At the time of writing, the Sony Alpha range of mirrorless camera gimbals is without a doubt the most popular range of mirrorless cameras available on the market. It just keeps on going from strength to strength as more camera bodies are released for the range with customers from both the photography and videography side of the house flocking to them. Their small size and outstanding image quality have also made the various camera bodies in the Sony Alpha range very attractive options for vloggers and social media influencers too.
With the range being so popular, we always see countless people reaching out and asking various questions about the various camera accessories that they can add to their collection to help improve the image quality of their camera. For today’s article, we are going to be focusing in on what we feel is the best gimbal for Sony a6100 camera users as more and more people seem to be reaching out about how they can add some solid image stabilization to their a6100 for videography and vlogging.
Now, there are a ton of great mirrorless camera handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now that can all make great additions to your collection of camera accessories. That said though, in our opinion, two of them stand head and shoulders above the rest by a long shot. The Zhiyun Weebill S and the Moza Aircross 2 are the two latest gimbals released onto the market and both of them offer some great performance relative to their price tag. That said though, the Weebill S is cheaper while also offering more functionality and slightly better image stabilization so in our opinion, the Weebill S from Zhiyun should always be your primary gimbal consideration when looking to add a new stabilizer to your collection of Sony a6100 camera accessories.
Although the Weebill S was only released a few months back, it has rapidly built a massive core customer base and managed to blow the majority of compeating gimbals away with ease. At the time of writing, in our opinion, it is without a doubt the undisputed king of the mirrorless camera weight class gimbals and we doubt anything will knock it off the top spot soon. Since release, the Weebill S has managed to win over the vlogging and videography communities with it rightfully earning one of the best reputations going for a 3 axis gimbal stabilizer.
Performance Of The Gimbal
As you would expect from a modern addition to the Sony Alpha range, the a6100 is very lightweight coming in at around 0.87 pounds with just its battery fitted and no other camera accessories used. In the grand scheme of things, this is extremely light for the capabilities of the Weebill S due to it offering videographers and vloggers a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total payload weight.
This means that you have plenty of spare load capacity to come up with pretty much any arrangement of camera accessories for your a6100 to further improve your audio and image quality without having to sacrifice your image stabilization. This allows you to use some of the heavier camera accessories as well as pretty much any video light and external microphone on the market right now without even coming close to the maximum load capacity of the Weebill S.
On top of this, although it is pretty rare for most common niches the Sony a6100 is used in, the Zhiyun Weebill S can also easily provide you with excellent image stabilization if you opt to mount a long lens to your camera body. Even in this day and age, outside of the Weebill S, Aircross 2, and Ronin S there are a fair few gimbals that really struggle when using a longer lens with your camera body. Although some only have minor issues, a fair few outside fail to support your rig and although we said it is rare for the a6100, if you are planning to use a longer lens then its niche to know that the Weebill S can easily support it with ease.
We are confident that no matter what you are planning on getting up to with your a6100, the fourteen-hour maximum battery life on the Weebill S should easily be able to keep you going and allow you to capture all the video footage that you require with ease. At the time of writing, this means that the Weebill S offers you around four hours more than your average mirrorless camera weight class gimbal without the dramatic drop off in battery life the closer you get to its maximum load capacity that some other gimbals have.
The Zhiyun rapid recharging technology is also on the Weebill S as standard too meaning that once the gimbal is dry, you can take it back to full in around three hours resulting in just under five hours of usable battery life for each hour spent charging. Depending on the niche that you are working in, you may also want to add something like a high output USB power bank to your collection of camera accessories too. Niches such as travel vlogging can have you away from power outlets for long periods of time so these high capacity power banks can allow you to recharge your devices while on the go.
Zhiyun has made no secret of the fact that they have been aiming to innovate their whole gimbal range to absolutely dominate and we are confident in saying that they have essentially reached their goal. The Zhiyun Weebill S comes with the best detection and correction system on the market right now by far and after seeing the tech the other gimbal brands have released over the last few months, we doubt that this is going to change any time soon.
Everything starts with the initial detection of motion and Zhiyun has been leading the way with their gimbal sensors for a few years now. The sensors in the Weebill S have been tweaked slightly in the last eighteen months to help ensure they are as accurate as possible while also being quicker at processing data too. Even before these small tweaks, the Zhiyun gimbal sensors were leading the way and in our opinion, the only competitor that even comes close to their sensor technology right now is Moza with their Aircross 2.
Next up we have the balancing algorithm. Although DJI and Zhiyun used to have a very close race going between who offered the best balancing algorithm to their customers, Zhiyun has pulled away over the last two years or so due to the lack of new gimbal releases to the DJI live up. There is only so much they are able to do with the aging technology on the DJI Ronin S and the more recent releases from Zhiyun have better technology that they can program their algorithm to do more with. The Zhiyun balancing algorithm is lightning fast and probably the best we are going to see for the foreseeable future as they tweak it and release regular firmware updates for their users to help improve performance.
The final part of the Zhiyun detection and correction system is their next-generation, super high torque gimbal motors that have no real competition on the market right now. The Ronin S and Aircross 2 are probably the closest compeating gimbals to the Weebill S but the Zhiyun motor system pushes the Weebill S way out ahead in our opinion. Zhiyun has innovated on pretty much every aspect of their motors with them being smaller, lighter, more power-efficient, and up to three times stronger than compeating motors.
