DJI recently announced the latest version of its Ronin stabilizers—the RS 2 and RCS 2. Let’s find out what makes these newer versions so great and why video creators will want these on the top of their Christmas list.
The DJI RS2
The DJI RS 2 is the most powerful, small-sized handheld camera stabilizer that DJI has developed so far. One of the most noticeable improvements is the Carbon Fiber Axis arms which is an industry first. This allows the Ronin S2 to be significantly lighter but still robust enough to work with bigger setups. The RS 2 only weighs 2.86lbs compared to 4.1lbs in the previous Ronin-S. While the Ronin-S had a payload of up to 8lbs, the RS 2 has a tested payload of up to 10lbs, easily handling cameras like the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens.
On the new carbon fiber axis arms, you will find the new mechanical locking system that we first saw on the Ronin-SC which means you can lock each individual RS motor on the RS 2. This makes balancing the gimbal so much easier because now you can balance one motor at a time while locking the other two motors.
The RS 2 comes with a brand-new stabilization algorithm called “Titan.” This new evolution of stability offers incredibly smooth results and an additional level of stability with Super Smooth which can be activated for increased motor ability and torque.
The RS 2 provides multiple shooting modes. With NATO ports on both sides, you can hold the gimbal with both hands using additional accessories or you could use the included bracket with the included tripod mount and switch to Briefcase Mode.
Users will find a 1.4” color touchscreen display which can be used to check gimbal status, adjust parameters and change gimbal modes. It can also display your live camera view and potential subjects when using active track 3.0 in tandem with the Ronin smartphone app. Active Track requires the new Raven Eye System which is sold separately to work.
The Ronin app will allow you to perform balance tests, auto tuning as well as creative capture modes. The RS 2 comes in a new compact case that has two levels. Both the RS 2 and RSC 2 come with the dual layer quick release plate that is compatible with Manfrotto and arca-swiss type mounting. The RS 2 has a brand-new fine tune adjustment knob which helps balance camera payloads much easier.
On the back of the RS 2 handle, you will find the same trigger button like in the previous Ronin-S. Double tap to put the camera back to the center position, triple tap for selfie mode and hold it down to lock it in place. Just above the trigger is the new focusing front dial for focusing your camera’s lens if you have the DJI focus motor attached.
The RS 2 now features a drop in cartridge design for their BG30 Battery Grip. This new battery provides up to 12 hours of battery life. It can charged separately and can be fully charged in about 90 minutes via USB-C. The RS 2 will be available for $849 or $999 with the Pro Combo.
The DJI RSC2
The RSC 2 is a more entry-level stabilizer with a heavier payload of up to 5.5lbs compared to 4.85lbs with the previous Ronin-SC. It can even support a Panasonic S1H camera with a Lumix S Pro 24-70mm F2.8 lens. What makes it more advanced is the new foldable design. This new foldable design allows you to transform into one of six configurations for dynamic shooting including, upright, flashlight and underslung modes. It also allows users to shoot in briefcase mode.
The RSC 2 also has the new Titan Stabilization and the additional level of stability with Super Smooth when activated with increased motor ability and torque. It also carries over the same smartphone capabilities that the RS 2 has including the Raven Eye System which is sold separately. The mobile app allows you to use the force mobile mode which turns your phone into a gyroscope which allows the gimbal to follow the movements of your phone. This mode is also available on the RS 2.
The RSC 2 has the same trigger button, focus dial and dual layer quick release plate as the RS 2. The RSC 2 now has a 1” OLED screen that allows users to check gimbal status and adjust parameters while using the button and dial on the side.
It as well comes in a compact case with the same two levels. The RSC 2 can be charged via USB-C, taking about 90 minutes to charge. It provides 14 hours of battery life. The RSC 2 is now in stock and available for $499 or $739 for the Pro Combo.