DJI Announced Ronin-S Single Hand Stabilizer at CES 2018

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DJI announces the Ronin-S, a single hand stabilizer for dSLR or mirrorless cameras.

From the DJI Press Release (my take after the official press release):

“Ronin-S is DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. Available in two frame sizes for either camera type, DJI’s powerful three-axis gimbal technology delivers smooth, shake-free video and crisp photos, adding a cinematic and professional look to your work.

Powerful high-torque motors support the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems. Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology.

Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. A new Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process so you can spend more time filming and less time prepping your gear. Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic curved design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots. [1]

Dedicated control buttons for the camera and gimbal let you toggle between SmoothTrack settings, record and stop the camera, and the high-precision joystick changes the camera position to help frame your shot perfectly. A new Sport mode allows for fast movements with tight and quick subject following speed.

Harness intelligent shooting modes on Ronin-S through the DJI Ronin mobile app to create complex camera moves automatically like Panorama, Hyperlapse, Track and CamAnchor that lets you designate specific camera positions in a scene and rotate between them on demand. Directly customize SmoothTrack settings with dedicated controls for responsiveness of each axis. Camera settings can be directly adjusted as well.[2]

Ronin-S is compatible with a variety of DJI Pro Accessories to capture any scene and expand your creative freedom on set or location. Supported accessories include a Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen allowing advanced gimbal and focus control without a mobile device, a vehicle mount solution, DJI Master Force, DJI Master Wheels, an external focus motor, and a cheese plate adapter so you can use your favorite third-party accessories. A dual-handle support will also be available for when an added level of comfort and stability is required.

Price and Availability

Ronin-S will be available in the second quarter of 2018 from dji.com, DJI Flagship Stores, DJI Authorized Retail Stores, and DJI Resellers worldwide.[3] Pricing will be announced prior to availability. Additional information on Ronin-S can be found at www.dji.com/ronin-s.”

Personally, I’ve been looking for something like this.  I have the original DJI Osmo and love it for what it is.  I bring it to every set and usually end up talking the client into using it for some of the b-roll shots.  I’ve often wanted to upgrade the camera to an X5 or better with a focus wheel, but the costs started to get higher than using say a Sony A6500 on a DJI Ronin-M or Ikan Beholder.   So, now that this is announced, I will most assuredly pick it up for use with those smaller mirrorless cameras.  I’m interested to see what the focus integration is like and if it uses internal lens motors or external motors.  Given DJI’s aggressive pricing, I would imagine this to under $600.  It’s a no brainer for me at that price.

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