Gimbal Payloads: Ultimate Weight Limit Comparison

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Modern gimbals are highly compatible with a large range of cameras and smartphones.

However, there is one factor that should be paid close attention to when pairing cameras with gimbals. That factor is weight.

Gimbals have a maximum weight or “payload” that they can handle before problems start to arise. So, just how much weight can a gimbal actually hold?

The average weight limit of a smartphone gimbal is 278 grams and the average weight limit of a camera gimbal is 4 kilograms. That said, gimbal payloads and camera weights vary wildly, so make sure to conduct the appropriate research before attaching a camera or smartphone to your gimbal.

With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at gimbal payloads and their importance.

What Is A Gimbal’s Payload?

A gimbal’s payload refers to the maximum amount of weight that can be added to a gimbal without causing malfunction or damage to the gimbal (or camera).

Payload may also be referred to as “maximum weight capacity” or “weight limit.”

How Heavy Is Your Payload?

Typically, the weight or payload added to a gimbal will be in the form of a camera or smartphone.

With this in mind, I would recommend researching the weight of your camera or smartphone to make sure it is compatible with the gimbal you are interested in using.

However, adding other gear and accessories to your camera or smartphone will add weight as well.

Extra weight could include external microphones, lenses and filters, and cases added to your camera or smartphone. Keep these extra accessories in mind when calculating the weight of your gear and your gimbal’s payload.

With this in mind, weighing your setup on a scale could be a smart idea, if you are suspicious that your setup may exceed your gimbal’s payload.

What Happens If You Exceed Your Gimbal’s Weight Limit?

Exceeding your gimbal can cause a slew of problems ranging from simple malfunction to total damage.

Gimbals operate using powerful motors.

However, despite being powerful, these motors can only hold so much. This is where your gimbal’s payload comes in.

By exceeding your gimbal’s maximum weight limit, you run the risk of straining your gimbal’s motors.

If you have exceeded your gimbal’s payload just slightly, you may experience gimbal shake and vibration as your gimbal attempts to function with added weight.

If you seriously exceed your gimbal’s weight limit, your gimbal could break down completely or even physically break — damaging both your gimbal and attached camera or smartphone.

Read More: Why Is My Gimbal Shaking? Causes & Solutions

Smartphone Vs. Camera Gimbal Payloads

You’ll likely notice that smartphone gimbals and camera gimbals have radically different payloads.

You’ll also likely notice that these two types of gimbal also feature radically different designs.

This is no coincidence.

Smartphone gimbals typically feature smaller, more simplistic designs as they are only intended to be used with smartphones.

Smartphones are obviously quite light, at least when compared to the average DSLR camera.

Gimbals designed to be used with cameras typically boast much higher payloads and heavy-duty construction to match.

If you are researching a gimbal to purchase, keep in mind the difference in design and payload between smartphone phone gimbals and camera gimbals!

Average Smartphone Gimbal Payload

Based on the range of smartphone gimbals included in the below table, the average smartphone gimbal’s maximum capacity is 278 grams.

The highest payload on this list is an impressive 900 grams offered by the MOZA Mini-P.

The lowest payload on this list goes to the Feiyu Tech Vimble2A at just 135 grams.

The iPhone 12 weighs 164 grams, so unless you choose to purchase a smartphone gimbal with a significantly lower weight capacity or a particularly heavy smartphone, most gimbal-phone combinations should be well under the acceptable payload.

Smartphone Gimbal

Smartphone Gimbal Weight Limits

Here is a list of popular smartphone gimbals and their maximum weight capacity in both grams and pounds.

DJI OM 5290 Grams0.63 Pounds
DJI OM 4290 Grams0.63 Pounds
DJI OM 3200 Grams0.44 Pounds
Zhiyun Smooth 5300 Grams0.66 Pounds
Zhiyun Smooth 4210 Grams0.46 Pounds
Zhiyun Smooth-X200 Grams0.44 Pounds
Zhiyun Smooth-X2200 Grams0.44 Pounds
Zhiyun Smooth Q2260 Grams0.57 Pounds
Zhiyun Smooth Q3280 Grams0.61 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Vlog Pocket240 Grams0.52 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Vlog Pocket 2250 Grams0.55 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Vimble One250 Grams0.55 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Vimble 2S200 Grams0.44 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Vimble2A135 Grams0.29 Pounds
MOZA Mini MX2280 Grams0.61 Pounds
MOZA Mini-S Essential260 Grams0.57 Pounds
MOZA Mini-MI300 Grams0.66 Pounds
MOZA Mini MX2280 Grams0.61 Pounds
MOZA Mini-S260 Grams0.57 Pounds
MOZA Mini-P900 Grams1.98 Pounds
MOZA Nano SE280 Grams0.61 Pounds
Hohem iSteady Multi400 Grams0.88 Pounds
Hohem iSteady V2 AI280 Grams0.61 Pounds
Hohem iSteady X2280 Grams0.61 Pounds
Hohem iSteady X280 Grams0.61 Pounds
Hohem iSteady280 Grams0.61 Pounds
EVO Shift220 Grams0.48 Pounds
Vlog Pocket240 Grams0.52 Pounds
Vlog Pocket 2250 Grams0.55 Pounds
Gimpro One260 Grams0.57 Pounds
Freevision VILTA-M Pro275 Grams0.6 Pounds

