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DJI has revealed a new pair of gimbals that are successors to the company’s popular Ronin-S and Ronin-SC stabilization systems. The new DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 are ‘redesigned and reimagined’ three-axis handheld gimbals for filmmakers of all types.
DJI RS 2
The DJI RS 2 is the successor to the Ronin-S and is made to be used with DSLR and compact cinema camera setups up to 4.5kg (10lbs). Despite the heavy payload, DJI claims the new RS 2 features up to 12 hours of battery life, as well as a new quick-charge function built into the handle for quickly adding two hours of use with just 15 minutes of charging.
DJI is using its ‘newly optimized’ Titan Stabilization Algorithm for driving the onboard brushless motors, which it claims ‘reduces the need for manual user input while compensating for user movement and optimizing the gimbal tilt and angle.’ Also new is a SuperSmooth mode that’s specifically tuned to compensate for movement when using longer focal lengths up to 100mm.
Like its predecessor, the RS 2 features axis locks for secure transport and a new dual-layer mounting plate that’s compatible with both Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto standards.
A new 1.4” color touchscreen on the rear of the RS 2 serves as a way to cycle through settings, camera data or even a live feed from the camera. Two onboard RSA ports can double as NATO ports, enabling the RS 2 to be used in conjunction with other DJI and third-party accessories, including jibs, car attachments, sliders, grips and remote controllers.
DJI RSC 2
Just as the the DJI RS 2 is a successor to the Ronin-S, the RSC 2 is a successor to DJI’s Ronin-SC. The updated gimbal is constructed of steel and aluminum, which work to increase rigidity while reducing the overall weight of the unit compared to the Ronin-SC by 35%. It also has a smaller physical footprint with a folded size of 180mm x 190mm (7” x 7.5”) — roughly the size of an A5 sheet of paper.
Despite the reduction in both size and weight, the RSC 2 features an increased maximum payload of 3kg (6.6lbs) over the Ronin-SC. DJI notes this makes it more than strong enough to carry a combination such as the Panasonic S1H with a 24–70mm lens attached.
It too features DJI’s improved Titan Stabilization Algorithm, dual-plate mount system and OLED screen, albeit slightly smaller at just 1”.
Other features and accessories
While the hardware between the two gimbals varies, both units have received a number of new and improved pre-programmed movements and stabilization modes.
New to the RS 2 and RSC 2 is Time Tunnel, an inception-esque mode that performs a 360º roll while capturing a hyperlapse. The Flashlight mode tilts the camera all the way forward so users can grip the base of the gimbal as though it’s a flashlight (or torch if that’s more familiar vernacular).
|Ronin RSC 2|
The two gimbals also include an array of accessories for building out the gimbals to fit your needs. Optional accessories include a cheese plate, Focus Wheel, 3D Focus System, Twist Grip Dual Handle, RavenEye Image Transmission System, Tethered Control Handle, counterweight systems and more.
The DJI RS 2 is available starting today for $849 USD as a standalone unit and $999 in its Pro Combo configuration. The DJI RSC 2 is available starting today for $849 USD as a standalone unit and $999 in its Pro Combo configuration. Units are available through DJI’s online store and authorized DJI retailers.