The CRANE-M2 from our friends over at Zhiyun is a small & versatile 3-axis handheld gimbal designed for compact cameras, smartphones and action cameras 0.29 to 1.58 lbs (130-715g). It’s small compact, lightweight form factor lets you achieve quicker camera movements and longer periods of use. With integrated WiFi control, the CRANE-M2 lets you connect to the most popular compact cameras out on the market. Sync up to any WiFi enabled camera that supports wireless remote control by using the gimbals grip controls on the handle for Zoom, Shutter and Video Start/Stop. See Compatibility Tab for more details below. Use your smartphone to sync up to the free-download ZY Play mobile app for iOS and Android for additional capabilities. The app provides remote control over many functions of the gimbal and also has filmmaking features such as time-lapse, panorama, and slow-motion capture. The CRANE-M2 offers 360° pan, 310° tilt, and 324° roll rotation across six modes of operation, including POV and Vortex modes. It runs for approximately seven hours on a built-in battery that's rechargeable using an included micro-USB cable. An OLED display on the gimbal confirms the selected operation mode, battery level, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi status, and other functions. The CRANE-M2 features a quick release camera mounting system that lets you secure or remove your camera at the push of one lock button. Scale marks and memory locks help you balance the camera and lock the balance position for the camera used. A hand strap and mini tripod are also supplied with the gimbal. The mini tripod attaches on the bottom to function as a tripod or a stand, but it can also be used as an extension to provide you with even more control over the gimbal and camera, as you'll have a better grip on the gimbal. Six Stabilization Modes: PF Mode The camera pans as you turn the gimbal left and right. This feature is useful for hyperlapse capture and for traveler footage. F Mode The camera will follow the gimbal handle's movements. L Mode The camera direction is locked so you won't miss a shot in any situation. POV Mode The Crane-M2 offers full-range POV mode, which allows for 360° synchronous movement on all three axes. Instead of leveling off during motion, the camera will remain locked in position no matter which way or how far you move the gimbal, allowing for true POV shots. Vortex Mode Vortex mode gives you the freedom to perform cinematic 360° barrel shots in all dimensions. Go Mode Performs fast pan and tilt motions for dramatic action shots. In The Box: * Zhiyun-Tech CRANE-M2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer * Quick Release Plate * Hand Strap * Mini Tripod * Thumbscrew * Smartphone Mount Clip * Micro-USB Type-C Cable * Storage Box * Limited 1-Year Warranty
Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M2 Specs
|Number of Axes||3-Axis (Pitch, Roll, Yaw)|
|Rotation Range||Yaw (Pan): 360°
Pitch (Tilt): 310°
|Load Capacity||0.29 to 1.58 lb / 130 to 720 g|
|Ports||1 x USB (Unspecified Type) (Power)|
|Wireless Protocol||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi (Unspecified Type)|
|Battery Runtime||7 Hours|
|Operating Voltage||9.8 to 12.6 VDC|
|Operating Current||200 to 3000 mA|
|Operating Temperature||14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C|
|Package Weight||2.09 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||10.8 x 6.8 x 3.3"|
Max payload: 1.58lb | 715g
Supports most compact cameras, smartphones & action cameras.
Camera Control Capability:
Please see CRANE-M2 Camera Compatibility List (pdf)
iPhone Compatibility: All iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6+, 7/7+, 8/8+, X/XS and 11 Pro/11 Pro Max Models
Requires iOS 9.0 or later
- Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S8*, S8+*, S9*, S9+*,S10*
- Samsung NOTE7*
- Google Pixel*
- HUAWEI Mate S, 8 and 9
- HUAWEI P9, P10 and P10 Plus
- LG G5*
*Requires Android 5.0 or later. Please note that due to Android phone camera manufacturer variations & Android operating system compatibility that not all Android phones will have full features set in camera applications.
ZY PLAY Smartphone Applications: The Smooth Q2 is capable of being used stand alone without the use of a companion APP. For people that just want basic stabilization without the advanced functionality you can run ANY camera APP with the Zhiyun Smooth Q2 - The gimbal does NOT require the use of our recommended APPs in order to function (unlike DJI Osmo or other competitors).
Please note that ZY Play APP may be limited with some newer model Android phones like the Galaxy S9/S10 due to manufacturer limitation of 3rd party APP integrations with their new camera hardware.
Zhiyun Crane M2
Good built but the battery performance is not very good as it runs out really fast. The app is also not the best to use with the camera selection I have but works fine with the GoPro 9