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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Unbiased Review

    Posted
    Fabeaux

    When I first heard news about this gimbal at CES I was instantly excited. I shoot Canon & Sony so hearing that there was a single handed, affordable, small package gimbal coming to market that could support the weight of my camera and lenses (Even RED cameras?!) had piqued my interest to say the least. A follow focus. Room to view the screen while recording. Manfrotto standard plates incorporated. 3 user customizable modes. Sport mode. Low shooting with a pan/tilt lock. A full days battery as well? This thing sounded too good to be true. Ship it. As soon as I saw preorders were available in May I ordered one right away. I stayed away from the internet and got my hands on it and immediately started to put the new gimbal through its paces to see what this thing could do and if it could live up to everything that DJI hyped it up to be. Needless to say I was absolutely floored by what this thing had to offer, and it didn't disappoint. After a few days of playing around and a couple of gigs I had a pretty good idea of how to use it and learned all of its pro's and albeit few cons. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I then read the reviews on B&H...... (DJI struck up an exclusive deal and B&H was the first to get the product into peoples hands) I couldn't believe my eyes. 1 star reviews on a product that, in my honest opinion is re revolutionizing gimbals as a whole. Why? "My gimbal was DOA, wouldn't start up, terrible product" "My bad guys, I didn't know I had to turn on the battery and then the gimbal" "FALSE ADVERTISING, THIS GIMBAL DOESN'T WORK WITH MANFROTTO PLATES!!" "DJI failed to inform me that the code to connect my gimbal with the app was 12345678, I had to wait TWO WHOLE HOURS ON THE PHONE TO GET AN ANSWER!!!" "Its too heavy, it should be lighter......" "THE PROVIDED CABLE DOESN'T ALLOW ME TO FOLLOW FOCUS OR START OR STOP RECORDING, IT'S TERRIBLE, 1000% WOULDN'T RECOMMEND!!" I don't think I've ever read a more whiney bunch of reviews in my entire life. This gimbal is amazing and the smooth footage you get from the small package is bar none. Everyone sounds like they needed everything handed to them on a silver platter, like, that they may have even needed someone else to operate the gimbal for them because it was just too hard. Allow me to set the bar straight on every single, apparently, 1 star worthy complaint above. - Here is the link to the manual, read it, its got the answer to every single answer you have. Including how to turn on the gimbal. https://dl.djicdn.com/downloads/Ronin-S/Ronin-S%20User%20Manual_v1.0.pdf - Manfrotto plates don't seem to work on the gimbal, true. That is no reason to give a product a terrible rating. Use the provided plate, its compatible with Manfrotto heads. See how easy that was? If you're still sour about it, buy a quick release and attach it to the DJI plate, problem solved. (PICTURED) - For those uninformed, or haven't read the manual, the password to connect to the ronin as is 12345678. Sorry you had to take so much time out of your day to figure that out so you could use such a great product. - It's too heavy? Of course it is. It's made with great material, its built like a beast, it has the capability of holding up 8 pound payloads!! Get the shot, set it down, get another shot, set it down. Attach a monopod to it. Work out. Those are just some of the examples on how to better use the heavy gimbal. - DJI has stated that support for most of the cameras listed would be available in the coming months through updates after negotiations with the camera companies. So sorry it wasn't available from the get go. It's SOOOOO HARD to start recording and end recording on the camera. Set the lens to manual, maintain that distance, or maybe use auto focus, the follow function will come soon, relax. Now that that's out of the way, lets get onto the finer points of the review!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DESIGN DJI has built something amazing here. Everything is extremely well thought out to the smallest detail. The lower roll arm so that you can view your screen. The ergonomic grip with the battery built into it. The small tripod stand with the rubberized accents for better handling when closed. The plate provided that will work with Manfrotto heads. And who can forget the ports for future accessories to be added to the sides of the grip. DJI knocked it out of the park, the build quality is bar none and you cannot find a better built gimbal in this price range or class. SETUP Setup was pretty straight forward. Screw the tripod into the battery grip. Slide the gimbal onto the battery and lock it in. Charge it. Mount the camera and balance it. Having to activate it with the Ronin app was a little annoying but pretty much everything has an app and activation nowadays so it wasn't that big of a deal that I had to. Once it was activated it was off to the races and everything worked great. I did get tired of changing plates out so I bought a Manfrotto QR system for their smaller plate and attached it to the one provided by DJI and now getting the camera on and off takes no more than a second. I provided a picture of that so you can see what I'm talking about. FEATURES Follow Focus isn't available yet for the Canon and Sony cameras I use but that wasn't a deal breaker. I've been filming with a Glidecam or handheld for years now so setting a manual focus point and keeping my distance or using Canons DP Autofocus came as second nature. It was easy. A lot of the content I film is pretty high energy so having the Sport mode available was a huge help. Having the 3 User customizable presets was great because I could assign each one to a different kind of shooting style. The trigger to lock the pan/tilt is pretty great because it allowed me to do creative reveals or slider movements without the need for a slider as well as allow me to go into low mode to shoot low. CONTROLS, OPERATION/HANDLING & PERFORMANCE The Ronin app has a huge amount of customizable modes so everyone can set the gimbal up for their shooting style. I used the 1stsetting for a very slow moving workflow, to get all of the smoothest and most stable shots I needed. 2ndwas for a faster moving setup for higher energy content filming. The 3rdI adjusted so I could use the roll, being able to get off center and abstract shots can add a lot to your footage and I was glad I had full control of that. It being a 1 handed gimbal will still introduce a bit of up and down shake, I found it best to hold the gimbal straight up and down and walk a little crouched just like I did with the Glidecam. The Ronin M will still have more stability as it is a two handed gimbal, so I cant wait for them to release a two handed attachment for this thing. Double tapping the trigger to reset was great to get to the next shot quicker. I prefer to use the gimbal by moving it with my arms and letting it naturally turn for the shots I need, but the joystick came in handy the few times I decided to use it. Sport mode, activated by holding down M, came in handy when I was following a subject around a crowd or having to move pretty quick. Selfie mode is there and available if you triple tap the trigger, but I don't vlog so I found little use for it. You could press the power button twice quickly to turn the motors off without turning the gimbal off while you have it set down to preserve battery life. I didn't play with the creative functions too much as the gimbal wasn't yet ready to connect to my cameras so ill come back and fill you in more on that once that update rolls out and I can take full advantage of things like motion timlapses, hyperlapses and panoramas. BATTERY LIFE I have a pretty heavy setup on the gimbal and was still surprised to find that the gimbal would run for about 9-10 hours no problem. For those that don't know you have to turn the battery on and then the gimbal on. I was very happy to find a USB-C connection for charging the device as I had recently converted all of my gear over to using that. ACCESSORIES As of this writing there are no official (or even unofficial come to think of it) accessories out for the Ronin S. Things I'd live to see are spare batteries/grips. A two handed option for the gimbal for when you may need it. A charging dock for the batteries so you don't have to have it hooked up to the gimbal to charge. I'd love to see a soft case that allows you to carry it in a compact way. (Not a big fan of the Styrofoam packaging it came with) FINAL THOUGHTS I cannot praise this thing enough. Easily worth the wait and at an unbeatable price of $699, you'd be hard pressed to find anything else out there this well built in this class for its price range. THIS IS the industry standard now for single handed gimbals. There are cheaper options out there like the Zhiyun or the FeiyuTech but unless you're using a pretty light setup, using those are out of the question. I haven't had it a long time but I can say without question that if you're in the market for a one handed gimbal, this is easily the way to go. I am going to continue to use this as my daily driver when it comes to filming video and will be writing an update to this review in the coming months to update you on the gimbal after several hours of use. I hope this review is what you were looking for and if you've had any doubt about buying this gimbal that I've done well in burying any opposition you had in buying it. To everyone else reading, Happy Filming!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best In It's Class

