The Chinese manufacturer Zhiyun has introduced a new model of its one-handed gimbal series. Weighing just 549 grams, the Zhiyun Crane-M2 S is the successor to the Crane-M2 launched just under 2 years ago and, like the latter, can stabilize compact mirrorless cameras as well as action cams and smartphones with a payload of up to one kilogram.
Zhiyun Crane-M2 S
A special feature of the Zhiyun Crane-M2 S is the light integrated into the gimbal (as already on the Crane M3) with a color temperature of 5500K and a peak luminosity of 1,000 lumens, which can be adjusted in 5 steps and has 5 color filters.
Also like the Crane M3, the new M2 S gimbal features Zhiyun&s new Quick Release System 4.0, which allows for easy changing of cameras in use via a small quick release plate for all popular camera models - the universal 2-in-1 Transmount Quick Release plate conveniently has extra access for quick battery changes without having to remove the camera from the gimbal.
Zhiyun Crane-M2 S Quick Release System
Gimbal Modes and Controls.
Smart gimbal modes now include Pan Follow (PF - pan mode), Follow (F - pan-tilt mode) and Lock (L - lock mode), as well as a Full Range POV mode that allows synchronous movement on all three axes, a Vortex mode to create 360-degree barrel shots in all directions, a Go mode for sports and motion that allows quick panning or tilting to capture fast-moving subjects such as a soccer player or a flying bird, and a Selfie mode that allows the camera to quickly rotate 180 degrees.
A 0.66" OLED touchscreen is integrated into the gimbal, which can be used to make adjustments and display status. A small joystick and two control buttons can be used to navigate the settings menus and control shooting.
Zhiyun Crane-M2 S
Power via USB-C - also for camera.
The Crane M2 S can be charged via its USB-C port using PD Fast Charge protocol in a 1 hour and 41 minutes - a full charge is enough for up to 10 hours of action. The camera can be powered (5V 1A) via the gimbal&s USB Type-C port for extended shooting and, if it is a compatible camera system, it can also be controlled. The camera can also be addressed via WLAN or Bluetooth using the ZY PLAY app.
The Zhiyun Crane-M2 S will start shipping in mid-March at a price of around 300 euros or around 380 euros in m combo package including smartphone mount and a TransMount EasyGo backpack.