DJI has announced the Ronin-S Compact, or Ronin-SC – price tag £325 / $439 – which is a new single-handed, 3-axis gimbal designed for mirrorless cameras.
The DJI Ronin-SC is a smaller, more compact version of the Ronin, weighing in at 1.08kg, or 2.4lbs, which is nearly half (41% lighter) the weight of the original Ronin-S.
Despite its weight reduction, the Ronin-SC can support a payload of up to 4.4lbs, and DJI says its battery will provide 11 hours of use on a single charge.
What’s more, the Ronin-SC folds down more compactly for transport in camera bags and backpacks. There are also new design features, such as 3-axis locks on the pan, tilt and roll axes to help simplify the process of balancing your camera.
DJI has also added new functionality, both built into the Ronin-SC and through add-on modules.
Among these is a new Force Mobile mode, similar to Force Pro, which synchronises the movement of your smartphone with the Ronin-SC. With Force Mobile users can operate gimbal movements at distances of up to 82 feet via its Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
A revamped ActiveTrack 3.0 mode uses AI to track human figures similar to DJI’s drones and its Osmo series.
Other modes include TimeLapse, MotionLapse and Motion Control, which allows you to set movement paths by selecting up to 40 different points.
The same virtual joystick is back, allowing users to control the Ronin-SC remotely when it’s on a tripod or monopod.
DJI Ronin-SC Price & Release Date
The DJI Ronin-SC price tag is £325 / $439 for the Ronin-SC Standard, which includes the gimbal and ‘the essentials to get you up and running’, which we assume means the cables and plate, etc.
A Ronin-SC Combo unit is priced at £415 / $539 and includes the essentials plus DJI’s focus wheel, as well as the external focus motor and the Remote Start Stop Splitter.
You can also purchase DJI Care Refresh for an additional $49, which includes up to two replacement units within one year.
The DJI Ronin-SC is available now from the DJI Store and other retailers. Pre-order the Ronin-SC Standard from B&H Photo Video in the US, as well as the Ronin-SC Combo kit. Pre-order the Ronin-SC Standard or the Ronin-SC Combo from Wex Photo Video in the UK.