Crane 3S

The legendary gimbal built on a heritage of innovation with magnificent motors and brand new modular design, which aims for wider application and intuitive control.

$739.00 USD $599.00 USD SAVE 19%

Package: SmartSling Kit

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6.5kg / 14.3lb payload
Detachable SmartSling / EasySling handle grip
55° angled roll axis
Extendable Arm
Synchronized Teamwork: Image Transmission & Remote Control & Zoom/Focus

    Reengineered for More Ambitious Camera Setup

    It is not simply an upgrade but a reconstruction. CRANE 3S is constructed with brand new SUPER motors which allow for a 6.5kg/14.3lb payload for a wide range of camera models including Canon EOS 1DX, BMPCC 4k/6k, and even Canon Cinema EOS, Sony FS & FX series, and Red Digital Cinema Cameras.

    Phenomenal Speed. Seriously Smooth

    To facilitate powerful features in various shooting environments, CRANE 3S is driven by a new algorithm system that enables phenomenal responsive speed and smoothness. In fast action shoot, CRANE 3S is able to resist high winds and G-forces without compromise.

    Extendable Roll Axis. Greater Flexibility

    Wider compatibility is the goal but flexibility is provided. For larger cinema camera combos, users can attach an extension module onto the roll axis for more space, while for smaller DSLR combos, the extension module can be detached for greater portability.

    Modular Design. Versatile Shooting

    On CRANE 3S, the handle is detachable with two options provided: TransMount EasySling Handle and TransMount SmartSling Handle. You can either mount EasySling handle to extend the grip for more comfortable upright & underslung operation, or choose to mount SmartSling handle featuring an intuitive control panel and OLED screen, for direct camera & gimbal parameter adjustment, or combine them together!

    Triple Control, Film at Your Will

    ZHIYUN cares for the needs of all filmmakers. With ZHIYUN gimbals and TransMount Image Transmission System, there are three control options available for filmmakers work in film crew or work solo: control from the gimbal, from a smartphone, or from motion sensor controller.

    Zero Swinging. Hero Security

    CRANE 3S provides ultimate reliability that users can count on. The reinvented locking system can lock the three axes without noticeable swinging. The modular design is integrated with double locks to ensure the camera is 100% safe on the gimbal during traveling or storage.

    Cross-Compatibility. You can Imagine

    To complete challenging shooting tasks, CRANE 3S offers a versatile solution thanks to its cross-compatibility. The handle mods are easily separated and both provide multiple thread holes of different sizes to mount accessories. The modular design allows greater compatibility on CRANE 3S, like with motorized dolly, jib, cable cam, Easyrig, etc.

    Continuous Uptime Supported by PowerPlus

    Besides battery insertion, CRANE 3S offers a DC-IN port that supports up to 25.2V input for direct charging. The new exciting TransMount PowerPlus Battery Pack can house 6*18650 batteries, giving more strength to your gimbal to adapt to constant intense motions, and serving as a compact yet fast-charging power bank for your devices.

    ViaTouch 2.0

    ViaTouch 2.0 bridges the communication gap between your stabilizer, camera and monitoring devices via a dedicated phone app, allowing you to intuitively adjust various camera and gimbal parameters with perfect synergy.

    Improved Zoom & Focus System

    To meet the needs of cinematography, larger lens supports are added to the zoom & focus system. The focus wheel is equipped with a whiteboard for marking a focus range. Zooming can be realized synchronously through SmartSling Handle.

    Stay Focused All the Way

    TransMount Image Transmission System supports zoom/focus control via phone app or remote controller. You can even customize the sensitivity of zoom/focus control to your own needs for optimal experience.


    Following Deviation in Static State
    Max: ± 0.04° / Min: ± 0.01°
    Following Deviation in Motion State
    Max: ± 0.3° / Standard: ± 0.1° / Min: ± 0.05°
    Tilt Mechanical Range
    Max: +155° / Min: -91°
    Roll Mechanical Range
    Max: +237.5° / Min: -57.5°
    Pan Mechanical Range
    Operation Voltage
    Max: 25.2V / Min: 9.8V /Standard: 11.1V
    Operation Current
    Max: 5400mA / Min: 360mA
    5V, 1A
    Battery Runtime
    Lab Data: 12h
    Charging Time
    Lab Data: 4h
    Size & Weight
    Product Size (W*D*H)
    453*230*68mm (Folded, without quick release plate)
    Net Weight (Crane 3S SmartSling Kit)
    1880g (Tripod and Battery are not included)

    What's in the Box

    Crane 3S Stabilizer




    Smartsling Handle


    USB Cables


    Lens Support


    Lens Support Tube


    Extension Arm


    Backing Base


    Quick Release Plate


    Smartsling Handle Adapter Base


    Battery Charger


    14-20 Screws


    M1.3M2.5M4 Wrench


    Storage Box


    Camera Compatibility List

    A1; A9II; A9; A7R4; A7M4; ILME-FX3; A7R3; A7M3; A7S3; A7R2; A7M2; A7S2; A7C; ZV-E10; A6600; A6500; A6400; A6300; A6100; FS5; FS7M2; FX9; Z280
    D850; D780; Z5; Z6; Z6II; Z7; Z7II; Z30; Z50; ZFC; D6; Z9
    5D MARK III; 5D MARK IV; 5DS; 5DS R; 6D MARK II; 80D; 90D; M50; EOS M6 MARK II; EOS R5; EOS R6; EOS R7; EOS R10; EOS R; EOS RP; 1DX3; 1DX2; C70; C200; C300
    G9; GH5; GH5S; S5; S1; S1H; GH6; DC-BGH1
    X-T3; X-T4; X-H2S; X-T30
    E2C; E2; E2 F6
    4K; 6K; 6K PRO

    Which is the Best for You?

