DJI introduces the Ronin-S DSLR stabilizer

For the last few years, the name DJI has been synonymous with camera drones. Avid filmmakers and aerial photographers heavily relied on the company for their affordability and quality. When DJI announced the Ronin-M gimbals, it was a game changer.

DJI took the same stabilization technology found in their drones and created a handheld stabilizer that gave steady, shake-free footage. Now they want to introduce another innovation by introducing the Ronin-S, a single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

When the Ronin-M gimbals were introduced, it gave filmmakers and content creators the chance to create smooth, stable, cinematic footage, but that came with a burden. The Ronin was heavy and required two hands to operate. What the Ronin-S brings is essentially a more compact version of the M. It’s lighter and only requires one hand to operate, truly giving filmmakers a run-and-gun setup.

“Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. A new Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process so you can spend more time filming and less time prepping your gear. Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic curved design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots.”

During CES I had the opportunity to try out the Ronin-S. At first glance, the single-handed gimbal is beautiful. It’s sleek and fits well in the hand. The remote controls on the handle can be easily accessed with your thumb. The motor in the back is angled, which does not obstruct the screen on your camera. The Ronin-S has easy access to all the balancing modules, making it quick and easy to balance your camera. It’s equipped with a quick release plate and a lens support to help with the heaviest DSLR cameras and lenses.

The downfall I found with the Ronin-S was that it was not as light as I expected it to be. I was not able to hold it with one-hand for long periods of time. After a short while, I would either need to switch hands or hold it with both hands. I’ve used other single-handed gimbals that were much lighter than the Ronin-S, but I see the weight issue not being the determining factor for content creators to purchase the gimbal. The Ronin-S is a durable and powerful gimbal that truly shows the innovation and quality that DJI is known for.

The Ronin-S will come in two versions, one for DSLR’s and the other for Mirrorless cameras. The price of the Ronin-S has not been determined yet but will be available in the second quarter of 2018. You can find more information at www.dji.com/ronin-s

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