For today’s article, we are going to be going over what we feel is the best gimbal for Panasonic G9 cameras currently available on the market right now. Thankfully, the mirrorless camera space has seen some excellent quality gimbals released over the last few months that are jam-packed with the latest technology. Not only does this ensure that they are able to provide you with the best possible levels of image stabilization at the time of writing but that they will be top of the pack for many years to come.
Our hope is that our article will be able to help any of our readers who are considering adding a gimbal stabilizer to their collection of Panasonic G9 camera accessories. We know that the gimbal space is a bit of a minefield with more and more products being released making it difficult to find the best possible gimbals for your needs.
Rather than just focus on one single handheld gimbal stabilizer for the Panasonic G9, we have decided to feature three that are all ideal for the G9 and have an excellent reputation amongst the videography community. In addition to this, all three of our recommended gimbals have a large core customer base that is growing at a steady rate too.
Each of the gimbals has a slightly different niche that they are optimal for so throughout the article we will be going over the various situations where we would recommend each camera stabilizer. We also have our comparison table below for any of our readers who are short on time while we have a full break down of all three gimbals below the table for our readers who want to know as much as possible about their new potential purchase.
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The Zhiyun Weebill Lab
Any of our regular readers who have read any of our content over the last few months will probably have been able to guess that the Zhiyun Weebill Lab would be our number one recommendation when it comes to gimbals for your Panasonic G9. In our opinion, it is without a doubt the best mirrorless camera and lightweight DSLR camera gimbal on the market right now and we absolutely love it.
It offers excellent performance, great build quality, a very small and compact size, its lightweight, very easy to use, and is priced very fairly for what you are actually getting. It is easy to see why the Weebill Lab has such a great reputation within the community that is constantly growing as more and more people give this great little gimbal a try.
If you are working in any type of niche where you know you will have to travel around a whole bunch then the compact travel gimbal design of the Weebill Lab is ideal. It’s so small that it is easy to pack and store while also being very lightweight meaning that you can easily add it to your baggage allowance for your photography gear too.
Since its launch the Weebill Lab has been the dominant gimbal in the mirrorless camera space after replacing its predecessor, the Zhiyun Crane Plus that previously held the title. Zhiyun just seem to have the mirrorless camera weight class nailed and even before the Crane Plus, the Zhiyun Crane v2 was the previous dominant gimbal for mirrorless cameras. That’s three generations of gimbal from Zhiyun holding the top spot constantly for cameras like the Panasonic G9.
Performance And Functionality
The massive load capacity of the Weebill Lab can easily support even the heaviest of Panasonic G9 setup payloads with ease. Additionally, if you own multiple cameras or plan to upgrade in the future to a heavier camera setup, you are able to future proof yourself by adding the Weebill Lab to your camera accessories. At the time of writing, only the super heavy DSLR setups are out of its load capacity and even then, very few people use a setup with a payload of more than 6.6 pounds.
Due to the trend of videographers carrying USB power banks with them while out and about to top up their devices in their downtime, gimbal brands have started to move away from offering extremely long maximum battery lives on their stabilizers. This allows the gimbals to be smaller and lighter and when needed you simply recharge the gimbal via a power outlet or a USB power bank.
That said though, the Weebill Lab offers a very respectable ten hours of maximum battery life per full charge of its batteries. This should be more than enough juice for your to capture all the video footage you require with your Panasonic G9. Once the gimbal is empty, you are able to charge it back to full in around three hours too ensuring you have minimal downtime.
If you are a professional level videographer doing paid videography work for your clients then getting the best possible image quality possible is vital and the Weebill Lab makes this easy. As you would expect from any modern handheld gimbal stabilizer, there are a bunch of popular gimbal modes included as standard too. These modes are able to make your job as easy as possible by helping you capture the type of footage you want.
Both the point of video and manual modes on the Weebill Lab are outstanding and help you capture some great natural looking video footage. Additionally, the new vortex mode essentially gets your camera to pull a barrel roll while mounted to the gimbal and although we thought it would be more of a meme mode, a large number of people are using it.
