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DJI’s Ronin Series Grows Stronger, Lighter, and Smarter with New DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 Gimbals

Two Stabilization Systems Offer Reworked Designs and New Creative Functions to Become Workhorses for Filmmakers and Content Creators

October 14, 2020 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today expands the legacy of the highly popular and prestigious DJI Ronin series, by introducing the rebranded DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2. Redesigned and reimagined, both systems offer the filmmaking and content creation community an extremely robust, versatile, and professional 3-axis camera gimbal for their various needs. DJI RS 2 brings added strength and agility to creators using heavier camera systems such as DSLR and compact cinema cameras. At the same time, DJI RSC 2 was created to be more portable, meeting the needs of mirrorless and more compact camera operators.

“DJI’s first Ronin-S and the original Ronin-SC created so much excitement when they launched that we immediately went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make our products even better,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager. “Just like with the first version, we took time to research how our professional customers use their Ronin products and what new features they wanted in the next generation of a handheld gimbal. Yet again, the result is the culmination of user feedback, years of design and development, and significant advancements in stabilization technology. Now we are excited to showcase two new filmmaking tools designed to meet the needs of a wide array of filmmakers. From cinema cameras to mirrorless systems, we have a solution for you.”

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DJI RS 2: Masterfully Crafted

Considering a tremendous amount of feedback from professional operators, DJI RS 2 incorporates carbon fiber in vital structural components, reducing weight down to 1.3 kg (2.86 lbs) while remaining highly durable. Pushing the innovation of single-handed gimbal technology even further, DJI RS 2 now supports a tested dynamic payload of 4.5 kg (10 lbs) for creators to use heavier camera and lens combinations while still achieving up to 12 hours of battery life. A new quick-charge function directly to the battery handle has been added for urgent situations, providing an extra two hours of battery life with just a 15-minute charge.

DJI RS 2 continues pushing gimbal technology forward with the ability to support heavier payloads while capturing ultra-smooth cinematic footage. Based on years of experience developing predictive technology, a newly optimized Titan Stabilization Algorithm reduces the need for manual user input while compensating for user movement and optimizing the gimbal tilt and angle. Additionally, a new SuperSmooth mode provides another level of camera stability, especially for compensating longer focal length lenses of up to 100mm.

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Simple to set up, easy to operate, and highly customizable, DJI RS 2 was created to allow filmmakers to adapt their system to their filming needs while feeling confident it will easily integrate into their workflow. Axis locks enable easier transportation and balancing, while a dual-layer camera mounting plate is compatible with both the Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto standard. A fine-tune balancing knob allows for even more precise balancing of the camera payload. The built-in 1.4” color touchscreen can display camera data, gimbal settings, or a live feed from the camera. Supporting 11 different languages, the ultra-bright screen can also initiate key functions such as ActiveTrack and intelligent shooting modes. The built-in front dial above the trigger allows for precise focus control and complements a DJI Focus Wheel mounted on the RSA port to create two-channel focus and zoom.[] DJI RS 2 also turns into a versatile tool that can be attached and used with other systems such as jibs, car attachments, and sliders. Two RSA ports double as NATO ports so that users can mount accessories and attachments such as grips and a remote controller.

 

DJI RSC 2: Filmmaking Unfolds

A completely new and portable folding design makes DJI RSC 2 easy for creators to carry everywhere without adding additional weight to the gear list. Additionally, the folding design provides creative ways to use the gimbal such as vertical filming without additional accessories, as well as a new Briefcase mode, where the main gimbal arm can be loosened and slung forward to provide unique shooting angles. Durable materials like steel are used on vital and frequently used components, while lightweight materials such as aluminum reduce overall weight. DJI RSC 2 weighs in at 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs), nearly 35% less than the original Ronin-S, and has a folding footprint of 180×190 mm, the same size as a sheet of A5 paper. The built-in battery offers an impressive 12 hours of battery life and – like DJI RS 2 – the new quick-charge function directly to the battery handle has been added for urgent situations.

