The DJI Ronin-SC
The Ronin-SC is a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed specifically to be used with mirrorless cameras. The gimbal is a follow-up to DJI’s popular Ronin-S gimbal, but features a simplified design that itseasier to travel with, set up and shoot with. The Ronin-SC is made of magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic and has a battery that can last for up to 11 hours. We had a chance to check the Ronin-SC out prior to launch. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Compared to the Ronin-S
The Ronin-SC weighs 2.4 lbs, making it 41 percent lighter than the original Ronin S, which weighs 4 lbs. The compact Ronin-SC gimbal is intended to be used with mirrorless cameras and is suitable for supporting cameras that weigh up to 4.4 lbs (the Ronin-S can support cameras that weigh up to 7.9 lbs). The Ronin-SC gimbal is designed to work with mirrorless cameras from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, and some Fujifilm cameras, while the original Ronin is intended to work with larger, heavier DSLRs. The reduced weight also makes for easier travel and operation for long periods of time.
Axis locks and more
Because the Ronin-SC is designed for use with mirrorless cameras, which tend to be lighter than their DSLR counterparts (albeit, with exceptions), the balancing system has been simplified. The gimbal’s roll axis balances automatically with the help of the redesigned Ronin app and the pan, tilt and roll axis all include axis locks. These locks help keep things in place while the gimbal is in transit or during rigging. The Ronin-SC’s position lock system makes it much quicker to mount a camera, balance a camera, and start shooting.
Phone mount accessory
A new smartphone mounting accessory allows users to place a smartphone on the camera’s hotshoe, facilitating easy access to settings and special shooting modes through the redesigned Ronin app.
The redesigned Ronin app allows user to program up to three different custom profiles, adjust motor output, and run balancing tests on the gimbal; 360-degree roll movement can now be saved as one of the custom profiles. The app also features familiar settings like Sport mode, which speeds up the gimbal’s response time. The Ronin-SC has all the same modes as the Ronin-S including Virtual Joystick, Timelapse, MotionLapse, Motion Control and Panorama, but also includes two new modes – ActiveTrack and Force Mobile – that work via Bluetooth 5.0.
The Ronin-SC is the first consumer grade gimbal to support DJI’s ActiveTrack 3.0. ActiveTrack allows users to select a subject on screen using the DJI app, with the app controlling gimbal movements in order to follow the subject automatically. DJI says that new algorithms include optimized calculations to identify humans. ActiveTrack technology can already be found in DJI’s consumer drones, as well as inits Osmo cameras, so it’s not surprising to see it here.
Another new feature called Force Mobile makes it possible to synchronize the movement of an unmounted mobile device to the Ronin-SC gimbal from up to 82 feet away. The movements that you make with your hand will be mimicked by the gimbal, meaning that one person can operate the gimbal while another independently controls camera movement. The technology is similar to Force Pro, found in DJI’s cinema line, but its the first time that it has been included in DJI’s consumer gimbals.
Pricing and availability:
The Ronin-SC is available immediately. DJI is selling two versions of the gimbal: the Ronin-SC Standard is $439 and includes the gimbal and phone mount, while the Ronin-SC Pro Combo is $539 and adds a focus wheel and Remote Start Stop (RSS) splitter to the package.