Average Camera Gimbal Payload

Based on the range of camera gimbals included in the below table, the average camera gimbal’s maximum capacity is 4 kilograms.

For reference, the ever-popular Sony A7iii weighs only 945 grams with a kit lens attached.

Camera Gimbal

Camera Gimbal Weight Limits

Here is a list of popular camera gimbals and their maximum weight capacity in both kilograms and pounds.

Zhiyun Crane-M2 S0.7 Kilograms1.5 Pounds
Zhiyun Crane-M20.7 Kilograms1.5 Pounds
Zhiyun Crane-M36.5 Kilograms14 Pounds
Zhiyun Weebill 23.3 Kilograms7.27 Pounds
Zhiyun Weebill S0.92 Kilograms2 Pounds
Zhiyun Crane-2S3.2 Kilograms7 Pounds
Zhiyun Crane-3S6.4 Kilograms14.3 Pounds
Zhiyun Crane 23.2 Kilograms7 Pounds
DJI RS 23 Kilograms6.6 Pounds
DJI RSC 23 Kilograms6.6 Pounds
DJI Ronin 213 Kilograms30 Pounds
DJI Ronin-SC2.2 Kilograms4.8 Pounds
MOZA Air 2S4.2 Kilograms9.25 Pounds
MOZA Air 24.2 Kilograms9.25 Pounds
MOZA Air1.1 Kilograms2.4 Pounds
MOZA AirCross 33.2 Kilograms7 Pounds
MOZA AirCross 23.2 Kilograms7 Pounds
MOZA AirCross1.8 Kilograms3.9 Pounds
MOZA Air X6.0 Kilograms13.2 Pounds
MOZA Pro10 Kilograms22 Pounds
MOZA Lite 2P7.0 Kilograms15.4 Pounds
MOZA Lite7.0 Kilograms15.4 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Scorp-Pro4.8 Kilograms10.5 Pounds
Feiyu Tech AK45004.6 Kilograms10.3 Pounds
Feiyu Tech AK2000S2.2 Kilograms4.8 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Scorp C2.5 Kilograms5.5 Pounds
Feiyu Tech Scorp2.5 Kilograms5.5 Pounds
Feiyu Tech AK2000C10.6 Kilograms4.85 Pounds
FeiyuTech G6 Max 31.2 Kilograms2.65 Pounds
FeiyuTech G60.6 Kilograms1.3 Pounds

Do Gimbals Have Minimum Weight Capacities Too?

Yes, they do!

A certain, minimum weight (like payload, it differs depending on the gimbal) is required for a gimbal to operate properly.

This is because gimbal motors are designed to fight gravity and counteract the weight of your camera or smartphone. With too little weight, the motors may fight too hard, causing problems like shaking and vibration.

However, in this article, we are focussing on the maximum weight that gimbals can hold. We are not focussing on minimum weight requirements because most camera and smartphone setups will be more than heavy enough for your gimbal.

There is much more risk involved in exceeding your gimbal’s weight capacity than in doing the opposite.

Final Thoughts On Gimbal Weight Capacity

Hopefully, this article has helped you to better understand how much weight gimbals can carry and the importance of adhering to gimbal payloads.

If you are in the market for a new smartphone gimbal, then make sure to research the weight of your phone and use the Smartphone Gimbal Weight Limits table for reference to ensure compatibility.

If you are looking to purchase a new camera gimbal, then I would suggest attaching your heaviest lens to your camera, along with any other accessories (microphone, filters, etc.) and weighing your setup on a scale.

Once you have an idea of your setup’s full weight, then you can reference the Camera Gimbal Weight Limits table and find a gimbal that works for you.

As long as you don’t exceed your gimbals maximum weight capacity, you should be all set to capture smooth gimbal footage.

Happy shooting!

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