DJI announced the new mini version. Not of a drone mind you, but of a handheld camera stabilizer. The new RS3 Mini follows DJI’s initiative to make smaller, lighter versions of their professional-grade products, without losing much in the way of performance.
The RS3 Mini represents an all-in-one design that is half the size of the RS3 Pro and weighs only 1.7 pounds (795 grams). With a design that is 50 percent lighter, DJI says the gimbal is capable of carrying a camera payload of up to 4.4 pounds and can be easily operated with just one hand.
“Since the introduction of DJI’s Ronin series for cinematography in professional environments, DJI has been working on bringing professional-grade technology to an increasing number of content creators,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager at DJI.
“Now, anyone with a mirrorless camera can experience the same industry-leading technology used on film sets and studios across the globe.”
The gimbal is designed to work with modern mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7V and Canon R5, with lenses as large as a 24-70mm zoom. DJI has put together a complete list of cameras that include Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, and Fuji X systems, with a few Sigma and Olympus models also making the grade.
This also includes select DSLRs, which traditionally are heavier than mirrorless cameras.
Utilizing the same third-generation RS stabilization algorithm found in the RS3 Pro, the RS3 Mini promises what the company says is “outstanding performance” which includes underslung low-angle situations or when running and gunning.
DJI also claims that the Mini uses “Dynamic 360-degree-rotation imaging” to switch between high and low-angle shots while following people steadily in the same movement without having to stop and reconfigure the gimbal to go again.
Camera operators can also control focusing using the RS3 Mini’s control wheel, and engage recording or photo capture using the red record button.
There is also a 1.4-inch LCD touchscreen with an M-mode button for engaging one of three custom gimbal modes and front dial focusing.
Users can also use the Ronin mobile app including time-lapse, track recording of up to 10 pre-set points, and Panorama. The Gimbal can also adjust its follow speed from slow to medium or fast.
The Mini has a dual-layered quick-release plate which can also be attached to the RS3 Mini’s vertical arm for social media-friendly vertical video camera angles without limiting the gimbal rotation in previous models.
There is also a curved placement guide that keeps the camera locked down, preventing it from shaking loose from the 1/4-20” connection.
The Mini also uses DJI’s Wireless Bluetooth shutter function to sync with a variety of mirrorless cameras to control the camera’s still image and video capture functions.
Moreover, when using a Sony mirrorless camera, the RS3 Mini can make minute adjustments to e-Mount lenses including zooming from the RS3 Mini’s dial controls, eliminating the need for a camera control cable connection.
Lastly, the RS3 Mini will also work with a variety of NATO-supported camera accessories including video lights and external microphones.
Battery life is also very stingy with up to 10 hours of use from the integrated battery handle and can be operated during charging with a recharge time of as little as 2.5 hours.
The retail price of the DJI RS3 Mini is $369 and it is available starting today from DJI direct and authorized retailers. Users can also add the DJI Care Refresh comprehensive protection plan which covers accidental damage from collisions and water damage.
With a small additional charge, users can receive up to three replacements in two years, or two replacements in a single annual plan.
[source: DJI Global]
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