Best Gimbal for Nikon Z9

The Nikon Z9 (Amazon/B&H/Adorama) is Nikon’s flagship full frame mirrorless camera released in late 2021. Nikon Z9 is currently best video camera from Nikon. In order to take better video and movies, you’d better get a gimbal stabilizer for Z9. We have tested and reviewed latest gimbals, and below are top recommended ones for Nikon Z9:

1. DJI RS 2 – Check Price at Amazon/B&H Photo Video/Adorama/DJI

The new DJI RS 2 is DJI’s redesigned follow-up to the Ronin-S gimbal with a payload of up to 10 lb. RS 2 can make Nikon Z9 into professional-grade workflows. It’s about 25% lighter and more compact thanks to monocoque carbon fiber axis arms and a shorter grip handle with a smaller battery cartridge, although still with a 12-hour runtime. The RS 2 also has a 1.4″ full-color LCD touchscreen that allows you to access gimbal settings as well as features such as time-lapse and hyperlapse, which were previously accessible only via the companion mobile app.

Features:

  • 10 lb payload
  • 1.4″ full-color LCD touchscreen (with access to features such as time-lapse and hyperlapse)
  • DJI Titan stabilization algorithm
  • SuperSmooth stabilization feature for long zoom lenses
  • Two RSA ports with electrical contacts and a NATO mount for quick release attachment of dedicated accessories such as a focus wheel
  • Support for an optional DJI RavenEye 1080p transmission system
  • Monocoque carbon fiber axis arms
  • Short grip handle with a compact 12-hour battery cartridge
  • iOS 11+ / Android 7.0+ companion app
  • Creative functions such as Time Tunnel and Force Mobile
  • Dual-layer Manfrotto plus Arca-Swiss camera mounting system
  • Single-tap switching to portrait mode
  • Axis locks and fine-tune knob for efficient and precision camera balancing

2. Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 3S – Check Price at Amazon/B&H Photo Video/Adorama

If you are looking for more payload than DJI RS2, the best choice is the new released Zhiyun-Tech CRANE 3S. This one is a powerful redesign of previous Zhiyun gimbals with the addition of detachable handle options, more powerful motors with a large 14.3 lb payload, an updated axis-locking system, external power input, and the ViaTouch 2.0 remote control system. The 55° angled roll axis allows you to fit your camera without blocking the view, and it is also modular so you can add an included extension arm to fit larger cameras.

Features:

  • 14.3 lb Payload, Zoom and Focus Wheel
  • Redesigned Detachable SmartSling Handle
  • Updated Axis Locking System
  • ViaTouch 2.0 Remote Motion Control

3. DJI RSC 2 – Check Price at Amazon/B&H Photo Video/Adorama/DJI

If you are looking for a lighter and cheaper gimbal, the DJI RSC 2 is the best choice for Nikon Z9. The DJI RSC 2 is designed for mirrorless and DSLR cameras and supports up to 6.6 lb camera and accessories loads. The motors of the RSC 2 are 50% more powerful than those of the Ronin-SC, which is the predecessor of this redesigned gimbal. A key feature of the RSC 2 is a foldable design that allows for switching to underslung mode.

Features:

  • Designed for mirrorless and DSLR cameras
  • 6.6 lb payload for camera and accessories
  • Foldable into underslung mode
  • 1″ OLED black-and-white display
  • DJI Titan stabilization algorithm
  • SuperSmooth stabilization feature for long zoom lenses
  • Two NATO mounts for dedicated accessories such as a briefcase handle
  • Support for an optional DJI RavenEye 1080p transmission system
  • Integrated grip handle with built-in 14-hour batteries
  • iOS 11+/Android 7.0+ companion app
  • Time-lapse, panorama, Roll 360, and other creative functions
  • Dual-layer Manfrotto plus Arca-Swiss camera mounting system
  • Single-tap switching to portrait mode

4. Manfrotto Gimbal 460 Kit – Check Price at Amazon/B&H Photo Video/Adorama

Manfrotto‘s Gimbal 460 Kit features the Gimbal 460 3-axis motorized gimbal stabilizer, one of the two gimbals that make up Manfrotto’s entry into the gimbal world. The Gimbal 460 offers a 10 lb payload suitable for most mirrorless cameras, and it’s designed with a touchscreen display. With just a press of an icon in many cases, the touchscreen allows you to directly enter different modes, such as inception, time-lapse, or selfie mode. The touchscreen also lets you set up nearly all the parameters of the gimbal instead of having to rely more on the companion app.

Features:

  • 10 lb Payload
  • Touch LCD Access to Most Modes/Settings
  • Arca-Swiss Platform & QR Plate
  • Axis Locks for Easy Balancing
  • 360° Pan, 230° Tilt & 360° Roll Rotation
  • Up to 12-Hour Battery Life
  • iOS/Android Companion App