The new product announcements at NAB 2017 continue to roll out at a fast pace. DJI just introduced the next generation of its flagship 3-axis gimbal stabilizer the DJI Ronin 2 capable of handling a payload of up to 30lbs (13kgs). The brand new model not only provides five times more powerful motors than its predecessor but also has some new extra features such as an integrated touchscreen on the body itself, the inclusion of foldaway feet attached to the bottom, quick release mount, an enlarged camera cage and 50mm extendable arms and more. In addition, there is a new two-axis operation mode specifically designed for mounting the gimbal to Steadicam systems on the fly.
Ronin 2 also features a redesigned carbon fiber monocoque style frame, providing sturdy build quality while making the platform durable, lightweight and easy to carry at the same time. New fold-away feet enable the operator to set the platform down during handheld filming without the need for a separate stand.
The motors are enclosed in a splashproof housing with internally routed power whereas the SDI and data cabling enables worry-free shooting in the most demanding environments. DJI Ronin 2 now sports dual hot-swappable batteries that are capable of operating simultaneously and independently to provide 2.5 hours of runtime to power the gimbal and a RED Dragon camera.
What’s more, the flagship gimbal comes equipped with multiple power and data ports that allow users to power cameras and all accessories without the need for multiple power systems. Ronin 2 uses the same ultra-fast charging, high-capacity, self-heating batteries as the DJI Inspire 2, plus the entire battery system is fully detachable to provide a portable power supply for any 12-volt P-Tap powered camera or accessory.
The integrated touch screen offers 1,000 nits of brightness and lets users directly configure the gimbal settings for on-the-fly adjustments and for full control of mounted RED cameras. The redesigned dual band 2.4/5.8 GHz remote, on the other hand, provides minimized interference for full control during remote and two-person operation at a range of nearly 1.5 kilometers.
The completely updated DJI gimbal assistant mobile app now includes new studio-oriented functions to easily capture complicated camera moves along with a bunch of new handy modes. The new Panorama mode, for instance, automatically controls Ronin 2 to create still image panoramas that account for the camera sensor type and lens focal length as well as the user-defined overlap rate.
The gimbal’s new Timelapse mode can program multiple movements and camera actions at different points along a route, and view progress in real time. And the new CamAnchor mode lets operators quickly record a preferred gimbal orientation at particular locations, then revisit them with a simple touch as the camera moves from point to point. The intelligent SmoothTrack system that provides stable images while the camera is on the move has been enhanced with an updated algorithm for keeping Ronin 2 in sync with the operator’s movements.
The DJI Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017. No word on pricing yet. For more information head over to DJI official website here.