DJI Ronin-SC review: Hands-on an accessible gimbal for mirrorless cameras

DJI Ronin-SC review: Hands-on an accessible gimbal for mirrorless cameras


DJI Ronin SC Single-Handed Stabilizer for mirrorless Cameras. 

Prepare your mirrorless camera for smooth old-fashioned shots, like a Hollywood tow truck. DJI Ronin-SC, officially announced today, aims to stabilize video in compact cameras, replace DSLRs and increase their popularity with video creators.

We got to work with the Ronin-SC and he reminded us of a miniature version of his heavy-duty DJI gimbal counterpart, the Ronin-S. The larger version is still a popular choice for commercial production (for example, wedding cameramen), while the new SC version is a one-handed gimbal that is smaller and lighter, and doesn’t require you to go to the gym. to lift for long periods. of time. In short, vloggers and YouTube video creators will love it.
DJI Ronin-SC can be ordered today and DJI says that like many of its products, it is offered at competitive prices compared to what is available on the market. The base model costs $ 439 (about £ 354 / AU $ 626 for address conversion rates).

There is a Ronin-SC Pro Combo model that costs $ 539 (about £ 435 / AU $ 769) and adds the focus wheel with the external focus motor and the remote start stop separator (RSS ). if you invest in high quality videos.
In comparison, the much smaller DJI Osmo Pocket costs $ 349 ($ 329, AU $ 599), although this palm-sized gimbal comes with a built-in 4K camera. Ronin-SC quality is better if you invest in a good mirrorless camera.

DJI Ronion-SC specifications and weight
The Ronin-SC is 41% lighter than the Ronin-S and weighs only 2.4 pounds. (1.09 kg). A mixture of magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic is used and luckily it doesn’t seem cheap after our practice time.

DJI has developed its new gimbal to support 4.4 lbs. (1.99 kg) and promote their “powerful high quality engines”. The company said it would deepen the cameras supporting the gimbal, given the different camera configurations. Weight may vary due to lenses and batteries connected.

The Ronin-SC has a built-in battery which, according to the DJI, provides up to 11 hours of operation, with a built-in USB-C, to easily charge the gimbal from the base station. It will be more than enough for more people if it really takes that long. Additional tests will be performed in a fully updated DJI Ronin-SC test.

DJI has also taken into account user feedback from its previous gimbal designs, which makes the Ronin-SC better in some ways than its professional level counterparts. For example, you now have 3-axis locks for the pan, tilt, and pan axes.

The locks make it easier to balance the camera during setup, make ideal shots on one or two axes if you want to isolate one or two axes, and quickly lift and move the gimbal without the camera loosening anywhere. Sometimes you just don’t want to break it.

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Thanks to Ronin-SC, Force Mobile and ActiveTrack 3.0 are all new to the Ronin range. With Force Mobile, we were able to control the gimbal remotely from a phone – DJI says that thanks to Bluetooth 5.0, it works at a distance of up to 25m. This is ideal if you are alone in the field and need to record a video.

We could even play with a 1: 1 tracking mode that allowed the gimbal to track the movements of a phone. It really puts Force Mobile in power. And yes, it certainly works in our DJI Ronin-SC video review.

ActiveTrack 3.0 tracks patterns with the camera on your phone (with the included phone holder, which snaps onto a mirrorless camera on the shoe). According to the DJI, the algorithms use deep learning and optimized calculations to track human subjects. He developed his ActiveTrack technology on drones like the DJI Mavic Air, and this seems to be more of this technology in his range of gimbals.

Return modes include 360-degree scrolling (create a barrel!), Time-lapse, motion-lapse (with 10 points from different points that you can rotate) and panning. They offer you the best way to create panoramic views of photos and videos with your existing mirrorless camera. I have been playing with the little DJI Osmo Pocket and its incredible motion-lapse capabilities for a few months, but the Ronin-SC could prove to be first-rate with the performance of a larger sensor or a mirrorless camera.


Early judgment
“I love the Ronin-S, but …” was basically the thought that I and all the other videographers had when we surrounded the bigger gimbal. The Ronin-SC meets our demand for a lighter and more compact gimbal for mirrorless cameras.

The Ronin-S has its place: it’s an enticing gimbal that supports large and heavy platforms like the monstrous Canon 1DX Mark II. However, if you have a much more compact mirrorless camera like the Canon EOS M50 or Canon EOS RP, you’ll have bigger cameras than they should be. Your arms will hate you for having a gimbal that can support up to 8 pounds. (3.6 kg) weight. This version peaked at 4.4 pounds. Payload, which means vloggers and creators want it everywhere.

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Outside of our demo time with Ronin-SC, we were unable to fully use the test model we received simply because DJI is releasing a revised Ronin application today. That said, we could unpack it, assemble it, examine the solid structure of the gimbal and turn it on in an uninitialized state. We have to wait for the final software to make a real test against their main competitor, the Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal.


 The lightweight gimbal your mirrorless cameras have been waiting for

Product specification:

DJI Ronin SC Single-Handed Stabilizer for mirrorless Cameras, MAX OPERATING TIME:11 hrs, BATTERY: 2450 mAh FEATURES: Lightweight and Compact, Greater Compatibility, Tested Payload 2 kg, Dynamic Stability, Unobstructed Roll Axis Arm, Unlimited Yaw Axis, Automated Features, Active Track 3.0, BOX CONTENTS: Gimbal, BG18 Grip, Extended Grip/Tripod (Plastic), Quick-Release Plate, Camera Riser, Carrying Case, Phone Holder, Lens Support, 8-Pin Port Cover, 2 x Allen Wrench, Screws, Control Cables

Lightweight & Compact Opening possibilities for lmmakers and content creators in almost any situation, Ronin-SC was built to go anywhere. Magnesium and aluminum construction, along with high-strength composite materials provide robust performance at just 1.1 kg. With a modular, quick setup design, Ronin-SC can pack neatly in limited spaces and be carried with ease
battery charger
Battery adapter to power bank
Two smart batteries
Two sets of propellers 8330
Three pairs of propellers
remote control
Shoulder Bag

spaces and be carried with ease. Greater Compatibility Ronin-SC supports a wide range of cameras and lenses while meeting strict performance standards. It has been rigorously tested to support a payload of 2.0 kg while still achieving a smooth, cinematic shot. Intuitive and user-friendly controls for shutter and focus are also available for most camera brands


The lightweight gimbal your mirrorless cameras have been waiting for


The lightweight gimbal your mirrorless cameras have been waiting for


The lightweight gimbal your mirrorless cameras have been waiting for



DJI Ronin-SC

DJI Ronin-SC is like an old school Hollywood crane that fits in one hand. It’s the gimbal for those who want a smooth, professional-looking stabilized video from their mirrorless camera and don’t want to wear something like the Ronin-S, which seems overkill for the compact camera. today. We haven’t played with it for a long time, but we’re going to test the Ronin-SC against the Zhiyun Crane 2 to find out which one is the easiest to configure and the most stable video for all vloggers and YouTube video creators. .


  • Like the Ronin-S but smaller Smooth stabilized tracking shots 3-axis locks make setup easier Advanced smartphone features


  • Won't fit the Peak Design Capture plate Hard to put back in the case
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The lightweight gimbal your mirrorless cameras have been waiting for

DJI Ronin-SC


February 14th 2020

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