    Posted
    EpicSkiesPhotography

    The DJI Ronin S is a ...blah blah blah.. Who cares about review where people copy and paste specs.. Anyway, you know what it is if you've come here.. You have probably been waiting for it to be in stock for quite some time, I know I did.. In fact, Everytime I was about to take the plunge in getting the crane 2, I knew I would have regretted it even if I had to wait another few months to be able to get my hands on a Ronin S. This gimbal is a powerhouse, the motors are strong, its very forgiving, the roll axis although may be gimmicky, you never know when you'll need it. Every feature is better to have than to not have, because of the similar price range from other competitive gimbals on the market, that feature alone is worth it. We all have heard of DJI, or atleast the name of their drone line up, and we know DJI has made gimbals for a long time, and this one is their best yet. Don't spend 300+ more on their big bulky Ronin M, and don't spend a few stacks for a Osmo or anything else.. Need a gimbal that can handle big cinema cameras with easy? Need a gimbal that has battery life that won't make you stress about about? Need a gimbal that is reliable, easy to balance, user friendly with a pretty decent app.. The Ronin S is for you, now i'm not gonna waste anymore precious seconds of my earth life writing anymore about this, much work is to be done, May Jesus Bless You, and buy a Ronin S... and gimme my 25 BB points for this review.. jk (but seriously)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sophisticated and Superb!

