hiyun-Tech Crane 3 LAB Overview
The Zhiyun-Tech Crane 3-Lab Creator Package includes the Crane 3-Lab gimbal and dedicated accessories that allow for an optimal workflow with the gimbal. The Crane 3-Lab supports up to 10 lb and features an innovative design with a handle on top. This handle provides an additional point of stability as well as an easy way to switch to underslung mode.
In addition to the accessories that come standard with the Crane 3-Lab, such as a mini tripod, the Master Package also includes a quick release baseplate, telescopic monopod, focus/zoom servo kit, two quick setup adapters, a phone holder, and a multifunctional camera belt in size large.
The baseplate lets you easily move your camera between the gimbal and the hanging straps provided on the camera belt. It accepts the gimbal mounting plate on one side and latches onto the straps on the other. The idea is that when you pack away your gimbal, you can leave your camera out for easy access without having to remove the gimbal plate. The monopod is designed to secure to a quick release receptacle on the camera belt and allow for more stable jib-style shots, with the weight of the gimbal taken off your hands and supported by the belt. Even without the belt the monopod can be used as a comfortable extension.
The servo kit consists of the Max and Lite motors for the Crane 3-Lab. The Crane supports two motors at the same time, so both can be mounted to control focus and zoom. The Quick Setup Adapters let you attach the mini tripod or monopod to the bottom of the gimbal by quick release functionality, instead of having to screw it in each time. And the phone holder will hold your smartphone on the side of the gimbal for monitoring. It supports up to 6.3″ phones and can be articulated forward and backward as well as folded up when not in use.
Please see a full description of each packaged item below.
Crane 3-Lab Handheld Stabilizer for DSLR
The Zhiyun Crane 3-Lab Handheld Stabilizer for DSLR takes a new direction in gimbal stabilizer design by designing the gimbal with a secondary handgrip where most of the manual controls and batteries are located. This allows the main handle to be shorter than previous versions of the Crane gimbal, allowing you to get closer to the ground for low-angle shots. The fixed-position secondary handle allows for a smooth transition to and from low mode as there is no repositioning of the handles required, just change your hand position. The gimbal supports two optional motors for focus and zoom, both controllable from the secondary handgrip as well as the app.
The gimbal can transmit 1080p video from your camera over Wi-Fi to a mobile device running the app. Your camera mounts on the sliding camera balance plate, and each axis has sliding adjustment allowing you to balance your camera on the gimbal. The Crane 3-Lab incorporates locks into each axis, allowing you to balance one axis at a time (you will need to release the locks before using the gimbal).
The gimbal includes a micro-USB cable and Type-C adapter that enables control of your camera’s functions and supports 1080p video.
The gimbal can transmit the camera’s output video, up to 1080p, to a mobile device running the free app.
The app will allow you to control the parameters of most cameras while controlling the gimbal and supporting the following:
- Smartphone monitor
- HDMI image transmission (high-resolution)
- G-Mode motion control (mimic joystick)
- Auto-follow object mode
- Adjust camera exposure values (ISO, white balance, framing, etc.)
- Two channels for focus and zoom control
The gimbal supports up to two lens control motors. However, no motors are included and they must be sourced separately.
TransMount Quick Release Baseplate for WEEBILL LAB, Crane 3-Lab & Crane 2
The TransMount Quick Release Baseplate from Zhiyun-Tech is designed to let you easily move your camera between the gimbal and the TransMount Multifunctional Camera Belt or Gimbal Bag. On one side, the baseplate accepts the mounting plate of the WEEBILL LAB, Crane 3-Lab, or Crane 2, and on the other side it features a latch that lets you attach onto the straps provided on the outside of the belt and bag. In this way, when you pack away your gimbal or put it away temporarily, you can keep the camera handy without having to remove the gimbal mounting plate. The latch, which is made of metal, securely locks when you push it in and unlocks at the press of two pins on the sides.
TransMount Focus & Zoom Servo Combo Kit for Crane 3-Lab
The Crane 3-Lab gimbal supports up to two motors at the same time. The Zhiyun-Tech TransMount Focus & Zoom Servo Combo Kit includes the TransMount Max zoom/focus servo and slightly lighter TransMount Lite focus servo. Together these two motors allow you to control both focus and zoom with zero latency. The motors attach to the bottom of the Crane’s baseplate without any tools using just the included brackets, rods, and thumbscrews.
The TransMount Quick Setup Adapter from Zhiyun-Tech is a quick release adapter for instantly attaching mini tripods and monopods to the Crane 3-Lab or WEEBILL LAB gimbal. It consists of two parts—one screws onto the tripod/monopod and the other to the gimbal’s tripod mount, and the two simply click into each other. To detach them, you just need to pull back on a collar. The adapter prevents having to screw and unscrew a tripod/monopod each time. Featuring a 1/4″-20 male/female design, the adapter can also be used independent of the gimbal for various accessories, such as monitors.
Two units are recommended for the WEEBILL LAB because the WEEBILL offers two locations for attaching a mini tripod—one on top and one on the bottom. With an adapter attached at each of the two locations, your mini tripod can easily be moved between one and the other to switch between standard and underslung modes.
The Quick Setup Adapter features a robust aluminum construction.
- Quick release adapter for attaching mini tripods and monopods to the Crane 3-Lab or WEEBILL LAB gimbal
- Consists of two parts—one secures to the tripod/monopod and the other to the gimbal; the two click into each other
- Detachable by pulling back on a collar
- Can also be used separately from the gimbal with various other 1/4″-20 accessories
- Aluminum construction
- TransMount Quick Setup Adapter for Crane 3-Lab & WEEBILL LAB
TransMount Phone Holder with Crown Gear for Crane 3-Lab & WEEBILL LAB
The TransMount Phone Holder with Crown Gear from Zhiyun-Tech is compatible with the Crane 3-Lab and WEEBILL LAB. It secures on the side of the gimbal and is adjustable to hold phones up to 6.3″ wide when the phone is held in landscape orientation. It also articulates forward/backward and can be folded up when not in use.
TransMount Multifunctional Camera Belt (Large)
Designed to support the TransMount Mini and Telescopic monopods, the large-sized Zhiyun-Tech TransMount Multifunctional Camera Belt provides a point of stability for anything you mount on the monopod, including a gimbal. When the belt is used with a monopod and gimbal such as the WEEBILL LAB, the additional point of balance allows for substantially more stable and comfortable jib-type shots and lets you control the gimbal’s focus wheel more easily. The belt also has military-grade strips along its length for hanging accessories such as lens bags and the TransMount Baseplate.
For securing the monopod, the belt features a receptacle suspended on a hanging strap. The receptacle has a removable quick release 1/4″-20 mounting platform that screws into the bottom of the monopod and then pops in and out of the receptacle by quick release functionality. Two registration pins on the receptacle lock into a groove on the 1/4″-20 mounting platform to lock the two together.
- Designed to support the Zhiyun-Tech TransMount Mini and Telescopic monopods via a receptacle with a quick release mounting platform (dual registration pins)
- Provides an additional point of stability for jib-type shots and much more
- Allows the user to more easily control the focus wheel of gimbals such as the Crane 3-Lab or WEEBILL LAB
- Military grade strips for hanging lens bags and other accessories
TransMount Telescopic Monopod with Locking Buckle