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DJI RS 4 Pro review

DJI RS 4 Pro Gimbal: Precision Engineering Meets User-Friendly Design for Filmmakers

DJI RS 4 Pro review - perfect balance

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Our Verdict

The DJI RS 4 Pro gimbal builds on the reputation of the Ronin line, and this latest version boosts the functions and features of its forebears with an ever-increasing ecosystem of accessories and, most importantly, brute power. The combo kit that I’ve reviewed includes the focus motor and RavenEye video transmission system, both of which greatly boost the gimbal’s function. In use, the RS 4 Pro, equipped with a Canon EOS R5 C, does give your arms a workout, but the stabilization and control are superb. The payload may be the same as the RS 3 Pro, but the increased torque means that faster and more jerky movements are now well within the control of the gimbal. As you expand the system with all the accessories, the usual mess of wires and connections is still a minor issue, but it is worth it for the added functionality and features they bring.

At present, the RS 4 Pro still sits alone as one of the most comprehensive single-handed gimbal stabilizers on the market, but with that torque boost, it edges closer to the pro market.


  • Advanced stabilization technology
  • Part of a larger ecosystem
  • Extended battery life


  • Premium price point
  • Learning curve for beginners
  • Accessory connection can be complex

What is the DJI RS 4 Pro?

The DJI RS 4 Pro is a professional-grade, single-handed camera stabilizer designed to provide smooth and stable footage for videographers and filmmakers. This release, version 4, follows the DJI RS 3 Pro that was launched back in June 2022. Although the styling with the carbon arms looks much the same, a closer examination reveals that the RS 4 Pro has undergone several major upgrades, most noticeably the size of the new motors, which see a 20% boost in torque. This means that while the max payload remains the same, the way the gimbal handles that load should be vastly improved.

Alongside the pumped-up of motors, there are the usual updates to the stabilization algorithms, especially for heavy camera setups, and an increase in the available shooting modes. The RS 4 Pro is intended primarily for professional users, with the RS 4, launched at the same time, aimed at enthusiasts and the small RS 3 Mini for the entry-level. The RS 4 Pro gimbal is compatible with a range of cameras and lenses, including the Canon EOS R5 C and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K that I’ve selected for this review.


  • Payload Capacity: 4.5 kg
  • Weight: 1.6 kg (including gimbal, grip, and quick-release plates)
  • Battery Life: Up to 29 hours
  • Stabilization: 4th-Generation RS algorithm
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB-C
  • Compatibility: Compatible with most DSLR and mirrorless cameras
  • Screen: 1.8″ OLED touchscreen
  • Motor Torque: 20% increase from previous models

Build and Handling

The design and features of DJI’s single-handed gimbal stabilizers have evolved over the years. Since the RS 2 Pro, which introduced the carbon arms, there has been a steady progression towards the professional market rather than smaller studios and individuals. The great thing about the RS Pro gimbals is firstly their compact size, but then the power and accessories, meaning that you can start small, with just the gimbal, and then begin to build up your system with focus motors, video transmission, handles, LiDAR, and more.

The RS 4 Pro continues this route to the top, and the new gimbal comes in the usual gimbal-only or Combo kit, which includes the focus motor and RavenEye video transmission system, which is the kit that I’ll look at in this review. It’s pretty comprehensive, and if you want to expand further and have manual lenses, then I would highly recommend looking at the LiDAR sensor, which brings autofocus to your manual lenses. Then there’s the new range of focus handles and grips, along with the larger car mounts and pro-level systems.

When it comes to the build and handling, it’s worth knowing that the RS 4 Pro is the core of a larger ecosystem, one that has now been opened up to third-party developers, so things should get really interesting, primarily for video. Still, there’s also huge potential for photography.

DJI RS 4 Pro review - Nato ports

Build quality

One of the consistent qualities of DJI products is their ergonomics, build, and material quality, all of which shine through with the RS 4 Pro. The carbon arms featuring the large Ronin logo instantly stand out, and with the small 1.8″ touch screen, joystick, and control wheel, all the controls you need are within your finger’s reach. Another notable feature of the RS 4 Pro, compared to other gimbals, is the number of expansion ports. These ports allow you to attach handles, grips, and accessories through the screw-in RSA ports or clamp NATO ports. The ports on either side of the RS 4 Pro also enable data transfer for compatible accessories, which is very clever.

