DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer With Case
DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer With Case
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-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 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.
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.
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
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.
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 500 mAH 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%.
What is the Ronin for?
Developed for the filmmaking professional, the Ronin is a 3-axis stabilization gimbal that can hold a wide variety of cameras, giving you smooth, stable, hand-held footage in most conditions.
What is SmoothTrack mode?
SmoothTrack gives a single gimbal operator the ability to transform their tilt and pan movements on the gimbal into smooth and stabilized camera angle changes. This makes framing wide-angle or close scenes significantly easier for a single operator.
How much does the Ronin weigh?
It weighs 4.20kg (9.26lbs), including the handlebar and battery.
Why does the Ronin weigh 9.26 lbs?
The Ronin is made out of aluminum alloy. This means that compared to other handheld gimbals, it has a greater load capacity and has greater structural stability.â€¨
How much weight can the Ronin hold?
The maximum load weight of the Ronin is 7.25kg (16lbs).
What is Ronin made of?
The handlebar is made of carbon fiber and the main body of the gimbal is made of aluminum alloy.
What kind of cameras does the Ronin support?
It currently supports cameras with a maximum depth of 140 mm (measured from the CG), a maximum height of 225 mm, and a maximum width of 195mm. The maximum load weight is 7.25kg (16lbs). Cameras such as the BMPCC, BMCC, Canon 1Dc, Canon 5D MK II, Canon 5D MK III, Canon 6D, Canon 7D, Canon C100, Canon C300, Canon C500, Nikon D800, Panasonic GH3/Gh3, Red Epic/Scarlet, Sony Nex7, among others, can be used.
Is it difficult to balance the gimbal and camera?
No. No tools are needed to balance the camera. Changing the setup for different camera arrangements is quick and simple.
Does the Ronin come with a carrying case?
Yes, the Ronin comes with an extremely strong, durable, water-tight carrying case with rolling wheels, and extensible handle for easy transportation.
Does the Ronin come with a remote control?
Yes, the Ronin ships with a 2nd operator transmitter, this allows a 2nd operator to pan, tilt, and roll the camera independent of the Roninâ€™s movement. The 2nd operator transmitter also allows for mode and speed selection.
Does the Ronin come with a stand?
Yes, it comes with a tuning stand for suspending or storing the Ronin. The upper half of this tuning stand can be removed by loosening the knob at the top, so you can use it with any C-stand. When using a C-stand, be sure to check the balance of the stand so the Ronin doesnâ€™t tip over. When setting the stand on a table, ensure the table is flat and even.
How long can the Ronin operate with a fully charged battery?
With the old 3400mAh 4S smart battery fully charged, the Ronin can run for over 4 hours, depending on the attached camera rig and gimbal usage.
With the new 4350mAh 4S smart battery fully charged, the Ronin can run for over 6 hours, depending on the attached camera rig and gimbal usage.
Is it ok to charge the new battery with the old charger or the old battery with the new charger?
We suggest charging the new battery (4350mAh) with the new charger, since the old charger can only charge 90% capacity of the new battery (4350mAh). And you must charge the old battery (3400mAh) with the old charger.
How many batteries does the Ronin include in the box?
The Ronin includes only one battery, but there are three positions reserved for storing extra batteries.
Is the Ronin battery the same as those for the Phantom 2 series aircraft?
No, the Ronin battery is a 4S and those for the Phantom 2 series are 3S.
Can I use the Phantom 2 series charger to charge the Ronin battery?
No, please use the Ronin battery charger.
What is the control range of the Ronin remote control?
The control range is around 100-200m when using the included remote control and built-in DJI receiver. A D-bus port is also included if a non-DJI receiver is required.
Do I need any special instructions or tools to assemble the Ronin?
No, assembling the Ronin is very easy, as only the top handle bar, which features a quick release button, must be attached before use.
What is the Ronin App used for?
The DJI Assistant app allows easy configuration of all system parameters on the fly via Bluetooth.
How can I download the Ronin app and which operating systems are supported?
Search â€œDJI Assistantâ€ on App Store to download the iOS version. An Android app will be available soon.
Is the Ronin remote control the same as those for the Phantom?
