At the time of writing, the Sony a6400 has been available for just under a year and over the last eleven months, this solid little mirrorless camera has gone from strength to strength building both its core customer base and reputation. The camera has become a popular option amongst photographers, videographers, social media influencers, and vloggers due to its low price tag, great image quality, and solid build quality.
With the camera selling more and more and its core customer base constantly growing at an almost exponential rate, we have noticed more and more people reaching out with various questions about the Sony a6400 and the various things that they can do to further improve the image quality they get. Although these questions are usually based around a large number of different camera accessories that do a number of different things, we have noticed a large number of people reaching out and asking for advice on a gimbal stabilizer for the a6400.
Due to this, we have decided to focus today’s article on what we feel is the best gimbal for Sony a6400 camera users at the time of writing and in our opinion, nothing beats the Zhiyun Weebill S and although the Moza Aircross 2 comes in at a close second, both of these gimbals are in a league of their own when compared to everything else on the market right now. In our opinion, the Weebill S offers slightly better performance and comes in at a lower price tag than the Aircross 2 so it should be your primary gimbal option.
As far as handheld gimbals go, very few have managed to do better than the Weebill S and grow a customer base as large as it has in a matter of months. On top of this, the Weebill S has also managed to earn itself one of the best reputations going for 3 axis gimbal stabilizers amongst both the videography and vlogging communities.
In our opinion, there is no doubt that it will be able to provide you with all the image stabilization that you could ever want and help improve your image quality that you are able to capture using your Sony a6400. On top of this, as the Weebill S has only been available on the market for a matter of months and comes with all of the latest technology, we are confident that adding it to your camera accessories in a long term investment that will last you for years.
Performance Of The Gimbal
The Sony a6400 camera body alone comes in at around 0.89 pounds of payload weight being light in comparison to a heavier DSLR camera body giving any potential gimbal a pretty easy job. That said though, even when it comes to mirrorless cameras, the a6400 is on the lower end of the scale meaning that you can mount some pretty heavy camera accessories to it when recording without running into any issues.
The Zhiyun Weebill S offers a maximum load capacity of 6.61 pounds of total payload weight and unlike many compeating gimbals in this weight class, it offers butter smooth image stabilization without having any problems with vibrations all the way up to its maximum listed load capacity too. So many compeating gimbal stabilizers on the market have small print saying something along the lines of how image stabilization may suffer if you go over eighty percent of the listed load capacity but thankfully, this is not a problem with the Weebill S.
This ensures that you can mount pretty much any of the popular Sony a6400 camera rigs to the gimbal without having any problems with vibration or poor quality image stabilization as its high torque gimbal motors are excellent. Additionally, if you like to use a heavy or long lens with your a6400, the Weebill S will also make light work of this too and ensure that its center of gravity remains true after initial balancing that scores it more points over the competition that also often have issues with longer or heavier lenses.
The Zhiyun Weebill S also has one of the best maximum battery lives of all of the handheld gimbal stabilizers currently available on the market right now, especially considering that it is so small, light, and travel-friendly. Each full charge of its battery produces around fourteen hours of usable battery life with each charge from totally empty to totally full taking around three hours. This means that the Weebill S offers videographers one of the best charging ratios available with each hour spent charging providing just under five hours of usable battery life helping to minimize downtime.
On top of this, if you are working in something like wildlife videographer where you may be out and about for days and not have access to a regular power outlet you can also invest in a high output USB power bank to let you charge your gear on the go. Not only can these modern USB power banks recharge your Sony a6400 and your gimbal but they can also charge your smartphone and other devices too.
Although Zhiyun had a few quiet years with little to no innovation with their gimbals, they seem to be hitting it hard with the largest stabilizers that they have released over the last few years. The main improvements to the Weebill S over their older gimbals are almost all based around its detection and correction system for movement to offer optical image stabilization.
The new gimbal motors that Zhiyun has developed not only provide you with three times the torque of the gimbal motors from their previous generation of gimbals but they are also smaller and lighter too. This helps to stick with the compact design and lightweight of the gimbal to ensure that it can easily be used as a general-purpose gimbal or a travel gimbal without issue. These new, next-generation motors also require less power to provide more torque too helping to maximize the battery life that you can get from the gimbal.
The gimbal sensors on the Weebill range are solid too and are able to pick up even the slightest movement in the gimbal head quickly with amazing accuracy. This is one of the reasons that the Weebill S is such a versatile camera accessory as the gimbal sensors are fast and sensitive enough to use it as your go-to gimbal of choice in pretty much any videography niche.
When it comes to balancing algorithms, we would say that the Zhiyun, Moza, and DJI algorithms are all at a very similar level right now with the Zhiyun system being ever so slightly ahead of the other two. Outside of these top three balancing algorithms, the compeating gimbal brands on the market really do have a large amount of catching up to do with most of them having been left behind for years now.
Depending on what you are going to be doing with your gimbal and your Sony a6400, you may be using gimbal modes in every single videography session. The Zhiyun Weebill S offers the traditional pan, follow, manual, and lock modes as standard while also offering the newer tracking and vortex modes too. As we have said before, we initially though that the vortex mode would not be very useful but more and more videographers are starting to use it with compeating gimbal brands starting to add it to their lists of features too for their new gimbals.
When it comes to the Zhiyun tracking mode they really have left the competition behind. Although DJI did previously have the better tracking technology, the lack of new gimbal releases over the last few years is starting to let Zhiyun take more and more of the market share away with them as Zhiyun keeps on innovating and improving. The tracking mode on the Weebill S is very simple to use and allows you to accurately track a subject with your gimbal with ease.
Although the Weebill S has only been available on the market for a few months, it has quickly grown a very large customer base that just keeps on growing with each passing month. It also has on of the best reputations amongst vloggers and videographers that we have seen to date too earning tons of excellent reviews from the community in the short time since its release.
