Just because one option is more difficult to master doesnt mean you should automatically choose the easier one. Ease of use often comes in form of limitations.
Both produce a different image and have pro and cons.
natural "human" feel vs robotic/ virtual camera
vertical stabilisation vs stutter
simple exchangeable mechanics vs technologie, software and batteries
weight between a steadycam with counterweights and the crane is basicly the same ~1,3kg.
If you take the time to learn a steadycam like you do for your camera it shouldnt take too long to handle it well.