DJI RSC 2 remains lightweight and portable, featuring stronger motors to support a tested payload of up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs). This increased dynamic payload supports popular mirrorless cameras along with heavier combinations like the Panasonic S1H and a 24-70mm lens. Using the same advanced technology as DJI RS 2, the newly optimized Titan Stabilization Algorithm generates a new level of stability – smoothing out fine details in conjunction with the motorized gimbal for some of the most advanced stabilization on the market. DJI RSC 2 is compatible with a wide array of camera models so users can get the most out of the system. Axis locks enable easier transportation and balancing, while a dual-layer camera mounting plate is compatible with both the Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto standard. A 1” built-in OLED screen displays camera data with the ability to adjust settings directly.

Multifaceted Gimbals Supported by an Advanced App and Accessories
DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 were designed to expand beyond single-handed stabilization into tools that can be customized with additional accessories to achieve the desired shot. These 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.[] For remote operation, both DJI RS 2 and DJI RSC 2 can use ActiveTrack 3.0 when the RavenEye Image Transmission System is connected, sending a 1080p/30fps low-latency feed to a mobile device using the Ronin app from up to 200 meters away.

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Vital features and functions can now be controlled and adjusted over long distances with the Ronin app such as gimbal movement using the virtual joystick and Force Mobile, where the gimbal mimics the mobile device’s movement. For solo operators using manual-focus lenses, the 3D Focus System uses state-of-the-art TOF sensors mounted above the camera to provide autofocus. This enables a single shooter to capture smooth and cinematic footage using a manual lens, without relying on a second camera operator or focus puller.

Pre-Programmed Movements and Features That Make Stories Come to Life

DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 expand on their predecessors’ suite of creative modes, movements, and features with tools to help capture content that stands out, including:

  • *New* Time Tunnel: The system performs a 360-degree roll while capturing a hyperlapse, adding a level of creativity to footage.[]
  • Flashlight: The system tilts the camera all the way forward so users can grip the base like a flashlight.
  • One-Tap Portrait Mode: The gimbal quickly orients the camera into vertical shooting for professional-level social media content.
  • Panorama: After configuring sensor and focal length, choose a start and stop point for panoramas up to gigapixel size.
  • Roll 360: The gimbal enters into the Flashlight position and rolls the camera system 360 degrees.
  • Timelapse: This classic feature shows subtle changes over durations of your choosing.

DJI Care Refresh
DJI Care Refresh is now available for both DJI RSC 2 and RS 2. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

Price and Availability

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DJI RS 2 and DJI RS 2 are available for purchase today from authorized retailers and on www.store.dji.com. Each product offers purchase options for a standalone gimbal and a combination pack that includes additional accessories. The standalone DJI RS 2 is available for the retail price of $849 USD, and the standalone DJI RSC 2 is available at the retail price of $499 USD. The Pro Combo includes additional accessories such as a phone holder, Focus Motor, RavenEye Image Transmitter, dedicated carrying case, and more. The DJI RS 2 Pro Combo is priced at $999 USD, and the DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo is priced at $739 USD. Full details on this can be found below.

Nigel95

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Curious about the RSC 2 performance versus the Zhiyun Weebill S. Those supersmooth mode with zoom lenses and higher focal lengths if performing well can be really nice. A 24-70 lens would be very versatile if the gimbal can keep up without rebalancing.
 
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landon

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I've got the original Ronin-S, unopened. Should I sell it, and get the RS2 for the C70?
I've heard new gimbals (of any kind/brand) are buggy and can take a long time and many firmware updates for it to work properly.
 

eosuser1234

EOS 90D
Jul 16, 2013
151
28
Japan.
Just bought a MOZA Aircross 2 new for $300 USD on the weekend. While previously a DJI user and still owner of DJI products, the MOZA price, and performance were too good to pass up. It works great with my R6 and 35mm RF.
 