User Interface And Control System
Our regular readers will know that we are huge fans of the Zhiyun user interface system as the not only emphasize ease of use for anyone who is an entry-level gimbal user but also offer a solid, highly customizable set of options all in the same control system for any advanced level gimbal users too. Although the compeating gimbal brands on the market right now are also implementing these best of both worlds control interfaces, we still think that Zhiyun have the better one.
This basically means that if you are new to using a gimbal, the Zhiyun Weebill S is very easy to use and we are sure that most people will be able to get to grips with it right out of the box with ease. This means that you don’t have to waste hours reading through the user manual and watching YouTube tutorials and that you can just mount your a6400 and go capture some footage.
As the Weebill S also offers a ton of customization, this also means that any advanced gimbal users get everything they need from it for their professional, paid videography jobs too. It also means that if you are an entry-level gimbal user, you can stick with the Weebill S and not have to purchase another gimbal in a few years with professional features as they are already on the Weebill S.
Zhiyun have stuck with their more traditional control interface layout that is based around an LCD panel, a gimbal joystick, and some buttons. Although some brands are starting to replace the LCD panels on their gimbals with touchscreens, the gimbals that currently offer touchscreen technology offer terrible image stabilization in our opinion and should be avoided. The Zhiyun interface does not use a touchscreen but still ensures that you can get everything done that you need with ease.
The LCD panel is very bright and clear making it easy to read in low light conditions without issue. On top of this, the joystick and buttons are all very sensitive to touch allowing you to have optimal control over the gimbal no matter the conditions you are working in. A number of other gimbals can have issues with registering joystick movements or button presses if your hands are wet or cold but this is not a problem for the Weebill S.
The joystick is also fully omnidirectional too rather than being a standard four way controller. This offers superior control of the gimbal head and your Sony a6400 when mounted allowing you to smoothly control what you are capturing when using the gimbal in manual mode too. This ensures that you can capture that beautiful, natural-looking panning that older gimbals can struggle with and look slightly robotic.
Almost the majority of the gimbal smartphone apps on the market right now are a waste of time, the Zhiyun, DJI, and Moza apps are all usually sold. Although the Zhiyun app has had issues previously, it was updated a while back and is in a very good place right now that provides a fair amount of functionality and is well worth downloading in our opinion. If you are planning on using the Zhiyun tracking mode with your Sony a6400 then the Zhiyun smartphone app is almost essential as it makes your life so much easier and allows you to literally touch your smartphone screen to track a subject with ease.
Our favorite feature that the Zhiyun smartphone app offers is the quick access to your gimbals settings that allows you to tweak performance within seconds. If you are the type of videographer who loves to optimize their gimbals performance then the Zhiyun smartphone app is going to be a great gimbal accessory to download. That said though, with the Sony a6400 being such a lightweight camera body, we doubt that you will need to tweak the gimbals settings unless you specifically want to. The default configuration that comes shipped with the Weebill S is excellent in our opinion and should easily be able to meet the needs of the vast majority of mirrorless camera users.
The final main feature of the Zhiyun smartphone app that you can potentially use to your advantage with your Sony a6400 is the wireless remote control feature. Although we personally don’t use it, some videography niches can make great use of having a quick and easy way to remotely control their gimbal with their camera mounted. If you are in one of these niches then it is just another reason for you to download the Zhiyun smartphone app to increase the functionality you have available.
Build Quality And Design
From the very start, Zhiyun has designed the Weebill S to be as compact and light as possible while offering the best possible levels of image stabilization possible to ensure that you are able to get the best image quality. Although the Weebill S does have a very small and compact design making it ideal for use as a travel gimbal if needed, the main design change that we want to talk about is its detachable handle.
Although the vast majority of handheld gimbal stabilizers on the market right now do usually have some form of third-party, aftermarket accessory to offer some low angle functionality, to date, the Weebill range of gimbals from Zhiyun are the only gimbals to offer this natively right out the box. The detachable gimbal handle and bottom and rear mounting points allow you to quickly switch better using the Weebill S as a handheld gimbal and using it as an underslung gimbal within seconds. On top of this, unlike some other gimbals, you can leave your a6400 mounted to the Weebill S while switching between the two modes too.
This allows you to get some great low angle video footage within seconds and no matter what level of vlogger or videographer you are or the niche that you are working in, chances are that you will be taking advantage of this system. We are surprised that the other gimbal brands have not ripped the Weebill design off and added it into their own gimbal range yet in all honesty but fully expect this to start happening soon.
The actual build quality of the Weebill S is outstanding and the gimbal is very lightweight and small meaning that you can easily pack it in your videography kit bag without using much space. Additionally, if you are involved in traveling around by air on a regular basis then the lightweight of the gimbal minimized the chance of you going over your baggage allowance weight too.
Zhiyun has also done a great job of ensuring that the Weebill S is as robust as possible too and in our opinion, it is one of the tougher gimbals on the market relative to its robustness, small size, lightweight, and low price tag too. This helps to keep the gimbal safe and ensure that it will be able to last you for many years to come without issue taking bumps and knocks along the way too.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Sony a6400 cameras currently available on the market to an end. We really do feel that the Zhiyun Weebill S should definatley be the primary consideration for any of our readers considering adding a handheld gimbal to their collection of camera accessories. It offers some of the best performance available with a great user interface and an excellent build quality.
As we touched on earlier in the article too, the Weebill S has proven to be a big hit within the videography and vlogging communities with many people opting to publish their own dedicated reviews of the gimbal too. Skimming over them offers some great insight into the performance of the gimbal in a number of common videography niches and situations and offers some great insight into how it can help improve the image quality that you can capture with your a6400 too.