12 Great Gimbals and Stabilizers for Mirrorless Cameras

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Here’s a round-up of some on the best camera stabilizers for mirrorless cameras including Sony a7 Series fullframe mirrorless cameras.

ONE-HAND MOTORIZED GIMBAL STABILIZERS:

CAME-TV Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal

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CAME-TV CAME-Single 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal is a single-handed stabilizer that supports loads up to 2.6 pounds, making it suitable for use with compact mirrorless cameras such Sony a7 Series. It utilizes three motors that stabilize the camera along the pan, tilt, and roll axes. This compensates for shakes, vibrations, and other unwanted movements, allowing you to capture smooth, free-floating shots. The system offers multiple operation modes for increased creative possibilities. You can choose to lock the camera in place along all three axes or have the camera smoothly follow your pan and tilt motions while keeping the horizon level. There is also a Commixture Mode, which locks the tilt axis while allowing the camera to follow left and right panning movements. Modes can be easily switched using a joystick, which can also be used to adjust camera pan and tilt position.

The system includes a quick-release plate for mounting your camera. As with sled-style stabilizers, your camera needs to be balanced in order to get the best performance. The balancing process is made easier thanks to tool-less adjustments along all axes. On the bottom of the handle, you’ll find a 1/4″-20 threaded hole for mounting the stabilizer on an additional device, such as a slider, jib, or tripod. An additional 1/4″-20 threaded hole is located just above the handle for convenient mounting of a monitor without throwing of the camera balance or exceeding the load capacity of the motors.

The stabilizer is powered using two included 18650-type, 2500mAh rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that slot into the handle and provide around 10 hours of use on a full charge. A battery charger is also included, along with a hard carry case for storing and transporting the system.

PRICE: $988
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.6 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: I found this gimbal stabilzer thanks to my fellow Sony Artisan Matt Buckman and it hits the perfect balance for fullframe Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras – not too small and not too big.


Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

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Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer – $1,049

Supports mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 4.9 lb and delivers 3 axes of stabilization. The handle features an ergonomic design and a four-way joystick that provides for optimal motion control. A Li-Po battery is integrated into the handle that provides an operational runtime of up to 26 hours.

Using a 32-bit Alexmos controller with triple motor control units and two integrated IMU sensors, the H2 offers 360° of unrestricted panning, 220° of up tilt and 100° of down tilt, and 100° of left roll and 240° of right roll, all with 0.01 to 0.04° of control precision.

The camera mounting assembly of the H2 offers multiple points of adjustment to allow you to find the center of gravity for all axes. The camera adapter plate is also left/right adjustable to support different cameras. All adjustments are done without tools but rather using thumbscrews and push buttons.

The H2 also offers two 1/4″-20 threaded mounting holes on the sides (on one each side) for attaching accessories and one on the bottom for mounting on tripods, monopods, and other support devices. All three axes of the H2 are made of CNC-machined aluminum alloy.

PRICE: $1,049
LOAD CAPACITY: 4.9 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: This is the gimbal stabilzer of choice to my fellow Sony Artisans Ben Lowy and Michael Rubenstein because it’s beefy enough to support fullframe Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras with a large prime lens.


ikan MS1 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

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ikan Beholder MS1 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer supports cameras weighing up to 1.9 pounds including Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras. It features a 3-axis, motorized gimbal designed to keep your camera level and isolated from hand shake while allowing you to create smooth, organic moving camera shots. It features two operational modes: a following mode that smoothes your camera movements and a lock mode that will hold your camera in its position as you move. The MS1 features a thumb button/joystick which you use to select modes. You can also use the joystick to pan and tilt your camera on the gimbal.

The gimbal features a baseplate and sliding camera plate that allows you to adjust the balance of your camera on the sled, both left-to-right and forward-to-back. An included offset balance plate expands the range of cameras that you can use with the Beholder. The batteries fit inside a removable cradle in the handle, and must be removed for charging. Charging takes between 4 to 5 hours, and can run the stabilizer for 2 to 3 hours. You must use a 2 A charger to properly charge the batteries. A built-in LED indicates battery condition and charging status.