User Interface And Control System
They system ensures that you are able to quickly and easily get the most out of the gimbal with minimal effort required on your part while also having superior control over the various supported gimbal modes too. If you are a first-time gimbal owner then we are confident that you will be able to pick the basics up right out of the box while learning as you go.
If you are an advanced gimbal user, the system does a great job of offering some advanced level customization too. This is ideal for any videographers who will want to customize the performance of the Weebill Lab to specific Panasonic G9 camera setups but in reality, the default shipping config is excellent. The high torque gimbal motors on the Weebill Lab also ensures that even heavy G9 setups can be corrected quickly by the gimbal.
The Smartphone App
The connectivity problems that once plagued the app have all been fixed and it is now very simple to sync the app with your gimbal. Additionally, the random disconnect problems seem to have also been fixed too making the app very simple and easy to use. Additionally, the navigation menu has had a few tweaks so it is as easy as possible to find your way around the app.
The app provides you with the standard wireless remote control functionality that most smartphone apps provide these days but is also has some additional features. As we said, the Zhiyun intelligent object tracking system needs to app for targeting but in addition to this, our favorite thing about the app is the access to the gimbal settings. This allows you to quickly and easily tweak any setting within seconds rather than minutes if you did it via the physical control interface.
Build Quality And Design
As you would expect from a Zhiyun gimbal, the Weebill Labs build quality is excellent and Zhiyun really has done a great job of putting the gimbal together in our opinion. They have managed to hit the trifecta with the gimbal being small, lightweight, and robust all in one package making it an ideal travel gimbal as well as general-purpose gimbal too.
The balancing system on the Weebill Labe is also extremely simple and the gimbal motors do a great job of correcting any issues if the gimbal is not balanced perfectly. Many competing gimbals can have issued with random vibrations or poor image stabilization if they are not balanced perfectly but these motors minimize the risk of any of these issues. This makes your life much easier if you are brand new to using a gimbal as many people worry about balancing their gimbals with their camera due to it being such a pain with older gimbal units.
We hope that we have done a good job of explaining why we feel that the Zhiyun Weebill Lab is the best gimbal for Panasonic G9 camera owners at the time of writing. It offers some excellent image stabilization and will make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories. Additionally, it is easy to see why it is such a popular gimbal with mirrorless camera owners and just keeps growing in popularity at an almost expinential rate.
There are a number of dedicated Weebill Lab reviews from independent videographers online that you can read. Most of these reviews have been posted by people who use the Weebill Lab as their go to gimbal of choice and offer an excellent insight into the performance and functionality of the gimbal as well as what you can expect from it making them well worth reading.
The Zhiyun Crane Plus
Next up we have the successor to the Weebill Lab covered above, the Zhiyun Crane Plus and although the Crane Plus is one generation behind the other two featured gimbals for Panasonic G9 cameras, it serves as our budget gimbal option. As Zhiyun designed the Weebill Lab to directly replace the Crane Plus as the dominant mirrorless camera gimbal on the market, when the Weebill Lab was released, the Crane Plus was given a price reduction.
It now serves as an entry-level gimbal to get people using the Zhiyun range and performs very well with the Panasonic G9 weight class of cameras. As the Crane Plus was the dominant camera stabilizer in its weight class for so long, it has an excellent reputation within the community that is still steadily growing. If you are on a tight budget or just want a cheap gimbal then the Crane Plus could definatley be the best option for the Panasonic G9.
Additionally, the Crane Plus uses some of the exact same technology as the Weebill Lab such as the balancing algorithm, many of the gimbal modes as well as a few other things. The Crane Plus also uses some very similar gimbal motors to what the Weebill Lab uses that offer some excellent power to provide you with all of the image stabilization that you may need in an entry-level handheld gimbal stabilizer.
Performance And Functionality
As we mentioned above, most modern gimbals put a lower priority on maximum battery life due to the trend of people using a USB power bank during their downtime to charge their gimbals and cameras back up when possible. The Crane Plus was designed and produces before this trend had become so popular so offers you a massive eighteen hours maximum battery life. This is the longest of any gimbal available right now and can be used to your advantage if you are a travel vlogger or something similar where you can be away from civilization for days without the ability to recharge your gear.
