It’s been more than a month since DJI teased its new products, but today it has officially announced two new gimbals – the Ronin S2 and the smaller Ronin SC2.
Both three-axis gimbals come with the upgrades you’d expect – stronger motors, heavier payloads, lighter materials, and even some software features we haven’t seen yet. Before we get to that, let’s start with the hardware changes on the RS2.
The more professional gimbal of the two is now made of carbon fiber and is 1.3lbs lighter than the original Ronin S, weighing a total of 2.86lbs. The DJI says the RS2 supports maximum dynamic payloads up to 10lbs. It can also hold the hanging rigs theoretically, but you won’t get ideal performance with it.
The Gimbal also comes with a small 1.4-inch touchscreen display that sits on top of the joystick. It can be used to show gimbal settings, camera data, and broadcast live feeds recorded by the camera, but its main purpose is to allow you to use features like Active Track without connecting your smartphone to the top of the camera.
DJI Titan is also introducing a stabilization algorithm, a predictive technique that in principle optimizes your specific shooting style over time and cuts off manual user input when it comes to speed, deadband and acceleration settings. The second new software enhancement is called Supersmouth and is specifically designed to facilitate movement when shooting with a lens with a focal length of up to 100 mm.
There are some other changes that will make the life of any filmmaker easier. The follow wheel is now located on the front of the handle and sits above your index finger. Both RS2 and RSC2 are now compatible with Arca Swiss and Manfrotto plates. And the same axis can now be aligned nicely with the balance knob after you have already mounted your camera, which should speed up the setup time between shots.
The Ronin SC2 is a smaller version of the RS2 built for smaller mirrorless cameras. This year’s updates include a new foldable design and many of the software and hardware features added to the RS2.
This gimbal weighs 2.65lbs, which is slightly heavier than its 2.4lbs predecessor. Its robust motors support tested payloads up to 6.6lbs. I felt that when I tested it last year the original Ronin S.C. This year DJI promises that more popular camera / lens combinations will work better, such as the Panasonic SH1 paired with a fairly heavy 24-70mm lens.
The new foldable design allows this gimbal to be placed in sling mode, making the shooting very low to the ground, and also has a small screen 1 inch above the handle.
Both Gimbals come with built-in batteries that DJI says it can use for up to 12 hours, and both have a new quick charge function that can give you a total of 2 hours of use in 15 minutes of charge time. In addition to all previous pre-programmed filming modes such as panorama, timelapse and vertical mode, DJI is adding a new mode time tunnel that achieves hyperlaps when rolling degree degrees.
The Ronin S2 and Ronin SC2 are available for purchase today at 9849 and 9499 respectively. The DJI Pro Combo package is also selling a phone holder, a separate focus motor, a revenue image transmitter and a dedicated carrying case. The RS2 ProCombo will set you back 999, while the RSC2 ProCombo will cost you $ 739.