The authentic DJI Ronin-S and Ronin-SC gimbals turned important equipment for YouTubers and beginner filmmakers – and now the drone big has constructed some souped-up sequels known as the DJI RS 2 and RSC 2. (Want to skip straight to our early verdict on the latter? Check out our hands-on DJI RSC 2 evaluation).
Like the DJI OM 4 (or Osmo Mobile 4), the new DJI Ronins have adopted barely complicated RS 2 and RSC 2 monikers. But thankfully, they’ve additionally introduced loads of new options and extra transportable designs. Unlike the smartphone-friendly DJI OM 4, they’re additionally each sturdy sufficient to help full-size DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
If you have bought a very weighty setup, then the DJI RS 2 is the mannequin for you – regardless of lowering its personal weight right down to 1.3kg, it may well take a payload of as much as 4.5kg. That’s sturdy sufficient for a hefty DSLR like the Nikon D850 plus a heavy lens.
The RSC 2 (above), in the meantime, is smaller DJI Ronin for individuals who have compact mirrorless cameras and lack the Popeye forearms wanted to hold round its sibling. The latter can also be somewhat extra user-friendly for individuals who do not wish to at all times shoot manually, with a brand new stabilization algorithm on board to assist clean out wonderful particulars.
So what else is new on the two gimbals? The DJI RS 2 has new axis locks for simpler transportation, plus a brand new 1.4-inch colour touchscreen that present your gimbal settings, camera knowledge or a dwell feed from your camera. You may also use it to start out modes like ActiveTrack which, as the identify suggests, handles topic monitoring.
But it is the DJI RSC 2 that will get the extra attention-grabbing overhaul, with a brand new transportable, folding design which means it packs down right into a backpack-friendly bundle. Despite this, it may well help a payload of as much as 3kg, which implies it is sturdy sufficient to deal with weighty combos like the Panasonic Lumix S1H and a 24-70mm lens.
Time Tunnel methods
Like the DJI RS 2, the RSC 2 additionally advantages from a brand new 1-inch OLED show, which exhibits camera knowledge and allows you to change settings. This significantly stood out in our hands-on DJI RSC 2 evaluation, which describes it as “a simple but transformative addition”.
There are a lot of artistic presets on board each gimbals, too, together with the standard time-lapses and panoramas. But there’s additionally a brand new choice that is due shortly after launch – Time Tunnel will permit your camera to drag off a 360-degree roll whereas capturing a hyperlapse, which many cameras advised us they have been significantly enthusiastic about.
To actually unlock the RS 2 and RSC 2’s full potential, although, you may want so as to add some equipment, which brings us onto their pricing. Available from at present, the DJI RS 2 prices $849 / £699 (round AU$1,270), whereas the DJI RSC 2 is a extra palatable $499 / £389 (roughly AU$700).
Both begin to get somewhat pricier if you begin to add equipment with their Pro Combo bundles, although. This pack contains loads of very helpful extras, together with a smartphone holder, Focus Motor, RavenEye Image Transmitter and carry case, amongst different issues. This Pro Combo bundle for the DJI RS 2 prices $999 / £839 (round AU$1,525), whereas for the DJI RSC 2 it is $739 / £569 (roughly AU$1000).
Still, each three-axis gimbals can utterly rework the sort of footage you may create with your current camera – try our DJI RSC 2 evaluation for extra particulars, which we’ll be turning right into a full evaluation very quickly. Want to know if your camera is appropriate? Have a have a look at the DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2’s product pages.