DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer

DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer

DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Cameras up to 16 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for iOS and Windows
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • 15mm Rods + Mount Points for Accessories
  • USB and PowerTap Power Outputs
  • Gimbal Tuning Stand Included
  • Included Hard Case Holds Gimbal and More
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  • 1Description

The Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer from DJI is a camera stabilization system designed to give the operator close to the freedom of unencumbered handheld shooting but without the hand-shake. Suitable for most camera types and configurations up to 16 pounds, Ronin uses brushless motors that work on three axes: one for side-to-side "roll" - keeping the horizon level - one for tilt, and one for pan. The system is computer-controlled and boasts a precision of control of ±0.02°. An IMU (inertial measurement movement) detects movement and engages the motors to react, using algorithms to differentiate between intentional movement such as pans and tracking shots from unwanted shake. In addition to handheld shooting, the gimbal can be used in vehicle mounting scenarios and other contexts where vibrations or other abrupt movements would make tripods and rigid camera support systems unsuitable.

The Ronin supports dual-operator shooting, much like working with a jib that has a motorized pan/tilt head. In this mode, a second operator would use the included transmitter (radio controller) to manually control camera pan and tilt independently of which way the Ronin moves. The included transmitter/receiver system operates on 2.4 GHz and is proprietary. If you prefer to use a third-party transmitter there is a D-Bus port on the Ronin to install your own receiver.

As with sled and vest style stabilizers, motorized gimbal systems require balancing before use. Once balanced, you can configure the Ronin for your particular camera arrangement using the Assistant Software for compatible iOS and Windows (Desktop) devices with Bluetooth. Because every camera and lens combination has a different mass and weight distribution, there is an ATS (Auto Tune Stability) procedure in which each axis will adjust individually, repeating the process until all three are aligned. A gimbal tuning stand is provided so you won't have to hand-hold the rig during this process.

The included 4S lithium-ion polymer battery powers the Ronin for up to four hours. It is a "smart" battery, meaning power regulation and protection circuitry is built-in and there is no separate balancing lead, unlike many lithium-polymer batteries. A charger is also included, and it is important to always use chargers designed for the Ronin battery because of the smart circuitry. Two 12V DC PowerTaps and one USB power port on the camera base allow you to power on-camera accessories directly from the Ronin battery to simplify your charging regime and avoid unnecessary added weight.

A hard case is included to store and transport the gimbal and related accessories.

Wide Camera/Lens Compatibility
The Auto Configuration feature means the Ronin can adapt to a range of camera sizes from lightweight mirrorless models up to cinema cameras. It is suitable for payloads up to 16 pounds.
SmoothTrack Control
SmoothTrack gives a single gimbal operator the ability to translate their tilt and pan movements of the gimbal into smooth and stabilized movements of the camera's angle. This is designed to make framing of broad wide-angle scenes or even shooting in close quarters much easier during single gimbal operator use.
Auto Configuration
After balancing the camera with a simple tap of the ATS (Auto Tune Stability) button, Ronin will be automatically tuned for the mass and weight distribution of your camera rig. The gimbal will intelligently adjust parameters based on the camera rig's weight and independently adjust each of the three axes until an optimal setting is found.
Three Operation Modes
Upright Operation Mode
Upright Mode allows the gimbal to be flipped over so the camera can be operated closer to eye level without straining to lift the gimbal. This can be used in various situations, such mounting on the top of the vehicle.

Underslung (Suspended) Operation Mode
Suspended Operation Mode is the standard operation mode for Ronin. Low slung, close to the ground, or simply holding the gimbal in front of you offers stabilized handheld footage. This mode would also be used when mounted the gimbal on a flying platform such as a multirotor RC helicopter.

Briefcase Mode
When a slimmer gimbal profile is needed - such as when moving through doorways or narrow paths - Briefcase Mode is ideal. It allows the gimbal to be held to the side and close to the legs, much like a briefcase.
Second Operator Control
A second operator transmitter (radio controller) is included with the package. Featuring the form factor of an RC aircraft radio controller, the 2.4 GHz Ronin transmitter provides pan and tilt control as well user-assignable speed settings and operation modes via two toggle switches. If you would rather use a third-party transmitter a D-bus port is provided.
Optional Joystick Pan/Tilt
Single thumb control is possible for the Ronin Handheld Gimbal System. These Pan and Tilt movements are controlled via the optional joystick attachment, available separately. Additionally, SmoothTrack Mode can be turned on or off using the joystick interface.
Assistant Software for Mobile and Windows
A mobile device or computer to run the Assistant Software is essential. It is available for select iOS mobile devices and Windows computers. With the software you can:
  • Auto Configure the rig based on the weight and weight distribution of your camera after you've balanced it
  • Adjust Smoothtrack tuning to user preference
  • Enable and configure Second Operator Control
  • Run diagnostics and generate stats
  • Install firmware updates


