In this video we are going to compare the Zhiyun Crane 2 with the DJI Ronin-S with features that are important for me as an active traveling filmmaker, we are not going to compare which is more stable nor talk about some of the more obvious features like 45 motor angle and camera roll, but more real world use example like transporting it, total weight with full setups and more.

0:20 Space needed fitting Crane 2 or Ronin-S in a camera backpack
1:14 Recharging and backup Battery option for Crane 2 and Ronin-S
1:37 Follow Focus compatibility with Cameras and Lenses
1:52 Quick release and Manfrotto plate compatibility
2:25 Weights and full setup weights between Crane 2 and Ronin-S

In many of the comparisons videos out there people are nitpicking on which be more stable, yet technology of both companies are quite advanced as they been making gimbals for several years now, both are actually quite similar and impossible to see then seeing bias reviews of them saying which is more stable. However I found several point that are actually far more important to me as a travel filmmaker, wedding videographer and a Youtuber. Because I often travel alone I need to be able to keep a good setup that fits all into one backpack as I would not have people assisting me with carrying extra gear around. I actually have a quite nice setup in my Manfrotto Veloce VII backpack where I can fit in my Canon C100 MarkII, Canon 650D, several lenses and fit the Zhiyin Crane 2 in nicely.

While trying out the DJI Ronin-S we found here a major problem that it would take up far too much space to fit into the same backpack. Its taking over half my back making it impossible to take so many camera bodies and lenses.

Eventhough the Zhiyun Crane 2 and DJI Ronin-S comes with it own case to transport in, but personally I rather have everything inside one backpack without needing to carry an extra case, which will just get in the way when I am filming and traveling.

Zhiyun Crane 2 –
DJI Ronin-S –

Effects used in this video:
Pop in Text –
Seamless Split –
Call Out Text tracking –
Cinematic Slow Zoom –
Seamless Bounce –

Gear used to film this video:
Panasonic G7 –
Panasonic 25mm f1.7 –
Samsung Galaxy S9+ –
Yongnuo YN360 –
Manfrotto Compact Action –
Manfrotto Befree Live –
Turn Table –
Rode NT-USB –

Edited with Adobe Premiere Pro –

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Zhiyun Crane 2 vs DJI Ronin-S comparison

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