The Ronin Stabilizing Rig: Stable enough to be jerked around under a helicopter, yet light enough to be carried in this handheld model.
The possibilities can take you sky high, and low to the ground, with this portable and lightweight stabilizing technology recently introduced by DJI Innovation. The company is known for their quadcopters, more specifically the phantom. With reasonable price tags and lots of room to play around, it is no wonder why the company has branched out into other lines of video production equipment, such as the Ronin.
The Ronin was introduced just a few months ago in mid 2014. It can support a range of cameras, from DSLRs to larger ones like the RED EPIC. Although there are numerous camera stabilizers on the market to choose from, the Ronin is unique due to its features which are not found on other like products in a similar price range. Starting out at $4,499, and quickly being sold at B&H for only $2,999, its definitely more affordable then the $15,000 MōVI.
DJI Innovation’s product manager Paul Pan claims you can be ready to shoot in just 5 minutes, due to the auto calibration capabilities of the Ronin. And their website boasts that the built-in ATS (Auto Tune Stability) technology intelligently tunes Ronin to your camera rig at the touch of a button.
For situations where the main camera operator has their hands full, an included radio remote control unit allows a second operator to control the pan, tilt and roll of the camera, independent of the Ronin’s movement.
This remote controlled capability can prove to be a huge advantage, especially in tight quarters or times where the time frame is limited. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into just some of the spectacular visuals made possible by the Ronin.