A few months ago, Fstoppers reviewed a variety of gimbals and we picked our favorite one for the Panasonic GH5. Just after we published our comparison, the Moza Air 3 Axis Gimbal was released and they decided to send us one. The Zhiyun-Tech Crane is still amazing, but the Moza Air is now our favorite gimbal.
What's in the Box
The first thing to note about the Moza Air is the case it comes in: an easy-to-carry hard case with perfectly shaped foam padding. Where many gimbal companies skimp on what comes in the box, Moza throws in just about every accessory you could want on a gimbal for free. These include all the arms and joints to make the gimbal a two-handed setup, every cable you could need to connect the gimbal to the a range of different cameras, a charger, a wireless remote control, and a sturdy small tripod that allows you easily balance the gimbal or film moving time-lapses. All of this is included in the price of $599.
Since we currently film on the Panasonic GH5 and the LCD screen rotates out to the left, we prefer to use gimbals that have arms on the right so that we can clearly see our screen without obstruction.
The Moza Air can be controlled using the joystick and power button on the gimbal itself, using the free remote thumb controller, or using a smartphone and the Moza Air Assistant app. The gimbal has four different modes of following motion where the gimbal stays locked in one direction, follows motion only up and down, follows motion only left or right, or follows all motion in any direction. While in any of these modes it's also possible to use the joystick to move the gimbal in any direction.
When using the remote thumb controller or the app, additional control features are available. Both options allow you to adjust the follow speed of the gimbal as well as the response speed to joystick movement. This helps choose between quick, sharp motion or slow, smooth movement.
The Moza Air comes with several cable options to connect most major camera brands to the gimbal. This opens up quite a few additional features for control. Using the remote thumb controller while your camera and gimbal are connected allows you to start and stop recording remotely. With Canon cameras, it is also possible to pull focus using the thumb controller. We weren't able to test this feature since we don't use Canon but assuming it works, this is a pretty amazing feature to have available for such an affordable gimbal.
One interesting addition to this gimbal is the ability to shoot time-lapses. Details on how to use this feature are included in the video and while it's something that we may not use very often, having it available is quite impressive.
Though the variety of control offered with the app and the remote thumb controller are great, it should be noted that the range of each is very short. We found that if we moved more than a few feet away from the gimbal, we lost our connection.
What We Liked
- Very nice hard case
- Very well made metal construction
- Included two-handed metal arms
- Included tripod stands the gimbal upright when not in use
- Ability to control motion with gimbal, remote controller, or app on a smartphone
- Ability to start and stop recording remotely
- Time-lapse feature
- Doesn't block DSLR screens that pivot out to the left
- Compatible for cameras up to 5.5 pounds
What We Didn’t Like
- No USB wall power adapter included in the box (USB plug is included)
- Very short range for remote control and smartphone app
- Battery lasts for 5 hours and the Zhiyun-Tech Crane can last for 12
Considering all of the features included with the Moza Air 3 Axis Gimbal, the accessories that come in the box, the smooth video it produces, this has replaced the Zhiyun-Tech Crane as our favorite gimbal on the market right now. With that said, we are excited to see how it will compare to the Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 which will be released soon.