PRICE: $599
LOAD CAPACITY: 1.9 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: Probably best suited for APS-C and smaller mirrorless cameras but it can handle an a7 Series camera with a small fixed lens like FE 28mm F2, FE 30mm F2.8 or FE 55mm F1.8 in a pinch.

ikan DS1 Beholder Gimbal for DSLR & Mirrorless

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ikan DS1 Beholder Gimbal for DSLR & Mirrorless is a 3-axis gyro stabilizer with brushless motors. It supports cameras up to 3.7 pounds such as Sony A7, GH4, G7 Series, Canon 5D, 6D, 7D, GX7, NEX Series, and DMC Series cameras. It features a quick release baseplate that makes it simple and easy to swap out the camera. Additionally, the baseplate can be adjusted, without tools, for precise balance. This can be especially useful when changing lenses.

PRICE: $749
LOAD CAPACITY: 3.7 Pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: IKan’s largest one-hand gimball stabilizer has plenty of load capacity for mirrorless cameras – even with a largish lens.


Pilotfly PF-H1se 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

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Pilotfly PF-H1se 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer is a handheld motorized gimbal stabilizer that utilizes 32-bit technology and dual IMU sensors to deliver high-accuracy 3-axis camera stabilization. The ergonomic handle manufactured of engineering plastic has a built-in battery, equipped with an easy-to-use mode button and 4-way joystick. The 3-axes of the gimbal consist of a CNC aluminum alloy construction and is tool-less designed to balance your camera even faster. Brushless motors can support a payload up to 2.6 pounds which offers a high flexibility of the camera & lens configuration for the user. The Pilotfly-H1se combines elegant design with high versatility and mobility.

PRICE: $899
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.6 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo
THE SKINNY: This mid-size one hand gimbal stabilizer rates high on tech.


TWO-HAND MOTORIZED GIMBAL STABILIZERS:

Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer & Two-Hand Holder Kit- $1,379.95

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Pilotfly H2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer & Two-Hand Holder Kit- $1,379.95

Supports mirrorless and DSLR cameras weighing up to 4.9 lb and delivers 3 axes of stabilization. The handle features an ergonomic design and a four-way joystick that provides for optimal motion control. A Li-Po battery is integrated into the handle that provides an operational runtime of up to 26 hours.

Using a 32-bit Alexmos controller with triple motor control units and two integrated IMU sensors, the H2 offers 360° of unrestricted panning, 220° of up tilt and 100° of down tilt, and 100° of left roll and 240° of right roll, all with 0.01 to 0.04° of control precision.

The camera mounting assembly of the H2 offers multiple points of adjustment to allow you to find the center of gravity for all axes. The camera adapter plate is also left/right adjustable to support different cameras. All adjustments are done without tools but rather using thumbscrews and push buttons.

The H2 also offers two 1/4″-20 threaded mounting holes on the sides (on one each side) for attaching accessories and one on the bottom for mounting on tripods, monopods, and other support devices. All three axes of the H2 are made of CNC-machined aluminum alloy..

PRICE: 1,379.95
LOAD CAPACITY: 4.9 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo
THE SKINNY: This is the two-handed version of the gimbal stabilzer of choice to my fellow Sony Artisans Ben Lowy and Michael Rubenstein because it’s beefy enough to support fullframe Sony a7 Series mirrorless cameras with a large prime lens.


CAME-TV CAME-Mini 3 Three-Axis Camera Gimbal

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CAME-TV CAME-Mini 3 Three-Axis Camera Gimbal uses Basecam 32-bit controllers with encoders. Encoders are often used in robotics for accurate monitoring of motor position. Some of the benefits include preventing motors from losing synchronization and skipping steps, providing important information about frame and camera angles, decreasing power consumption for longer battery life, and increasing torque and precision of stabilization. The gimbal features a quick release system for the camera and is completely tool-less, enabling the operator to change camera setups and re-balance the entire system very quickly.

All of the wiring and electronics are completely enclosed within the frame to offer a clean, professional appearance and protection to the wiring. The Smart Battery can be quickly installed and provides up to 10 hours of runtime, depending on your rig setup. The top and side handles are removable. In addition, the entire top cross bar can be separated from the lower frame allowing for compact transport. A remote joystick can be installed next to the right handle, allowing for pan and tilt control of the camera and the ability to switch through different profiles. All within an approximate working distance of 164″™, depending on your environment.

