Best known for its drones, Chinese company DJI has expanded its reach with offerings for filmmakers in recent years. Last year, the company introduced its first new cinema camera, the Ronin 4D. Today he’s announcing and launching two new gimbals and a DJI Transmission wireless system, all of which borrow some neat tricks from the Ronin 4D.
The RS 3 can be considered a successor to the RSC 2 that DJI released in 2020. It is the smaller of two new gimbals designed to get you up and ready to record as quickly as possible. The new axis lock mechanism automatically releases once the gimbal is turned on, allowing you to shoot sooner. With new quick-release mounts, this should save you valuable time and eliminate the need to rebalance arms between shots.
The RS 3 also features new Bluetooth shutter button support, meaning you won’t need to connect a camera control cable and can simply trigger the record button wirelessly. DJI cites “20% improved performance over the RSC 2,” which noticeably smooths things out when filming from a low angle, racing with the gimbal, or filming from a moving vehicle. Like the RSC 2, this gimbal supports SuperSmooth mode, which adds extra stabilization when shooting at tighter zooms up to 100mm.
The new gimbal also features a much larger 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, which should help you adjust settings on the go without needing to connect it to the Ronin app. The grip has added a physical slide switch so that filmers can switch between pan follow, pan and tilt follow, and FPV modes.
The all-new interchangeable battery grip with 12 hours of battery life is a slight decrease from the RSC 2’s 14 hours of battery life. But 12 hours is still a long time, and it supports PD fast charging of 18 W. Kudos to you if you can hold the gimbal that long.
The RS 3 weighs 2.8 pounds (1.3 kg), making it slightly heavier than its predecessor (2.67 pounds or 1.2 kg) and shares the same maximum tested payload of 6.6 pounds or 3kg.
But if you think 3 kg might be too little for your camera, you should check out the DJI RS 3 Pro. It has a maximum payload capacity of 10 pounds (4.5 kg) – the same as its predecessor, the RS 2 – and should be more than enough. Although the arms of the RS 3 Pro are constructed from a single piece of uncut carbon fiber, the RS 3 Pro is just slightly heavier than the RS 2, weighing in at 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg).
Just like the RS 3, the RS 3 Pro shares all the features listed above: automated axis lock, Bluetooth shutter control, 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen and physical mode button on the grip. But there is a big difference since the RS 3 Pro borrows lidar focusing technology from Ronin 4D. Combined with the improved focus motor, the DJI Lidar rangefinder is able to turn your manual lenses into autofocus lenses. And DJI’s proprietary ActiveTrack, now called ActiveTrack Pro, promises to maintain stable, sharp shots in more demanding situations by improving subject detection and tracking.
The latest product announced at DJI’s launch event is DJI’s wireless video solution, simply called DJI Transmission. If you’re familiar with DJI’s Ronin 4D camera, it will sound similar.
This is a transmission technology that allows you to remotely monitor and control your camera, the RS 3 Pro or both at the same time.
The O3 Pro transmission streams video up to 6km in 1080p at 60fps with live audio monitoring. The DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) band alternates between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies to enable smooth, interference-free transmission channels. Of course, users can also manually select their specific channels on larger sets to avoid conflict between multiple devices.
The system comes with a transmitter that sits above the desired device and a receiver in the form of a 7-inch monitor. The bright 1500 nits monitor supports one transmitter with multiple receivers and two transition modes.
Broadcast mode allows an unlimited number of receivers to monitor production, while Control mode, monitoring and remote control of devices can be done with two receivers.
The new gimbals, DJI RS 3 and RS 3 Pro, will be available today for a starting price of $549 and $869, respectively. Both gimbals can also be purchased as a combo set that comes with a plethora of accessories. The RS 3 Combo includes an additional handle, new focus motor, carrying case and much more. This option will cost you $719.
The RS 3 Pro Combo set also adds an extended quick-release plate, phone mount, new focus motor, Ronin Image Transmitter and more for $1,099.
DJI Transmission will start selling in September this year and will cost $2,499. If you want to buy the Video Transmitter or the High Brightness Remote Monitor separately, those items will cost $1,699 and $1,099 respectively.
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