Tool-Free Adjustment
A built-in balance adjustment system means no tools are needed for setup and adjustment, saving time when changing the setup for different camera arrangements.
Accessory Mounting
Dual 15mm (LWS) rods are incorporated for adding follow focuses or matte boxes. Meanwhile top bar accessory mounts let you attach field monitors, lights, microphones, recorders, and other "camera-mounted" accessories.
Quick Release Smart Battery
Providing an estimated 4 hours of run time (depending on use), the proprietary Ronin battery system is designed for easy changes in the field and charges using a dedicated charger that is included. The batteries feature indicators so remaining power can be checked directly on the battery itself. Unlike may lithium-polymer batteries, with the Ronin Smart Battery, overcharge and over depletion protection is built-in, as is individual battery cell charge balancing.
Power Distribution Box
Two regulated 12V DC PowerTaps, one 500mAh type A female USB connector, and also a connection point for the DJI Lightbridge Long Range HD Video Downlink are provided. These provide power connection for various accessories, including motorized follow focus systems, video transmitters, and more - all while keeping the wiring to a minimum.
Quick Release Top Handle
Designed to save time breaking the system down or transporting it between locations.
Protective Carrying Case Included
A watertight, hardshell case with wheels is included for transporting and storing the Ronin. The case features a custom-fitted foam interior with spaces for the disassembled Ronin, transmitter, and two batteries with room leftover for sundry accessories.
Based on Zenmuse Technology
The Ronin adapts the same brushless motor technology used in DJI's aerial gimbals for handheld, terrestrial use.
Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Construction
Built with taxing professional shoots in mind, the Ronin is designed for durability and features integrated cable management to avoid cable ties or loops that can get snagged.
Digital Absolute Positioning Encoders
Implemented at each axis, these help the Ronin achieve a control accuracy of ±0.02%.

Compatible Accessories

Wireless Thumb Controller for Ronin (Note: The Wireless Thumb Controller for Ronin-M is not compatible)
Ronin Battery (3400mAh) (Note: The Ronin-M battery is not compatible)
Ronin Battery Charger
Ronin Remote Controller
B Arm Kit for Ronin (50 and 80mm)
Ronin HG900 Counter-Weight Set
Ronin Dual 15mm Rod Support
Ronin Monitor Mounting Bracket A
Ronin Universal Mount
Ronin Universal Camera Plate
UPC: 190021005785
In the Box
DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Handlebar
  • Ronin Transmitter (Radio Controller)
  • Gimbal Tuning Stand
  • Smart Battery for Ronin
  • Ronin Battery Charger (Part 6)
  • ANSI Power Cord
  • JIS Power Cord
  • CE Power Cord
  • SAA Plug Adapter
  • BS Plug Adapter
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Camera Mounting Plate
  • Extension Rod Holder
  • 6 x Adjustable Length Extension Rod
  • 2 x Camera Screw A
  • 2 x Camera Screw B
  • 2 x M4x10 Screw
  • Lens Support Screw
  • Lens Support
  • 2 x Top Bar Quick Release Accessories Mount
  • Allen Wrench
  • Wheeled Hard Case for Ronin (Part 23)
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    • 1Description
    Electrical and Mechanical
    Motor Type 3 x Brushless
    Working Current Static Current: 300 mA at 16 V
    Dynamic Current: 600 mA at 16 V
    Locked Motor Current: Maximum of 10 A at 16 V
    Sensors IMU (inertial measurement unit)
    Temperature sensor
    Processing DJI 32-bit DSP processor
    Precision of Control ±0.02°
    Maximum Controlled Rotation Speed Pan Axis: 90°/sec
    Tilt Axis: 100°/sec
    Roll Axis: 30°/sec
    Controlled Rotation Range Pan Axis Control: 360°
    Tilt Axis Control: 45° up to 120° down
    Roll Axis control: ±25°
    Frequency 2.4 GHz for proprietary Ronin transmitter
    Expandability 1 x Expansion port for third-party D-Bus/PPM receiver
    Wireless Bluetooth for Assistant Software
    Wired 1 x Interface for DJI Lightbridge
    System Requirements
    Assistant Software Desktop
    Windows (32- or 64-bit): 8, 7, XP SP3

    iOS: 7.1 or above
    Android: 4.3 or above
    Hardware Mobile
    iPhone: 4s, 5, 5s
    iPod touch: 4, 5
    iPad: 3, 4, mini
    Supported Camera Dimensions Maximum depth at center of mass on camera base plate: 5.5" / 140 mm

