CES 2015: DJI Unveils Four New Gimbal Products

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With the introduction of the Ronin last year, DJI has made it clear it sees a broader market for the company’s gimbal systems than just UAV applications. Their latest—and as of yet unnamed—product in this direction is a handgrip with integrated smartphone holder for the Inspire 1 camera. This addition makes the Inspire 1 even more appealing, since it opens the door to all kinds of new shooting opportunities afforded by the camera's 4K video capture and 3-axis gimbal stabilization. The handgrip features what DJI describe as "an easy, intuitive interface for controlling the gimbal's pan, tilt, and roll motions." With your smartphone onboard, you will be able to monitor your shots while recording.

The second introduction also relates to handheld stabilization—a dedicated remote control for the Ronin. Details are scant, with DJI describing it as a "pressure-sensitive stick... combined with a clear OLED display." In the official photo it appears to be clamped onto the Ronin; but I gather it is wireless and could be held by a second operator for two-person shoots.

A new and much anticipated addition to the Zenmuse Z15 gimbal line is a gimbal for the Sony a7. DJI states it will work with the a7S, a7R, and a7II models. At this time, no word on what lens or lenses will be supported. However, it is implied there will be one gimbal for all three cameras, rather than three separate models.

Finally, for GoPro aerial video there is a new Zenmuse, the H4-3D. I think we can confidently say it will bring HERO4 compatibility; DJI only mentions the HERO4 Black; HERO4 Silver compatibility, and HERO3+ and HERO3 backward capability remains to be seen. Also, whether it will see a performance bump over the H3-3D is something we will have to wait for, once DJI's final specs are released.

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