DJI just announced two new handheld gimbals, the DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2 that are a new generation Ronin-S and Ronin-SC with higher payload, more smart functions, axis locks, and more. The DJI RSC 2 features a folding design for a very compact footprint when transported. Both gimbals are also compatible with a new line of accessories for various shooting scenarios. DJi RS 2 and RSC 2 are available now starting at $499.
DJI just announced two new gimbal systems today. Don’t get confused by the mysterious names – the DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2 are the new generation successor models of the DJI Ronin-S and Ronin-SC. The larger model, DJI RS 2, is designed for heavier DSLR cameras and smaller cinema cameras whereas the DJI RSC 2 aims at lighter mirrorless cameras and features a folding design.
DJI RS 2 / Ronin-S2
One of the most significant complaints from Ronin-S users was the overall weight of the gimbal itself. With 4.1 lb (1.86 kg), the gimbal was heavier than its competitors, making it difficult to shoot with it over long period of time. DJI listened to this feedback and they incorporated carbon fiber in vital components of the DJI RS 2 to reduce its weight down to 2.86 lbs (1.3 kg). DJI says the gimbal’s durability did not get compromised by doing so. It seems to me that the design of the gimbal was inspired by the large DJI Ronin 2.
The maximum payload capacity increased and the DJI RS 2 is able to support a tested dynamic payload of 10 lbs (4.5 kg). The battery provides up to 12 hours operation time. A new quick-charge function directly to the battery handle has been added for urgent situations, providing an extra two hours of battery life with just a 15-minute charge.
There are of course some new smart features. The newly optimized Titan Stabilization Algorithm reduces the need for manual user input while compensating for user movement and optimizing the gimbal tilt and angle. Additionally, a new SuperSmooth mode provides another level of camera stability, especially for compensating longer focal length lenses of up to 100mm.
Lockable Gimbal Axis
The gimbal features axis locks for easier balancing and transportation. The dual-layer camera mounting plate is compatible with both the Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto standards. There is also a fine-tune balancing knob for more precise camera balancing.
The gimbal features a 1.4” color touchscreen for camera data, settings, or even live feed from the camera. The screen can also initiate ActiveTrack and other smart features. The built-in front dial above the trigger allows for precise focus control and complements a DJI Focus Wheel mounted on the RSA port to create two-channel focus and zoom (only for supported camera models).
The DJI RS 2 can also be attached to jibs, car attachments, and sliders. Two RSA ports double as NATO ports so that users can mount accessories and attachments such as grips and a remote controller.
DJI RSC 2 / Ronin-SC2
The smaller sibling – DJI RSC 2 – features a new portable folding design to allow for easier transport. Additionally, the folding design provides creative ways to use the gimbal such as vertical filming without additional accessories or Briefcase mode, where the main gimbal arm can be loosened and slung forward to provide unique shooting angles.
Weight and Footprint
DJI RSC 2 gimbal weighs in at 2.65 lbs (1.2 kg) and it has a folding footprint of only 180×190 mm. Just like with the RS 2, the built-in battery offers 12 hours of battery life and supports the new quick-charge function.
Payload & Smart Features
When it comes to maximum payload capacity, the DJI RSC 2 can support a tested payload of up to 6.6 lbs (3 kg). DJI claims the gimbal can carry even heavier mirrorless cameras like the Panasonic S1H with a 24-70mm lens. The RSC 2 includes the same smart features like the RS 2 – Titan Stabilization Algorithm, Axis locks, and dual-layer camera mounting plate. A 1” built-in OLED screen displays camera data with the ability to adjust settings directly.
Pre-Programmed Movements and Features
Just like the original Ronin-S and Ronin-SC, the new gimbals will also feature a handful of pre-programmed movements and features.
- Time Tunnel: The gimbal performs a 360-degree roll while capturing a hyperlapse. This new feature will be available at a later date via firmware update.
- Flashlight: The system tilts the camera all the way forward so users can grip the base like a flashlight.
- One-Tap Portrait Mode: The gimbal quickly orients the camera into vertical shooting position for social media content.
- Panorama: After configuring sensor, focal length, and start and stop points, the gimbal will capture panoramas up to gigapixel size.
- Roll 360: The gimbal enters into the Flashlight position and rolls the camera system 360 degrees.
Accessories and Advanced App
Both new DJI gimbals will be compatible with a new range of accessories. These include a cheese plate, Focus Wheel, 3D Focus System, Twist Grip Dual Handle, RavenEye Image Transmission System, Tethered Control Handle, counterweight systems, and more.
For remote operation, both DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2 can use ActiveTrack 3.0 when the RavenEye Image Transmission System is connected, sending a 1080p/30fps low-latency feed to a mobile device using the Ronin app from up to 200 meters away.
Vital features and functions can be controlled with the new Ronin app. This includes Force Mobile, where the gimbal mimics the mobile device’s movement. For solo operators using manual-focus lenses, the 3D Focus System uses TOF sensors mounted above the camera to provide autofocus. This sounds really interesting, but it will only be available at a later date.
Price and Availability
As is always the case with DJI, the new gimbals are available to order now. In Europe, the gimbals should start shipping on October 31. Each gimbal can be purchased standalone or as a Pro Combo, which includes additional accessories such as a phone holder, Focus Motor, RavenEye Image Transmitter, dedicated carrying case, and more.
The standalone DJI RS 2 is available for the retail price of $849 (around €740-799 in Europe), and the standalone DJI RSC 2 is available at the retail price of $499 (€419-449). The DJI RS 2 Pro Combo is priced at $999 (€877-949), and the DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo is priced at $739 (€614-659).
What do you think about the new DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2 gimbals? Are you planning to upgrade to one of the two gimbals? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.