The Weebill 2 is a gimbal stabilizer designed by the Zhiyun company. Regarded as an upgrade to the Weebill S released in 2019, it is compatible with DSLR and mirrorless cameras that have a compact format and very strong motors.
While robust and resistant, this model is easy to carry and use, benefiting from a design that saves the user loads of effort and allows them to get the most out of the gimbal’s features. It has an integrated 2.88″ flip-up retractable screen and a new Infineon stabilizer sensor, further enhancing its compensation, tracking, and response capabilities.
Table of Contents
- Integrated display
- Buttons and joystick
- Mango (Weebill 2 Combo)
- Compatible cameras
- Zhiyun Weebill 2 Review Video
The Weebill 2 Combo comes with a case to store the equipment, as well as cables and accessories. The case has an attractive design and feels very good quality. It’s a noticeable improvement compared to the previous model, the Weebill S, which came in a mold that went straight into the trash.
The case provides greater comfort when moving around with the gimbal. My only complaint is that you have to fold up the gimbal when you want to store it in the case. So when you get to the place where you want to film, you have to stabilize it again with the camera.
The Weebill 2 is slightly larger and heavier than the previous model, the Weebill S, but the design is more robust and resistant. It weighs 1.7 kg, while the Weebill S comes in at 1.28 kg with tripod and batteries included.
As for the Weebill 2’s design, it has upgraded switches to lock the axles. On the Weebill S, these switches were flimsy and would eventually stop working. The safety catches on the Weebill 2 are now metal, not plastic, and feel much stronger with a better finish. The same goes for the levers for adjusting the calibration, which were plastic on the Weebill S.
One of the most notable updates on the Weebill 2 is its retractable and folding screen. With this 2.88″ screen, you can change the recording modes and alter settings at any time, without having to connect the gimbal to other devices via Bluetooth. You can do anything from the integrated touch screen.
The Weebill 2 is the first gimbal on the market with a screen with intelligent tracking. This means you can use the monitor to follow the subject being recorded and never lose track of it within the frame. Everything is touch screen, too.
While this may sound amazing, you need to purchase the Weebill 2 package that includes a transmitter for using the built-in display as a monitor. Unfortunately, the package reviewed here doesn’t include that transmitter.
Buttons and joystick
The precedent Weebill S model had the joystick and the REC and OPV buttons on the handle, making it difficult and uncomfortable to operate while recording. Thankfully, these features have been moved to the left side of the gimbal on the Weebill 2.
The joystick now looks more realistic, and they added a switch so you can quickly change between PF, L, and F modes without having to go to the screen.
In theory, you should be able to control different camera functions with a wheel on the gimbal. This includes adjusting the camera rotation, aperture, speed, ISO, electronic focus and zoom if we have the wireless tracking focus (included in another package). You should be able to access all of this by connecting the camera to the gimbal via different cables. I purposely wrote “in theory”, because I couldn’t control any of the settings on my camera (Sony a7iii) even though it was connected. The wheel could only rotate the camera. This issue should be getting fixed with a future Firmware update.
Finally, the REC button has two click levels. Using my Sony a7iii as an example for recording in AF, the first click level readjusts the focus and the next click starts the recording. If we put the camera in manual mode, the button does all the previous actions, but with the difference that if we leave the button pressed, the camera takes a photo. If I put the camera in manual mode and then activate AF, the first click readjusts the focus and the second starts recording.
The previous model, the Weebill S, used two batteries you could charge separately with a charger included with the equipment. The Weebill 2 contains an internal battery that is charged via a USB-C cable. The charging time is approximately 1.6 hours and the maximum operating time, according to the manual, can reach 8 continuous hours. In my case, I was recording for about 4 hours, with short breaks and the gimbal motors at half power, and the battery still had around 60% charge afterwards.
If you can’t connect to a charger, the gimbal can work connected to a power bank or an external power source for long hours of recording.
Mango (Weebill 2 Combo)
As I mentioned before, the Weebill 2 comes in several packages. This review is about the Webill 2 Combo package, which includes a very comfortable extra handle to use the sling mode. With this we do not have to be changing the tripod as we had to do with the Weebill S.
The Weebill 2 has an Infineon chip that further optimizes dynamic stabilization. The sensor analyzes interruptions, accurately compensating for micro-shakes and improving stability. All of this ensures smoother tracking and faster gimbal response.
I didn’t think the previous model, the Weebill S, could be surpassed in terms of stabilization, even with rather heavy equipment including the Sony A7iii, a small rig cage, and a 16-35 lens. Even with the weight, I never experienced any vibrations or destabilization with the Weebill S.
But then along came the Weebill 2, which has taken stabilization to a whole new level. I did a test video on uneven streets, and I was moving on the skateboard at quite some speed. Even so, the shots were super stable and no stabilization was necessary in post production.
The Weebill 2 has the same modes as the Weebill S, but includes a few new ones. For example, there’s the Go mode, in which the rotation axis is locked and the tilt and drive axes follow the handle.
You also have portrait mode. The gimbal places the camera in portrait mode so you can record in formats that work for Instagram Stories, TikTok, etc.
Though it’s not visible in the menu, you can also activate selfie mode in the same way as on the Weebill S. Simply press the reset button on the gimbal three times.
The Weebill 2 comes in 4 different combos or packages:
- The first includes only the gimbal and its tripod.
- The second (Weebill 2 Combo) includes the gimbal, tripod, extra handle, and a carrying case.
- The third (Weebill 2 Pro) includes everything from the previous package plus the AI transmitter and the tracking focus / zoom.
- The fourth (Weebill 2 Pro +) includes everything from the Pro package plus the Master Eye, a portable external monitor with which you can control the gimbal remotely.
|Sony||A9 II, A9, A7R4, A7R3, A7M3, A7S3, A7R2, A7M2, A7S2, Α7C, A6600, A6500, A6400, A6300, A6100|
|Canon||5D3, 5D4, 5DS, 5DS R, 6D, 6D2, 80D, 90D, M50, EOS R5, EOS M6 Mark 2, EOS R6, EOS R, EOS RP|
|Nikon||D850, D780, Z5, Z6, Z7, Z6 II, Z7 II, Z50|
|Panasonic||G9, GH5, GH5S, S1, S1H, S5, DC-BGH1|
|FUJIFILM||X-T3, X-T4, X-T30|
|Z CAM||ZCAM E2|
|Blackmagic||BMPCC 4K, BMPCC 6K|
|Olympus||OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
This gimbal is a true workhorse – its capacity and the strength of the motors are incredible for its size.
Its design is much more robust, resistant, and durable than the Weebill S.
The integrated screen is a great addition for controlling and changing the gimbal’s settings, without having to open the application.
It’s a shame that the screen can only be used as a monitor if you have the transmitter. In my view, you should be able to use the screen as a monitor and as well as other features such as monitoring and time lapse without needing the transmitter.
I also feel the screen is too small to really use it as a monitor due to its size and low resolution. As I didn’t have the transmitter, I couldn’t really judge the resolution of the Weebill 2’s screen; but in terms of size, it is not much bigger than the Sony a7iii’s screen at 2.95″. Yet if you don’t want to use an external monitor and are used to working with camera screens, go ahead and use it. Just remember that the screen can also be used as a monitor with the AI transmitter.