The MōVI Freefly Pro dies with the long awaited addition to the DJI Ronin line: the DJI Ronin 2. And coming in at an unofficial, but likely lower price point than other professional camera gimbal stabilization systems– like the Freefly MōVI Pro–it’s sure to be a game-changing tool for filmmakers everywhere.
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 Equipment
Launched 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balancing their gimbal, and others had issues with the buggyness and inoperability of early versions of the clunky, outdated look of the DJI gimbal assistant app.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 Ronin 2.
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.
Ronin 2 Specs
- User friendly– Easier to setup and balance.
- Cross-Compatibility– compatibility with other stabilization systems, like Steadicam. Can be configured to cable rigs, car rigs, crane rigs, etc. On-board power, using Dual Inspire 2 TB50 Intelligent batteries with the capacity to fully power a RED cinema camera.
- Customizable– Extendible arms means larger camera bodies/lenses for a larger range of professional film setups, modular design is adaptable for multifunctional purposes
- 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.
Ronin 2 Availability
The Ronin 2 is expected to be made available in the second quarter of 2017. As a premiere DJI partner, Advexure will be the first US dealer to have the Ronin 2 in stock.
What is the Ronin 2 price?
The biggest question we are hearing right now is “How much is the Ronin 2?” “What is the cost of the Ronin 2?”. Unfortunately we at this DJI has not yet released pricing on the Ronin 2. DJI will release pricing of the Inspire 2 in late May or early June.
Release Date of the Ronin-2
On April 23, 2017 DJI held the “Create Your Legacy” event at the NAB Show and debuted the all new Ronin 2. Throughout the week at NAB, we saw Ronin 2 on display in many of its different configurations
How do I order the DJI Ronin 2? – Complete form below to be notified
Until DJI has released pricing and exact availability we cannot accept pre-orders for the Ronin 2. However, you can complete the form below to be notified when you can order Ronin 2 at Advexure.