    Posted
    BrianBeev

    This review is based on my experience w/ various gimbals that I own. *** Outstanding! DJI has set the standard in the single handgimbal world. *** - First real time use was at comic con. The Ronin-S handles great and it's ergonomics made it easy to carry around for the event. - Video was very smooth compared to other single handed gimbals. I was using a Sony A7III with a 16-35 2.8 GM. This gimbal can handle this camera configuration and loads up to 8 lbs. - Mode and trigger button allows for creativity and quick access to personal configurations. If you don't already know, this gimbal allows a 360 degree roll, perfect for video transitions and design. - Joystick is the best in the market. The design allows for full control of the gimbal, a light touch will give a nice and smooth pan/tilt/roll etc. An aggressive touch will allow for quick and snappy response, perfect for sports. Again, because of my background with gimbals my review is based on experience. There are many reviews on youtube about this gimbal and I think you should watch them before making a decision. It was easy for me to setup. Every customer is different. New users to gimbals might find this a little more tedious than other gimbals. It is highly recommended to use the app for calibration and configuration. This gimbal has some weight to especially w/ a load, it doesn't bother me, but may have other customers complain. This gimbal is pushing my creativity and will continue to do so w/ its functions. I can't wait for DJI to announce future accessories and systems to attach to the Ronin-S. Once again, this is now my go to gimbal, and behalf of Best Buy, I will be buying a second Ronin-S for my video team.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Piece of Equipment So Far

    Posted
    Nessa
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    I've only used the Ronin S twice now so I'm still getting the hang of it. I've seen so many reviews detailing how incredibly heavy it is and I have to disagree. Perhaps my expectations were inflated as I struggle to hold my Glidecam for more than a few minutes. I'm a 5'9'' female who weighs 120 lbs just to give you an idea. However, this is the first 3-axis gimble I've ever tried. Yes it's not a light piece of equipment but, unlike the Glidecam, for example, you can use both hands to hold the Ronin S, and every once in a while switch to one if and when needed. I adore the SPORT feature as it allows the camera to move with you more rapidly and more deliberately. Balancing the camera was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. Just watch the tutorials online and set it up along with them. It does take some practice but not an overwhelming amount, and it gets easier each time. You can even pop open the handle into 3 legs into a mini tripod and move the gimble using the joystick on the gimble, as well as move it directly on your smart phone using their app. Definitely take advantage of the amazing features of the app. I'm still new to this and have a lot to learn. One thing I struggled with my second time using the Ronin is this semi robotic shake of the camera I got when I was walking with it very steadily. It could be a calibration or setting issue, as I don't recall this issue the first time I used it. I still need to work that out. Storage is a bit of a hassle as you have to disassemble all the balance settings when you pack it up. So I try just holding onto it gently when traveling from place to place if I'm still going to be using it. Very satisfied with this piece of equipment for the price and its SIZE. You don't feel like you're lugging around a whole film crew with you but you do still feel like a badass using it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, Solid Gimbal

    Posted
    RandyRoland
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    I've used the Ronin-S for couple shoots so far and I have to say it's the best gimbal I've ever used. The construction is very solid and feels good in hand. It's is a bit heavier than say the Crane, but I think that just makes it feel more solid. This gimbal has a different speed modes, but the sport mode is a standout. If you want to capture something fast moving and need that instant control over the footage, just hold the mode switch button and away you go. It can be a little difficult to get used to balancing. It has a bit of a learning curve compared to the Crane. But once you get it down it's a cinch. This is a problem with most cases that come with these devices, but you have to store it a certain way, and so if you are moving to another shooting location and you want to keep it safe in the foam case, you'll have to compromise your balance settings and repeat the setup process at the new location. That said, DJI includes a nice foam case, just like they do with their drones. So if you can't afford something better for the time being, it will definitely do the job. I highly recommend this gimbal and can't wait to use it more this summer on the wedding circuit. Cheers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Superb build quality, horrible quality control.

