As the Panasonic Lumix g7 is such a popular camera body, we have noticed more and more people reaching out with various questions based around the camera accessories that they should be investing in to get the best possible image quality out of their camera. Thankfully, the g7 has a ton of great camera accessories that can really help you up to your game without having to break the bank and splash out.
As more videographers and vloggers seem to be picking up the g7, one question that we have noticed being asked over and over again with increasing frequency is for advice on the best gimbal for Panasonic g7 cameras. Due to seeing so many people reaching out about adding a handheld gimbal stabilizer to their collection of g7 camera accessories, we have decided to focus on this for today’s article. We are hoping that we will be able to help as many of our readers as possible who are in this situation and help ensure that you get a suitable gimbal to meet your needs.
Now, in our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best 3 axis handheld gimbal stabilizer on the market at the time of writing for the Panasonic Lumix g7. It is an outstanding bit of kit and has only been available for a few months so it is jam-packed with all of the latest gimbal technology to ensure you get the best image stabilization possible.
On top of this, the Weebill S has managed to quickly establish itself as the dominant gimbal in its weight class while having rightfully earned an excellent reputation for itself amongst the videography and vlogging communities. On top of this, the reputation of the gimbal just keeps on getting stronger and stronger as time goes on due to more and more people purchasing it and realizing how good it actually is.
We know that we may be starting to sound a little like fanboys of the Weebill S but outside of the Moza Aircross 2 that is only ever so slightly behind the Weebill S, we really do feel that it stands head and shoulders above the compeating gimbals on the market. We are confident that it will make a great addition to your Panasonic g7 camera accessories and help improve the image quality that you are able to capture with ease. Throughout the rest of the article, we will be taking a more in-depth look at the Weebill S and what it offers to back up why we feel so strongly about it to try and show why it is our primary gimbal recommendation.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As the Panasonic Lumix g7 camera body comes in at around 0.90 pounds of weight you have plenty of wiggle room to mount some pretty heavy camera accessories before coming even close to the maximum load capacity of modern gimbals. The Weebill S from Zhiyun is able to support up to 6.61 pounds of total camera payload weight meaning that it is easily able to support the vast majority of popular g7 rigs without issue.
On top of this, if you are using a longer or heavier camera lens with your g7 when capturing your video footage then the Weebill S can easily support it too. Not only have Zhiyun slightly tweaked the design of the Weebill S over their older gimbals to better support longer lenses but the gimbals motors offer three times the torque of their previous generation of motors. This prevents any issues with the center of gravity on your gimbal even with a longer lens and offers optimal image stabilization at all times.
A large number of the compeating gimbal stabilizers on the market right now can have problems stabilizing your setup as soon as you mount a longer lens to your g7 as it shifts the center of gravity to an unoptimal position. This can lead to vibrations or just general poor image stabilization but the Zhiyun Weebill S, Moza Aircross 2, and DJI Ronin S do not have this issue so should always be your primary gimbal considerations if you are planning to use a longer lens with your Panasonic g7.
Zhiyun has put a bunch of time and effort into upgrading the batteries that they use for their latest generation of gimbals and everything has been tweaked and optimized to be as power-efficient as possible. Not only does this make the whole gimbal more efficient but it also means that Zhiyun has been able to use a smaller, lighter gimbal battery to keep the Weebill S as small and light as possible. Each charge of the gimbals battery will provide around fourteen hours of power even if your g7 setup is close to the maximum load capacity of the gimbal.
Fourteen hours of power per charge should be plenty for the vast majority of our readers and is around four hours more than the average battery life for a modern gimbal stabilizer. If you are working in a niche where you will be in remote locations or traveling for long periods of time without knowing when you will be able to charge your gear next, a decent USB power bank can make a solid investment.
Modern USB power banks allow you to top your gimbal up as well as your Panasonic g7 as well as any devices that you have with you while out and about. Just make sure that it is a high capacity USB power bank that you purchased for optimal performance. Once the battery on your Weebill S is totally empty, you are able to charge it back to full in only three hours. This means for each hour you spend recharging your gimbal you get around four and a half hours of usable battery life meaning it has one of the best charging rations going at the time of writing.
Our regular readers will probably already know about this as we have mentioned it a few times now but the Zhiyun Weebill S uses the latest detection and correction system of all the gimbals on the market right now. The Weebill S uses some of the best gimbal sensors on the market right now that are not only very sensitive to detecting movement but also process the information at lightning speed before pushing it into Zhiyuns balancing algorithm.
We have said time and time again that out of all of the gimbal brands, Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza are pulling away from the other brands as their balancing algorithms are getting better and better becoming faster and more efficient with each passing year. On the flip side of this, the majority of the compeating gimbal brands have become stagnant and the difference is now like night and day and we would not recommend that our readers even consider going with a stabilizer from anyone from outside of the top three brands.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the Weebill S has the next generation gimbal motors that offer three times the torque of the previous generation of gimbal motors. Not only are the motors on the gimbal extremely power efficient, especially for the load capacity they can support helping to maximize battery life but they are also very small and light. This helps to keep the Weebill S the size of a travel gimbal while offering the same if not better performance of a larger bulkier gimbal stabilizer with ease.
Although the Moza Aircross 2 is only slightly behind the Weebill S in our opinion, they are both starting to pull away from the DJI Ronin S that we would put in third place as the DJI range has not seen a new release for a few years now. Although the Ronin S is still a great gimbal stabilizer, DJI are going to have to do something if they want to keep their place amongst the top three and prevent the gimbal space from becoming a two-horse race between Zhiyun and Moza.
