Over the last few months, we have noticed a number of people specifically reaching out for a dedicated Moza Air 2 vs Weebill Lab comparison article so we have decided to put the time aside to sit down and publish this article. We hope that it will help any of our readers who are considering adding a handheld gimbal stabilizer to their collection of camera accessories and help make your decision-making process as easy as possible.
Now, that said, we just want to point out that both of these gimbals have been designed for different target markets. The Zhiyun Weebill Lab has been designed to be a mirrorless camera weight class gimbal that also offers some support for lighter DSLR camera setups. It is more in line with the Moza Aircross 3 as they are both designed for the mirrorless camera market and the Weebill Lab blows the Aircross out the water.
The Moza Air 2 is designed for use with super heavy DSLR camera rigs with one of the heaviest load capacities going on the market at the time of writing. The Zhiyun Crane 3 is more of a direct comparison from the Zhiyun gimbal range as it also targets this market. Now, the Crane 3 is definatley the better gimbal when it comes to performance but the Air 2 is less than half the price of the Crane 3 right now and its image stabilization is not too far behind what the Crane 3 can produce.
So, in our opinion, if you are a mirrorless camera owner then the Zhiyun Weebill Lab is definatley the better option over the Moza Air 2 and it also has the load capacity available to support some lighter DSLR rigs too. If you are a DSLR user and your setup can’t be supported by the Weebill lab, we would actually recommend that you check out the DJI Ronin S over the Air 2 as it is the best DSLR camera gimbal on the market right now in our opinion.
If your camera set up is super heavy and the Ronin S is not able to support your camera payload then, and only then would we recommend that you add the Moza Air 2 to your collection of camera accessories. In our opinion, at every other weight class of camera there is just another gimbal available that will serve you better. Anyway, we will still be putting the Weebill Lab and Moza Air 2 head to head for the rest of the article as that is what we have seen requested.
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Although the Moza Air 2 does look like the better gimbal stabilizer on paper, the difference in the level of image stabilization and image quality push the Zhiyun Weebill Lab way ahead of what the Air 2 is able to provide in our opinion. This is not necessarily a fault of the Air 2 but the fact that both gimbals are targeting different markets as well as from different generations of gimbal.
At the time of writing, the Weebill lab is one of the newest gimbals to market and the flagship of the Zhiyun mirrorless camera range. On the flip side of the this, the Moza Air 2 is a few years old now and the Moza Air 3 has since been released with newer technology. Even then though, the Air 3 is still a generation behind the Weebill lab keeping the Zhiyun gimbal on top of the Air range.
Performance And Functionality
That said, we are confident that the 6.6 pounds of load capacity on the Weebill lab will still be enough for many popular DSLR camera rigs used by the community at the time of writing anyway. In addition to this, the Weebill Lab also offers its superior image stabilization ensuring better image quality during use for your video footage too.
Another advantage that the Moza Air 2 has over the Zhiyun Weebill Lab is the higher maximum battery life too. The Air 2 can provide you with up to sixteen hours of battery life per charge whereas the Weebill Lab caps out at ten hours of battery life per full charge. Again though, although the Air 2 blows the Weebill Lab out the water when it comes to battery life, we are confident that ten hours will be plenty for the majority of our readers.
Additionally, one workaround that is becoming more and more popular within the videography niches where you may not have access to a power outlet for extended periods of time like travel videography or travel vlogging is the use of a power bank. More and more people are starting to add a high capacity USB power bank to their collections of camera accessories and will use them to top their devices up in their downtime to extend their battery life for as long as possible.
As the Weebill Lab has been developed and released after this trend became so popular within the videography community, Zhiyun has been able to capitalize on it and provide a solid ten hours of battery while reducing the weight and size of the gimbal due to being able to use a smaller battery. This not only helps you travel with the gimbal easier but it also makes it easier to use as the Weebill Lab is much lighter than the Air 2 making it easier to hold and use for longer recording sessions without your arm or hand cramping up.
When it comes to recharging via a mains power outlet, the Zhiyun can be charged back to full in around three hours whereas the Moza will take around four hours but keep in mind that the Moza is recharging a potential of six hours additional battery life in only an hours additional recharge time. We are unable to provide recharging times for either gimbal via a power bank as there are too many factors to take into account due to the capacities of power banks being so vast.
With the newer Zhiyun balancing algorithm and higher torque gimbal motors, the Weebill lab is able to rapidly and easily adjust the gimbal head and your mounted camera to any movement it detects. This ensures that you are getting some of the smoothest video footage available to help keep your clients happy with your work. If you are doing any rapid-paced, run and gun style recording with your camera rig, this really starts to show as the rapid movements are masked by the gimbals image stabilization.
That said, in our opinion, the image stabilization and potential improvements to overall image quality for your video footage from the Weebill Lab is better and if the Zhiyun gimbal can support your cameras payload then we would recommend that you go with the Zhiyun. As we mentioned earlier in the article, if you are using a heavy DSLR camera setup that the Weebbill Lab is unable to support then we would recommend that you check out the DJI Ronin S over the Air 2 due to its superior performance.
As you can probably imagine from an older gimbal like the Air 2, the gimbal motors are a little dated when compared to what the more modern gimbals are equipped with. If you are set on a more modern gimbal from the Moza range then the Air 3 or the Aircross will be better options that then Air 2.
User Interface And Control System
Both the Moza Air 2 and the Weebill Lab use a similar joystick based system that allows you to tweak the gimbals settings with ease while also having excellent control over the gimbal head when in manual mode. Now, in our opinion, you are able to put the joystick on the Weebill Lab to better use but this is due to the fact that the gimbal supports more gimbal modes that support the use of the joystick system.
Although the video below has been recorded deminstrating the Zhiyun motion tracking technology on the Crane Plus, the exact same tech is on the Weebill Lab and the clip shows how easy it is to use via their smartphone app.
That said, both apps offer some solid wireless remote control functionality of their respective gimbals as well as quick and easy access to your gimbal settings. Although you can easily tweak the settings of your gimbal via their physical interface, it usually takes minutes whereas it can take second via the smartphone apps.
Build Quality And Design
Both of the handheld gimbal stabilizers also offer a very comfortable handle and although many people often overlook this simple feature, if you are going to be holding your gimbal for long sessions that last hours at a time, you are going to want a comfortable handle! Even in this day and age, there are some gimbal brands that are releasing poor quality gimbal handles like Feiyutech have on their latest flagship gimbal, the AK2000. Thankfully, the handle on the Air 2 and Weebill Lab are both comfortable.
Now, when it comes to design, the Air 2 has the standard handheld gimbal setup that has been tried and tested over the years. Although the Weebill Lab also supports this functionality, you are also able to quickly and easily switch the Zhiyun gimbal into underslung mode within seconds to offer optimal low angle image stabilization too. When it comes to design, we have to give it to Zhiyun as the underslung mode is actually surprisingly useful and being used much more than we thought it would be.
That brings our Moza Air 2 vs Weebill Lab comparison to an end and as we mentioned back at the start of the article, the Zhiyun Weebill Lab blows the Moza Air 2 out the water in our opinion and is the obvious choice. On top of this, the Weebill Lab also has a bunch of independent reviews online from third party videographers that offer an excellent insight into the gimbal. We also have our own review of the Weebill Lab as well as the newer and improved Weebill S that you may find useful too.