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DJI Ronin 3-Axis Stabilized Video Camera Gimbal (Black)
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- 3-axis stabilized gimbal system
- Supports a wide range of cameras and lens (up to 16 lbs.). Simple 5-minute setup & tool-free balance
- The battery life is rated upto 4 hours. The gimbal will hold up to 16-pound camera, so if you use a very heavy camera like this, the gimbal motors must work very hard and battery life will be 1 hour or less. If you use light camera like EOS Rebel, battery life will be full 4 hours.
- Built-in receiver and remote control available with Bluetooth via the DJI Assistant for iOS
- 3 operation modes for maximum flexibility
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|Item Dimensions||16 x 16 x 20 inches|
|Item Display Weight||4.2 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||25 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||49.75 pounds|
The DJI Ronin Handheld Gimbal System is video camera stabilizer that will self-adjust to balance professional video camera rigs up to 16 pounds. Just hold it in your hands and you'll achieve smooth and stable footage with the highest levels of precision. Even when mounted to an aircraft in high-speed flight, precise control can be achieved with the highest level of stability. Our custom built super fast processors, sensors, and algorithms offer an extreme precision of control angle within the range of 0.02". This puts world class leading technology into your hands, yielding the highest standards when it comes to picture or video stabilization.
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Aside from the weight, the Ronin has better build quality, easier tool-less re-balancing, a great iOS app for changing settings on the fly, a power distribution box under the Gimbal stage that features USB and P-Tap power outputs, and a ton of extra's like a superb, if not overly large, hard shell case with wheels, a 2.4GHz remote transmitter for wireless control over pan, tilt, and roll, 4+ hour battery & charger, two accessory mounts for the handlebar, large quick release plate, a folding stand, and 3-allen wrenches with a variety of screws for different camera mounts..
You can use the Ronin in Underslung mode (normal mode for a gimbal) where the camera hangs under the handlebar, upright mode, where you flip the stage OVER the handlebar to get a higher view, and briefcase mode, where you hold the handlebar vertically to have a thinner profile and to capture low-angle shots with ease. What's even better is that you don't have to reconfigure or re-balance the gimbal to go from one mode to the next. The fact that you can use the Gimbal in these three different modes help to reduce the weight strain since you tend to get temporary relief as you change positions. It was because of this that I was able to carry the Ronin on a 4-hour shoot, while only putting it down once.
The iOS app allows you to change settings wirelessly while out in the field or while setting it up. DJI's Auto-tune feature and system calibration are superb in getting you to a baseline, from which you can then tweak the stiffness and deadband settings manually inside the app.
The Smoothtrack feature allows the gimbal operator to control the pan & tilt of the camera without the need for a second operator. So as you walk you can pan the camera right or left or tilt the camera up or down just by tilting the rig. The app allows you to change the speed at which the pan & tilt happens as well as the deadband setting. The Deadband setting controls how far you can move your hands or arms before the gimbal will react by panning or tilting.
The battery is rated for 4+ hours and after shooting for 90 minutes with it I still had all 3.5 bars showing (out of 4), so my gut is that you'll easily get 4.5 - 5 hours of the battery, at least when new. Battery life, as well as overall performance, will also depend on how well you balance the rig before turning it on. The less work the motors have to do, the better performance you'll get.
Even the balancing stand had a lot of thought put into it. The arms and legs of the stand fold in for easy traveling and storage inside the case, and the top arms of the stand can be removed and put onto a C-stand when shooting on set.
The DJI Ronin is an amazing piece of gear that will truly enhance any type of motion shot. In fact, the Ronin can not only be used with other gear like a Steadicam arm, Jib or Crane, you can also simulate a jib or slider shot fairly easily with the Ronin, which might alleviate having to carry extra gear with you.
I'm sure I'm missing mentioning some things, but I do plan on publishing a more in-depth review on my website (google my name) in the next few days.
I balanced my BMCC along with a Tokina lens, turned on the Ronin and it began to rumble and shake. I read through the troubleshooting and watched several YouTube videos. I made sure all of the connections were tight, updated the firmware, re-balanced and lowered the motor stiffness - this took care of that problem. The biggest problem I ran into was the fact that the pan motor didn't engage.
I tried everything I could think of (re-balance, try different camera/lens, use PC software, adjust each setting in the phone app, etc). I even had someone who had great success with the Ronin-M take a look, and eventually my wife insisted she try to get it to work properly. Well, we did get it to work for about 10 seconds, and a huge smile spread across my face. THIS WAS AWESOME. I loved it. Then the pan motor gave up again. I had had enough and decided to return the Ronin.
So, did I just get a lemon so to speak? Probably. I know many have had great success with the Ronin. That's why I ask, where's the quality control?
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I will start by saying: I am a college educated person, I am a filmmaker in Los Angeles, I know technology pretty well... with that said.Read more