PRICE: $1,188
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.6 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo
THE SKINNY: When two hands are better than one – check out this mid-priced gimbal.


Moza Lite 2 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer

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Moza Lite 2 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer makes it easy to capture smooth, stabilized handheld footage. Featuring a magnesium alloy frame, the motorized 3-axis gimbal weighs in at 4.8 lb and supports loads up to 8.8 lb, making it suitable for a wide range of mirrorless, DLSR, and compact cinema cameras. Three distinct operating modes lets users choose the mode the best suits the situation, with each mode offering follow and locked gibmal stabilization options. Adding to the stabilizer’s versatility is a detachable handlebar that functions as a quick release system for easy assembly and disassembly, while facilitating attachment to a variety of platforms, such as tripods, cranes, rigs, and drones.

PRICE: $1,599 (Professional) | $1,299 (Premium) | $1,099 (Basic)
LOAD CAPACITY: 8.8 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: With an impressive 8.8 pound capacity this 2-hand gimbal is available with three pricepoints depending of the level of features you need.


Feiyu MG 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless

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Feiyu MG 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras is a handheld 3-axis motorized gimbal stabilizer designed to support loads between 0.77 to 2.36 lb, making it an ideal choice for mirrorless cameras such as the Sony a7 Series cameras. It features precision brushless motors that stabilize the camera along the pan, tilt, and roll axes to provide smooth footage free the typical jitters and shake of handheld shooting. Each axis can rotate a full 360° for unrestricted movement and angle adjustment. For added versatility, the MG includes two cross bar sections, two handgrips, and a handle that can be attached in several different ways, letting you switch between one-handed or two-handed configurations. It is operated using a single on/off and mode-select button, with a 4-direction joystick providing pan and tilt adjustments and control. You can also use the included wireless remote to control the gimbal from distances up to 49′ away.

PRICE: $659
LOAD CAPACITY: 2.36 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: Looking for a budget two-hand stabilizer? Look no further.


DJI Ronin-MX 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

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DJI Ronin-MX 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer is a dual-use gimbal suitable both for mounting on the Matrice 600 aerial platform as well as deployment closer to the ground. Improving over the Ronin-M, it features magnesium construction to yield high rigidity while keeping the weight down. The gimbal is suitable for cinema cameras, mirrorless cameras, and DSLRs weighing up to 10 pounds. Out of the box it supports two-operator operation, and includes a radio controller (transmitter) for the camera operator. There is also an optional Thumb Controller (available separately) for solo operation. When installed on the Matrice 600 aircraft, the gimbal can be controlled via the DJI GO app. An included universal mounting adapter allows it to be adapted for use with jibs, car mounts, and various other types of camera support equipment. There is also a handlebar for handheld use.

PRICE:$1,599
LOAD CAPACITY: 10 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: The mid-size rig DJI mirrorless users have been asking for is finally available.


STABILIZER RIGS:

If motorized gimbals aren’t your thing and you prefer to roll old-skool with a stabilizer that relies on counter-balance rather than motors, here are the rigs for you!

Axler Robin Pro 40 Stabilizer L

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Axler Robin Pro 40 Stabilizer L helps you capture smooth, free-floating handheld shots with camcorders and camera rigs weighing up to 15 pounds. The system employs a height-adjustable gimbal and two-stage center column that adjusts from 25.5″ to 45″ for balancing heavier loads without increasing the weight of the stabilizer, letting you shoot for longer periods of time with less arm fatigue. Four segmented counterweights are included, which screw into sockets at the bottom of the stabilizer, providing weight compensation along two axes. Each counterweight consists of four separate pieces that screw into each other, letting you to add or remove weight along two axes as needed. This makes it easy to balance your camera rig even when the weight is unevenly distributed.