The Phantom 2 remote control is compatible, while the Phantom 2 Vision and Vision+ remote controls are not. The Ronin uses a 2.4Ghz remote control. You can pair it with other 2.4Ghz remote controls such as a Futaba transmitter or use a third party S-BUS/PPM remote control or receiver.
Is the Ronin waterproof?
No. The system battery, motors, and other electronic equipment are not waterproof.
Can I mount the Ronin on an aircraft?
Yes. The top bar features a quick release system allowing easy attachment and detachment. The same attachment can be used for mounting the Ronin to a vehicle, crane or multi-rotor.
Can I use third party remote control to control the Ronin?
Yes. The Ronin supports 2.4Ghz remote controls and has a D-Bus port if you wish to use a non-DJI receiver.
Is the Ronin difficult to operate?
With a little practice, the Ronin takes less than 5 minutes to set up and balance whenever the camera configuration is changed. It is very easy to operate once setup.
Does the Ronin support firmware updates? How is it updated?
All units have the latest firmware when shipped, and firmware updates will be made available online for improved performance and future features. Download the updates and use a standard USB cable to update the Roninâ€™s firmware through the PC Assistant.
How can I use the Ronin with the DJI Lightbridge?
A connection port for the DJI Lightbridge is provided on the power distribution box.
How many operation modes does the Ronin have and how do I switch between the modes?
There are three different modes of operation. These allow the Ronin to be used in different scenarios. They are Upright mode, Underslung mode, and Briefcase mode.
The default operation mode is Underslung mode.
To switch to Upright mode from Underslung mode, turn the Ronin so the front faces toward you. Flip the gimbal over to bring the camera closer to eye level for a higher perspective.
To switch to Briefcase mode from Underslung mode, turn the handlebar 90 degrees from the gimbal, then swing the handlebar downward until the mode automatically changes. Briefcase mode must be activated in the Assistant app.
What are the two three-position switches on the Ronin remote control for?
The Mode switch is used for switching between SmoothTrack mode positions 1, 2, and 3. The Function switch is used to select the SmoothTrack speed. There are 3 possible selections: fast, normal and slow. The value of each speed can be preset in the App or PC Assistant. Also, quickly toggling the Function switch between Position 1 and Position 3 three times will activate the motor kill switch. Do the same again to turn off the motor kill switch.
How can one operator use the Ronin?
In SmoothTrack mode, the Ronin will automatically point the camera where you want it to go. A single thumb control will be made available for the Ronin for greater control.
Do I need any tools to setup and balance the Ronin?
A built-in balance adjustment system means no tools are needed for setup and balance. Changing the setup for different camera arrangements is quick and simple. An allen wrench is included that is used to fasten or loosen the camera mounting plate, or tighten down adjustment knobs.
How can I install follow focus systems or other powered accessories on the Ronin?
Follow focus systems and matte boxes can be easily mounted on the Ronin by using industry standard dual 15mm segmented rods. The segmented rods may be customized to different lengths, depending on your camera and lens setup. Two regulated 12V P-taps and one 500mAH full size USB connector offer a convenient power source for various accessories, including follow focus systems, HD video downlinks, and others.
Can the Ronin carry bigger cameras such as the Sony F55?
An accessory will be made available in the future for the use of larger cameras.
How many times can the Ronin battery be used?
You can charge and discharge the battery about 200-300 times.
How long does it take to fully charge the battery?
The old battery (3400mAh) needs approximately 60 minutes.
The new battery (4350mAh) needs around 95 minutes.
Can the Ronin provide power for other equipment or cameras?
Two regulated 12V P-taps, one 500mAH full size USB connector, and one DJI Lightbridge HD Video Downlink port offer a convenient power source for other equipment, all while keeping the wiring to a minimum. The system cannot provide power for additional cameras.
How long is the Ronin Warranty?
The standard Ronin has a limited 1 year warranty, but this may vary depending on your country. For more details, please go to http://www.dji.com/service
What kind of flying platforms are able to carry the Ronin?
The flying platform must have enough payload capacity and stability to carry the full weight of the Ronin plus your accessories. Please note that unlike the Zenmuse series of gimbals, the Ronin does not have rubber dampers.
What is the fastest way to setup the Ronin?
Install the top handle bar, install the battery, mount the camera, adjust the balance, and tap the Auto Tune Stability button, then it is ready to use. Further setup and customization may be done via the Dji Assistant mobile app.