DJI reinvents the handheld gimbal stabilizer with new DJI RS 2 (Ronin S2) and DJI RSC 2, now with higher payloads and wireless video.
Setting the bar once again in the handheld gimbal stabilizer space, DJI rebrands the Ronin line with the new DJI RS 2 and more compact DJI RSC 2. Last month, DJI teased the new gimbals and the wait was worth it.
Redesigned and reimagined, both new gimbals offer the latest in handheld gimbal tech and innovations. These include a new wireless monitoring system with ActiveTrack 3.0, improved ergonomics, lighter and stronger carbon fibre design, the ability to carry bigger cameras, and much more.
DJI RS 2 (Ronin S2) Features and Highlights
- Carbon fibre components reduce overall weight to 1.3kgs
- Built-in 1.4-inch color touchscreen
- Higher camera payloads – tested up to 4.5kgs
- Should work fine with following cameras:
- RED Komodo
- Blackmagic Pocket 4K and 6K
- Canon EOS C70
- Canon C300 Mark III/C500 II (depending on lenses)
- Sony a7s III / A7 III
- Canon EOS R5 and R6 and many more
- RavenEye Wireless Image Transmission System
- with ActiveTrack 3.0
- Intelligent Functions:
- Time Tunnel
- Motor locks on each axis for easier balance
- Fine-tune balancing knob for more precise balance
- Manfrotto and Arca-Swiss compatible dual mounting plate
- RSA ports now NATO-compatible
- can work with NATO 3rd party accessories
- New high-capacity BG30 battery grip
- with USB-C port for Quick Charge
- Pre-order: DJI RS 2 – at B&H – $849 / DJI RS 2 Pro Combo – $999
DJI RS 2 – Carbon Fibre & Built-in Screen
Furthermore, the new DJI RS 2 borrows a lot of design cues from its bigger brother the RONIN 2. Now with carbon fibre arms and red strip give the new gimbal a sleek feel, while lowering the overall weight of the unit and improving rigidity.
In addition, the new RS 2 is capable of carrying heavier DSLRs and even compact cinema cameras. Therefore, RED Komodo users and Canon EOS C70 users should definitely check out the RS 2, as it could be the perfect gimbal for these cameras.
Not to mention, given its higher 4.5kgs tested max payload, you could even use something like the Canon C500 Mark II. Chances are the upcoming Sony FX6 compact cine camera would potentially be a great candidate for the Ronin S2.
Another cool feature the RS 2 borrows from the RONIN 2 is a built-in 1.4-inch color touchscreen. It can display camera data, gimbal settings, or a live feed from the camera.
In addition, the touchscreen can also initiate key functions such as ActiveTrack and intelligent shooting modes. Furthermore, the DJI RS 2 also gets a built-in front dial above the trigger, which allows for precise focus control and complements the DJI Focus Wheel mounted on the RSA port to create two-channel focus and zoom.
Of course, you can just use the front dial now for focus only, without the DJI Focus Wheel (which you attach to the side).
Moreover, thanks to its new carbon fibre components, the DJI RS 2 drops down in weight to just 1.3 kg (2.86 lbs).
And despite it being able to haul camera/lens setups up to 4.5kgs, it can still achieve up to 12 hours of battery life. In addition, DJI has implemented a new quick-charge function directly to the battery handle, providing an extra 2 hours of battery life with just a 15-minute charge.
New Battery Grip with USB-C Charging Port for Quick Charge
It is worth nothing however, that the Ronin S2 gets a new 30.3Wh battery grip with redesigned mounting mechanism. And this sadly means that you cannot use the old-style Ronin S battery grip on the new RS 2 if you happen to be upgrading and have spare batteries.
Nevertheless, the good news is that we now finally have a USB-C charging port on battery grip itself. Previously on both the previous gen Ronin S and SC, the charging port was on the gimbal body itself, which meant you had to connect the battery to the gimbal and charge this way.
Titan Stabilization Algorithm
With the RS 2, DJI is advancing gimbal technology forward with the ability to support heavier payloads while capturing ultra-smooth cinematic footage.
The new Titan Stabilization Algorith in the RS 2 is based on years of experience and takes smoothness to a new level. Furthermore, it reduces the need for manual user input while compensating for user movement and optimizing the gimbal tilt and angle. Additionally, the new SuperSmooth mode provides a higher level of camera stability, which is essential when using longer lenses of up to 100mm.
Moreover, DJI has also redesigned completely the carry case, which is now easier and quicker to pack, while still having enough space for accessories.
Wireless RavenEye Image Transmission System
One of the major new features in the Ronin S2 is the RavenEye Image Transmission System. It is capable of sending a Full HD 1080p live view from the camera to your smartphone from up to 100 meters away at a latency as low as 50ms. In addition, RavenEye also allows for camera parameter control right from the Ronin app, giving you more freedom to move while you capture your shot.
It is worth noting that ActiveTrack 3.0 does require the use of the RavenEye Transmission Systems, which is included in the Pro Combo priced at $999 USD.
Foldable and More Capable – the New DJI RSC 2
On the other hand, the new DJI RSC 2 is the sequel to the popular Ronin SC, and now it comes with an innovative “foldable” design. This makes it easier to pack in a bag and underslung/briefcase mode is now a breeze.
Designed with compact DSLRs and full-frame mirrorless cameras in mind, the RSC 2 is made out of durable metal, while utilising more lightweight materials such as aluminium to reduce overall weight.
Furthermore, the new 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 x 190 mm, the same size as a sheet of A5 paper.
The built-in battery is rated for 12 hours of battery life and just like the RS2 it comes with a new quick-charge function via USB-C directly integrated into the battery handle.
1-inch OLED Screen – DJI Ronin SC 2
It may not be a touchscreen like on the RS 2, but the new DJI RSC 2 comes with very useful built-in 1-inch OLED screen, which can be used to control functions and parameters of the device and mounted camera.
In addition, the new RSC 2 has been tested with payloads of up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs). This increased dynamic payload supports popular mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic S1H and a 24-70mm lens.
Pricing and Availability
You can pre-order from B&H via the links below and according to DJI both gimbals are expected to start shipping October 31st.
- DJI RS 2 handheld gimbal – $849
- DJI RS 2 Pro Combo – $999
- includes in the package:
- RavenEye Image Transmission System
- DJI Ronin Focus Motor
- DJI R Phone Holder
- Ronin-S Focus Gear Strips (2-Pack)
- Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable (7.9″)
- Mini-HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable (7.9″)
- Mini-HDMI to Micro-HDMI Cable (7.9″)
- DJI Ronin-S Extended Grip/Tripod
- Multi-Camera Control Cable
- (USB Type-C, Sony, Micro USB, Mini USB)
- Briefcase Handle
- Quick-Release Plate (Lower)
- Quick-Release Plate (Upper)
- Lens-Fastening Strap
- Carry Case
- DJI RSC 2 – $499
- DJI RSC 2 Pro Combo – $739 USD
For full specifications and more details head over to DJI’s website here.