Everything you need to know about the new DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal

If you read our NAB roundup you’ll know that DJI showcased the new Ronin 2 gimbal for hand-held camera stabilization at the recent 2017 NAB Show. We caught up with the team to find out more about the new product

SP : What are the main differences between Ronin and Ronin 2?

DJI : Like the original Ronin, Ronin 2 was designed for handheld camera applications but is now more versatile with aerial, car mounting, cablecam and Steadicam capabilities. Higher torque motors give Ronin 2 a larger payload and new GPS algorithms allow it to perform smoothly in high-stress environments. Along with many other improvements, Ronin 2 brings a whole new level of stabilisation to Ronin users.

SP : What is Ronin 2’s maximum payload?

DJI : Ronin 2’s maximum payload is approximately 30lbs (13.6kg). Through DJIs own extensive testing, Ronin 2 can handle an Arri Alexa Mini with a Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lens comfortably.

SP : Overall, is stabilisation on Ronin 2 higher-performing and more accurate than Ronin/Ronin-M/Ronin-MX?

DJI : Yes. Ronin 2 was created with stronger motors and its SmoothTrack algorithm has been enhanced for smoother performance. A new GPS module enables it to perform much better in high G-force situations.

SP : Are all three previous modes of operation still available on Ronin 2?

DJI : Yes. All three previous modes of operation — upright, underslung, and briefcase — are available with Ronin 2. What’s new is that users can now transition between upright and underslung modes without changing the orientation of the camera. Users can now lock the yaw motor for 2-axis mode while using Ronin 2 with a Steadicam. Now you can lock each axis for an easier setup, better balancing, and safer transportation.

SP : How does the new yaw axis quick release differ from previous Ronins?

DJI : The new yaw axis quick release mount in Ronin 2 means a faster set up in different scenarios, enabling an easier transition from handheld to car and aerial applications.

SP : Does Ronin 2 come with a dedicated stand?

DJI : No. However, Ronin 2’s new hand and ring grip design come with retractable feet so that the whole gimbal system can stand upright on a flat surface.

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