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Canon Rumors Guy

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I've got the original Ronin-S, unopened. Should I sell it, and get the RS2 for the C70?
I've heard new gimbals (of any kind/brand) are buggy and can take a long time and many firmware updates for it to work properly.
I'm hoping that DJI built their firmware off the originals and the bugs are worked out already for the sequels.
 
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Nigel95

I'm New Here
Oct 2, 2020
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I've got the original Ronin-S, unopened. Should I sell it, and get the RS2 for the C70?
I've heard new gimbals (of any kind/brand) are buggy and can take a long time and many firmware updates for it to work properly.
Zhiyun Weebill S wasn't perfect from launch and it toke quite some firmware updates indeed to fix. Seems okay now.
 
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RunAndGun

EOS RP
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Already had the RS-2 Pro Combo ordered from B&H before DJI had even sent out the announcement email. Now to figure out how to unload my original S that’s only ~a year old(I’ve been resisting the gimbal movement- no pun intended).
 

Joel C

EOS R6, EOS R, EOS RP
CR Pro
Sep 22, 2019
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Don't see a big need to upgrade over the Weebill S. At the price, I'll likely just end up losing money over minor upgrades.
 
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privatebydesign

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I've got the original Ronin-S, unopened. Should I sell it, and get the RS2 for the C70?
I've heard new gimbals (of any kind/brand) are buggy and can take a long time and many firmware updates for it to work properly.
Yes. If you can take the financial hit then the newer models are much better gimbals. Everything from balancing to future firmware (bear in mind the development on the S is now effectively over) to controls to functionality is leaps and bounds ahead of the older model.
 
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marathonman

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I'm contemplating taking the hit and replacing too. As PbD says, it seems like a logical decision. Looks like a decent size & weight saving vs original Ronin-S (which I have) plus integration with other accessories & software is presumably going to be better. The RSC 2 looks like it could be a great device to use with R5.
 

peters

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Dec 25, 2017
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It still feels like gimbals are at the middle of the curve of development.
They get NOTABLE better every new generation and every 3 month...
It feels like my Crane 3 LAB is allready ancient, though it still performs good. And prices are dropping by the minute :D
The same for drones. Its probably better to wait for 2 years until the upgrades are turning into minor improvements and prices stabilize...
 

CSD

Photographer, WP Developer, and IT Geek.
Sep 3, 2015
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One of the nice features is the Raven Eyes add-on, looks great for solo operators for tracking as shown briefly here:


Seems it's more of an evolutionary update built upon customer feedback from the Ronin-S, especially when it comes to balancing the camera rig something that was sorely needed. As one reviewer said, if you're in the market for a gimbal the RS 2 is a no brainer but for someone coming from a Ronin S it's more nuanced based on your own case use. I'll be interested in seeing more reviews how the new system ties into various camera brands for remote controlling the settings and more examples of the various functions that's been added over the Ronin S.
 

Darecinema

Addicted to lenses.
CR Pro
Sep 8, 2018
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I've got the original Ronin-S, unopened. Should I sell it, and get the RS2 for the C70?
I've heard new gimbals (of any kind/brand) are buggy and can take a long time and many firmware updates for it to work properly.
I would. This blows the Ronin S out of the water and everything that annoys me in the S is fixed with this iteration. If you didn’t order it too long ago, just send it back to DJI. You can get good shots with the S, but that LCD control screen and active track alone will make the upgrade worth it.
 
