At NAB 2015 DJI announced a new, lightweight addition to their gimbal lineup, the Ronin M. Now, only a couple of weeks later, we have a price to pin to the capable stabilizer. Shipping in the next couple of weeks at just $1,399 USD, the Ronin M is an impressive, powerful and portable solution for handheld shooting. It’s also about $600 less than most of the industry was predicting.
But don’t take our word on it. Check out how powerful and versatile the Ronin M really is. For those who missed DJI’s announcement, here is the scoop on it:
- First of all, the Ronin M is an all-new handheld gimbal stabilization system, which can stabilize camera setups up to 8 lbs (3.6 kg).
- The new lightweight system weighs just 5 lbs (2.3 kg).
- It’s small enough to carry in a backpack.
- It incorporates DJI’s signature SmoothTrack system, allowing operators to easily track action on a multiple or single axes.
According to DJI: “The DJI Ronin-M opens up possibilities for camera movements like never before with its unique, lightweight (5 lbs / 2.3 kgs), magnesium frame. Camera operators will be able to take the DJI Ronin-M wherever they go with its easy to twist-off top bars, which helps minimize travel size.
Based on one of the world’s most popular handheld camera stabilization platforms, the DJI Ronin, and DJI’s market-leading ZenMuse gimbal technology, the DJI Ronin-M carries on DJI’s focus on making camera platforms easy to setup and operate. Within 5 minutes, operators can easily balance cameras ranging from Micro Four Thirds cameras to RED Epics.”
From Paul Pan, Product Manager of the DJI Ronin: “The Ronin-M features many of the same key features that have made the DJI Ronin a favourite among filmmaking professionals. At the same time, we have looked at many performance upgrades so that the Ronin-M can be as mobile as possible and used virtually anywhere.”
DJI goes on: “The DJI Ronin-M incorporates the same easy-to-use, high performance technology as the DJI Ronin. Driven by SmoothTrack technology, the DJI Ronin-M allows single operators to effortlessly track action while maintaining complete stability. The DJI Ronin-M also features three operating modes (underslung, upright and briefcase), so camera operators can always get the best shots without any additional set up.
To precisely angle shots no matter how the operator moves, the DJI Ronin-M also features a two-operator mode allowing for a second operator to control camera movements while the first handles the DJI Ronin-M.
The DJI Ronin-M connects via BlueTooth to the latest upgrade of the DJI Assistant app. By using the upgraded Auto Tune Stability (ATS) feature in the app, operators can enable precise, automated motor tuning. The recently-introduced Silent Mode in the app reduces motor noises for operating in quiet environments.”
Additional Features of the Ronin M:
- Over 6 hours of battery life
- Two regulated 12V P-taps, one 500mAH full-size USB connector, and a DJI Lightbridge connector
- Quick release system for the top handle allows users to mount the DJI Ronin-M easily to jibs, cranes, tripods, and many more.
- Solid, one-piece, magnesium camera-support frame provides extreme structural rigidity.
- Fully compatible with the optional DJI Ronin Thumb Controller
DJI also released a promotional short film called Lifted that was shot with the Ronin M in a period of less than 7 hours. Here’s the film and the BTS video: