Skip to main content

The best gimbals for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

The DJI Ronin-SC is our pick for the best DSLR gimbal. It offers a great balance of portability and power and is loaded with creative features, all for a good price. While the Ronin-SC is our favorite, there are other models that might be the right pick for you. Gimbals are easy to use, come in a variety of sizes for different applications, and are relatively affordable today thanks to new designs and plenty of competition. Here are the best.

The best

DJI Ronin-SC

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Weighing 2.4 pounds, the Ronin-SC is the younger and smaller sibling to the powerful Ronin-S. The 3-axis gimbal takes all of the features we loved about the Ronin-S and crams them into a more portable, easier-to-use form factor. Shoot epic time-lapses in Motionlapse mode, keep up with fast action using Sport mode, and even let the gimbal automatically track subjects by connecting it to your smartphone to enable DJI’s Active Track technology.

The Ronin-SC supports payloads up to 4.4 pounds, perfect for most DSLR and mirrorless camera setups. It also boasts great build quality, an ergonomic grip that feels good in the hand, an intuitive set of controls, and an integrated battery that lasts up to 11 hours. Considering the quality and feature set, it is surprisingly affordable. For more advanced users, choose the professional kit option, which includes a focusing wheel for manual focus and other accessories.

The rest


Image used with permission by copyright holder

Zhiyun makes a wide variety of gimbals — we were fans of the Crane 2 back in 2017 — but the WEEBILL-S may be the most unique. This miniature 3-axis gimbal weighs just over 2 pounds, making it the second lightest on this list. Despite this, it can still support a payload of up to 4.5 pounds, with battery life lasting up to 14 hours. It offers a host of features to compete with the DJI Ronin, including phone-based subject tracking.

The WEEBILL-S is all about stabilizing your camera in the most compact way possible, and in addition to the standard configuration, with the handle facing straight down,  it can be flipped over into “sling” mode, where the handle faces up and out at an angle. This minimizes the overall height of the gimbal/camera system. Zhiyun says it’s as “compact as a piece of A4” paper, but, well, it’s obviously much thicker.

FeiyuTech G6 Plus

Image used with permission by copyright holder

And under 1.5 pounds, this is one of the lightest gimbals on the market that can still support a mirrorless camera — albeit, with some pretty important restrictions. Cameras can be no heavier than 1.76 pounds and no taller than 2.76 inches. FeiyuTech states it specifically supports the Sony A6500, but you won’t be able to fit anything larger than that. But beyond mirrorless cameras, it is also suitable for a variety of smaller cameras, from GoPros and other action cams to advanced point-and-shoots like the Sony RX100 series. The G6 Plus is also the cheapest gimbal on this list by a good margin.

DJI Ronin-S

DJI Ronin-S review
Daven Mathies/Digital Trends

When we reviewed the DJI Ronin-S in 2018, we called it the “new benchmark for single-handle camera gimbals.” It was the best designed, most powerful, and most customizable gimbal in its class at the time — and it still ranks very high over a year later. It supports up to an 8-pound payload, making it suitable for professional DSLRs with telephoto lenses. Naturally, it has Sport mode, Motionlapse, and every other great feature found in the smaller Ronin-SC. And every aspect of its performance can be customized through DJI’s mobile app.

What surprised us most about the Ronin-S is that it came in at a price well below what we would have expected for a product of its caliber, which in turn started a cascade of price reductions throughout the gimbal segment. It is available in a few different kit varieties today, so make sure you check the included accessories before buying as there may be a cheaper kit that still fits your needs.

Moza Air 2

Image used with permission by copyright holder

In many ways, the Moza Air 2 is slightly lower-cost copycat of the DJI Ronin-S — right down to the look and feel. But as far as we can tell, that’s a good thing. It also offers some advantages, including better battery life (up to 16 hours) and more carrying capacity (up to 9.26 pounds). Additionally, it features a small LCD screen with an easy-to-navigate menu system for setting up the gimbal without relying on a smartphone app.

Weighing over 3.5 pounds, this certainly isn’t a lightweight, but if you need a single-handle gimbal that can support everything from a small mirrorless camera to a full-size cinema camera, the Moza Air 2 is worth a look.

Why should I buy a camera gimbal?

Even the best video cameras need some support to deliver the highest-quality footage. When it comes to getting professional results, a shaky handheld shot just won’t do. But we can’t always lock a camera down to a tripod or monopod, either. This is where the 3-axis gimbal comes in. Gimbals use brushless electric motors to respond in real-time to the camera operator’s movements, automatically smoothing out otherwise rough footage so that it looks polished and professional. Gimbals offer a wider range of motion than lens or sensor-based optical stabilization, and most offer some form of automated pan or tilt control in addition to simply stabilization footage.

Editors' Recommendations

Daven Mathies
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Daven is a contributing writer to the photography section. He has been with Digital Trends since 2016 and has been writing…
The best photo printers you can buy in 2024
Alan compares draft, standard, and high-quality photos from Epson's EcoTank ET-8500.

A comparison of draft, standard, and high-quality photos from Epson's EcoTank ET-8500. Tracey Truly / Digital Trends

If you love sharing photo prints or building physical photo albums, you might want to upgrade to a photo printer. When manufacturers optimize printers for pictures, the results can match or exceed that of the best printers available.

Read more
Crutchfield sale: Save on Canon, Sony and Nikon mirrorless cameras
Canon EOS R5

Photography can be a fun and even lucrative endeavor, although it also can be exceedingly expensive, with some of the best full-frame cameras on the market easily reaching and even exceeding one or two thousand dollars, and that's without taking into account the cost of the lenses. Luckily, there is a great sale at Crutchfield right now on various cameras and camera kits, and you can actually grab yourself some excellent cameras, whether you're just starting out or want to upgrade to the next level. To that end, we've picked some of our favorite deals below, although it's well worth checking out the full Crutchfield sale that's happenning now.

What you should buy in Crutchfield's camera sale
If you're just starting out with photography and don't want to spend the thousands of dollars you do for the slightly better cameras that you'll find in the mid-range, the Canon EOS R100 is an excellent option, and this kit includes a lens as well. It has a 24.1-megapixel sensor for high-quality photography, a 3-inch screen so you can get a better sense of what you're filming, and, of course, the RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 lens that the kit comes with. It can also connect with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and all of that comes packaged at , which is $100 off the usual $599 price tag.

Read more
Save 35% on this SanDisk 128GB SD card for a limited time
The 128GB version of the SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card, on a white background.

When you buy from camera deals, you should also purchase an SD card or two to make sure that you have ample storage for your photos and videos. Unfortunately, the costs will start racking up if you're also going to buy accessories, so you should be on the lookout for offers like this one from StackSocial -- the SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB for only $20, following a 35% discount on its original price of $31. That's $11 in savings on a dependable SD card, but you'll need to be quick in completing the transaction because there's no telling when the bargain ends.

Why you should buy the SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SD card
DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras usually use SD cards as their storage devices, according to our guide on how to pick the right memory card for your digital camera. If you need one, the SanDisk Extreme Pro is an excellent choice because it offers shot speeds of up to 90 MB/s, which is perfect for recording 4K Ultra HD videos, photos in burst mode, and other types of content that will require a high-performance SD card to keep up with them.

Read more