At the time of writing, the Panasonic g80 has been on the market for a few years and its excellent image quality, great functionality, and low price tag have ensured that the camera has earned a large core customer base. The g80 has proven to be one of the more popular mirrorless cameras from the Panasonic range and its core customer base is still steadily increasing even to this day. Due to a large number of photographers, videographers, vloggers, and social media personalities choosing the g80 as their go-to camera body of choice, we constantly see large numbers of people reaching out with various questions about popular camera accessories to try and get the best image quality possible.
In our opinion, if you are on the videography or vlogging side of things then one of the best ways that you can improve the performance of your g80 is to look into adding a solid source of image stabilization to your camera accessories. Due to this, we are going to be spending this article taking a look at what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic g80 camera users on the market right now.
Although there are a number of solid handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now that can make great additions to your camera accessories, we feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best option on the market at the time of writing. In our opinion, the Weebill S is the best mirrorless camera ever made to date and judging by the excellent reputation that it has managed to earn in the short time since its release, we feel that the majority of the videographers and vloggers who have tried it agree with us.
Although the Moza Aircross 2 is another great gimbal stabilizer that is suitable for your Panasonic g80 and offers some solid image stabilization, we feel the Weebill S has to be your primary consideration. Not only is the Weebill S over one hundred dollars cheaper than the Aircross 2 from most retailers at the time of writing, but the Weebill S also has better technology providing you with better all-round performance.
Throughout the rest of our article below, we are going to be going over the various aspects of the Weebill S and how we feel it beats the compeating gimbals on the market right now. Although we will be touching on other suitable 3 axis gimbal stabilizers at times, we will be primarily focusing on the Weebill S for the rest of the article due to it being our primary recommendation for your g80 as well as it having little to no real competition at the time of writing.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Due to the Panasonic g80 being a lightweight mirrorless camera coming in with a regular payload weight of only 1.11 pounds free from any camera accessories, the Weebill S is more than capable of supporting it with its huge 6.61-pound maximum load capacity. The gimbal has been specifically designed and optimized for use with mirrorless cameras like the g80 and lightweight DSLR rigs to ensure optimum performance. This means that you have around five and a half pounds of free load capacity to mount pretty much any combination of camera accessories that you can dream up.
At the time of writing, we are unable to think of a single popular Panasonic g80 setup that would need anywhere close to the total 6.61 pounds of total payload support meaning that no matter what you have in your rig, the Weebill S will support it. This ensures that you can use some of the heavier lenses, external microphones, and video lights with your g80 without running into issues.
On top of this, the motors on the Weebill S are able to knock out a surprising amount of torque, especially for their small size ensuring that the gimbal can easily support you using longer lenses with your Panasonic g80 too. At the time of writing, there is only really the Zhiyun Weebill S, the Moza Aircross 2, and the DJI Ronin S that offer the same levels of image stabilization when using a longer lens with most other gimbals having issues with vibrations or simply not stabilizing at all.
Although most brands have let their battery technology stagnate with their recent releases with the average gimbal battery life being around ten hours, Zhiyun has done what Zhiyun does best and innovated away with their cell technology. Not only is the battery cell on the Weebill S around a third smaller and lighter than most other gimbal battery cells but it also offers a maximum of fourteen hours of power per charge too.
Zhiyun has also included their rapid recharge technology that they have been perfecting over their previous two generations of gimbals in the Weebill S too. This system allows you to quickly recharge the gimbal in just over three hours from being totally empty. This is one of the fastest recharge times available right now with a recharge ratio of one hour of charging to just under five hours of usable battery life allowing you to recharge your gear as quickly as possible.
Although fourteen hours of power will likley be plenty for most of our readers who use the Panasonic g80, you can also add a modern USB power bank to your collection of g80 camera accessories if needed too. The more recent USB power banks released onto the market allow you to recharge your camera, gimbal, laptop, tablet, and pretty much any other device that you may have with you. This means if you are out and about away from a power outlet, you can still top your power up and keep on recording your video footage.
With Zhiyun putting so much time, effort, and money into their detection and correction system on the Weebill S, it is not surprising that their system essentially leaves all of the compeating gimbal brands for dust. Not only is the whole process seamless and lightning-fast ensuring excellent levels of image stabilization but the price tag of the Weebill S is lower than the closest competitors by a fair margin too.
Zhiyun have made a few tweaks to the sensors on the Weebill S but in all fairness, they are essentially the same ones that they have used on the Crane 3 and LAB too just with a small number of tweaks to improve performance. That said though, even before these new tweaks were made to the gimbal sensors, they were still top tier with only the Moza Aircross 2 beating them. Now with these tweaks to improve accuracy and speed, they are out ahead of the tech on the Aircross 2 and able to detect even the slightest vibration in your gimbal.
Zhiyun has been leading the way with their balancing algorithm for around three years now in our opinion and although DJI used to overtake them every now and then, the stagnation in the DJI gimbal range is really leaving Zhiyun free to pull away and dominate. The Zhiyun balancing algorithm is definatley the quickest on the market at the time of writing but Zhiyun has also tweaked this version of their algorithm to always try to find the most power-efficient counter movement too. This ensures that you always get the most power out of your gimbal’s battery and is one of the main reasons that the cell on the Weebill S lasts four hours longer than average while also being around a third smaller than other gimbal batteries.
