DJI is back with a major revision to its popular Ronin gimbal with the heavily upgraded and more expensive ( Ronin 2 ). DJI is a world crusher in drones, but the company has long felt like the “second brand” of gimbals, with FreeFly systems and its MoVi being at the top of the pecking order. While the Ronin has the biggest rental base on indie platforms like ShareGrid, MoVi has the biggest penetration into high-end production. With the Ronin 2, announced last April and shipping as of a few weeks ago, DJI is clearly pushing hard to get to the same dominant position in ground stabilization they have in the sky. The massive team of engineers, product designers, and market researchers behind this product clearly emphasizes that point.
At launch, the Ronin 2 design felt like a major revision that seriously took into account feedback from the marketplace and set out to be a gimbal that everyone would be happy with in demanding shoot situations. Combined with the launch of the Ronin 2 to fill in the gap at the entry level, the top end Ronin was free to move up to the top of the market. We got our hands on a unit to see for ourselves if the Ronin 2 would fulfill its promise.
Ronin 2 exists to let filmmakers capture the scene they see in their mind. Upgraded high torque motors allow it to support a wider range of cameras, resist hight winds and G-forces caused when mounted to a car and keep it moving smoothly in flight.