The main materials for the gimbal are a mix of rubber, aluminium, and carbon, which all feel good and solid. As ever, there’s plenty of adjustment through the three axes when it comes to balancing. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of the RS Pro series, the carbon arms can be a pain for accurate adjustment when new, as they are here, but soon ease up after a few weeks of use. It’s worth noting with the RS Pro series that once you’ve gone through the setup process once, it’s beneficial to mark the positions on the arms so you can readjust and balance quickly. However, I found that with the CINE lenses and kit that I used in this review, once the cameras were balanced the first time, as the lenses were essentially the same size and weight, there was no reason to rebalance, which again reinforces why buying a set of dedicated CINE lenses such as the IRIX lens range is such a great idea.

When it comes to building quality, the finish is exceptional, and from my experience with the RS 4 Pro that I’ve been testing for the last month, the need for adjustment becomes less and less to the point of none the more you use it.

Balancing the RS 4 Pro

The RS 4 Pro’s balancing follows the usual procedure, but it’s important to consider beforehand which accessories, if any, you’re going to mount along with the camera. If it’s just the camera, then there’s a small base plate that can be fitted; otherwise, there’s a slightly extended version that allows you to add the rail and focus motor. If you have the focus motor, then opt for the larger one, as you’ll inevitably swap at some point.

Once the camera is installed, release the arms and hold the camera roughly in position, then relock all but the tilt arm. Point the camera with the lens up, move the position up and down until you find the balance, and lock it. Then rotate the camera to be horizontal and use the fine-tuned knob to balance.

DJI RS 4 Pro review - weighty in the hand

Next, address the roll axis: unlock and adjust the position, noting that the carbon arms can be a bit tight initially, then lock it. For the pan axis, tilt the gimbal forward at 45 degrees, find the balance, and lock it. Once finished, boot up the gimbal, activate it with the Ronin App, and run through the auto-calibration.

In future use, you’ll find you’ll just be popping the camera on and off, and the way the gimbal is designed now means that there’s no need to adjust each axis every time. The only thing that is worth doing every time is a quick auto-calibration as you’re getting everything else ready.

RS4 Pro in use

Once balanced and switched on, the DJI RS 4 Pro can be connected to the Ronin App. If you’re familiar with this, it’s much the same as ever, with the front trigger to centralize the camera, the joystick to move around, and the dial at the front to use the focus motor with a calibrated lens.

One thing that you do instantly notice is the weight; with larger cameras onboard, such as the Canon EOS R5 C with an IRIX 11mm mounted, it’s quite a strain on the arm at 4.7kg. At this point, the addition of an easy rig would be good. This weight also makes the rig feel quite top-heavy, and if you are going for a camera and lens combo of this style, then adding the handle from the combo kit is essential.

Once you have a comfortable hold on the gimbal, the positioning of the joystick and dials is well worked out and easy to access. With many cameras, you can also connect using a USB Type-C or Bluetooth, depending on the model. This enables you to access some of the camera settings and, most importantly, to start and stop recordings.

DJI RS 4 Pro review - Grip and focus dial

When it comes to handling, be prepared for what you can cope with. Kitting the RS 4 Pro with your largest camera and lens combo just because the gimbal can take it might be better. The gimbal might be able to cope, but there’s a high likelihood that after an hour, you won’t. The other point about handling is to be neat. The RS 4 Pro can get tangled in a mass of connecting wires; before you start, make sure everything is correctly connected and attached, and also ensure the wires are free from the axes so full motion and movement are possible.


The features of the RS 4 Pro are extensive, and many of the enhancements over the RS 3 Pro relate to greater power and connectivity options. Although individually, the increased torque and boost in connections might seem minor, together, they create a formidable gimbal system capable of handling cameras and equipment used by professionals as well as high-end enthusiasts.

The new torque rating means that cameras such as the Red: Komodo + RF 24-70 mm F2.8, Blackmagic Design: BMPCC 6K Pro + EF 24-70 mm F2.8, Sony: FX6 + FE 24-70 mm F2.8, and Canon: C70/R5C/R3 + RF 24-70 mm F2.8 can be used with a max payload of 4.5 kg (10 lbs). The gimbal itself weighs 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs), and when used with the Canon EOS R5 C and IRIX 11mm, along with the focus motor and LiDAR sensor, the full weight reaches 4.7kg.

Design-wise, the overall look remains consistent, with boosted motors and larger casings around the axis joints indicating increased power. Each axis is secured with 2nd-Gen Automated Axis Locks that activate when the gimbal is switched on or off. The arms, made from lightweight Carbon Fiber and featuring a Teflon Coating, facilitate smooth movement during balancing.

