with the gimbal, you can quickly and easily switch between the two to get the low angle video footage as required. No matter what videography niche you are working in, this feature is sure to be very useful for you and help you get some quick and easy low angle video footage with ease.
The design of the Zhiyun Weebill range has been sculpted from the very start to be as compact and lightweight as possible to make it the perfect travel gimbal while offering professional level gimbal performance. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily store the Weebill S in your camera accessory bag to travel as quickly, lightly, and efficiently as possible too.
The actual build quality of the Weebill S is outstanding and we are actually surprised that Zhiyun has managed to make a gimbal that is as lightweight as the Weebill S while also being as tight and robust as the Weebill S too. This means that if you are working in a niche where you will be holding your gimbal with your Nikon d7500 rig mounted to it for long periods of time that your arm will not ache or cramp.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Nikon d7500 cameras to a close and we would highly recommend the Zhiyun Weebill S to our readers who are looking for a handheld gimbal stabilizer for their d7500. In our opinion, it offers the best levels of image stabilization to ensure that you get the best possible image quality out of your camera no matter what too.
As we have said a few times earlier in the article, a number of third-party, independent videographers and vloggers who use the Weebill S have chosen to publish their own independent reviews of the gimbal that you can read if you wish. They offer some excellent insight into the performance of the gimbal in pretty much every situation that you can think of and are well worth skimming over in our opinion.