Hello everyone, Sagi here and welcome to another Tech Gear Talk. Today we are going to take a look at an awesome new gimbal: – the Weevil-S. This gimbal is made by Zhiyun (I think it’s Gee-yu-win) – I’m not sure of the pronunciation, so from now on we’ll stick with Weebill-S. What I am sure of is whether I like it or not – so let’s get to it.
Where to buy Zhiyun Weebill S
I’ll talk about some of the features of the Weebill-S and show you some test images to give you an idea of the kind of shots you can expect in terms of stability. I have used many gimbals and I don’t think there is one size fits all when it comes to them. Each of us uses a different camera body and lens combinations and we’re going to have different requirements, not to mention wants, so I like to use different types of gimbals and try to help you decide which one would work. your. So if you are interested in learning more about gimbals, cameras, photography, and cinematography, please join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons.
What made me look at the Zhiyun Weebill-S?
I want to start by talking about what made me consider the Weebill-S, which is also called the Tiny Giant. For me, I wanted something that could handle both DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, with a variety of lenses. I wanted a gimbal that wasn’t heavy so it wouldn’t add a ton of weight when I’m using heavier setups. I wanted a smaller gimbal that was super portable so I didn’t have to worry about carrying an extra case. I wanted flexibility in terms of handling and operation that would allow me to switch very quickly between different types of shots and still feel comfortable while shooting. I wanted it to work essentially out of the box – I like having the ability to go into the app or settings and make adjustments, but I wanted this gimbal to work without forcing me to.
I wanted to be able to use my phone as a monitor because I use a lot of cameras and some of them don’t have a fully articulating screen. I wanted an affordable gimbal that I can recommend to any of you if you are using a similar setup. And finally, I wasn’t willing to compromise on performance when it came to stability and smoothness. So does the Weebill-S meet these – well yes, it does a bit. .
Let’s take a closer look at the Weebill-S and I’m going to include some additional images at the end of the video so you can get all the information up front and if you’d still like to see more images, they’re there for you. .
Zhiyun Weebill-S Payload
Starting with the payload, I didn’t see any published payloads, but used it with my Sony a7iii, a Fuji X-T3 with a 16-55mm f/2.8 that I haven’t been able to balance many smaller gimbals without counterweights. Of course any smaller camera such as a SL2 or 3, M50, a6400 will work.
I even tried it with the new Canon 90D with a 24-70 f/2.8 and it balanced easily and the eyepiece didn’t hit the rear motor so it had full range of motion and could easily go into vortex mode. So, as far as being able to balance different caMaras with a variety of lenses, I’m happy with what the Weebill S can do.
Weight and size of Zhiyun Weebill-S
Next, I wanted something that wasn’t too heavy and didn’t add a lot of weight, which is particularly important when running heavier setups. And of course I’m using the term relatively heavier setup here, I don’t carry a movie camera here, but I’m always interested in the lightest setup that can give me the results I want. The Weebill S weighs 926g, which is about 2lbs, and I’m sure the tripod and Batteries add a few ounces. Regardless, it’s extremely lightweight, and going back and forth between the Weebill-S and larger gimbals with the same camera and lens combination, there’s a noticeable difference.
Looking at the size, again, it’s such a small gimbal when I consider the types of setup it can handle. I really like this design, where the batteries are located at the back, so we don’t need to have a very long handle. So when this thing breaks down it’s a much more portable form factor that I can easily fit in my backpack and that’s great when I’m just walking around and shooting because I don’t have to carry around a dedicated case just for the gimbal. It would have been nice if Zhiyun included a case, like with the Zhiyun Crane 3, so that when you’re already taking more gear, you can pack it more securely. Instead, it comes with these two Styrofoam pieces that would just act as a case if you put them back in the box.
And that’s me being a little picky because I feel like I want it in concept, but I don’t know if I’d really use it, instead of throwing it in one of my bags, especially since you always have to bring everything, everything down to put them in the original transport case.
Zhiyun Weebill-S Functionality and ergonomics
Ok, so it’s small, it’s light, and it can handle the kind of payload I need, but what about functionality and ergonomics? Again, I think Weebill-S ticks that box for me. The smaller form factor means I can use it for a longer period of time without fatigue. Holding and using it upright was super comfortable – I noticed at first I was placing my top hand too high on the handle and inadvertently touching the trigger, which puts the gimbal in Follow mode. But I quickly adjusted my grip and found that it never happened again, but I wanted to mention it in case it happens to someone else and you don’t understand why.