    Maximum height measured from top of camera base plate: 8.9" / 225 mm

    Maximum width: 7.7" / 195 mm
    Supported Camera Weight Up to 16 lb / 7.3 kg
    Power Requirements Battery Type: Ronin 4S
    Battery Life: Up to 4 hours
    Power Output 2 x PowerTap with regulated 12 VDC output
    1 x USB type A female supplying 500 mW
    Operating Temperature 5 to 120°F / -15 to 50°C
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 24.4 x 11 to 18 x 19.7" / 620 x 280 to 380 x 500 mm
    Weight 9.3 lb / 4.2 kg
    Packaging Infoccyxsacc
    Package Weight 49.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.0 x 20.0 x 14.0"
    B&H Hands-on Learning Videos
    1. DJI Ronin - Installation & Balancing Tutorial 7:31
    Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 92.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great functionality / poor quality One thing about the Ronin is that it just works out of the box. As a steadicam operator I am used to balancing things. I had the Ronin work out of the box within 30minutes. The controller is very intuitive and forgiving in terms of operator mistakes. The downside is that everything is of pretty poor quality when you apply professional standards. Fasteners, tolerances - everything feels cheap. Some stuff wiggles and is loose out of the box. Expect to McGyver things and re-drill stripped threads etc. Their customer service is pretty much non existent. Even during your warranty period nobody will ever answer your emails. They are very difficult to reach by phone.
    Date published: 2015-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I use the DJI Ronin for wedding cinematography primarily, as well as commercial gigs such as music videos. I knew absolutely nothing about this new breed of stabilizers since I use to have the Glidecam, however I decided to purchase it to stay up to date with whats new and hot! The ronin is extremely easy to use once you set it up. I did find the manual was difficult to read as it was a bit technical so I would recommend googling on YouTube how to set it up (DJI has one). I've had it for about a month now, so far no complaints. Footage is excellent and extremely smooth. FYI, BUY IT FROM B&H it's cheaper than purchasing from DJI directly.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ease of Use Extreeeeeeemely high quality product. Everything is packaged nicely and feels very strong. It's very easy to use and once you know how to set it right, it's quite fast as well. I've dropped it from about 4 feet before and not a single ding on it. Everything still works fine. Great product, especially for the price. You just have to know how to use it first before going out and getting great shots. Recommended 2 operators though since it is quite heavy, and hard to adjust focus and camera settings while holding it. That's the only bad thing, it is quite heavy and wears you down unless someone is there to hold it for you.
    Date published: 2014-10-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be aware of upgrade Do not upgrade the remote controller to FW, it will brick your controller. DJI is aware of this but doesn't do anything about it. I used the DJI Assistant software to check for updates on my Ronin gimbal, and when I connected my Ronin TX remote, FW was ready to download and install. Apparently this update is not for this remote, but there is no warning whatsoever! This is not good DJI, to offer FW upgrades that kills equipment. Now in contact with DJI support I am told I need to pay for the repair because I'm out of warranty. This should be something DJI can cover besides warranty since it's not the users fault.
    Date published: 2017-02-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rockin Ronin The Ronin opens great shot options and is far easier to build and balance than a Steadicam or Glidecam. I've managed everything from running with Olympic athletes, car tracking shots, stairs, sweeping moves. All easy and fun to execute. I strongly recommend the thumb controller, follow focus, and an old Glidecam vest with the adapter from CineMilled. You don't need the vest but it's easier than putting the Ronin back on it's stand between takes and takes the weight off your arms. A camera assistant is not always critical but it is helpful to have an ace standing by to handle focus, settings, and general support. The batteries do last a long time but always have spares, of course. I haven't found anything not great about it yet.
    Date published: 2016-02-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't get it to work... based on other people that have used the Ronin, looks like we got a faulty Stabilizer. Beware- DJI does not support the Ronin in any capacity. If you go to their website to report a problem- they have 35 products listed, but not the Ronin. Meaning once you buy the Ronin, they will not support it. Your only solution is to return it to B&H. Shocking, no? Before you buy the Ronin- go to the DJI site and investigate for yourself. They're really clear about their policy of zero support for this product. If you have a problem with your stabilizer- they don't want to hear about it.
    Date published: 2014-09-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid Construction but room for improvem This gimbal is amazing for its price point. I flew a C100 and Ninja recorder on it and it performed great. Its fairly leightweight, until you start holding it up at eyelevel. You can flip it over to go higher but youll be shooting upside down.My biggest issue would just be the setup time. The case it comes in requires the handlebars to be broken down to its smallest pieces and everything has to be put back in its particular spot. Makes it hard for an assistant to pack up who has never used it. I feel a better case design could also make it about 20% smaller, it's rather large case to carry around.I also wish there was some though put into running cables along the arms. I have to run an HDMI, USB, and thumb control cable for the follow focus and they have to be bongo tied on and removed everytime its unpacked, and often they create resistance to the gimbal motors
    Date published: 2014-10-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Complicated Beast This is a product equally frustrating and rewarding. The set-up can be a little difficult to get used to, and it's not without its quirks. However, the longer you work with it, the easier it will become. This is a professional tool for professionals- don't expect to take it out of the box and get right to shooting. I still struggle at times to get the balance correct quickly. Additionally, this particular model is quite heavy- be prepared for sore arms and sweating (and perhaps some swearing). However, compared to other stabilizers in its price range, the Ronin outperforms them all. I use this for wedding videography and narrative filmmaking, and it is more than sufficient for my purposes. Bottom line, if you don't need the weight capacity of this model, go for the lighter Ronin-M and thank yourself later. If you do need the weight capacity, however, you won't be disappointed.
    Date published: 2016-02-23
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