    Crane 2S
    Crane 3S
    Weebill 3
    Net Weight
    1880g/ 3.97lb
    2470g/ 5.45lb
    1130.8g/ 2.49lb
    Maximum Compatibility Setup
    ZCAM E2F6+ Sigma 50mm f/ 1.4 DG HSM Art
    6500g/ 14.33lb
    Nikon D850+ Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8L DG
    Running Time
    Charging Time
    Battery Type
    Removable Lithium Battery
    Removable Lithium Battery
    Built-in Lithium Battery
    Quick Charge
    Max 24W PD
    Quick Release Structure
    Single Quick Release Plate
    Single Quick Release Plate
    Manfrotto Standard Double-Layer Quick Release Plate
    PF/ F/ L/ POV/ V/ Go+Portrait
    PF/ F/ L/ POV/ V/ Go
    PF/ F/ L/ POV/ V/ Go+Portrait
    0.66-inch Non-touch Single-color screen
    0.96-inch Non-touch Single-color screen
    Fill Light
    Built-in Dual-color Fill light 1000lm
    Audio Solution
    Built-in Hi-Fi microphone
    Image Transmission
    Remote Control
    ZY Play & VC100
    ZY Play & VC100
    ZY Play & VC100
    Axis Operation Range
    Tilt: 246°/ Roll: 295°/Pan: 360°
    Tilt: 360°/ Roll: 330°/Pan: 360°
    Tilt: 310°/ Roll: 340°/Pan: 360°


    The gimbal starts vibrate after turning it on?

    1. Please check whether you balance the camera, and the gimbal can support the weight of camera.
    2. Please set the motor force in the setting of the gimbal, and chose suitable motor force.
    3. Please check whether the camera is installed well and close to Tilt Axis Motor, and tighten all lock switches.
    4. Please check whether screws on motor arm are loose.

    The screen shows "Axis Lock" and makes noise after turning it on?

    1. Please ensure the gimbal has been balanced before turning it on.
    2. Please check all motor locks have been unlocked.
    3. Please check the motor force.

    Crane 3S cannot connect with camera or control it?

    1. Please confirm your camera whether in our official camera compatiblity list.
    2. Please confirm whether you use wrong connection cable.
    3. Please check the notes of camera connection.
    *For details of supported camera models for CRANE-3S, please visit the official website of ZHIYUN ( and check the "CRANE-3S Camera Compatibility List"

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 12 reviews
    Paul Stocum
    Pending a chance to try all features

    I am struggling to connect the TransMount transmitter with Crane/z6ii/app to fully test the features I’m seeking to use. I am currently in communication with support to establish full functionality.

    Nada Khalaf-Jones
    Smooth But Awkward

    The extra handle is a good idea but the problem is hitting buttons accidentally. Running and gunning and suddenly the tilt:rotate starts coz I’ve rubbed the wheel - or the F lock is on instead of POV coz I’ve hit the button when I’m switching hands or changing position. Mostly i’m shooting run and gun. Events. And I’ve spent two days trying to sync the Sony cameras so I can use the handle! I have Sony A1, FX3, A9, A7iii. Not one of them work. I’ve watched all the films you have out there. And the YouTube films made by pros. Their response is ‘best use the on camera settings’ - it DOES not work! I was hoping to run it from the handle. And lastly nowhere to hold it. The neck is too short. The base of the 3s needed about 3 inches more so you can hold it! Grip it. Without the tripod foot. I want to put it on and take it off a tripod whilst also holding it steadily. The follow focus ring is in the way. I don’t use it. Just wanted the smooth gimbal. It is smooth. But the lack of good hand holds is a problem. I’m constantly grabbing the battery compartment area. But that is awkward. If you can put together an extension for the base of the 3s that is like a ‘gun grip’ then we can add a tripod mount plate or the tripod supplied with it. It’s v restricted to one use style. I’ve spent the money so I am using it. But it’s so awkward.

    Deetee Media
    Amazing Gimbal

    I’ve been using the crane 3s pro for close to a year now for collaboration with Lexus and the community shoots. It’s worked perfectly for my bmpcc6kpro. I’ll buy again anytime. I had a question and their support tech was very responsive.

    Diolc Tamayo
    Aún no lo recibo de Miami

    cuando lo reciba comentare

    Abdul Salifu
    I wasn’t expecting a fast delivery like Zhiyun did. They are amazing. I’m happy.

    I was heading back home to Ghana for a documentary shoot. I had two days to flight from ATL. Got this amazing Gimbal and today, I’m onset already. Mind you, your Crane 3s needs a firmware update before use. I think Zhiyun should fix it before they ship it out. Make it ready to use because I was on the field and the gimbal went to sleep mode. I checked online and got some articles suggesting a firmware update. Location didn’t have internet so I canceled my shoot. I did the firmware update and today, I’m enjoying this C3s so much. ✌🏽