The Zhiyun Crane V2 – My Review on this Amazing Tool For DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras (ft. Sony A7RII)

Hey guys my name is Francisco Hernandez
and today I’m gonna be talking about the zine cream version 2 to start off I
wanted to show you guys what comes with the crane and it’s all the stuff right
there and I thought it was really nice how everything was nice and neat you
also get a manual and a cleaning kit when you order from Purdy you have the
upper portion of the handle it’s gonna be doing all the heavy lifting you have
the lower portion else deep batteries you also have the charger and the
charging cable as well as a lens mount attachment to support heavier lenses if
that’s what you want to use the bottom of the crane features a thread with an
adapter that you can either keep or remove to support either 1/4 inch or 3/8
screw I choose to keep it in place so I can use it with a mini tripod you’re
about to see initially I did want to show you guys how to set the camera on
the crane but it’s such a tedious process and there’s a lot of good videos
out there already so I’m just gonna be leaving a link to one that I think is
gonna help you out the most also leave the setup instructions right here in
case you guys lose the manual you bought one that didn’t have one or you’re just
too lazy to look it up online although I’m not gonna be showing you guys the
setup of the crane I did want to point out something that I learned a little
too late and that’s that the camera itself should be stabilized
when destabilizer when the crane is not even on so for example if you leave it
position up like that then it should stay that way or when you position it
down it should also stay in place in addition to being able to support itself
when it’s tilted forward and back the crane should also be able to stabilize
itself when it’s tilted to the left or when it’s tilted to the right although I
don’t have it exactly calibrated right in the video which is why you’re seeing
it tilts back up low as I mentioned in the beginning the video there are two
versions of the crane and although both versions are pretty similar and believe
version 2 has some key differences that make it worth getting over the original
as you can see the version 2 has a noticeably shorter handle which is gonna
make it easier to stabilize your video another key difference is that the
buttons were pushed into the front there’s a mode button now and there’s a
much larger joystick the version 2 of the crane now features a sliding
mounting plate and a measurement on the site that makes setting up the camera
much easier the version 1 of the crane doesn’t have
the sliding monthly plate or the measurements but it’s still very simple
to set up the camera but I’m all for ease of use so I definitely recommend
the version 2 over the original I did want to point out that the microUSB port
on the side of the handle is only for firmware upgrades and the port on the
top of the handle is to connect the camera to the crane and that court is
not included by default when you turn on the crane you enter pan follow mode and
you won’t have any tilting abilities but you do have access to some nice patting
motions this mode is probably my favorite because it not only gives me a
nice tracking motion but lets me turn smoothly if I ever need to change
direction by pressing the mode button once you
enable lock mode and like the name implies it locks the ability to do any
sort of panning and any tilting you literally lock the position of the
camera where it was when you enabled the mode this is perfect for when you need
to capture the movement of somebody and you don’t want to worry about the camera
panning off press the mode button twice and your navel pan and tilt mode and
like the name implies once again you get the ability to not only do nice tilts
but also nice parents you can even create a nice interesting look when you
combine the two movements last but not least when you press the mode button
three times you enable selfie mode and this is gonna be perfect for anybody
that wants to do any blogging with smooth video before I forget you can
also use the camera upside-down and what’s called inverted mode but
definitely be careful when you enter this mode because depending on the setup
that you have you can get your camera caught up in the crane and when I was
filming this video actually did get the camera caught in the lens which I’m
about to show you guys right now so you can see what not to do for any of you that want to remotely
control the crane you can do so with an app that’s very easy to use just make
sure that bluetooth is enabled and once you see the crane pop up select it and
you should be connected right away once connected and you hit control to virtual
joysticks will pop up and you’ll be able to control your crane there’s also a 180
degree rotation button and a button to level a camera once again I believe the
Zoom Crane version 2 is an amazing tool whether it be just for recording your
friends little dog recording your friend goofing off during a photo shoot or when
recording behind-the-scenes videos for your YouTube channel which I recently
did and I can tell you from personal experience that the video was a lot more
interesting and dynamic than compared to when I usually had it on a tripod if
you’re interested in getting the Zoom crane version to which I highly
recommend if you’re interested in getting professional quality video then
I have some links in the description that you can check out if you guys
enjoyed the video it would be awesome if you can give it a like comment and
subscribe alright take care guys and I’ll see you
in the next one

66 comments on “The Zhiyun Crane V2 – My Review on this Amazing Tool For DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras (ft. Sony A7RII)”

  1. Dev Acharya says:

    Very well explained, Need some loud and slow talk.