The camera platform features a quick-release plate with fine-tuning adjustment knobs to help achieve optimal balance. Once balanced, the stabilizer isolates the camera from your body movements, letting you walk or even climb stairs, all while capturing smooth, elegant-looking footage. A durable nylon carry case is included for easy storage and transport of the stabilizer and counterweights.

The stabilizer makes it easy to balance your camcorder or camera rig, even if the weight is unevenly distributed. Four segmented counterweights are included, which screw into sockets at the bottom of the center column and offer weight compensation along two axes. Each counterweight consists of four individual pieces that screw into each other, letting you add or remove pieces one at a time to adjust and fine-tune the system’s center of gravity.

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PRICE: $400
LOAD CAPACITY: 15 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: If you’re looking for an old-school non-motorized stabilizer – this rig from Axler is hard to beat for it’s high degree of balanceability. The counterweights can even serve as a monopod base when you don’t need to “fly”.


Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System

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Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System lets you go where the scene takes you–up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds–almost without limitation. The Merlin 2 weighs just 1.4 lb and can handle cameras up to 5 lb in weight. It gives you precise, elegant control for dramatic, professional you-are-there footage. The quick-release mount lets you instantly switch between your stabilizer and any tripod. This system utilizes a metal gimbal for smooth camera movement.

PRICE: $270
LOAD CAPACITY: 5 pounds
AVAILABLE FROM: B&H Photo | Amazon
THE SKINNY: Designed for mirrorless cameras by the Mack Daddy of camera stabilizers.

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49 thoughts on “12 Great Gimbals and Stabilizers for Mirrorless Cameras”

  1. Thanks for this good article ! What will be your choice for a videographer mainly working in extreme sports (skiing, biking, motocross) for an a7s ii as I’m running behind my subjects, or sometimes on a quad following MXer on the track, and during winter skiing behind my clients ?

    1. I’d definitely recommend one of the motorized gimbals from the first or second group for that. One-hand or two-hand is kind of personal preference. Two-hand gimbals allow you to distribute the weight and balance better – but one handers are more maneuverable. I’d recommend the higher load capacity options if you’re pushing them to the limit.

  2. Brian — thanks for all your great info. I am going to photograph Manhattan by helicopter. Probably at night. Will be using the Sony A7RII and Nikon D750. This is still picture photography. Do you think of these gimbals will be of use? Also, any thoughts about the choice of lenses?

    One more thing. There is also the Kenyon Gyro collection. Any thoughts?
    thanks and best regards
    David DeRosa

  3. Appreciate the article! I’m currently using a Sony A7rII with a 24-70 GM 2.8 lens. It’s a rather heavy set up and was wondering what your opinion would be for the best gimbal beyond something like the ronin. The Pilotfly seems to be able to handle the weight load, but could use some advice since there isn’t that much proper info about cameras of that sizing out there. I was also looking at the Crane, but it apparently only goes up to 1.2 kg and my lens/camera combo is at 1.5 and I don’t want to stress the motors. Any suggestions?

    1. A number of my fellow Sony Artisans swear by the PilotFly listed here. The one absolute rule is to stick to gimbals that exceed your payload. If it’s close – go up to the next size.

  4. Have a Sony A6000 and am filming very high action scenes from a follow behind. Am thinking of selling camera so I can use the money for a DJI Osmo X3. Would rather just get a cheap hand held Gimbal but really have no idea what is good quality and what isn’t. Do some of these small hand held motorized gimbals live up to there name? Any help would be much appreciated.

    1. Depend what lens and accessories you’re using. Add up all the combined weight (don’t forget filters and matte boxes if you use them) make sure you don’t exceed 70-75% of the max payload. If you’re over that – go for a bigger gimbal.

  5. Hey, which one gimbal is best for lumix g7? Now i use kit lens and canon 50mm. 1,4 oldscool lens. I am looking for gimbal about 300-600 euros. Also need information about quality. thanks

  6. Hi Brian, I’ve got the chance to shoot on a C300MKII and would like to shoot some short sloMo handheld footage. What would you recommend?

