The DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabiliser is designed to provide handheld shooting without the hand-shake.
The Ronin-M is suitable for most camera rigs up to 3.6kg. In addition, the Ronin-M uses brushless motors that work on three axes: “roll” (keeping the horizon level), tilt, and pan. The system is computer-controlled and features a tilt range of 105⁰ up/165⁰ down plus a roll range of ±110⁰.
Furthermore, the system boasts a precision of control of ±0.02°. As a result, precise camera moves and stability correction are possible. Finally, the gimbal can be used in vehicle mounting scenarios.
The Ronin-M supports dual-operator shooting, much like working with a jib that has a motorised pan/tilt head. A second operator uses the included transmitter (radio controller) to manually control camera pan and tilt. The included transmitter/receiver system operates on 2.4 GHz and is proprietary. For third-party transmitters, a D-Bus port allows the installation of your own receiver.
As with sled and vest style stabilisers, motorised gimbal systems require balancing before use. Once balanced, you can configure the Ronin-M for your particular camera arrangement. For example, use the Assistant Software for compatible iOS and Windows (Desktop) devices via Bluetooth. Camera and lens combinations have different mass and weight distributions. Therefore, the Ronin-M has an ATS (Auto Tune Stability) procedure. Consequently, each axis will adjust individually, repeating the process until all three are aligned. A gimbal tuning stand is provided so you won’t have to hand-hold the rig during this process.
The included 4S lithium-polymer battery powers the Ronin-M for up to six hours. It is a “smart” battery, meaning power regulation and protection circuitry is built-in. So, no separate balancing lead, unlike many lithium-polymer batteries. A charger is also included. Note, it is important to always use chargers designed for the Ronin-M battery because of the smart circuitry. Two 12V DC PowerTaps and one USB power port are located on the camera base. These provide power to on-camera accessories. Thus simplifying battery charging and avoid unnecessary added weight.
For Cameras Up to 3.6kg
The Auto Configuration feature means the Ronin-M can adapt to a range of camera sizes. In addition, it is compatible with compact video cameras, mirrorless cameras, and DSLR’s. Finally, the Ronin-M is suitable for payloads up to 8 pounds.
SmoothTrack gives a single gimbal operator the ability to translate smooth tilt and pan movements. Consequently, framing of broad wide-angle scenes is much easier during single operator use.
After balancing, the Ronin-M will automatically tune for the mass and weight distribution of your camera rig. The gimbal intelligently adjusts parameters based on the camera rig’s weight.
Three Operation Modes
Upright Mode allows the gimbal to be flipped over. So the camera can be operated closer to eye level without straining to lift the gimbal. This can be used in various situations, such mounting on the top of the vehicle.
Underslung (Suspended) Operation Mode is the standard operation mode for Ronin-M. Low slung, close to the ground, or simply holding the gimbal in front of you offers stabilised handheld footage. This mode would also be used when mounted the gimbal on a flying platform such as a multi-rotor RC helicopter.
Finally, for a slimmer gimbal profile use Briefcase Mode. The gimbal is held to the side and close to the legs, much like a briefcase.
Second Operator Control
The 2.4 GHz Ronin transmitter provides pan and tilt control as well user-assignable speed settings. This allows one operator to hold the gimbal assembly while a second manually controls camera movement remotely. If you would rather use a third-party transmitter a D-bus port is provided as well.
Optional Thumb Controller for Pan/Tilt
Single thumb control is possible for the Ronin-M Handheld Gimbal System. These Pan and Tilt movements are controlled via the optional Thumb Controller attachment, available separately. Additionally, SmoothTrack Mode can be turned on or off using the Thumb Controller interface.
Assistant Software for Mobile and Windows
A mobile device or computer to run the Assistant Software is essential. It is available for select iOS mobile devices and Windows computers.
With the software you can:
- Auto Configure the rig based on the weight and weight distribution of your camera after you’ve balanced it
- Adjust Smoothtrack tuning to user preference
- Enable and configure Second Operator Control
- Run diagnostics and generate stats
- Install firmware updates
The software can interface via USB or wirelessly over Bluetooth
A built-in balance adjustment system means no tools are needed for setup and adjustment. Consequently, time is saved when changing the setup for different camera arrangements.
Beside the handle bars, the gimbal unit can be detached. For example, mounting on jibs, cranes, tripods, vehicle mounts, and other types of camera support equipment.
Solid Support Arm
Increased rigidity is provided by a single, complete piece of fine-tooled magnesium. This unified design helps eliminate imperfection common in systems made of multiple pieces assembled together. Finally, the arm gives you not only greater stability but also reliability. Because there is no potential for separate pieces to come loose or move apart
When shooting indoors or in tight spaces, Silent Mode reduces the sound of each motor as low as possible. The Ronin-M’s stabilisation algorithms are updated to focus on minute changes and stabilisation, helping ensure the sound of the motors is not recorded by sensitive microphones or other recording equipment
Quick Release Smart Battery
Providing an estimated six hours of run time (depending on use), the proprietary Ronin-M battery system is designed for easy changes in the field and charges using a dedicated charger that is included. The batteries feature indicators so remaining power can be checked directly on the battery itself. Unlike may lithium-polymer batteries, with the Ronin-M Smart Battery, overcharge and over depletion protection is built-in, as is individual battery cell charge balancing.
Power Distribution Box
Two regulated 12V DC PowerTaps, one 500 mAh type A female USB connector, and also a connection point for the DJI Lightbridge Long Range HD Video Downlink are provided. These provide power connection for various accessories, including motorised follow focus systems, video transmitters, and more – all while keeping the wiring to a minimum.
Quick Release Top Handle
Designed to save time breaking the system down or transporting it between locations. Removing the handle bars can also be useful to reduce size when filming in tight locations.
Based on Zenmuse Technology
The Ronin-M adapts the same brushless motor technology used in DJI’s aerial gimbals for handheld, terrestrial use.