The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M is a smaller, lighter version of the original Crane. It is designed for small mirrorless cameras, smartphones, and action cameras.
The Friendly Giant for All Light-weight Cameras
If you are looking for a “camera-friendly” stabilizer for your mirrorless or compact digital camera, GoPro and even smartphone, CRANE-M would be your ideal choice. Exquisitely crafted by ZHIYUN for all-level users, it is mountable by most camera models on the market with weights ranging from 125g to 650g.
Play It and Be PRO
The bulky machinery of traditional stabilizers are gradually replaced by newly appeared electronic 3-axis stabilizers, which are much smarter, more user-friendly and time-efficient in its operation. CRANE-M has played these advantages to the extreme. With its weight equal to just one bottle of water, any individual can shoot steady and smooth streams with pro-level effect. With CRANE-M in hand all you need is imagination and action.
All-in-1 Control Panel
CRANE-M is the first stabilizer in the world that realizes synchronous control of camera through the connection of a dedicated camera control line (currently available for SONY and most Panasonic models). Through the simple-designed control panel on the CRANE-M handle, users not only can pan, tilt, and roll the connected camera, but also use zooming, and photo/video shooting controls.
Full 12-hour Around the Clock
Featuring ZHIYUN’s unique 32-bit high-speed MCU parallel control technology, the work efficiency of control motors on all three axes has been greatly improved, thus reducing power consumption during operations. CRANE-M comes standard with 2 pieces of 26500 Li-Ion batteries supporting up to 12 hours of working time, enough for any challenging shoot you may come upon.
High-integrated Control Panel
The highly integrated control panel on CRANE-M makes it super easy and convenient to use by putting all available functional controls, such as mode switch, angel adjustment, zooming and photo/video shooting, etc., all within reach of your thumb.
1-min. Balance Adjustment
CRANE-M supports instant manual mounting & dismounting of the camera without the need of a screwdriver, with fixing thumb screws on all 4 sides. In addition, camera balance adjustment is made much easier on CRANE-M with its unique scale marks + locating slots design on each axis.
Friendly Design into Details
As a flagship-level product with high compatibility, CRANE-M’s design team, while not overlooking users’ need to frequently change cameras to tackle different tasks, has to the greatest extent simplified the camera mounting and adjusting operations by adding special scale marks and locating slots along the axes.
Single & Dual Hand Operation
Tired of holding your stabilizer single armed? Attach the optional dual-hand handle to alleviate the load for easier, more stable operations with better body balance.
1/4” Threaded Hole for Multiple Add-ons
The standard ¼” threaded hole at the bottom of the CRANE-M offers more flexibility at work allowing various add-ons of photographic equipment and apparatus, such as a tripod, extension rod, suction cup, etc., to support in your creative works.
For Mirrorless, Action Cams, and Phones
Supports Devices up to 1.4 lb
360° Rotation Along All Three Axes
Large 4-Way Joystick
Lock, Yaw, Pitch/Yaw, and Inverted Modes
32-Bit Triple-MCUs at 4 kHz Frequency
High Accuracy Brushless Motors
Toolless Adjustment of All Axes
Remote iOS/Android Control via Bluetooth
12-Hour Runtime On Included Batteries
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane-M is a smaller, lighter version of the original Crane. It is designed for small mirrorless cameras, smartphones, and action cameras weighing between 4.4 oz and 1.4 lb. At the same time, it has the advanced features of the original as well as improvements over it. (Separately sold adapters from Zhiyun Tech are required for mounting phones and action cams.)
The Crane-M provides 360° rotation along the pan, tilt, and roll axes via a large 4-way joystick. It can also be controlled remotely over Bluetooth using the free Zhiyun Assistant app from your mobile device (iOS/Android).
The Crane-M operates on 32-bit triple-MCUs running in parallel at 4 kHz frequency. It also features brushless motors offering high accuracy while maintaining low vibration and increasing torque. Accuracy is ensured with a magnetic encoder in each motor and advanced stabilization algorithms. The Crane-M can achieve up to 0.01° of accuracy within 0.25 millisecond.
Featuring a quick-release plate and thumbscrew at the mounting platform, the Crane-M balances very easily without any tools. All three axes can be adjusted to your preferences in about one minute.
Multiple modes are available to select from. In Lock Mode, all three axes work together to keep the camera pointed in one position. The camera will stay still no matter how you move the handle. In Yaw-Axis Follow Mode, the Crane-M will only follow your pan movements, while in Pitch/Yaw-Axis Follow Mode, it will follow your pan and tilt movements. You can also switch to Inverted Mode at any time by simply flipping the handle over the camera. Inverted mode can be operated in conjunction with the Lock and Follow modes. In addition, the gimbal also has a Camera Control function with which shutter release can conveniently be triggered over a USB cable for select Sony cameras.
A 1/4"-20 mounting thread on the bottom of the gimbal allows mounting on tripods, monopods, and other support gear. Having the Crane-M mounted is also the ideal way of using it when controlling it remotely over the mobile app. The Crane-M runs for approximately 12 hours on included 26500 lithium-ion batteries, which take about 3 hours to fully charge.
|Following Deviation in Static State||±0.01°||±0.03°|
|Following Deviation in Motion State||±0.05°||±0.2°|
|Tilt Angle Range||360°||Unlimited Rot.|
|Roll Angle Range||360°||Unlimited Rot.|
|Pan Angle Range||360°||Unlimited Rot.|
|Battery Runtime||12h||18h||Balanced center of gravity|