DJI has significantly expanded its gimbal product line with RS3 and RS3 Pro models designed for mirrorless cameras and cinema cameras. It also launched a number of other exciting cinematic products rooted in innovation Ronin 4D camera gimbal, including a LiDAR and “DJI Transmission” focusing system for monitoring and remote control of compatible gimbals. Finally, they announced that they have joined Panasonic and Leica’s full-frame L-Mount alliance and disclosed the compensation for remove ProRes RAW from Ronin 4D.
DJI’s top mainstream gimbal right now is the DJI RS3. Main new features on RSC 2 is an automatic locking system that releases and opens the gimbal when it is on, then folds and locks it when it is off. That avoids the usual practice of manually immobilizing the camera with the gimbal off, then manually locking the three separate axes.
Tapping the power button puts it to sleep, “which powers up the device, stacks it, and moves much faster,” DJI notes. It also uses quick release plates for “position memory” so in theory you only have to balance your camera once.
It weighs just under 2.8 pounds but can handle 6.6 pounds, which is enough to support most mainstream mirrorless cameras. The 3rd generation stabilization algorithm is a 20% improvement over RSC 2, so it’s easier to shoot low angles, run or film from a moving vehicle. For longer lenses up to 100mm, SuperSmooth provides additional electronic stabilization.
It features a Bluetooth shutter button that supports automatic connection without the need for a camera control cable, along with a 1.8-inch full color OLED display with 80% more surface area than the RSC 2. That screen gives Allows full gimbal setup in most scenarios without connecting a mobile app, while the redesigned user interface and control layout make operation easier. Part of that is a new physical gimbal mode switch that lets you select pan, pan, and tilt tracking and FPV mode instantly.
Finally, a new battery grip provides up to 12 hours of battery life and is easily replaceable via the quick release system. It supports PD fast charging at 18 watts and can be charged independently or during use for non-stop operation. The DJI RS3 Gimbal is now available from authorized retailers and at DJI Store priced at $550 for the standalone gimbal and $720 for the DJI RS3 Combo which adds a pair grip, focus motor, second control cable, and carrying case.
Next is RS3 Pro, another technology tour de force from DJI. It’s made from carbon fiber so it weighs just 3.3 pounds, but can handle loads of up to 10 pounds – enough for professional cinema cameras like the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and RED Komodo. Like the RS3, it also has a new auto-axis lock system, Bluetooth shutter button, 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, and gimbal mode switching.
The RS3 Pro borrows a key feature from the Ronin 4D, the optional DJI LiDAR range finder. It projects 43,200 different points in a 46-foot indoor area and powers the next-generation focus motor with additional torque and one-step mounting. That enables “manual lens-on-lens autofocus without repeated correction,” according to DJI.
The LiDAR Range Finder has the same chip on the Ronin 4D and an integrated 30mm camera, giving the same focus and gimbal tracking capabilities as ActiveTrack Pro. That will allow professional cameras to maintain steady, clear shots in “even more dynamic situations,” DJI said. RS3 Pro is now available starting at $870 or $1,100 in a combo with an expandable quick release plate, phone holder, focus and kit motor, Ronin Image Transmitter and more. LiDAR Range Finder will be sold separately for $660.
DJI has also announced that they are on sale DJI transmission remote control/monitor with Ronin 4D as a separate device. It uses DJI’s O3 technology used on drones like the Mavic 3, transmitting video at 1080p/60fps at a ground range of up to 20,000 feet with extremely low end-to-end latency. Monitoring is done via the 7-inch, 1,500-nit High Brightness Remote Display.
With compatible devices like the RS3 Pro, you can not only monitor and record video output, but also control the gimbal, record the camera, and more, using the DJI Master Wheel and Force Pro. It also adds a DFS band that allows for up to 23 channels, allowing large groups to work with ten or more transmitters simultaneously. The DJI Transmission is launching this September for $2,500, or you can purchase the High Brightness Monitor separately for $1,700.
Finally, DJI announced that it is now a member of the L-Mount Alliance and has partnered with Leica on the L-Mount Zenmuse X9 device that is compatible with Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma L-Mount lenses. And for any Ronin 4D buyer frustrated with eliminate supporting Apple ProRes RAW, DJI has announced that it will support Apple ProRes 4444 XQ, the highest quality ProRes codec that stands for ProRes RAW.
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