The fact that the tripod legs can be attached at the bottom for when you want a longer handle to stack your hands upright is great. I really like that if you double tap the LV button, the buttons on the back lock so it doesn’t matter if you press them while shooting. What’s even better about this design is the ability to remove the feet from the bottom to place them at the back so you have a more horizontal setup. I was still able to shoot in suspended mode when I wanted to, which is great if I’m trying to quickly change the elevation of a shot. But I really like this more compact setup for low shots and felt they were moreThey were stable and gave more control. They also allowed me to get into smaller areas and get angles I couldn’t get in hover mode.
So, I really like the versatility and the fact that I can quickly switch between how I handle the Weebill-S based on the type of shot I’m trying to get. As far as how easy this gimbal was to use, I’m going to say it was extremely easy. Right out of the box I just balanced it and ran the autotune which detects the weight of the setup and automatically makes adjustments to the torque. I literally just took it out of the box, charged the batteries, and started using different settings and shooting, and never had that shakiness that you sometimes get when the motor is set to a setting that is too heavy or too light. And of course, you still had the flexibility, if you wanted, to go into the app and make adjustments.
As for the balance of the Weebill-S, I love the fact that each axis can be locked so you don’t have to worry about the camera shaking all over the place and you can quickly make sure each one is balanced and start shooting. . It’s also a great feature because you can lock all 3 with or without the camera attached, which is great for transporting or just walking with it between locations.
There is also another cool mode in the app called Motion Sync – this is similar to Movi Pro mimicry or DJI Force Mobile functionality. It was better than Zhiyun’s previous attempts, but it wasn’t up to par with other implementations, so I didn’t find myself using it much. I also know that I am using a pre-release model and that there have already been 2 firmware updates that have made a number of improvements – but I’d like this to be combined with the next feature I’m going to talk about, to take this feature to a whole new level.
Zhiyun Weebill-S Wireless TransMount Image Transmission Module
So the next feature was more of a want than a need, and I’m talking about the ability to wirelessly stream the video from the camera to my phone. The reason I wanted this is because I use different cameras, and not all of them have a fully articulating screen, so I can’t always get a very clear view of what the camera sees. Many other gimbals allow me to stream the image to an external monitor using a few cables, but that means I have to bring another monitor and mostly these monitors are bigger and heavier than my phone – not to mention that I always have my phone with me.
Zhiyun designed this new TransMount image transmission module that plugs into the camera and then uses wifi to send the video from the camera to my phone. So now I can have near real time 1080p/30 monitoring using my phone. I say near real time because the latency is zero, but it’s pretty close. And from how I use it it worked great and I like that I don’t need another cable to connect my phone to the setup.
Zhiyun Weebil-S Value and Price
Ok, obviously I’m impressed with the functionality and performance of the Weebill-S, but let’s move on to the price.I got this gimbal and have been using it for a few weeks now, but this is a pre-release model that Zhiyun sent me to review – a big shout out to Zhiyun. And if you’ve watched my videos, you know I’ll tell you exactly what I think about a product, whether it’s shipped to me, borrowed, or purchased myself. I’m at a point where there really isn’t a lot of gear I need personally or professionally, and I can essentially borrow any gear I want anymore.
So when I accept a product for review, it’s because I’m genuinely interested in the product’s performance, it’s something I think you guys can find value in, and it’s always with the understanding that I’m going to say whatever. I want about it. So even though I’ve been using it for the past few weeks, I didn’t know how much it was going to cost. And I was thinking, wow, I really like this gimbal, but it’ll be interesting to see where they price it, because if it’s too expensive, it just won’t work for a lot of creators. I pegged it at around $600 – $650 and found out last night that it will sell for
- $439 for the Weebill-S alone, which I think is incredible value.
- $519 for the Zoom/Focus Pro bundle, and
- $679 for the Image Transmission Pro package which gives you the Zoom/Focus module and the Wireless Image Transmission module.
For the performance I got, this would be a no-brainer for me and it’s definitely a gimbal I’m going to get a lot of use out of. It’s lightweight, portable, can handle the setups I mostly use, is super easy to use, and even has the wireless functionality you’ve come to expect. Remember there are more images at the end of this video, I’ll put links in the description where you can get the Weebill-S and Accessories. There are always special offers and discounts for the holidays, so the links will be updated with the lowest prices.
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I really hope this video gives you a good overview of the Weebill-S, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comment sections. Let me know, is this a gimbal you want and would you use? Regardless, I’m always curious about what your setup is now. If this video was helpful, please let me know by liking it, tweeting it, sharing it, and if you haven’t already, join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons.
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Where to buy Zhiyun Weebill S
Cameras used in this video:
- Canon M50
- Canon 90D
- Sony A7iii
- Sony a6400
- Fuji X-T3
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