Last week we learned that the DJI Ronin-S gimbal price is set at $699 and will start shipping to the masses later this month. At Cine Gear 2018 our very own Nino Leitner had a chance to go hands on with the feature rich handheld gimbal. Video below:
We should be getting the DJI Ronin-S for a full review soon, but our first impressions at the show were positive. If you’ve used other DJI products or gimbals, you’ll find the usage of the Ronin-S is fairly straight forward. You balance your supported camera on the gimbal and you are off to the races.
Ronin app, motion timelapses
Tons of fine tuning options are available in the free Ronin app (iOS or Android) and the app has a variety of features you’ve come to expect from past Ronin products and even other gimbals, but the ability to trigger your camera for motion timelapses seems especially useful.
Holding a one-hand gimbal
Holding the DJI Ronin S is a bit of a workout and I found myself using both hands to operate on the show floor. With 12 hours of battery life the gimbal battery may outlast your arm strength on an average shoot day — especially when using a DSLR like the Canon 1DX MK II. But, I expect we’ll see additional support accessories and dual handlebar versions in the future.
A little knob on the side, helpfully labelled with the word “Focus”, allows operators the ability to focus Panasonic lenses mounted on a GH4 or GH5. DJI representatives did mention they are working on supporting focus functionality on the handlebar with other brands, but no word on timing.
What do you think? Will the Ronin S be finding a way into your kit? Comment below!