Although DJI were once the kings of gimbal motors with their Ronin S being well out ahead of the compeating gimbals on the market, they have not released a new gimbal to their range in a few years now. In this time, Zhiyun has been innovating away and have managed to develop their next-generation gimbal motors that blow everything the competition has out of the water.
These new Zhiyun gimbal motors are able to provide you with up to three times the power of the motors on some of the compeating gimbals out there right now. On top of this, these motors are around a quarter smaller than the competition while also being a fair bit lighter and more power-efficient too. The great torque on the motors is also the reason that you can mount a longer or heavier lens to your Panasonic g80 is needed without sacrificing the level of image stabilization the Weebill S will provide.
We know that we are starting to sound like borderline fanboys for the Weebill S but we would highly recommend that our readers check out some of these independent reviews for the gimbal. They have all been published by third-party videographers, vloggers, and social media influencers who are using the Weebill S for a number of things. They go into their own opinions on the gimbal and pretty much back everything that we are saying upon how good the Weebill S is and how it is just so much further forward than the majority of compeating stabilizers on the market.
User Interface And Control System
Although Zhiyun has stuck with the old school joystick based control interface for the Weebill S, they have basically upgraded it in every way possible to ensure that you get the best possible experience out of it while still having a layout that most experienced gimbal users will be used to. Although aesthetically, the control interface on the Weebill S looks like a similar system used on many of the older gimbals, Zhiyun has put a ton of work in under the hood and has been innovating away.
The joystick technology on the Zhiyun Weebill S is excellent and although the Moza Aircross 2 uses a very similar joystick, no other gimbal even comes close to their levels of control at the time of writing. Although omnidirectional joysticks have been commonplace for years now, Zhiyun has increased the sensitivity and responsiveness of their sixteen contact points for the joystick to offer some of the smoothest manual control available on a gimbal.
This allows you to get that super smooth and natural-looking control over the gimbal head and avoid the old school robotic look that the older gimbals had when you pan or tilt the gimbal in manual mode. The high torque motors on the gimbal also ensure that the responsiveness of the gimbal head, when used in manual mode, is just as effective with light Panasonic g80 setups as well as the heavier ones with longer lenses.
Although a relatively common feature these days, the LCD panel on the Weebill S is both backlit while also having an antiglare coating on it too. This ensures that you are able to read the information on the LCD panel in low light or indirect light without issue and work as required no matter the conditions. Although many people will rarely be looking at the LCD panel on the gimbal, some niches and videographers who tweak their settings on a regular basis will likley be looking at it a lot.
The actual navigation menu on the Weebill S is the same one that Zhiyun has used on their previous generation of gimbals too. In all fairness, we are fine with them going with the whole if it ain’t broke don’t fix it strategy on this one as we have not seen any complaints about the navigation system to date. It is very easy to learn and simple to follow due to it being layed out in a simple and logical way. This makes it very easy for a new gimbal user to learn their way around the controls with ease while the system still has all the professional-level features that an experienced gimbal user may require.
Although a few tweaks have been made to the balancing system to make it easier, in this day and age, there really is little left to do on the Zhiyun, Moza, or DJI balancing systems as they have been refined so highly to a level where they are very easy and straight forward. As we mentioned earlier, the Weebill S also comes with some of the highest torque motors that we have seen to date helping to balance your rig and correct for any minor errors with ease even if you use a super heavy Panasonic g80 setup.
Build Quality And Design
The majority of experienced videographers and vloggers will likley have heard of the Zhiyun Crane range as it is one of the most popular gimbal ranges of all time and has an absolutely massive following. Although Zhiyun are keeping their Crane range going, they have also decided to start their Weebill range of gimbals too that have a new, compact design to ensure you get great image stabilization in a product that is small enough to be a travel gimbal.
Although the Weebill range sticks to a very similar design to the majority of other handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now, it is much smaller and lighter than something like the DJI Ronin S while also being arguably better in terms of performance. In addition to this though, Zhiyun has also added multiple mounting points for the gimbals handle allowing you to use it as a normal handheld gimbal or mount the handle on the rear plate for having native underslung mode too.
When it comes to the actual build quality of the gimbal, Zhiyun has smashed it out the park and used higher quality materials than their competition without having to hike their prices up. Due to the Zhiyun Weebill S being such a recent release onto the market, Zhiyun has been able to take advantage of the latest polymers available for the materials in the gimbal.
This has allowed them to be the first to market using these next-generation polymers that are not only very lightweight but also very touch and robust too. This offers you peace of mind that your new camera accessory will be able to take the punishment coming its way during use or while packed away when traveling without breaking soon. Although the Weebill S has a low price tag for the amount of bang you are getting for your buck, it still costs hundreds of dollars so you want to know that it is going to be lasting you a few years as a minimum.
That concludes our thought on the best gimbal for Panasonic g80 cameras and as we have touched on a few times throughout the article, although the Moza Aircross 2 is a solid gimbal, we feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S with its better performance, lower price tag, smaller build, and lighter weight is the obvious option. We feel that the Weebill S is the best 3 axis gimbal released to date and are confident in recommending it to our readers as we feel it will more than meet most people’s needs and provide them with excellent levels of image stabilization.
We know that some people may still be on the fence about the Weebill S so if you are yet to make your mind up then you can read these third-party reviews of the gimbal. They have been published by independent videographers and vloggers going over their own thoughts and experiences with the Weebill S and offer some solid insight.