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Zhiyun Weebill 3 Gimbal Stabiliser Explored

The third generation Zhiyun Weebill 3 Gimbal Stabiliser + Weebill 3 Combo have launched and we explore new features, upgrades and what’s included with this version so you can decide which model to get.

Zhiyun Weebill 3 Gimbal Stabiliser Explored

What is the Zhiyun Weebill?

The Weebill gimbal from Zhiyun is a compact and sub 1kg battery powered 3-axis stabiliser for professional videographers, vloggers and content creators. It is designed to stabilise a standard DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens for you to record extremely stable video with minimal fatigue.

Using the gimbal single handed for stable video

Why use a gimbal stabiliser?

Using a gimbal enables you to record extremely stable video, even from difficult angles with less fatigue and for longer than if simply handholding your camera. Gimbal stabilisation helps to create cinematic movements which raises production value and certain models can be remotely controlled and also offer camera control.

New handle on the Zhiyun Weebill 3

What’s new with the Zhiyun Weebill 3 stabiliser?

Zhiyun has overhauled the design of the third generation Weebill 3 as well as adding new features ad upgrades to create not just operational improvements, but a new all-in-one device for video.

  1. Battery life has been extended to a whopping 20 hours, which provides enough time to record all-day and is up from 9 hours with the previous generation gimbal. Charging time remains a quick two hours using fast charging so you can be up and running quickly.
  2. The weight of the Weebill 3 has been reduced, from 1.47kg in version 2, down to 1.1kg with this latest generation. That is a healthy diet and will be highly welcome with filmmakers who want to shave as much weight off their gear as possible.
  3. Weebill 3 features a new design, which Zhiyun refers to as Sling 2.0 design. This is aimed at reducing the weight and making the gimbal easier to use, thanks to better ergonomics with less fatigue when recording for extended periods or at difficult angles. The Weebill 3 Combo makes the most of this new design by adding a wrist rest and extension arm, or extendable sling grip for dual handed use. Overall this makes the stabiliser less shaky and more stable and does reduce weight successfully.
  4. Updated dual quick release mechanism so you can switch between configurations far more quickly, without needing to rebalance each time.
  5. In a radical move Zhiyun has added a built-in microphone and LED fill light to the Weebill 3. The fill light puts out 1000 lumens and offers bi-colour temperature adjustment of 2600k-5400k at a reasonably accurate CRI 90+. The microphone is a directional mic and has a noise-canceling function and while you’ll probably still bring your video microphone to most shoots it does give you a fantastic back-up and weight saving option.
  6. The core stabilisation algorithm is now in it’s 10th generation, which is the most advanced and most stable ever.

Shooting low angles is easier than ever with the weebill 3

How do you remote control the Zhiyun Weebill 3?

The Weebill 3 is compatible with Zhiyun’s TransMount Image Transmitter and MasterEye Visual Controller VC100 so you can work in teams and create incredibly compelling video while the gimbal is remotely controlled. This allows car or any vehicle mounting, or attaching the gimbal to a tripod for dynamic compositions which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

Mounting the gimbal to a car for remote control

Which cameras are compatible with the Zhiyun Weebill 3?

The latest generation gimbal is compatible with all of the most popular video cameras on the market, from every camera brand. A section of these include:

New mounting quick release system for quicker balance

What’s the difference between Zhiyun Weebill 3 standard and combo?

The difference between Zhiyun Weebill 3 standard edition and the Weebill 3 Combo is that the Combo adds a sling handle, wrist rest and backpack. Both versions include a mini tripod, camera control cables for Sony, Canon, Panasonic, two audio cables and USB charging cable.

The wrist rest and sling handle do contribute to making the Weebill 3 more comfortable to use over extended periods and easier to shoot at awkward angles.

How to balance a Zhiyun Gimbal?

This video from Zhiyun shows how to balance their gimbals, which is even easier with the Weebill 3.

Summary

This latest generation Weebill 3 gimbal punches well above its lighter 1.1kg weight and arrives with substantial improvements over the previous version to tempt existing Weebill users to upgrade and newcomers to join the system. You can achieve incredibly smooth video even single-handed when required, as well as record nice effects and transitions and even control the gimbal remotely with two accessories.

Battery life is a huge step up to 20 hours and the gimbal is more stable and easier to operate than ever and even comes with a built-in light for focusing in near dark conditions as well as a directional mic. If you’ve been considering how to take your productions to the next level this could be just the solution and comes highly recommended.

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By Nick Dautlich on 22/06/2022

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