The Panasonic s1 is a solid intermediate level full-frame mirrorless camera body and although the camera does not have a user base the size of some of the compeating cameras on the market, it still has a large following from both the photography and videography communities while also having a small vlogging user base who use the s1 too. Due to being such a popular camera used by people working in a large number of different niches, we always see people reaching out and asking for advice on a large number of different camera accessories to try and get the best image quality as possible out of the camera.
Although the exact weight of your Panasonic s1 will depend on the actual variant of the camera you are using, for a mirrorless camera, it is pretty heavy and big so we have seen more and more people reaching out and asking for advice on the best gimbal for Panasonic s1 cameras. Due to this, we have decided to make this our focus for this article as we know some of our readers use the s1 and we are hoping that our article will be able to help them add a solid handheld gimbal stabilizer to their camera accessories.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Weebill S is going to be the best option on the market for the vast majority of our readers by a long shot. It is one of the newest 3 axis gimbal stabilizers to market and offers some of the best levels of image stabilization that we have ever seen. Although the Panasonic s1 is a heavy camera body, the Weebill S should be able to support the weight of the vast majority of popular s1 rigs out there with ease due to its high torque gimbal motors.
As Zhiyun has been leading the market for years now when it comes to the gimbal space, the Weebill S pretty much dominates its weight class with the only real challenger to it being the Moza Aircross 2. Even then though, the higher price tag of the Aircross 2 and slightly lower levels of performance push the Weebill S out ahead. This has resulted in the gimbal earning a great reputation for itself amongst the videography and vlogging communities and showing no signs of being knocked off the top spot anytime soon.
We are not going to be taking a more in-depth look at the various features that the Weebill S offers you to try and point out why we feel it should be your primary consideration when looking for a gimbal for your Panasonic s1. We know a number of our readers like to know as much as possible about any new potential addition to their camera accessories so we always like to provide as much information as possible.
Performance Of The Gimbal
Now, there are a few different variants of the Panasonic s1 available but they all come in with a camera payload weight of around 2.25 pounds with their battery included. As we touched on earlier, for a mirrorless camera in this day and age, this is pretty heavy and is actually heavier than some of the modern DSLRs on the market right now too. Thankfully though, the Weebill S offers a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total payload weight meaning that you have around 4.36 pounds of payload weight spare after taking your Panasonic s1 camera body weight into account.
Although we feel that 4.36 pounds of spare load capacity should be plenty for the vast majority, if not all of our readers then the DJI Ronin S is available with a maximum load capacity of 7.94 pounds helping support any of those heavier setups. That said though, you have to keep in mind that the Ronin S is a few years old now and showing its age while also being more expensive than the Weebill S too offering no real additional bang for your buck unless you require the additional load capacity. This is why we would always recommend that our readers go with the Zhiyun Weebill S instead if possible.
We are confident that the 6.61-pound maximum load capacity of the Weebill S will be plenty for our readers anyway. On top of that, the Weebill S also has a proven history of being able to support camera rigs using those longer and heavier camera lenses when recording too. Although this may not apply to the niche that you are working in, we just want to point out that the gimbal motors on the Weebill S will still keep your Panasonic s1 stabilized if you do have to use a longer lens when recording.
Zhiyun have increased the battery life of their cell on the Weebill S to a maximum of fourteen hours over their previous twelve hours from their last generation of gimbals. On top of this, they have also updated their recharging system to allow you to fully recharge the gimbal from totally empty to full in only three hours too. At the time of writing, the average battery life for a gimbal of this weight class is around the ten hour mark so the Weebill S offers you four hours more than average.
Although we would guess that fourteen hours of power for each full charge of the gimbal will likely be enough for most of our readers, we know that some people will be working in niches where you may not be able to recharge all of your devices at the end of each day. If you are working in one of these niches then purchasing a USB power bank can help to keep your devices supplied with power for days at a time until you are able to get to a power socket to do a full recharge of everything.
As we touched on back at the start of the article, the Zhiyun Weebill S is absolutely dominating the weight class right now and the main reason that the gimbal has managed to see off all compeating stabilizers on the market is due to its next generation detection and correction system. Zhiyun were already leading the market with their older system in our opinion but they have improved everything to blow the competition out of the water.
Although the actual sensors that Zhiyun have used for their Weebill S are essentially based on the same ones in their older gimbals, they have been updated to be smaller, lighter, and quicker at actually detecting motion. On top of this, they have also been updated to help increase the levels of accuracy of the data that the sensors are able to detect too. Although some of the compeating brands such as Moza and DJI offer some solid sensors, to date, neither have been able to offer the speed and accuracy of these latest Zhiyun sensors.
