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Zhiyun's latest Crane M3 camera gimbal upgrades to its own OLED screen and LED light

The Crane M3. (Source: Zhiyun)
The Crane M3. (Source: Zhiyun)
The Crane M3 is a device designed to support and stabilize a DSLR such as the Sony a7 III in a user's hand or on a surface. It is also mechanical, which allows it to support modes such as pan, tilt, portrait or time-lapse on its own. They are controlled and chosen via this gimbal's series-first OLED touchscreen.

Zhiyun's latest gimbal seeks to upgrade a user's mobile photography game through inbuilt automatic tilt, roll or pan through 309°, 333° and 360° respectively once a camera is installed in its grip. It can also then impart effects such as vortex, panorama and time-lapse. However, it may improve on other accessories of this kind in that it has a novel "ergonomic" 1.22-inch OLED touchscreen to control the device and switch modes.

The Crane M3 also has a front-mounted light, in case the owner has forgotten their own external lighting or wants more of an all-in-one set-up. It is based on 6W dual-color LEDs of 800 lumens in brightness, and may thus help in a variety of situations.

The new Zhiyun gimbal is also rated for 3-axis stabilization for use in handheld settings. It is pitched at use with devices of around the size of the new Sony α7 IV, or a Canon EOS M50. Therefore, it could also be used with a smartphone or action-cam. The Crane M3 is available from now for US$369 through either Zhiyun itself or on sites like Amazon.

The Crane M3 features a touchscreen...
The Crane M3 features a touchscreen...
...a safety lock...
...a safety lock...
...a 1,105mAh battery with USB-PD charging...
...a 1,105mAh battery with USB-PD charging...
...if not wireless operation. (Source: Zhiyun)
...if not wireless operation. (Source: Zhiyun)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-10 (Update: 2021-11-10)