DJI RS 4 Pro review - IRIX 11mm

The grip includes a small 1.8″ OLED Full-Color Touchscreen, offering various functions, including settings adjustments and live view when connected with the RavenEye. Essential accessories include the Zoom/Gimbal Control Focus Motor, and the RS 4 Pro supports dual external focus motor control, Bluetooth wireless focus, and wireless and wired shutters.

A notable feature is the native horizontal-vertical switching, which simplifies the process of changing orientations. The RS 4 Pro’s firmware benefits from a 4th-Gen RS Stabilization Algorithm.

For power, the gimbal uses detachable battery grips, offering up to 29 hours of usage with the BG70 High-Capacity Battery Grip. Additional grips are available, and a depleted grip can recharge before the replacement runs out. External power sources, like the Bluetti AC60, can also be useful for keeping equipment charged.

The gimbal includes several ports, such as two RSA Ports, two NATO Ports, and a USB Type-C Charging Adapter Port on the battery grip’s base.

Other supported accessories encompass the LiDAR focusing system, DJI Transmission, DJI Ronin Image Transmitter, and DJI remote focus and gimbal control systems (such as the DJI Focus Pro Hand Unit, DJI Master Wheels, and DJI Ronin 4D Hand Grips), offering comprehensive capabilities.


Starting, I kitted the DJI RS 4 Pro with everything offered in the Combo Kit, including the RavenEye, Focus Motor, and additional handle. Throughout the test, I used the Canon EOS R5 C and Blackmagic 6K, swapping between the two. The Blackmagic proved to be the better fit for the system due to the weight difference; it also felt slightly better balanced overall. With both setups, I added the mobile phone holder for a better view and the LiDAR sensor mounted on the hot shoe.

In testing the RS 4 Pro, I used pre-release firmware and app, and as such, some of the instructions were in Chinese. However, the initial setup was relatively streamlined, and the LiDAR sensor and focus motor were easy to integrate once the appropriate cables were figured out. The RavenEye links to the mobile phone, and after that, you’re set.

DJI RS 4 Pro review - Ronin logo

The LiDAR is the biggest game-changer, enabling the use of manual focus CINE lenses with autofocus accuracy on the gimbal, which is incredibly effective. Coupled with the stabilization control of the RS 4 Pro, it creates a superb handheld rig that instantly yields professional results.

The performance of the RS 4 Pro is outstanding, with general walking shots smoothly handled as long as you adhere to a gimbal walk to avoid bobbing. The focus dial on the front offers customizable control, and the joystick fine-tunes the head movement. Increasing the pace, the gimbal, with its additional torque, handles the movement well; although avoiding bobbing while running is more challenging, the gimbal still performs remarkably.

Like the RS 3 Pro, the side of the grip has a quick mode selection option, typically set to PF (Pan Follow), with occasional switches to PTF (Pan Tilt Follow) or FPV (First Person View) for drone-style footage.

In use, the performance is superb. The only considerations are the weight you are comfortable carrying—4.7kg can be exhausting over a long period—and possibly getting an EasyRig to make handling easier.

Final thoughts

Gimbals have revolutionized filmmaking, enabling many of us to achieve professional-looking footage with equipment that costs a fraction of what professional production studios spend. Advancements in technology, such as focus motors, RavenEye video transmission, and LiDAR sensors, have elevated the RS 4 Pro to another level.

If you’re new to gimbals, there’s quite a bit to learn, and this gimbal is really suited for those using larger mirrorless cameras or mirrorless cameras with CINE lenses who need more torque in their stabilization. For most enthusiasts and solo shooters, the smaller RS 4 might be a better fit. Reflecting on the RS 3 Pro a couple of years ago, I was really impressed with the quality and the fine-tuning of the balance, with the metal arms over carbon fibre being a notable improvement.

DJI RS 4 Pro review - mini tripod

While the RS 4 Pro is excellent, it can get heavy, so if you find carrying any type of weight difficult, be cautious when considering this, or think about getting an EasyRig to complement it.

However, where the RS 4 Pro truly excels is in its role as the core of a larger ecosystem that you can expand into as needs and budget allow. My recommendation would be to start with the Combo kit rather than just the gimbal alone and then expand into the LiDAR as soon as the budget allows. As a standalone gimbal, it is excellent, but as part of a larger filmmaker’s ecosystem, the DJI RS 4 Pro is outstanding.