Although the Panasonic G9 is an excellent little mirrorless camera body, it is has only seen moderate success within the photography and videography communities since its release. That said though, over the years since its release, it has definatley managed to build up a dedicated core customer base who uses the G9 as their camera body of choice for their work. Although a smaller customer base than some of the other compeating camera bodies that we have seen people asking questions about, we still see a fair few people reaching out with various questions for the Panasonic G9 each month.
For today’s article, we are going to be focusing in on what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic G9 owners as this is definatley one of the more popular questions that we have seen asked. Although the G9 is a little heavy for its size and specs, there are still some excellent handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now that you can add to your camera accessories to get yourself some excellent image stabilization.
Until twelve to eighteen months ago, the default answer for most Panasonic G9 rigs would usually have been the DJI Ronin S but there have been a number of gimbals released since then that we feel make a better fit. In our opinion, the best gimbal for the Panasonic G9 at the time of writing is definatley the Zhiyun Weebill S followed closely by the Moza Aircross 2 and then the Ronin S.
Zhiyun has kept on innovating with their gimbal range with each subsequent addition to their line whereas most other brands outside of maybe Moza seem to have left their gimbal lineups to go stagnant. Zhiyun has improved in a number of areas to help make the Weebill S quickly establish itself as the king of the gimbals in its weight class and build up such a great reputation amongst both the vlogging and videography communities since its release.
As we know that some of our readers will want to know more about the various things that Zhiyun have improved upon with the Weebill S to make it such a popular gimbal with such a great reputation, we will be taking a more in-depth look at it below. Although we will touch on some other gimbals throughout the rest of the article, as the Zhiyun Weebill S is our primary gimbal recommendation for a Panasonic G9 user, we will be spending most of our time covering the Weebill S and what it has to offer.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Now as we mentioned above, the Panasonic G9 is a little heavy for its size and functionality coming in at around 1.45 pounds of payload weight for the camera body alone. Thankfully though, the gimbal motors that Zhiyun has developed for the Weebill S are outstanding and can easily support total camera payloads up to its 6.61 maximum load capacity. This leaves around 5.16 pounds of total payload weight free for all of your other camera accessories such as your lens, microphone, and video light meaning the Weebill S can easily support the vast majority of popular G9 rigs on the market right now.
On top of this, the high torque gimbal motors that Zhiyun has come up with also ensure that even though the Weebill S is a very small and compact gimbal stabilizer that it can also easily support a Panasonic G9 rig that uses a long lens. Even from the more modern gimbals from compeating brands on the market right now, many struggles with image stabilization issues as soon as you put a long heavy camera lens on your camera body but the Weebill S powers through alongside the DJI Ronin S.
Another area where we feel that Zhiyun has absolutely smashed it out of the park is with its battery cell system on the Weebill S. Although a few compeating gimbals offer similar battery life and recharge times, the cell on the Weebill S is around a third smaller and lighter than most compeating battery cells in compeating gimbals right now. This helps to keep the gimbal as small and light as possible while still ensuring that it is able to easily provide you with around fourteen hours of power per charge, even if you are using a heavy setup close to its maximum load capacity.
When the cell does need recharging, it can be plugged into a mains power outlet and charged back to full in only three hours too. At the time of writing, to our knowledge at least, this is the best battery to charge ratio available of all gimbals on the market right now. For each hour your gimbal spends plugged into a mains power supply you get between four and five hours of usable battery to go off and capture your video footage too.
Although far from essential, if you are working in a vlogging or videography niche where you may be away from a wall power outlet on a regular basis for days at a time, you can also invest in a decent USB power bank to recharge your devices while on your adventures. A modern high capacity power bank should easily be able to recharge your Panasonic G9, gimbal, and other devices while on the go without issue and extend your battery as long as required too.
Another area where Zhiyun has invested a bunch of time and money to innovate the Weebill S is in its detection and correction system. Although the Moza Aircross 2 and DJI Ronin S do have great detection and correction systems, the Weebill S definatley does push out ahead.
The first thing that Zhiyun has made a few small changes to in a bid to improve the performance of the system is the gimbals sensors. Although the sensors on the Weebill S are very similar to what is used on the older Zhiyun gimbals from last year, they have received a few updates to help improve their accuracy as well as reduce the time they require to complete their detection process.
This information is then taken and processed by the updated Zhiyun balancing algorithm that we feel is currently the best on the market and has been leading in the gimbal space since around early 2019 now. Not only is the Zhiyun balancing algorithm very accurate when processing its information but it also ensures that it comes up with the most power-efficient correction movement possible too. This helps to ensure that you get every possible drop of power out of the gimbals battery cell to ensure that you are getting the best possible battery life.
The final part of the Zhiyun system is the actual gimbal motors that we have touched on a few times above already. Now, these are probably the best gimbal motors that we have ever seen to date and Zhiyun really has done a great job of coming up with the first next-generation motors. Although the motors on their gimbals from last year were excellent, they have absolutely smashed the ball out of the park when it comes to the motors on the Weebill S.