On top of this, the next generation gimbal motors in the Weebill S are extremely quiet too meaning than your onboard microphone on your sony a6100 will not pick them up making their corrections. Some of the gimbal brands still use the older gimbal motors that click when making a correction that can potentially contaminate your audio track but thankfully, the likes of Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza have developed their technology so this is not an issue with their gimbals.
Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that all of this functionality with the great performance of the Weebill S would hike the price tag up to no end but the Weebill S is actually cheaper than both the Aircross 2 and Ronin S. Depending on the retailer, it is usually found for between $400 and $500 making it a bargain. Judging by the large number of independent reviews that third-party videographers and vloggers have left for the Weebill S, it would seem as though the majority of the community who have tried the Weebill S agree with us too.
User Interface And Control System
Another area where Zhiyun have managed to take the lead in is with their control interface for their gimbals, again though, the Moza Aircross 2 is very close and offers some very similar performance when it comes to their joystick but in our opinion, the other advantages that the Weebill S has from other areas make it the obvious option. Although Zhiyun has stuck to the regular joystick based system used by most handheld gimbals, they have made a number of improvements to the actual joystick to help improve its performance.
Just like the previous generation of Zhiyun handheld gimbal stabilizers, the joystick on the Weebill S is fully omnidirectional but they have increased the sensitivity on its sixteen contact points to help offer the best manual control of a gimbal head available right now. This helps to ensure that no matter what setup you use with your Sony a6100, you can easily manually control it when required without issue and get that smooth, natural-looking manual control. So many gimbals still have that robotic feel to their manual panning and tilting but the Weebill S and the Aircross 2 have definatley made the system more natural-looking.
One of the only areas where Zhiyun has not made any changes on the Weebill S is with their navigation menu. In all fairness though, we have absolutely no issue with this as their navigation menu is extremely user-friendly so if you are an entry-level gimbal user, we are sure you will easily be able to work your way around it without running into any issues. On the flipside of this though, if you are a professional level videographer and have been using gimbals for years, you should be able to find all of the advanced functionality and customization via the navigation menu quickly too.
The LCD panel on the Weebill S has received one upgrade in its anti-glare coating making it easier to see when using your gimbal in bright, direct light. The backlit LCD panel ensures that you can also read the information on the panel with ease in low light too ensuring that no matter what you are getting up to, you can quickly and easily read the LCD display on your gimbal no matter the conditions that you are working in.
The final part of the control system on the Weebill S that we want to talk about is its balancing process. If you are an experienced videographer then you will probably know that DJI, Moza, and Zhiyun have all been working to make their balancing process as easy and straight forward as possible. All three brands have a solid, very user-friendly balancing system and with your Sony a6100 being so lightweight while the Weebill S has such high power motors, the system is very forgiving in the very unlikely situation that you are unable to balance your rig. We are confident that once you have gone through the process once or twice, you should be able to get your gimbal balanced in as little as one minute if not quicker.
Build Quality And Design
Although on the surface, the Weebill S does look a lot like the older Crane range of Zhiyun gimbals, if you see them side by side there are a fair few differences. The most striking one is the sheer size difference that really shows off how much smaller the new Weebill range of Zhiyun gimbals are compared to the more traditional 3 axis gimbal design.
The Weebill range has been designed from the very start to try and be as small, compact, and light as possible to make it the perfect travel gimbal while also ensuring that it has everything required under the hood to deliver professional-level gimbal image stabilization. Thankfully, Zhiyun have managed to reach all of their goals and this is one of the main reasons that the gimbals from the Weebill range are quickly dominating their weight classes over the competition.
Due to the Weebill S being so new to market, Zhiyun has another advantage over most compeating gimbals other than the Aircross 2 in that they have been able to take advantage of the newer plastic polymers that we not only lighter weight but also tougher than the older ones. This has let Zhiyun make the Weebill S very light compared to the majority of the competition while also keeping it as touch as possible with its robust nature allowing it to easily take its fair share of a punishment without breaking.
The axis locks that Zhiyun has added to their Weebill range of handheld gimbal stabilizers are already being ripped off by the compeating brands out there due to it being such a cheap and simple feature to add that offers so much value. Essentially, each of the three-axis on the gimbal has a small lock that you are able to manually activate to prevent the axis from moving. This is a great feature if you are planning to be traveling around with your gimbal in your luggage on a regular basis. It lets you lock the axis in place to prevent them from accidentally spinning and potentially sustaining damage while in your bag.
That concludes our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Sony a6100 camera users on the market right now. In our opinion, the Weebill S is definatley the best option and with all of the innovation Zhiyun have managed to pack into the gimbal, we doubt that anyone will knock it off the top spot anytime soon. The Weebill S offers unrivaled image stabilization for its price point while boasting a massive feature list making it a solid investment in your a6100 camera accessories.
Like we touched on earlier, a ton of people from both the videographer and vlogging side of the house have published their own independent reviews of the gimbal sharing their experiences with it. We would highly recommend that you check some of them out as they are all from third-party videographers and vloggers using the gimbal in a large number of common situations that you may find yourself in.