The Best Gimbals in 2021

19/03/2020 12:17 pm

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 is a handheld 3-axis gimbaland one of the best pocket camera gimbals on the market. Combining a lightweight and compact form with outstanding image stabilisation capabilities, the Osmo Pocket is by far your best option for capturing ultra-smooth stabilised content on a budget.


To turn your dreams of steady, seamless footage into a reality, this compact gimbaluses a ½.3-inch image sensor and fixed 80-degree field of view lens to capture 4K resolution video and 12MP stills. The Osmo Pocket can also be paired with your smartphone using the DJI Mimo app, allowing a new level of portability and experimentation.

At the end of your shoot, this pocket-sized wonder can easily be stowed in your jacket pocket or camera bag, making it the ideal addition to any adventure photographer or videographer’s bag.

The Best Gimbals in 2020

The Moza Air Cross 2 Gimbal is a high-performance gimbal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras that gives you full control over every aspect of your video. With a payload of 3.2KG and automatic rotation, speed adjustment, and angle control, it’s the ideal companion for videographers who love to shoot on the go.


This lightweight gimbal also offers an unprecedented degree of compatibility with a wide range of cameras. Designed for ease of use, the Moza Air Cross 2 allows you to set up the roll arm on either side of your camera, meaning you can mount it from the left or right side depending on your shooting needs. Planning a long shoot? This gimbal is your best bet for all-day performance, and features not only a battery life of 12 hours, but an in-built 7.8V power supply that can be used to power up cameras and other accessories.

The Best Gimbals in 2020

Designed to deliver stabilisation to space-conscious mirrorless camera users, the modular DJI Ronin SC has a payload of up to 2KG, in spite of weighing in at just 1.1kg itself. In addition to its convenient compact size, this lightweight gimbal features an ergonomic and slip-resistant battery grip. Thanks to this, the Ronin SC is an excellent choice for long periods of handheld shooting at sporting events or outdoor locations.


One of the best gimbals for mirrorless cameras, the Ronin SC also features a Sports mode, which increases sensitivity on each axis without diminishing stabilisation. This is complemented by an unlimited pan axis: Panorama, timelapse, motion lapse - you name it, and this high performance gimbal can do it. All functions can be controlled via a connected smartphone, which can be conveniently stowed in the gimbal’s dedicated smartphone holder.

The Best Gimbals in 2020

With its impressive 4.2KG payload, the Moza Air 2 Gimbal pairs well with DSLR cameras using a heavier lens and is ideal for larger-scale jobs. The Moza Air 2 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.

The Best Gimbals in 2020

Pairing a 3.6KG payload with suitability for one-handed operation, the DJI Ronin S is one of the best gimbals for DSLR cameras and action photography. The Ronin S is made for life on the go, and incorporates high torque motors that provide stability at speeds of up to 75km/h. 


As versatile as it is durable, the modular Ronin S can be customised to suit user needs and can be easily mounted to a job or other professional filmmaking setups. Like the Ronin SC, the Ronin S allows consistent unobstructed views of your camera’s LCD screen and features an extended battery life. This hard-working gimbal fits seamlessly into the workflow of any serious filmmaker, and easily connects to any smartphone via the DJI Ronin app.

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 shoot 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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