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landon

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I would. This blows the Ronin S out of the water and everything that annoys me in the S is fixed with this iteration. If you didn’t order it too long ago, just send it back to DJI. You can get good shots with the S, but that LCD control screen and active track alone will make the upgrade worth it.
Just in time. Peter McKinnon just did the gimbal review with the C70 on it.:D
 
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-pekr-

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Zhiyun Weebill S wasn't perfect from launch and it toke quite some firmware updates indeed to fix. Seems okay now.
2 years ago I was investigating gimbals and wanted the Zhiyun Crane 2 - you know, that red ring accent and focusing works with Canon out of the box :) To gain some first experience with stabilisers, I went with the Zhiyun Smooth Q2 for my smartphone. There is also a Zhiyun M2 version, which will cover smartphones + light mirrorless cameras to 720g, which would be OK for EOS-M cameras.

In the meantime the Weebil S was released, but I did not like how it looks. Yes, I am very irrational, I do care abou the aestetics, being it phone, a camera, my speakers and integrated amp, etc. :)

New Ronins look really nice. And they've got the red accents too, so everything is ok :) But should those be compared to the Weebill S? Zhiyun released Crane 2S with new Flex mount system, and Crane 3S for larger cine cameras.

What I am worried about is always the state of the firmware, which Zhiyun is known for being kind of problematic. Dunno though, why I always liked their offering more, than the one of DJI. DJI, on the other hand, has e.g. drones too. Time to look into a comparison again ....
 
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Darecinema

Addicted to lenses.
CR Pro
Sep 8, 2018
29
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2 years ago I was investigating gimbals and wanted the Zhiyun Crane 2 - you know, that red ring accent and focusing works with Canon out of the box :) To gain some first experience with stabilisers, I went with the Zhiyun Smooth Q2 for my smartphone. There is also a Zhiyun M2 version, which will cover smartphones + light mirrorless cameras to 720g, which would be OK for EOS-M cameras.

In the meantime the Weebil S was released, but I did not like how it looks. Yes, I am very irrational, I do care abou the aestetics, being it phone, a camera, my speakers and integrated amp, etc. :)

New Ronins look really nice. And they've got the red accents too, so everything is ok :) But should those be compared to the Weebill S? Zhiyun released Crane 2S with new Flex mount system, and Crane 3S for larger cine cameras.

What I am worried about is always the state of the firmware, which Zhiyun is known for being kind of problematic. Dunno though, why I always liked their offering more, than the one of DJI. DJI, on the other hand, has e.g. drones too. Time to look into a comparison again ....
I can tell you that from my experience with DJI drones and stabilizers over the last 5 years they’ve always worked excellently right out of the box. Even the Ronin S is solid, but as with any gimbal product the set up can be a hassle (I also have several free fly gimbal products) and the new Ronin products seem to have solved a lot of that and knowing it can take a C70 or even C300iii payload means it is a no brained purchase for Q4 for me. Aesthetics and workability are a huge deal for me as well. My biggest gripe with the ridiculously expensive free fly m15 was the battery solution which looked like kindergarten science kit on a $10,000 stabilizer and DJI solutions are always elegant and functional. It’s so painful to setup and use the M15 I simply opt for the Ronin S I have unless I need to mount a heavier package
 

-pekr-

5D MK IV
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I can tell you that from my experience with DJI drones and stabilizers over the last 5 years they’ve always worked excellently right out of the box. Even the Ronin S is solid, but as with any gimbal product the set up can be a hassle (I also have several free fly gimbal products) and the new Ronin products seem to have solved a lot of that and knowing it can take a C70 or even C300iii payload means it is a no brained purchase for Q4 for me. Aesthetics and workability are a huge deal for me as well. My biggest gripe with the ridiculously expensive free fly m15 was the battery solution which looked like kindergarten science kit on a $10,000 stabilizer and DJI solutions are always elegant and functional. It’s so painful to setup and use the M15 I simply opt for the Ronin S I have unless I need to mount a heavier package
Out of the two available, even for something like R5/R6, or even an EOS-M, I would probably go with the slightly bigger and more expensive Ronin RS2. It might be even slightly lighter, while a bit bigger to pack, though you can dismount it. It almost look like a game-changer, which is going to define gimbals for next 2-3 years.
 
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