    Posted
    Richard
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    I bought TWO of these from Best Buy. I will start off by saying that these gimbals are built really well. It feels like a very premium product in your hand. The design is also well thought out. The app was laid out well and easy to understand. Unfortunately that's where the good stuff ends. My first unit hummed loudly when my A7iii was turned on (and ONLY when the camera was on. Very, very odd behavior). It also had an issue where it would not center itself, and it would drift horribly. I returned this unit, and got another one. The second one didn't hum, but it still had the recenter issue and it drifted horribly. DJI employees on the forums say this is "DJI logic" and offer "fixes" that you have to spend 10 minutes on every time you power up the gimbal. The fixes also don't work, and render certain gimbal features useless. I returned the second one and never tried a third one. The gimbal feels awesome, looks great, it's super sturdy - but the functionality was terrible. Horrible QC. I wanted to love this gimbal but 2/2 failures were too much.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      DJI Support

      Hey Richard. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. We are constantly updating firmware to ensure issues like the ones you described, although very rare, get fixed. We have very high quality control standards so it is a huge surprise and disappointment that you had a bad experience with 2 units in a row. DJISupport

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Gimbal I Have Been Waiting For!!!!

    Posted
    Chris
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    I am a professional wedding videographer. I use Canon Mark IVs and Canon L lens. The lens have image stabilization in them, but it still gives me too much shake for my liking. I have been using a Nebula 5100 Slant. This gimbal, until now, has done ok. It is a very small and light gimbal, which is great, however, it lacks pretty much any other features other than camera stabilization and no matter how "on-point" I get the balance it always giving me micro jitters with some camera movements. The Ronin S is the gimbal that I have been waiting for! Camera record, focus wheel, programable motors, timelapse, heavier payload, phone syncing, I can go on and on. This gimbal is easy to balance and I get no micro jitters if all of my balance points are close. The only downside is that this gimbal is noticeably heavier than my 5100 slant. But I will take that trade off in a heart beat. Lastly, the 5100 slant was about $200 more than this gimbal. If you are on the fence about getting this gimbal, don't be, it is a BEAST!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      DJI Support

      We love it too! DJISupport

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice features but heavy

    Posted
    franks
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    It is a well manufactured and solid gimbal with additional features like Panorama shots and time-lapse (while the gimbal takes care of a movement). However, it is mainly for video and for me it worked so far reliable and does good stabilization. The only Con I am seeing is its weight and overall size which makes it not ideal for travelling. If shooting for longer periods of time the weight will impact your filmmaking because your arms get tired more quickly than with a light-weight gimbal. Battery life is fully sufficient for my purposes - it lasts for hours and in my case for days but I am not filming with it for hours in a row and others may have different requirements. The gimbal consists of three parts: the gimbal itself, the grip, and the stand. That means you can disassemble it for the purpose of travelling to store it in smaller places. Although I think it is a good gimbal I would remain skeptical about its weight and it might be not the ideal choice among gimbles.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile, Powerful, Feature packed!

    Posted
    AirDevil
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    I had to replace my first Crane due to theft. I researched between newest Crane & Ronin S. I am 100% glad I chose the Ronin! As with my DJI Mavic & Phantom 4 Pro, DJI is the front runner in their products. I chose it mainly for the fact my D7200 & D7500 screens are in full view. I keep being surprised every time I use my Ronin. Much easier to balance. If I forget to take off my lens cap, it does not phase her. I mount a cold shoe mic. with cord, no problem. I've been using my 11-16 wide angle lens and no matter the zoom, no problem. With the included interface cord the focus wheel and other controls interact with Nikon. The 360 degree mode is great fun & creative. My biggest pluses are the ability to add and remove accessories, not lens, without affecting balance, auto tune of motors, quiet quiet motors & its interface with Nikon finally!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    work great so far. Too heavy though

    Posted
    klai
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    It produces very smooth video (even when running). So if you want smooth video, this gimbal is for you. The apps works great, has a lot of nice features, and even allows manual tweaking of the motor parameters. To control Canon camera (like 80D), you need to put the IR cable near the camera's optical sensor, which is annoying and cumbersome - note, you can only control the start/stop recording. The main drawback is its weight. I use 80D and Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 with this gimbal and it already feels very heavy - so i wouldn't recommend any setup heavier than this. Overall, I'm enjoy using this gimbal so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great & Works with a 5D Mk III

