The gimbal is quick to set up and involves tool less balancing and mounting. I personally added a quick release plate that matches my Arca Swiss type tripod plates for easy mounting but the gimbal includes two 1/4"-20 screws that can directly mount your camera to the plate. Balancing involves adjusting the tilt, roll and yaw access via thumb screws which I will demonstrate in the video below. Once the gimbal is balanced you're ready to turn it on.
The gimbal features three modes. Pan-Following mode, Locking mode andfollowing mode. These can also be performed inverted. Inverting the gimbal is as easy as turning the pistol grip opposite the tilt motor quickly. To return, bring the handle back down in the same direction.
Pan-Following mode - The gimbal will pan with twisting the handle but will not tilt without the joystick. This is the default mode once the gimbal turns on.
Locking mode - All motors are locked in position but can be controlled via joystick. Pressing the mode button once from Pan-Following mode will bring the gimbal to Locking mode
Following mode - The gimbal will follow your movements with tilt and pan. Double pressing the mode button from either of the other modes will bring the gimbal into Following mode.
Triple tapping the mode button will bring the gimbal around 180 degrees to an unofficial "selfie" mode.
Personally I use the Pan - Tilt following mode and the Pan - Following mode the most. I haven't personally found a use for the Locking mode.
What I love about the Zhiyun is that it's small, lightweight, easy to balance and feels intuitive to those how have never used one. Following mode is especially intuitive as it follows your natural hand movements. The controls are responsive and can be calibrated to user preference via the free app.
What I dont like about the Zhiyun Crane. I cannot use the X-T2 battery grip on the gimbal due to it becoming too tall which limits both my battery life and recording time. The arm that controls the roll axis extends too far and the gimbal often bumps the tilt motor into the pan motor when packing (Scratches from this seen below). Therefore, you must re balance every time you pack the gimbal into its case. Finally, a minor inconvenience would be that the roll motor does obstruct the LCD sometimes but it does not affect shooting.