  7. Hi a Brian, first of all thanks from Australia, absolute legend & good review! Am planing on purchasing a A7SII. Want a nice portable setup to use on the road for documentmety style filming, but also want to use for a fixed setup in a studio occasionally (with green screen etc). So:

    1. What lense/s would you recommend from the Sony range (could be 2 lenses if needed or 1 all rounder)?
    2. If Gymbal required, what would you recommend? Note – Portability for ease of use & transport, yet smooth shots also important (find it hard to picture myself running through the jungles of Bolivia with a Ronin lol)

    1. The best overall lens for video would be the Sony FE 28-135mm F/4 G PZ OSS. But for run-n-gun, I’d recommend something smaller like either the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS or if you prefer a small faster prime, Sony FE 28 F2.0

      As for which gimball, that depends if you prefer to go one- or two-handed and how big your payload is. As I mention in the pst it’s better to stay at 70% or less than the max payload otherwise it’s hard to balance once you start maxing it out…

  8. Brian, great article! I just got a Sony a7ii with a 55mm prime lens. For some video shooting for travel, what single hand held gimbal would you reccomend

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  10. Hey Brian, wow loaded with great info! What would you recommend for a wedding videographer? I operate a canon eos m3 I have two standard tripods but want someone that will allow me to get smooth movement shots (without the shaky steps included) I have 2 standard tripods already and have seen a lot of monopod be used but not 100% sold on that being the right choice?

    Appreciate your help!

  11. I have a sony A6300 and a SmallHD focus 5-inch on camera monitor. I’m looking for a gimbal for filmmaking to help get smoother footage. What do you recommend?

  12. Very well put together article.

    I have the Sony A9 and was looking for a gimbal to improve my video work. I travel over Africa for work so something compact is quite important. What would you advise and how much better performance do you get from a 2 handle over a one handle?

    Thanks

  13. Hi. Great reviews, article and advice. My son has just started filmmaking with one short film in the can, and believes the new Sony A7iii is the camera to get. I’ve never spoiled him and college was not his route. I wish he’d go to Fullsail, but that’s another thread together, so buying this camera for him would e the ultimate sign that I believe in his craft. I need to know the full package; A7iii with what lenss a decent stabilizer, etc and what else. I’d like to keep it at a few thousand. Thanks for let me ramble!

    1. Sony a7 III + FE 28 F2.0 would be a great choice when using a gimbal since that lens doesn’t change length the way many zooms do which throws off the balance of the gimbal.

      It’s also good to start with a prime to see all you can get from a fixed focal length before jumping to all the options of a zoom.

      At least that’s what I would do…

  14. Leonardo Leiva

    Hi Brian, thanks for the article, I wanto to use my Canon Powershot to record vertical/portrait video with a gimbal, do you know if there something in the market I can buy? Thanks!

  15. Hey Brian,
    I’m getting a good deal on a a7iii and zhiyun crane 2, with the handles. I need to shoot my first music video, wanted to get the 28 to 75 f 2.8, but i can’t spend that much. I’m confused between- sigma 35mm f1.4, 16mm f1.4, sony 18-105 f 4,(Not sure if it will balance) sony 50 mm f 1.8. Also i was planning on getting a sigma mc-11, for a 150-600 i’m getting, i was wondering if the sigma 17-50
    f 2.8/17-70 f 2.6-4 canon mount would serve as a good adapted lens, but i’m not sure how good the video af would be. I know i’m pretty confused. What would you suggest i do?
    Thank you.

  16. Brian, thanks a lot for this article. It is a great review and you did a great job. I also try my pen in writing some reviews and engaged in a similar topic. The review about Zhiyun-Tech WEEBILL-S is also among them It would be nice to hear your thoughts about it https://bradgrovephotography.com/

  17. I have been trying to connect a Sony A7S3 with a Zhiyun Weebill s, a Transmount Wireless Image Transmission Transmitter and an iPhone 11. All have updated firmware. All I get on the iPhone is very basic functionality and nothing like the promises in their compatibility chart or their promotional videos. According to the compatibility chart it is supposed to be fully compatible. IT IS NOT.
    After many hours I am thinking of ditching a $AUD 900 investment.
    Given their answers, Zhiyun-Tech are obviously not reading my emails. I will try the local dealer in Australia but that will be the last of the time I spent wasting in this gimbal. Very disappointing.

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