Not only are they around a quarter smaller and a third lighter than what most compeating gimbal brands are using but they are also extremely power efficient while also providing your Panasonic G9 with three times more torque and power than other gimbal motors. This is why, the Weebill S is able to support heavier camera bodies like the G9 even with heavy camera accessories or a long camera lens mounted to it without issue.
Zhiyun has also included the regular old school manual, follow, pan, and lock gimbal modes to the Weebill S while also adding the newer tracking and vortex mode too. Although we are not the biggest fans of the vortex model, many vloggers seem to like it and use it in their vlog footage. In our opinion, the Zhiyun tracking mode technology does jump ahead of the DJI tracking tech and works flawlessly.
Considering that the Zhiyun Weebill S is less than $450 at the time of writing from most retailers and offers all of the above features, it is easy to see why it is so popular. So many videographers and vloggers have added it to their camera accessories that it is growing its customer base at an almost exponential rate with no signs of slowing down. On top of this, many of them have also chosen to publish their own dedicated reviews of the Weebill S going over their experiences too.
User Interface And Control System
Although Feiyutech has started to experiment with using a touchscreen control interface with their Feiyutech AK2000, in our opinion, it has been implemented very poorly and as far as we are concerned, the old school joystick systems are much better. Thankfully, Zhiyun realized that the touchscreens have a number of issues and are not ready for mainstream integration with videography gimbals and went with an more traditional joystick based system instead.
Now, Zhiyun being Zhiyun, has decided to innovate where possible and they have gone with an omnidirectional joystick rather than a four way meaning that you can quickly and smoothly pan or tilt the gimbal head with your Panasonic G9 mounted to it with ease. On top of this, the footage when panning or tilting in manual mode via an omnidirectional joystick looks natural and does not look robotic in the slightest like a four way joystick does. This helps to keep your video footage looking as smooth and professional as possible at all times helping ensure you can capture the best possible image quality for your clients.
The LCD panel is clear, shart, backlit, and has an anti-glare protective coating too. This ensures that no matter what conditions you are working in, you can see the data being displayed on the panel and make adjustments as required. The backlight and anti-glare coating do help to add a nice touch so you can clearly see the information in low light or direct light conditions too.
The navigation menu is one of the few things on the Weebill S that Zhiyun has not changed since their older gimbals but in reality, if it ain’t broke then why fit is. On top of this, Zhiyun and DJI both have a solid navigation menu and control system that is very quick and easy to learn for anyone new to using a gimbal while also offering everything that an advanced gimbal user may need too. This helps to ensure that videographers can get everything they require from the same system with ease so, in a way, we are pleased that Zhiyun didn’t take a risk with something new and potentially drop points on this excellent little handheld gimbal stabilizer.
Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza all have extremely easy and straight forward balancing systems too and the Weebill S is no different. Although a few tweaks have been made due to the design of the gimbal, it is essentially the same old super easy process and the high torque motors on the Weebill S just make everything easier to use. Although it may take a while to get your Panasonic G9 balanced for the first few times, once you are actually used to it, there is a very high chance that you will be able to get your rig balances in less than sixty seconds.
Build Quality And Design
Zhiyun has made an absolute ton of changes to the actual design of the gimbals in their Weebill range to ensure that they are as light, small, and tough as possible right out the box. On top of this, they also follow the same standard 3 axis handheld gimbal design but come with a detachable handle too. This means that you can quickly and easily switch the positioning of the handle between regular handheld gimbal mode and underslung gimbal mode within seconds for quick low angle video if needed.
The small, compact design, as well as the lightweight of the Weebill S, also helps to make it one of, if not the best travel gimbal that we have ever seen, especially for a camera as heavy as the Panasonic G9. If you are going to be working in niches where you have to travel around with your gear, especially via plane then this just makes the Zhiyun Weebill S the obvious option by a long shot.
Zhiyun has also added independent axis locks to each of the three-axis on the gimbal allowing you to secure them in place when needed. Although there are a number of reasons you may want to do this, the two main ones are to keep the axis in place for travel while in your bag or when walking between locations to stop the gimbal head rotating while powered down with your Panasonic G9 mounted to it. The locking system is simple and quick to use and other gimbal brands are now starting to add it to their own gimbal stabilizers.
That concludes our thoughts on the best gimbal for Panasonic G9 cameras and although there are a few solid options on the market at the time of writing, as we have explained throughout the article, the Zhiyun Weebill S is definatley the best overall option in our opinion. It pretty much beats the compeating gimbals in every way while also having a lower price tag and offers excellent levels of image stabilization for a handheld gimbal of its size, weight, and price.
As we touched on earlier in the article, the Weebill S also has a ton of excellent reviews published by independent people who use the gimbal that are well worth reading if you have the time. They offer some great insight into the performance and functionality of the gimbal in a number of niches and situations and can help convince you that the Weebill S is the gimbal that you should be adding to your collection of camera accessories.