The DJI RS 2 is a redesigned follow-up to the Ronin-S gimbal. It features a payload limit of 4.5kg (or 10 lb). In addition, it’s about 25% lighter and more compact than the Ronin-s. This is due to the carbon fiber axis arms and a shorter grip handle. In addition it utilises a smaller battery cartridge, while maintaining a 12-hour runtime. The motors are about 20% more powerful and will support larger cameras. For example the Blackmagic Pocket 6K, Canon 1D X Mark III, Sony a7S III, and ALEXA Mini LF.
The Ronin RS 2 has a 1.4″ full-color LCD touchscreen. This allows you to change gimbal settings as well as features such as time-lapse and hyper-lapse.
The RS 2 uses the DJI Titan stabilisation algorithm to provide improved stabilisation with increased smoothness. In applications with up to 100mm zoom lenses, a built-in feature called SuperSmooth complements the algorithm. It achieves this by compensating for micro-movements and increasing torque. The result is fluid motion.
There are also two RSA ports with electrical contacts for dedicated accessories. In addition, each port has a NATO mount for quick release attachment of these optional accessories. One RSA port is provided on the left and one on the right side of the gimbal. Supported accessories include a focus wheel, a twist-grip dual handle, and a universal mount. Thus attach the gimbal to a car, jib, or slider.
DJI Ronin RS 2 New Features
The companion iOS/Android Ronin app offers many creative features in addition to standard time-lapse and panorama functions. Time Tunnel combines roll motion with hyper-lapse to “twist” space and time. Track allows you to create a repeatable camera movement path for a tightly choreographed shot. Force Mobile makes the gimbal follow your smartphone’s movements. Achieve enhanced responsiveness when you use the optional DJI RavenEye 1080p transmission system. As mentioned, many of these features can be accessed from the touchscreen LCD of the RS 2. With the optional RavenEye system, display a live view of your subjects on the touchscreen.
The RS 2 uses a dual-layer Manfrotto plus Arca-Swiss camera mounting system with two removable quick release plates. The gimbal converts to portrait mode at the tap of a button. To efficiently balance your camera, the RS 2 includes a lock on each axis. Thus unlock and balance one axis at a time. Additionally, a fine-tune balancing knob allows you to further dial in the optimal balance for your camera.
The gimbal runs for up to 12 hours on a battery cartridge that secures to the included grip handle. The cartridge is easily swapped out. The cartridge is rechargeable via a USB Type-C port on the grip. In addition, the grip can be removed to recharge the battery. The BG30 grip is compatible with the PD and QC 2.0 charging protocols. DJI highly recommends using a 24W charger, not included. The battery supports 24W fast charging and can be fully recharged in about 1.5 hours.
The Ronin RS 2 comes with a splash-proof carry case. It features dedicated compartments for the different parts of the gimbal and accessories. A mini tripod is also included. This attaches to a 1/4″-20 thread on the bottom of the grip handle. The result, a stand or an extension handle for two-handed manoeuvring of the gimbal.