  2. Memeorandum of Understanding says:

    Yup…u need to slow down a bit….i thought i was watching video at 1.4x speed….lol….love u man….

  3. Tonde Marimbita says:

    Can I use this with a A bit heavy camera like the Canon 6d

  4. John Buckingham Jr. says:

    Will this work with the Sony A9?

  5. Ella M says:

    This is awesome! thanks for sharing!

  6. Eli Infante says:

    Great review Joey! AYYY JJUUEESSUUU

  7. Richard James Milne says:

    I have version 1 and love it! I really like the mounting plate on the V2 though as setup would be much easier! Thx for sharing 🙂

  8. Ray Wong says:

    great video and review, could you slow down a little bit, i find the audio to be a little fast, but overall great job!

  9. Rod Williams says:

    Francisco, thanks for all the great videos. You're doing a great job. I sent my Evo Rage back to B&H and got the Crane. Basically the same exact thing. In both cases I have had no success using the camera multi-in to gimbal cord. Would be nice in order to use some of the camera functions. Was wondering if you have or tried one. Or are the buttons and cord just a scam. I'm afraid to try a firmware update because when I tried to sync the Rage with my iPhone, the gimbal stopped working altogether. I'd rather that it does what it can do well than risk it doing nothing at all. I think I read someone else's review comment saying not to update if it worked out of the box. Anyway, thanks again for all the great vids. I too like the Sony alphas. But I can't put my 5div down and the Sony lenses are just too damn expensive. Will be using both. Cheers.

  10. Unboxed Tech Reviews says:

    How does this handle the weight with a smallHD focus on the camera with a small microphone using a Batis 18mm lens? Also do you turn steadyshot off on the Sony a7rii or leave it on?

  11. Tuan Mohamad Haikal says:

    Hi. Great review tbh. If you could talk louder, with a lower pace, that would be even better. Really appreciate your content. Cheers!

  12. Norman James says:

    THanks was informative

  13. Majjespecter says:

    I hate how the 6300 and 6500 makes everyone's face look painted and reddish pink.

  14. joseacarrasm says:

    Very poor sound

  15. Kevin Kevin says:

    can we use this crane for gopro too?

  16. LA Fresh Life says:

    great review. I'm consider getting this to work with my a6300 and hopefully increase the professionalism of my shots. really appreciate you taking the time to make this video! ^^

  17. Travel Vlogsters says:

    Ah! So if there's an app I may not need to buy the remote. Cheers!

  18. edz almeida says:

    Have you tried using the zhiyun crane v2 with a gopro?
    I am just wondering if this could be used for the gopro hero 5?
    I am asking because I am planning to use it also with canon 80d.
    Thank you.

  19. BenSmith6 says:

    Does this work with camcorders?

  20. Land&Sea says:

    Good review but difficult to understand.

  21. FLOODOFSINS says:

    I'm debating whether or not I should wait for a V3 for 2018 or not. I don't have a DSLR just yet. I can get the crane V2 for $479 right now or wait six months to see if the price drops or a newer version comes out

  22. Moe Zainal says:

    Thank you for the useful review I'm interested to know what colour profile do you use on the Sony a7rii I like the tones so much!

  23. Quarker says:

    I have a question! Can you still pull out the back monitor, or does the motor get in the way? Cheers.

  24. Jordan Moore says:

    quality video!

  25. Al Hillman says:

    What lens were you using in this vid??

  26. Al Hillman says:

    I am new to vid production need advice on glass,,for a7r3,,thanks all

  27. Zsolt Kurucz says:

    Will this 3d camcorder fits and can the gimbal manage the left display and around 130mm front overhang if I use an adapter to mount the camera? the camcorder weight is 700gram but the unusual shape i am worried about

  28. RespireFit says:

    Would this hold the 85mm 1.2 gm?

