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The new gimbals from DJI from the Ronin series – Ronin S2 and SC2 have seen the light of the day. This was a long wait since DJI delayed the launch couple of times but finally, the gimbals are here and ready for review. So, let’s jump straight into reviewing Ronin S2 or RS2 and Ronin SC2 or RSC2.
What was DJI’s plan
Before we move into the nitty gritty part of this Ronin S2 review Even though DJI announced the new Ronin model to be released on September 10th, they delayed the release date for a month. It seems DJI needed some time to iron out the bugs or some unexpected mishaps happened in the mean time.
At DJI, our goal is always to bring products to the market that inspire creativity and push the industry forward. After careful consideration, we have decided to reschedule the September 9 announcement for a later date in October.
We ask you to stay tuned a little longer to see a lot more. The next generation of gimbal technology will now be unveiled next month, so we can present the world’s creators with two incredible new options for capturing the world around you.
Two gimbals – Ronin S2 and Ronin SC2
These gimbals are successors of their namesakes from couple of years ago: Ronin S2 is the upgraded version of Ronin S and Ronin SC2 is the new version of Ronin SC. Kind of logical, isn’t it?
What are the main differences between RS2 Pro Combo and RSC2 Pro Combo?
Obviously the design and size differ, but I can’t see any really compelling reasons to go for RS2 that is almost £300 more expensive. What is it? Bigger screen, carbon fiber grip, higher payload?
Well, there are couple of things:
RS2 is made from the carbon fiber compared to aluminum RSC. S2 has a removable battery, screen shows video feed (with raven eye), autofocus for cine lenses in the near future, ability to mount it on a car, and heavier payload.
Ronin S2 replaces Ronin 2
It seems that DJI has bumped up the weight that Ronin S2 can carry, as the images leaked showed much bigger cameras mounted on it.
The image also suggests the Ronin SC will be able to handle more weight and be the go-to gimbal for consumers and prosumers.
Weight issue solved
So the first thing I want to talk about here is the weight issue. Because the original Ronin S was just really heavy to me. The new Ronin S2 is a huge improvement in that area as it is 25% lighter than the original Ronin S plus it has a much better weight balance because it is not only the absolute weight but also where the weight is placed. The original Ronin S had longer handle and everything was sort of pushed up higher. There was a big bulky control box with the joystick, but the RS2 has addressed that issue by making the whole gimbal more compact.
The bulk of the weight of the gimbal is much closer to the base, which makes it overall more comfortable to hold.
The original DJI Ronin-S was introduced a few years ago and offered great features albeit at a considerable weight. Then in July 2019, DJI came out with the DJI Ronin-SC a smaller, lighter, and less expensive handheld gimbal that offered new tracking features to boot. Much easier to handle but a lot harder to properly balance without dropping your camera. Not everybody was a fan.
With the Ronin S2 and the SC2 you can access five follow modes from the handle instead of only three that original Ronin and RS had. There’s a touchscreen on the Ronin S2 and the SC 2 has a wheel jog dial configuration with a button.
The follow modes are:
- pan follow
- pan tilt follow
- FPV follow
- 360 roll
- portrait mode
- custom mode where you can choose tilt follow, pan follow or roll follow. This one is great for interior shots.
New material used for the Ronin arms
If you look at the arms of the RS2, you’ll see that they’re made out of carbon fiber, which is actually a first use of this material on a 3-axis gimbal and it looks very cool. But that’s not the only advantage of the carbon fiber arms.
First, it, this material makes them stronger and lighter. Second, it makes the action a lot smoother when you go to adjust your balance. So when you loosen a latch on the gimbal, and then you slide it along, there’s not a lot of friction there, it’s actually very smooth to the touch.
Mounting and releasing camera
Both gimbals use a dual layer quick release plate, which means if you want to remove the camera, it’s really easy to do.
Is it possible to use the focus motor AND the Raveneye simultaneously on Ronin RS2 ?
If you are asking if it is possible to control the focus motor from the app while using the Raveneye display in the app, just as you can control the gimbal itself with the virtual joystick.