    Posted
    MinoltaX700
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    I read up on this before purchase. My main concern was it comes with just micro USB (Android size) and in USB-C (the new USB most cellphones use). Well, I have three cameras that use Mini USB (Go Pro used to use). I wish DJI added an adapter in it but they don’t. However there are places that do sell them for cheap as Best Buy doesn’t (Kinda a rare thing). However, it works great and the app works great. My 5DMk III even does live auto focus! Highly recommend this product & I'm so glad Best Buy sold this at my local store. Otherwise I’d bought it elsewhere. Kudos to you Best Buy for having it in stock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works with BMPCC 4k

    Posted
    Jesse
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    This works with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k. Just make sure to use the extra base plate provided with the Ronin and slide it to the opposite direction to not hit the gimbal arm. Out of the box, the BMPCC 4k is too wide. I'm also using the Core Powerbase Edge for BMPCC 4k. Just mount it as show in the attached photo from CoreSWX's Instagram account. You will need a D-tap to BMPCC 4k connector that can easily be found on major online websites. The Ronin itself is great once you get the hang of balancing it correctly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice stabilizer

    Posted
    MediaMog
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    I'm happy with the stabilizer as a whole and it does work pretty good. I had it out in high winds (55mph) with a Sony A7III on it and it was very steady. In fact the wind had no affect on it that I could see. I'm disappointed that Ronin does not include the right cable for Sony cameras and the one IR remote cable that they do include is terrible and unreliable. If you're buying a stabilizer for perfectly smooth shots, forget it! You still have to Nija walk to get things close to where they are perfect. Overall it is a good tool to have.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best gimbal for money hands down

    Posted
    VVazza
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    This is my absolute favorite purchase of 2018! The Ronin-S has effectively replaced my more expensive, bulkier, and less aesthetic rig, AND it does a better job. The best part is the incredible weight capacity, and the fact I was able to put this together in 10 minutes and shoot straight out of box after watching only one set up video. The only downside which becomes non existent with further product development - is the range of cameras capable of using the focus wheel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this stabilizer!

    Posted
    kramer357
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    I love this tool. Out of the box, it was easy to set up and incredibly easy to use. The only complaint I have is that my camera is not compatible with the focus wheel, so I will either need to purchase the focus pulling kit or focus manually until DJI updates its list of compatible cameras to include mine. That said, I can't fault the device or DJI, as I was aware of this when I made the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this Gimbal !

    Posted
    Domenico
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    out gimbal is defective!!! Video here ( https://bit.ly/2Vy1gPD ) The DJI assistance is terrible, YOU CAN NOT TALK with any american rappresentative!!! We have this gimbal for only 75 days used only two times, we did shipped it to california for repair, and after 21 day we got it back with the same problem, now we need to ship it back again and wait another three weeks. This is unacceptable!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Wonderful Addition to my Studio

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    StrikeForceNation
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    Been thinking about a gimbal system for several years but didn’t want to buy a mechanical one for virtually the same price. Finally did it for a production for FOCUS Engineering & Surveying and it is fantastic. The build quality is first class as with all DJI products. Also it just dropped by $200, do it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    replaced by Crane V2 and 2

    Posted
    kash
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    So i initially purchased the Crane v2 which i used for about a year, then when moving to a sony camera with a GM lens i needed to upgrade. So naturally i went with the Crane 2 initially, but after using the Ronin-S for just a few days i ended up sending the crane 2 back. Even though it doesn't have native Sony support or a focus motor initially its is just so much easier to balance and offers so many more features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One awesome gimbal

    Posted
    Nakioki
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    I've tried other gimbals such as the zhiyun crane and what not. But this bad boy feels great, smooth and can handle some good weight on it. Definitely will give you a work out. Which I guess only bad thing I can say about it is, it's a little heavier than others. But I like it. I use this for my videography hobby and freelance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Incredible!

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    PhotogCharlie
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    I LOVE this new rig, and am soo happy I made this purchase. The level of professionalism that comes from the shots this thing helps to create is nothing short of amazing. If I showed the Ronin-S to myself 10 years ago my mind would have literally been blown! I create stock footage for a living, and this REALLY helps to create the most professional clips possible. Would buy again for my Panasonic LUMIX G9 again and again!

    I would recommend this to a friend