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DJI Branches Out, Announces New ‘Ronin’ Camera Stabilizer

By Anthony Thurston on April 9th 2014

If we mention DJI, you can guess that 90% of the time it will be regarding their wildly popular Phantom Quadcopter products. That is what they are known for, so when they announced a new camera stabilizer everyone – myself included – was sort of like “whaaaat?”

DJI_RONIN

That being said, the new DJI Ronin camera stabilizer looks like a really impressive piece of equipment. Definitely something that I would love to get my hands on to give a try. Here are the main talking points of the new stabilizer, as laid out by DJI:

DJI Ronin Key Features

  • 3-AXIS STABILIZED GIMBAL SYSTEM
  • SUPPORTS A MULTITUDE OF CAMERAS & LENSES (FROM MICRO FOUR-THIRDS TO RED EPIC SIZED)
  • SIMPLE 5 MINUTE SETUP & BALANCE
  • BUILT-IN TOOL-LESS BALANCE ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM
  • BUILT-IN RECEIVER & REMOTE CONTROL AVAILABLE
  • MOBILE BLUETOOTH ASSISTANT SOFTWARE
  • BASED ON DJI ZENMUSE TECHNOLOGY
  • GIMBAL TUNING STAND
  • FIRMWARE UPGRADABLE

SMOOTHTRACKTM CONTROL
SmoothTrackTM gives the single gimbal operator the ability to translate their tilt and pan movements of the gimbal into smooth and stabilized movements of the camera’s angle. Framing of broad wide-angle scenes or even close quarters becomes much easier during single gimbal operator use.

AUTO CONFIGURATION
After balancing the camera with a simple tap of the ATS (Auto Tune Stability) button, Ronin will be automatically tuned for your camera rig. The gimbal will intelligently adjust parameters based off the camera rigs weight and independently adjust each individual axis until an optimal setting is found.

UPRIGHT OPERATION MODE
Upright Mode allows the gimbal to be flipped over and operate the camera closer to eye level without straining to lift the gimbal. This can be used in various situations such mounting on the top of the vehicle. There are no limitations.

SUSPENDED OPERATION MODE
Standard gimbal operation is in Suspended Operation Mode. Low slung, close to the ground or simply holding the gimbal in front of you offers completely smooth and stabilized footage. This mode would also be used when mounted to a flying platform such as a multirotor.

2ND OPERATOR CONTROLLER
A 2nd operator transmitter is also included with the package. This allows for pan and tilt control as well user assignable speeds and operation modes with 2 custom toggle switches on the transmitter.

OPTIONAL JOYSTICK PAN/TILT
Single thumb control is available for the Ronin Handheld Gimbal System. Pan and Tilt movements can be controlled via the optional joystick attachment. SmoothTrackTM mode can be turned on or off via the optional joystick interface.

DJI Ronin Video Walkthrough

So what are your thoughts on this new stabilizer? I have been hearing it will be priced somewhere around the $5000 mark, so its not a cheap piece of gear, but when compared to the MOVI for example, its a steal!

[via DJI]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Axel Brunst

    Looks impressive!

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