Gimbal modes are becoming more and more important to both videographers and vloggers with more and more people using them to help enhance the video footage that they can capture. The Weebill S supports the standard gimbal modes such as pan, follow, lock, and manual while also coming with track and vortex mode too. All of the gimbal modes are flawless and although we initially thought that vortex mode would be useless, more and more people are using it and compeating gimbal brands have started to add it to their new gimbals too so it seems to be taking off.
It really is easy to see why the Weebill S is taking off with such a rapidly growing customer base with many of the people who purchase it deciding to publish their own independent reviews of the gimbal too. Those reviews are definatley worth checking out in our opinion as they go into an absolute ton of detail on what you can expect from using the gimbal in a large number of common vlogging and videography situations too.
User Interface And Control System
Zhiyun has been at the top of the gimbal stabilizer game for over a decade now and in this time they have managed to gain an absolute ton of knowledge and experience. In addition to their detection and correction system, the main thing that they have been developing over the years is their control systems for their stabilizers and they have absolutely nailed it when it comes to the Weebill S in our opinion.
We feel that it is the first gimbal on the market that truly offers and excellent interface for both entry-level and advanced gimbal users alike all within the same system. This means that if you are looking to buy your very first gimbal, the Weebill S will suit you well all the way through your journey from entry-level videographer to professional level videographer without you having to purchase an additional gimbal in a few years.
The system has been designed and laid out in a way to make it as user-friendly as possible to ensure that people are able to get to grips with it within minutes. This means that even if you have never even seen a gimbal before that you should easily be able to get to grips with the system on the Weebill S and have your Panasonic g6 mounted and capturing butter smooth video within minutes.
On the flip side of this, if you are a more experienced videographer who has been using gimbals for years that the Weebill S also offers some excellent advanced features and a high level of customization. This ensures that it can easily meet your needs for any professional level videography sessions too while also being as simple and easy to use as possible.
The whole interface is based around the usual system of a couple of buttons, a joystick, and an LCD panel. This is essentially the same system that the vast majority of gimbal stabilizers on the market use right now and it has stood the test of time. Although a few brands have tried to deviate away from it, to date, they have all come back to this standard system due to it being so easy to use.
Zhiyun has also used a modern, omnidirectional joystick on the Weebill S too that offers the best manual control that we have seen. Even the latest gimbals from some compeating brands still use the traditional four way joystick that severely limits what you can actually do with your gimbal in manual mode. These newer, omnidirectional joysticks offer superior manual control and offer smooth and natural-looking panning and tilting when used in manual mode that is totally free from that robotic look older gimbals had.
If you have other cameras in addition to your Panasonic Lumix g7 then the quick release plate on the Weebill S allows you to quickly and easily switch between the cameras that you have mounted to your gimbal. Depending on the niche that you are working in this can be surprisingly efficient in all fairness and can end up saving you a bunch of time over the duration of a videography session too.
Zhiyun have been tweaking and updating their smartphone app constantly over the last twelve to eighteen to get it in the state it is in today. Thankfully, after a ton of work, it is finally in a good place and performs very well while also offering some solid functionality. At the time of writing, Zhiyun has managed to correct all of the bugs the app had that were causing the connection and initial sync issues previously so we would highly recommend that our readers download it who opt for the Weebill S.
Although the vast majority of the functions on the Weebill S will work flawlessly without ever having to use the smartphone app, if you do plan to use the tracking mode, we would highly recommend that you download the app. It makes the tracking mode much easier to use and you literally just sync your phone and then touch the subject on your screen to start tracking.
The app also offers some solid wireless remote control features but this will depend on the niche that you are working in or the task at hand. Some people who use the Panasonic g7 will use the remote control setting often whereas others may never need to use it. In our opinion, the best feature of the app is that it lets you tweak the gimbals settings within seconds. Although the standard config on the gimbal will likley be fine for the g7 with the majority of people some do like to tweak their settings and the app does it in seconds but the physical interface takes minutes so it can save a ton of time.
Build Quality And Design
The Weebill S is the second gimbal release in the Zhiyun Weebill range and has received a number of tweaks since the initial Weebill Lab release. This includes some tweaks to the design to allow the Weebill S to optimally support setups that use a longer lens without having a negative effect on image quality. Additionally, the whole Weebill range has been designed with a detachable handle to switch between traditional upright handheld mode and low angle mode for long angle video footage.
Zhiyun has done a great job with the build quality too and has managed to keep the Weebill S extremely light considering the performance and feature list that it boasts. Depending on your videography or vlogging niche you may have to travel around by plane on a regular basis and if this is the case, the lightweight and compact design allow you to easily pack the Weebill S without issue.
The gimbal is also surprisingly tough and robust too and we are confident that it can take a ton of punishment during use without breaking or taking any serious damage. This offers some great peace of mind that the gimbal will last you for years to come and take all of the bumps and knocks coming its what when being used or when packed away and being transported.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic G7 camera owners to a close. Although we feel that the Moza Aircross 2 is a close second, our primary recommendation is definatley the Zhiyun Weebill S and we feel that it will provide our readers with some excellent quality image stabilization to help improve the image quality your g7 captures and make an excellent addition to your camera accessories.
As we touched on earlier in the article, there are a large number of third-party reviews that have been posted for the Weebill S online that you can read too. If you are yet to make your mind up then we would highly recommend that you spend a few minutes going over them. They offer some excellent insight into the performance of the Weebill S in the majority of common videography niches that may be very helpful.