DJI Ronin 2 - The FreeFly MōVI Pro Killer?
- Apr 12, 2018
The MōVI Freefly Pro dies with the long awaited addition to the DJI Ronin line: the DJI Ronin 2. And coming in at bundled, production-ready turn-key solution for media professionals everywhere at just $6,999, it's sure to be a game-changer for among other professional camera gimbal stabilization systems– like the Freefly MōVI Pro–which often require you to order a heap of accessories in addition to the standard base unit. The DJI Ronin 2 is an extension of the original Ronin technology we all know and love (although for some it’s love-hate relationship at times)– boasting all of the same familiar Ronin features yet with highly evolved hardware and software capabilities. The similarities between the original Ronin and the new Ronin 2 will allow for a very intuitive on-boarding for soon-to-be Ronin 2 owners. Yet, the Ronin 2’s reimagined capabilities will undoubtedly push the boundaries for traditional three-axis camera stabilization technology. The Ronin 2 has evolved to carry a wider variety of heavier camera payloads including an expanded array of professional grade camera bodies and lenses. It features a stunning new full carbon fiber exterior and a decluttered, ergonomic design for quicker setup and stabilization, optimized power management, and easy-to-use, intelligent software integration.
Ronin, Ronin M, Ronin MX vs. Ronin 2 – Choosing your EquipmentLaunched in late 2014, the original DJI Ronin was built with the low-budget filmmaker’s demands in mind. Achieving an unprecedented level of stability among other (more expensive–like MoVI) leading three-axis gimbal systems on the market– the Ronin garnered a reputation for its exceptionally high build quality, and quick user-friendly setup and operability. The release of the Ronin coincided with a surge of access to cheaper, more flexible filmmaking options and a sudden spike in DSLR-based filmmaking. By putting powerful studio-grade film equipment into the hands of amateurs, it didn’t take long for the DJI Ronin to be recognized as a must-have item in any DSLR filmmaker’s toolkit. Although, where it succeeded in some areas, it failed in others. Many original Ronin users expressed frustration with a drifting roll axis when balancing their gimbal, and others had issues with the buggyness and inoperability of early versions of the clunky, outdated look of the DJI gimbal assistant app. Yet, the first iteration of the DJI Ronin experience served as a enduring benchmark for DJI’s further development into the Ronin product line, eventually leading to them to the Ronin M, the Ronin MX, and now, the DJI Ronin 2. The original DJI Ronin. The DJI Ronin-M enjoyed all the same advancements of the original Ronin while refining all of its shortcomings. Weighing in at around 5 lbs, the introduction of the Ronin-M slashed the weight of the original Ronin in half, making it far more manageable on longer film shoots without shedding any of remarkably high, carbon-fiber build quality. Setup and tuning time remained low. It was highly portable and came in at a surprisingly low $1399, making the Ronin-M one of the most affordable, professional-grade gimbals on the market. Although, the Ronin M was quickly succeeded by the DJI Ronin MX. The advent of drone-aided filmmaking in an era of powerful, high-lift capacity hexa-copters and octo-copters, like the Matrice 600 and the S1000, spurred demand for a gimbal system with professional camera and drone interoperability. And so, the Ronin-MX was born about a year after the Ronin–M launch, introducing a first-of-its-kind drone-supported three-axis gimbal system with fully interchangeable ground and air functionality. The evolution of the original Ronin: the DJI Ronin-MX
DJI Ronin 2 Specs
Intuitive, More User Friendly Build and Design– With past Ronin technologies having a notorious reputation for long setup times and overly cumbersome rigging and balancing, the DJI Ronin 2 has been engineered to be streamlined for the film-set. With a refined gimbal and mounting mechanism, Ronin 2 has been built to be significantly easier to setup and balance.
Stabilizer Cross-Compatibility– The DJI Ronin 2 is fully compatible with other stabilization systems, like Steadicam and can be configured to cable rigs, car rigs, crane rigs, etc. With on-board power, using Dual Inspire 2 TB50 Intelligent batteries, Ronin 2 now boasts the battery capacity to fully power a RED cinema camera.
Improved Payload Capacity and Customization– Another great feature of the Ronin 2 is its more modular design that can be adaptable for multifunctional purposes– more fully integrated extendible arms translates to support much larger camera bodies/lenses for a wider range of professional film setups.
Intelligent Features– Expanded operating modes and GPS based programming– including the new Panaorama, Timelapse, and CamAnchor modes. The DJI assistant app has been completely redesigned from the ground up, making the app’s user-interface more accessible and intuitive.