The Best Gimbals in 2021

8/02/2021 7:18 am

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 2021. From 3 axis gimbals to handheld gimbals, read on to discover our gimbal buying guide for all budgets and shooting styles.

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.

The Best Gimbals in 2021

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.



The Manfrotto MVG220 is a high-performance 3-axis gimbal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras that gives you full control over every aspect of your video. With a payload of 2.2KG as well as independent control on each axis, and a detachable arm for quick switching between underslung and single-handed shooting, it’s the ideal gimbal for videographers who love to shoot on the go.


Designed for quick and easy use, the Manfrotto MVG220 is compatible with both Arca Swiss and Manfrotto-type quick release systems - you can mount your camera for filming without delay. A range of dedicated modes are available to appease the most demanding cinematographer, while the touch LCD screen and compatibility with Manfrotto's dedicated gimbal app allow you to expertly control various parameters of your attached camera, or the gimbal itself, in a manner that does not alter your current workflow.

The Best Gimbals in 2021

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.

The Best Gimbals in 2021

With its impressive 4.2KG payload, the Moza Air 2 Gimbal is a sturdy gimbal that will pair well with DSLR cameras and heavier lenses. It’s ideal for larger-scale jobs and gives you an unprecedented level of control over different gimbal functions, ranging from starting and stopping recording to adjusting exposure settings. This level of control, combined with 8 in-built follow modes, means that fine-tuning the look and feel of your visual masterpiece has never been easier.


Beyond this, the Moza Air 2 features an ergonomic angled arm that assures an unobstructed view of the camera screen, while the OLED screen of the gimbal itself allows a quick readout of important settings. What’s more, thanks to 4 high-powered lithium batteries, the Moza Air 2 is capable of an impressive runtime of up to 16 hours.

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Thanks to its 4.6KG payload, the Manfrotto MVG460 is made for videographers and filmmakers working with heavy DSLR cameras. This sturdy payload is all the more impressive when considering the Gimbal itself weighs in at a relatively lightweight 1.66KG. The MVG460 can definitely be considered when you are packing your bags for a weekend away and considering doing some filming while you travel.


In performance, the Manfrotto MVG460 is sure to impress even the most demanding videographers. It is capable of consistently smooth and stable footage, thanks to its motor being equipped with independent locking on every axis, while its range of built-in follow modes can turn even a complete novice into a budding cinematographer. 


The Manfrotto MVG460 slots into your workflow without making a fuss. The touch LCD panel can be used to adjust key settings of your camera, while launching the Manfrotto Gimbal app will allow it to spread its wings and show you what it can really do. Once again, Manfrotto keeps the mounting element of the setup simple, with Manfrotto and Arca Swiss quick release systems supported.

The Best Gimbals in 2021

Level-up your video skills with a gimbal

Whether you’re an aspiring drone videographer or fan-favourite vlogger, a gimbal could help you take your videos to the next level. Our guide to the best buy gimbals can help you capture footage that is smoother, steadier, and more stunning than ever - whatever your style or budget.


Get personalised advice on buying a gimbal by heading into your local Ted’s store, or discover more video tips on our blog today!


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