The DJI Ronin 3-axis handheld stabilization system is truly one of the most remarkable and ambitious systems that I have seen in a long time. DJI is offering what could be the most complete gimbal system on the market at a price point several thousand dollars cheaper than their nearest competitor.
The first thing you will notice when looking at the Ronin kit is just how complete the package is. It includes everything from a custom foam-lined hard-shell carrying case to a remote control for 2-person operation and stand for when the Ronin is not in use. There are even clamps included for attaching microphones and an external monitor.
Operation of the Ronin is relatively simple, and it lives up to DJI’s boast of a 5-minute set-up time. The Ronin offers 3 different modes of operation—Upright, Underslung and Briefcase—to give you different eye-level and control options for your camera. The Ronin automatically self-adjusts between these different modes. Unlike quite a few stabilizers on the market, the Ronin uses a friction lock adjustment system that allows for quick and easy alterations to the placement of the camera. No Allen keys or dimes required. Once roughly balanced, the Ronin will then take over and self-stabilize to give you a perfectly level shot. The battery life of the Ronin is excellent, offering between 2 to 4 hours, depending on the weight of your camera and how close it is to the stabilization point.
Another key feature of the Ronin is its customizability. The Ronin offers complete control over everything from its movement speed to how the second operator’s remote control will function. The only weakness is within the software support, which currently supports only iOS for mobile devices and Windows for computer-controlled adjustments, though it should be noted that DJI has announced expanded device support in the near future.
Whether you are a seasoned professional or just someone looking to take their video to the next level of production value, the DJI Ronin is definitely a strong contender in the world of stabilization equipment. With a low price point, wide range of included accessories, and variety of customization options, the Ronin will be a welcome addition to any videographer’s rig. For more information on the DJI Ronin, check out dji.com or thecamerastore.com.