ZHIYUN has announced the WEEBILL 3, a new gimbal for hybrid mirrorless cameras. It incorporates a new, updated SLING 2.0 design for improved ergonomics, a built-in microphone and fill light as well as an inbuilt battery.
The SLING 2.0 system incorporates three important ergonomic upgrades: a restructured L-shape handle that’s more stable when self-standing, a new wrist rest, and a repositioned, extendable sling grip, which is claimed to provide more support to your wrist by shifting the weight onto your arm. This extra support is said to help reduce fatigue, allowing operators to use the gimbal for extended periods of time. By moving the sling grip to the bottom of the gimbal, it provides better stability and shake-prevention when shooting at low angles.
The grip includes thumb buttons, a mini control stick for movement, plus a finger trigger and wheel that can be customized according to preferences of shooting modes and action parameters.
- Optimized 2.0 Sling Structure
- Extendable Sling Grip, Wrist Rest
- Integrated Microphone and Fill Light
- Up to 21-Hour Runtime
- 0.96″ OLED Touchscreen
- Dual Quick Release Plate System
- Two Rosette Mounts with 1/4″-20 Threads
- Tripod Extension, Backpack
- Various Control Cables for DSLR Cameras
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Capabilities for App
The WEEBILL 3 weighs 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg. What is strange is that I couldn’t find any information on what the payload capacity is. This is something you need to know.
Built-in Microphone & Light
The WEEBILL 3 includes a built-in microphone and 1000 lumen fill light.
The microphone provides forward-focused cardioid recording, and it features noise-canceling functionality. The fill light offers color temperature adjustment.
Just how useful either of these features is on a gimbal is up for debate.
ZHIYUN offers a comprehensive ecosystem of TransMount accessories to extend the WEEBILL 3’s functionality. Combining the WEEBILL 3 with TransMount Image Transmitter and MasterEye Visual Controller VC100 allows directors to monitor the shot via wireless image transmission, and apply parameter adjustment, such as focus and zoom, via remote control. Other accessories include ZHIYUN’s Follow Focus/Zoom units and its ZY Play App.
Battery Life & PD Fast Charging Support
Compared to the previous version, the WEEBILL 3 utilizes a large 7,800mAh internal battery, which now provides up to 21-hours of use. With support for PD fast charging (0-100% in 2 hours) and pass-through charging of attached cameras (5V/1A).
Quick Release system
ZHIYUN’s latest quick-release system includes a dual quick-release plate with an embedded magnetic wrench. The camera requires balancing just once, then it can be repeatedly mounted and secured easily, fast and conveniently without needing to rebalance.
Price & Availability
While this looks like a solid offering there is nothing that jumps out and I don’t see anything in the way of innovation. While DJI has introduced wireless transmission systems, LiDAR capabilities and a very large range of accessories ZHIYUN seem to be stuck making the same type of gimbals over and over again.