Zhiyun Crane M3

ZHIYUN, the world’s leading gimbal manufacturer for cameras and smartphones introduces the CRANE M3, the latest in the highly-regarded CRANE series. Proving it’s more than just an upgrade, the M3 is a professional, 3-axis gimbal, claiming five industry firsts for looks, unmatched versatility, easy operability and trademark high-performance ZHIYUN design. The CRANE M3 is compatible with smartphones, action cameras, and full-frame mirrorless cameras with certain lenses.

Industry firsts

Sporting an all-new, modern white chassis, punctuated with black and red, the CRANE M3 is visually-striking. Small yet mighty, the CRANE M3 is the size of a 550ml water bottle made of robust, composite materials, its compact body design, reverse-loaded motors and optimised axis arm structure, deliver a better gripping and user experience.

Compatible with over 90% of mirrorless cameras, the CRANE M3 is designed with convenience in mind. The gimbal’s quick-release design enables rapid interchange between compact action, DSLR and smartphone cameras as well as battery-changes without the need for rebalancing. Furthermore, easy connection to a professional microphone via the expansion base reduces the need for rebalancing. With its upgraded motors with stronger torque, guaranteeing stable movements  and brand new in-built dual color 800-lumen LED temperature lighting and professional audio solution, CRANE-M3 offers professional videographers outstanding filming experience without extra equipment.

Agile set-up via universal quick release plate

The hot-swapping capability of the CRANE M3, thanks to the upgraded, universal TRANSMOUNT Quick Release plate enables easier balancing, assembly and disassembly – perfect for professional filmmakers who might like to use a variety of equipment within a shoot.

The one-size-fits-all plate also eliminates the inconvenience of rebalancing the stabiliser after changing cameras, and facilitates seamless battery change. It is also useful for anyone using a variety of media or for vloggers who wish to upgrade from a smartphone to a compact mirrorless camera further down the line.

Once the plate is in place, the CRANE M3’s 3-click mechanism reliably secures the camera in position via  tilt-, roll and pan axes locks. The locks with their transverse palm-rejection, efficient design protect cameras and offer optimal responsiveness and stabilisation capabilities, meaning that videographers can concentrate on the action at hand, without worrying about their camera or shakiness.

The M3 features innovative locks and latches for storage. Gimbal can be adjusted to half-storage/full-storage mode. No axis arm adjustments are required when switching to half-storage mode with a mounted camera, and no rebalances needed when expanded.

Compact and convenient light and sound solution

Impromptu low-light shooting is no longer a problem with the CRANE M3. Thanks to its pioneering in-built 800 lumen LED fill light, powered uniquely from heat generated by the gimbal, the stabiliser offers an intense natural lighting solution with full stepless dimming control and temperature settings via a control wheel. The light adopts high-level cooling technology to quickly dissipate the heat while providing great brightness. Additionally available are magnetic light filter accessories for the LED light, in four different colours. At peak power 6W, the M3s lighting reads are as follows: colour temperature levels: 2600-5400K, brightness: warm light 650-750, white light 850-950, CRI (Colour Rendering Index) 90+.

On-the-hoof, live interviews couldn’t get easier with the CRANE M3’s TransMount Expansion Base to which professional microphones can be directly connected. The base bypasses connecting the microphone via the camera, thus removing the need for: additional cables, extra weight on the camera, and further adjustments to the gimbal. The M3 comes with a TransMount Shotgun Microphone as standard, however, the 6.5mm connecting audio port can also support a range of wired professional microphones for clear audio performance with cardioid/hypercardioid patterns.

Exceptional control through touchscreen and one-handed operational

The CRANE M3 offers the professional filmmaker a range of exceptional control options. The new gimbal has a built-in receiver at the base which can be paired with the transmitter module for wireless control of mainstream cameras via Bluetooth. Furthermore, the M3’s design brings one-handed, ergonomic operation capabilities through its versatile control wheel and joystick buttons that support adjustments to roll axis, aperture, shutter and ISO to optimally position your camera for perfect footage.

New to the CRANE series is the added feature of an interactive 1.22”, full-colour HD interactive, touchscreen enabling parameter adjustments to a range of gimbal mode settings (portrait, vortex mode and go-mode) as well as follow speed. The intuitive display panel also indicates camera operational status, connection to the gimbal and battery levels.

Zhiyun Crane M3
Zhiyun Crane M3

Pricing and availability

Available here from 8 November 2021, pricing is as follows:

Standard package: CRANE M3 + standard tripod – £369

Combo package: CRANE M3 + Tripod Plus + Cell Phone Mount + TransMount EasyGo BackPack – £449

Pro package: CRANE M3 + Tripod Plus + Cell Phone Mount + TransMount Shotgun Microphone + TransMount Expansion Base +TransMount EasyGo BackPack – £649

Universal TRANSMOUNT Quick Release plates are available for the following camera models: ​​Sony α7M3; Sony α7C; Sony α6000; Sony α7S; Sony ZV-E10; Canon M50; Nikon Zfc; Fuji X-S10; Fuji XT-4.

Specs

Dime​​nsions

  • 280.3 mm (W) x 74.88 mm (D) x 157.06 mm (H)

Weight:

  • 700g (without tripod and quick release plate)

Battery Power

  • Maximum battery 8 hrs run time

Charging

  • Type-C charging port, 2 hrs charging time

  • Support 12W PD fast charging

  • Supports portable power bank charging while operating

Read more information at the Zhiyun site and YouTube.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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