It’s been over a month since DJI teased its new products, but today it officially announced two new gimbals – the Ronin S 2 and the smaller Ronin SC 2.
Both three-axle axles come with upgrades you’d expect – more powerful engines, heavier payloads, lighter materials, but also some software features we haven’t seen yet. Before we get to that, let’s start with the hardware changes in RS 2.
The more professional counterweight of the two is now made of carbon fiber and is 1.3 pounds lighter than the original Ronin S, weighing a total of 2.86 pounds. DJI says the RS 2 supports a maximum potential payload of up to 10 pounds. Theoretically it can hold even lifting platforms, but you probably won’t have the perfect performance with it.
The gimbal also comes with a small 1.4-inch touch screen located just above the controller. It can be used to display counterbalance settings, camera data and live stream of what the camera records, but its main purpose is to be able to use features such as the active track without attaching your smartphone to the top of the camera.
DJI is also introducing the Titans Stabilization Algorithm, a predictive technology that will theoretically optimize your specific shooting style over time and reduce manual user input in terms of speed, bandwidth and acceleration settings. The second new software upgrade is called SuperSmooth and is specifically designed to smooth motion when shooting with a tighter focal length lens up to 100 mm.
There are some other changes that will make life easier for the creators. The following focus wheel is now on the front of the handle and is just above your index finger. Both the RS 2 and the RSC 2 are now compatible with Arca Swiss & Manfrotto plates. And the same axis can now be adjusted with the balance button after you have already installed the camera, which will speed up the adjustment times between shots.
The Ronin SC 2 is a smaller version of the RS 2 built for smaller cameras without mirrors. This year ‘s updates include a new foldable design and many of the software and hardware features added to RS 2.
The counterweight weighs in at 2.65 pounds, which is slightly heavier than its predecessor at 2.4 pounds. Its most powerful engines support a proven payload of up to 6.6 lbs. I felt that the original Ronin SC was a little lower when I tried it last year. This year, DJI promises that the most popular camera / lens combinations will work better, such as a Panasonic SH1 combined with a fairly heavy 24-70 mm lens.
The new folding design allows this balance to be held in sling mode, which allows shooting very low to the ground and there is also a small 1 inch screen just above the handle.
Both counterbalances come with built-in batteries that DJI says last up to 12 hours of use and both feature a new fast charge feature that can give you a total of 2 hours of use in 15 minutes of charging time. In addition to all the previous pre-programmed recording modes such as panorama, timing and portrait mode, DJI adds a new feature called Time Tunnel, which records an overfill when performing 360-degree flow.
The Ronin S 2 and Ronin SC 2 are available for purchase today for $ 849 and $ 499 respectively. DJI also sells a Pro Combo package that includes a phone case, separate focusing motor, RavenEye Image Transmitter and a dedicated carrying case. The RS 2 Pro Combo will cost you $ 999, while the RSC 2 Pro Combo will cost $ 739.