The Best Gimbals in 2024

7 February 2021

As the world of content creation continues to evolve, a growing number of enthusiasts are trying their hand at capturing high-quality cinematic footage. Gimbals are fast gaining popularity as the tool of choice for videographers wishing to take smooth, steady footage using a handheld camera, drone, or tripod.

But with so many gimbals on the market, choosing the best gimbal for your video needs and style can be a challenge. To make things easier, we’ve rounded up our pick of best buy gimbals in 2024. From 3 axis gimbals to handheld gimbals, read on to discover our gimbal buying guide for all budgets and shooting styles.

1. DJI Osmo Pocket 2

The DJI Osmo Pocket 2 gimbal allows users to harness the power of a 3-axis stabilised gimbal in the palm of their hand. This portable and lightweight gimbal is the perfect option for producing high-quality content while on the go.

With its 1/1.7” 64MP sensor, the DJI Osmo Pocket 2 is capable of brilliant stills and video in stunning 4K60p resolution. For hassle-free vlogging, the Osmo Pocket 2 is not just great for improving the visual quality of your work. It features 4 built-in directional microphones with noise reduction and other exciting audio capture features - DJI refers to this technology as DJI Matrix stereo.

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As a 3-axis gimbal, the DJI Osmo Pocket 2 is capable of cinematic movements that emulate the appearance of high-end video equipment. Those with little experience will appreciate the AI editor being able to turn their movies into finished works of art with minimal input. The compatibility with DJI’s Mimo app opens the door for more shooting functionality, advanced editing options and even live streaming.

2. DJI Ronin S4

The DJI Ronin S4 is a high-performance 3-axis gimbal for mirrorless cameras that gives you full control over every aspect of your video. As well as 3KG payload, this gimbal includes 2nd-generation axis locks that make it quick and easy to launch into action and native vertical shooting, which means your captured footage will be ready for online sharing without extensive editing.

The RS4 features an impressive 12-hour battery life, but this too can be improved to a whopping 29.5 hours runtime, thanks to compatibility with a new high-capacity battery grip. This 3-Axis gimbal features a range of easy-to-use intelligent features and follow modes that can be easily selected and implemented using the built-in 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, and the brand-new gimbal mode switch. While the DJI RS4 is good to go out of the box, it can be improved upon and adjusted to slot into any workflow - it is compatible with the new DJI Focus Pro motor, and it also includes an RSA communication port for attaching a range of DJI and third-party accessories.

3. DJI Ronin SC2

 Portable and lightweight, the DJI Ronin SC2 has a folding design that makes it the perfect travel gimbal. Despite being a lightweight 1.2KG itself, the Ronin SC2 features a generous 3KG payload, which is particularly handy for those wanting to improve the video performance of their mirrorless camera.

The DJI Ronin SC2 is all you need for brilliant smooth and stable handheld footage, thanks to its new titan stabiliser algorithm and Supersmooth mode which makes it possible to use telephoto lenses up to 100mm in your workflow. The Ronin SC2 features an impressive 14-hour runtime, while content creators who want to produce footage that is ready for social media upload without too much effort are in luck - this exceptional gimbal includes a vertical mode that can be unleashed with the push of a button.

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4. Zhiyun Tech Crane 4

With its impressive 4.6KG payload, the Zhiyun-Tech Crane 4 is a sturdy gimbal that will pair well with DSLR cameras and heavier lenses. It’s ideal for larger-scale jobs and thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, it gives you full control over the shutter of your camera. While it can handle heavy gear, the Crane 4 is always ergonomic and easy to handle, with an adjustable sling grip, and seamless switching between sling style and two-handed operation.

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The Zhiyun-Tech Crane 4 utilises four high-powered lithium batteries to provide an excellent 12 hours of runtime, while fast PD charging allows you to fully recharge the unit in as little as 2 hours - you will be back out there shooting in no time! In a unique addition, this versatile gimbal comes with a built-in LED light, with a powerful output and adjustable colour temperature range, making it a great choice for drastically improving your production values, without splashing out for loads of expensive gear.

5. DJI Ronin S4 Pro Gimbal

Thanks to its 4.5KG payload, the DJI Ronin S4 Pro is made for videographers and filmmakers working with heavy DSLR cameras and professional mirrorless gear. This sturdy payload is all the more impressive considering this carbon fibre gimbal weighs in at a lightweight 1.6KG. As well as on set, this gimbal can be considered when packing your bags for a weekend of travel and content creation.

The Ronin S4 Pro will impress even the most demanding videographers. It delivers consistently smooth and stable footage, thanks to features such as 2nd-Gen automated axis locks, Teflon coating on all three axes, and a 4th-Gen RS Stabilization Algorithm. Dual-layered QR plates are included for fast, easy and incredibly secure mounting of camera gear, and with native vertical shooting you can produce content that is immediately ready for sharing on your favourite online platform.

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The DJI Ronin S4 Pro slots into your workflow without making a fuss. The touch LCD panel can adjust key settings quickly and easily, while a new gimbal mode switch allows you to quickly launch into your favourite follow mode, which can turn even a complete novice into a budding cinematographer. With compatibility with the brand new DJI Focus Pro Motor with LiDAR technology, the DJI Ronin S4 Pro is capable of highly precise and intuitive manual control of your attached lens - this could be the missing piece in your directorial puzzle.

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