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Zhiyun announces the Crane M3 mirrorless camera gimbal with built-in LED light and a shotgun microphone

Zhiyun has nowadays introduced the newest iteration in their light-weight mirrorless gimbal, the Zhiyun Crane M3. Unlike its predecessors, the Crane M2 and the unique Crane M, it comes with a new vibrant white color scheme. It means that you can simply change camera batteries with no need to rebalance, a built-in LED and you’ll be able to even attach it as much as an XLR microphone.

In truth, now not simplest are you able to attach it to an XLR mic, however Zhiyun has launched their first XLR Shotgun Mic alongside with the TransMount Base to move alongside with the Crane M3 to allow you to get the very best high quality audio that you’ll be able to. There’s additionally a trendy new Zhiyun backpack to hold all of it in.

While essentially focused in opposition to mirrorless cameras – and appropriate with 90% of them in line with Zhiyun – the Zhiyun Crane M sequence is designed for mirrorless cameras, motion cameras and smartphones. And the Crane M3 is not any other, making an allowance for simple use with all 3. And for mirrorless cameras, apparently to have a quick-release gadget very similar to that of the Crane 2S, permitting you utterly take away your camera setup from the gimbal in a single swipe to change out batteries or reminiscence playing cards and reinsert with no need to rebalance – which is a fantastic skill while you’re out on location.

One new function of the Zhiyun Crane M3 is a built-in 800 lumen LED light with a CRI of 90+. Sure, it’s now not going to supply the very best lighting fixtures given the place it’s at relative to the camera nevertheless it will have to be lots robust sufficient as a fill light to boost the ones shadows while you’re filming one thing like a individual speaking immediately to the camera. Or any roughly shut up paintings that simply wishes a little bump in light. It even has magnetic color filters you’ll be able to pop over it in case you need so as to add a little inventive aptitude.

On a complete battery, you rise up to eight hours runtime and with a 25W USB-PD Type-C connection it fees from flat to complete in simplest two hours. And, like the Weebill 2, the Crane M3 additionally helps charging from USB whilst the gimbal is in use when you occur to run low on juice whilst filming.

The Crane M3 has grown a little over the Crane M3, nevertheless it has extra battery existence, now options the keep watch over wheel, can keep watch over ISO, aperture and shutter on appropriate cameras, has a higher contact display show, a built-in LED light and a bunch of latest appropriate equipment.

  Zhiyun Crane M3 Zhiyun Crane M2
Runtime 8 hours (2 hour price) 6 hours (2 hour price)
DC Input 25W USB-PD (price whilst in use) None
Control Wheel Yes No
Built-in LED Fill Light Yes No
Microphone Yes (not obligatory accent) No
Wireless Control Yes (not obligatory Bluetooth accent) No
Dimensions 241 x 155 x 72.5mm (folded) 267 x 69 x 138mm (folded)
Weight 730g 500g

It’s the ones equipment that I to find specifically fascinating about the Crane M3 launch. Specifically, the TransMount Shotgun Microphone and the TransMount Expansion Base. Zhiyun’s goal for this combo is reporters who would possibly want to movie and report audio from a press convention or shoot a commentary for a newsworthy match.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of knowledge available in the market on both of those two gadgets but, nevertheless it has a 50Hz-16kHz frequency reaction and may also be powered from both 9-52v phantom energy while you’re going immediately into a mixer, box recorder or any other tool that may provide phantom energy or you’ll be able to energy it from a unmarried AA battery internally for while you’re the use of it with the TransMount Expansion Base. Given that that is Zhiyun’s first access into the audio area, I’d be curious to listen to how this compares to different shotgun microphones I’ve right here from Sennheiser, Rode, Deity, and many others.

To move with the white aesthetic of the gimbal itself and the microphone, Zhiyun has launched a new TransMount EasyGo backpack to compare. As with the different equipment, there isn’t a lot of knowledge to be had in this one but. So, I’ve no concept what the general capability is or what the inner structure looks as if. There’s additionally a TransMount Bluetooth Control Unit, however once more, there’s no actual knowledge on it but.

The Zhiyun Crane M3 is to be had to buy now from the Zhiyun website in 3 applications. There’s the Crane M3 with the same old mini tripod for $399, the Combo pack for $449 which upgrades the tripod to the Tripod Plus and additionally contains the smartphone mount and EasyGo backpack and then there’s the Pro bundle for $649 that comes with the whole thing that the Combo does but additionally provides the TransMount Shotgun Microphone and TransMount growth Base.

Separately, the TransMount Shotgun Mic, TransMount Expansion Base, TransMount EasyGo Backpack and TransMount Bluetooth Unit are $219, $89, $109 and $19 respectively.

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