The Crane Plus also supports the majority of the same gimbal modes as the Weebill Lab that we covered first in our article. The only mode that is missing from the Crane Plus is the vortex mode and although it is popular with the community, you can most definatley do without if you are looking for a more budget-friendly gimbal.
The Crane Plus also supports the excellent intelligent object tracking system from Zhiyun that we feel is the best tech for smart tracking available at the time of writing. Zhiyun really did do a great job with the Crane Plus when it comes to its performance and even though the gimbal is a few years old now, it is still better than many mirrorless camera gimbals and can provide solid performance for your Panasonic G9.
User Interface And Control System
It offers all of the standard control that you would expect from a modern handheld gimbal and ensures that you are able to control it without issue. If you are an advanced videographer then some customization options are available via the Zhiyun smartphone app but as it is the same app that the Weebill Lab uses, we will not be going over it again as we have already covered it earlier in the article.
Build Quality And Design
Now, the actual build quality of the Crane Plus is definatley a weak area when compared to the Zhiyun Weebill Lab above and DJI Ronin SC below. Although it is tough and robust, it is also large and heavy making it a pain for anyone who knows that they will be traveling around with their videography gear on a regular basis.
In our opinion, the Zhiyun Crane Plus is probably the best budget gimbal for Panasonic G9 camera users on the market right now and if you are on a tight budget, it is the obvious option. It offers some excellent image stabilization that still holds up to the more recent gimbal releases and can make a solid addition to your camera accessories. Additionally, there are a large number of independent reviews of the Crane Plus you can read if you wish too.
The DJI Ronin SC
The final gimbal that we will be covering for the Panasonic G9 is the DJI Ronin SC and although this really is an excellent gimbal and you could argue that it is the best Panasonic G9 gimbal available, we just feel that it is over priced for what you get. Although technically, the image stabilization the Ronin SC provides is ever so slightly better than what the Zhiyun Weebill Lab can provide, we don’t feel like this small improvement is worth an additional $100.
Both of the Zhiyun gimbals covered above blow the Ronin SC out the water when it comes to load capacity and battery life too meaning that we had to place the SC below them. That said, the DJI gimbal is building up a solid following with a decent reputation. At the time of writing, the Ronin SC has only been available for a few months so its customer base is still small but it is growing at a solid pace.
As the DJI Ronin SC comes in at third-place, we will be skimming over this section of the article as we really do feel that either of the Zhiyun gimbals above are better options for you. We know that there are a fair few videographers who prefer the DJI brand no matter what too so the Ronin SC is always going to dominate the DJI loyalist market.
Performance And Functionality
The Ronin SC provides a solid battery life of up to eleven hours per charge and DJI’s quick charge technology allows you to charge it back to full in only two and a half hours minimizing downtime. This should be plenty of juice for you to get out and about with your Panasonic G9 and capture all the footage you need for your clients. That said, the USB power bank trick we mentioned earlier also works with the Ronin SC too allowing you to extend its battery life even further.
The Ronin SC also supports a bunch of popular gimbal modes to help ensure that you are able to capture the exact footage that you want. The manual mode on the gimbal is excellent and allows you to capture some great looking natural-looking image stabilization that was previously exclusive to manual camera stabilizers rather than motorized gimbals.
Build Quality And Design
Although the Ronin SC is large when compared to the Zhiyun Weebill Lab, it is definatley lightweight for its size while also being surprisingly tough and robust. This ensures that the inevitable bumps and knocks that are coming its way during use will not damage the gimbal and ensure that it will be able to last you for years to come.
When it comes to design, the Ronin SC follows a very similar design to the Crane Plus above using a more traditional handheld gimbal design. That said, everything on the gimbal is very easy to use and you will be able to get to grips with it very quickly. Again though, we just don’t feel that the increase in build quality over the Weebill Lab is work the additional price tag.
We really do feel that the DJI Ronin SC has is place on our list of gimbals for Panasonic G9 cameras as it does probably offer the best possible image stabilization for your G9. Like we have mentioned though, we just don’t feel that the Ronin SC is worth around $100 more than the Weebill Lab when they are so close to each other when it comes to quality.