The data from the gimbal sensors is then fed directly into the Zhiyun balancing algorithm that simple blows the cooperating algorithms out of the water right now. Zhiyun have come a long way when it comes to their tech over the last three years and the fact that their main competator, DJI have decided to focus on their drone range and not release a new gimbal for a few years, Zhiyun have managed to push out way ahead. In fact, in our opinion, when it comes to their balancing algorithms, Moza have also managed to leap frog DJI pushing them into third place.
The final part of the system on the Weebill S is the next generation, super high-torque gimbal motors that are able to provide you with three times more torque than most of the compeating gimbal motors on the market right now. This is why the Weebill S is such a solid option for your Panasonic s1 as although your camera is pretty heavy, the gimbal motors have all the power needed to keep your rig stable when recording without having any issues.
This is why the Weebill S is such a popular option that just keeps on going from strength to strength amongst both the videography and vlogging communities. Many of the people who are using the Weebill S as their handheld gimbal stabilizer of choice have chosen to publish their own independent reviews that you are able to read too. In our opinion, they are well worth reading due to offering you some solid, third-party insight into how well the gimbal performs in pretty much every niche you may ever need to use it in.
User Interface And Control System
Zhiyun have always offered their users some of the most user friendly control systems for their gimbals and the Weebill S is no different. If you are brand new to using a handheld gimbal stabilizer then this is ideal for you as everything is as straight forward as possible allowing you to quickly and easily get to grips with the gimbal and get the most out of it quickly. Although this is common for gimbals in this day and age from Zhiyun, Moza, and DJI, there are some issues with the control systems on the lesser known gimbal brands.
The Zhiyun system is based around an omnidirectional joystick with sixteen highly sensitive points of contact that offer the absolute best control of the gimbal head when using it with your Panasonic s1 in manual mode. This offers you some super smooth, natural looking image stabilization that ensures you are getting the best image quality possible no matter what you require from the gimbal. The manual mode is totally free from the robotic panning and tilting that the older gimbals used to have due to the sensitivity of the joysticks ensuring that your video footage looks as smooth and natural as a manual Steadicam style stabilizer.
One of the main questions that we see people asking who are new to using a handheld gimbal stabilizer is based around actually balancing the gimbal with your camera. Thankfully, Zhiyun have a very user friendly balancing process and although your Panasonic s1 is a heavy camera body, the high torque gimbal motors make balancing as easy to possible. If you are brand new to using a gimbal, it may take you a few run throughs to get used to the process but once you are familiar with what you need to do then you should be able to get your Panasonic s1 balanced in under a minute with ease.
Build Quality And Design
Although Zhiyun have rightfully earned the reputation for offering you some of the absolute best performance possible, they also offer one of the best build qualities going too, especially when it comes to their Weebill range. Although Zhiyun are still making their very popular Crane range of gimbals, they have decided to make the Crane range focus on very heavy camera rigs. This has left them to design the Weebill S from the very start to offer professional level image stabilization in a very small and light travel gimbal package.
Zhiyun have done a great job of making the Weebill S the perfect travel gimbal by utilizing some of the latest plastic polymers to be developed to ensure that the gimbal is as lightweight as possible while also being surprisingly tough and robust too. As the Weebill S may be in your luggage in a planes baggage hold, it is nice to know that it can take a surprising amount of punishment without breaking or having any issues either. This is a major selling point for the gimbal in our opinion as prior to this, there was only really the Evo Rage that offered this level of toughness but that is a very old gimbal by modern standards and will likely struggle to support most Panasonic s1 setups.
One thing that we always see videographers and vloggers overlook until it is too late is the comfort level of the handle on the gimbal. Depending on the niche that you are working in, you may end up holding the gimbal with your Panasonic s1 mounted to it for hours at a time so a nice comfortable handle is important. Although some of the older Zhiyun gimbals did use the fixed plastic handles, their recent gimbals use a modern, comfortable gel set handle. This helps to ensure that your hand will not cramp or start to ache on those longer sessions and allow you to record for as long as needed without issue.
That brings our article on what we consider to be the best gimbal for Panasonic s1 cameras currently available on the market. We have tried to explain throughout the article why the Zhiyun Weebill S should be your primary option for your Panasonic s1 and how it outright beats the compeating gimbals on the market right now without there even being much of a challange. We are confident that the Weebill S will be able to meet your needs and make a solid addition to your camera accessories and provide you with professional level image stabilization.
We know that we have pointed it out above but we would just like to quickly remind our readers that there are a whole bunch of third-party reviews of the Weebill S that you can read if you have not decided if you want to purchase the Weebill S yet. Those reviews offer some solid insight into the performance of the gimbal from people who have used it in a whole bunch of niches and situations that you may find yourself in.