  29. santosh walvekar says:

    will it take the payload of sony a7rii+ gmaster 24-70 f 2.8 mm, if does how is the balance?

  30. Chris Childress says:

    Joey this is freaking fantastic man! Thanks for the video! I actually would like to save and invest in this for this year!!!

  31. Alexis Stember Coulter says:

    Thanks for the video! Super helpful. Quick question on how you're shooting BTS. Are you using autofocus on the Sony A7RII? Or an external monitor with manual focus?

  32. John Catral says:

    Slow down! 😉

  33. caroline and tigger says:

    Very nice.

  34. Dark Horse says:

    Well done and explained video. Thank you

  35. Randall Priester says:


  36. Eleanor Dodd says:

    Hello, great video! i just wanted to ask what the USB cable was for that wasn't involved within the box? I have a cannon 700D would this crane be ideal to have?

  37. Alex Power says:

    Quick tip : just turn off IBS in your camera it seems to be overstabilizing 🙂 Thanks for the video ! They both good gimbals,cheers.

  38. hakam soufan says:

    Nice work…thank you

  39. 420 Mhz says:

    what lans use you

  40. თაკო საზინას რჩევები says:

    Can Zhiyun rotate for 90 degree to get vertical video?

  41. Aaron Rondale says:

    Really helpful video Bro! Wish I would’ve watched it before I caught my lens in inverted mode haha great tips and review!!!

  42. Ben Sorrells says:

    Normally I don’t comment on these types of videos but this review was perfect. You covered everything that I planned on trying to research myself and saved me loads of time. Thank you for putting the effort into making an in depth review and covering all of the features and potential problems of this device. Hats off to you 👍🏼

  43. 멘토르석사 says:

    It's such an annoying design flaw that it won't charge through the jack especially since it has one..

  44. Bye Danio says:


  45. Nicholas Blyden says:

    Can u stop and record from the handle?

  46. Chrono Trigger says:

    so some quick questions, i know it will support the weight of my current setup, the fujifilm xt2 and 16-55, wondering about balancing when using the battery grip. Also I heard some people recommend not using zoom lenses b/c then u have to touch the lens etc, and just using a prime…

    If i did that i could probably get away with using the crane m lol (no grip obviously)

    also I heard b/c its so small and lightweight probably can't use to many accessories like a microphone or monitor. etc, curious as to what you use for this.

  47. mgr5550 says:

    Low voice so cant hear what your saying. On top of that you rattle off and talk as fast as a speeding train. Even chipmunks talk slower in cartoons.

  48. Andygnzales says:

    Is it compatible for canon 6D?

  49. emilgamez28 says:


  50. James Logan says:

    This is how simple all reviews should be

  51. TheCrooksandCastle says:

    Great vid Freddie. Keep repping the 210

  52. vinnie li says:

    the screw on the top of the Gimbal keeps coming loose.

  53. Kaminoneh Bhoot says:

    Does this work with canon rebel t4i

  54. Geoff Warren says:

    Thanks to you my friend! Great video. Subscribed!


    can't handle my small xt3 and that is sad

  56. Dean Barrow says:

    Is this only for mirrorless camera

  57. jaspal singh says:

    Zhiyun Crane v2 or Ronin S better?

  58. ISO64 says:

    Very helpful review, thank you. Oh and I also understood everything you said and the audio was fine.

  59. Hoan Lee says:


  60. Supreme Being says:

    looks like you had a mirrorless cam. Will this work with canon T6i or Canon 5d sized cameras?

  61. Dr Dimento says:

    I don't suppose this will work with DSLR and iPhone 7 and/or GoPro Hero 7? Any that would work for all three.

  62. jacob herrman says:

    You just sold me on this gimbal

  63. Ameero Media says:

    Is strong vibration normal when there is no camera mounted?

  64. Adams Fishing Adventures says:

    really enjoyed Mike Tyson explaining this to me 🙂

  65. Ravi Chander says:

    excellent video i just bought a zhiyun crane version 2 but i was finding it difficult to balance the camera, your video is very informative

  66. Skydan Promo TV says:

    The zyun v2 is compatible for the Nikon D5600 ??

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