DJI, a Chinese firm best known for its drones, has been broadening its reach in recent years with offers for filmmakers. The Ronin 4D, the company’s first new cinema camera, was released last year. It’s unveiling and launching two new gimbals, as well as a DJI Transmission wireless system, today, all of which steal a few cool tricks from the Ronin 4D.
The RS 3 is a follow-up to DJI’s RSC 2 drone, which was introduced in 2020. It’s the smallest of the two new gimbals, and it’s designed to get you up and recording as soon as possible. When the gimbal is turned on, the new axis locking system instantly unlocks, letting you start recording sooner. It should save you time and eliminate the need to adjust the arms between shoots, thanks to improved quick-release mounts.
The RS 3 now includes Bluetooth shutter button functionality, which eliminates the need for a camera control cable and allows you to activate the record button wirelessly. “20 percent increased performance over the RSC 2,” according to DJI, which is especially noticeable while recording from low angles, using the gimbal, or filming from a moving vehicle. This gimbal, like the RSC 2, has SuperSmooth mode, which provides additional stability while recording with tighter zoom lenses up to 100mm.
The new gimbal also has a much bigger 1.8-inch OLED display, which should make it easier to modify settings on the go without having to use the Ronin app. A real sliding switch has been added to the grip, allowing filmmakers to move between pan follow, pan and tilt follow, and FPV modes.
The new replaceable battery grip has a 12-hour battery life, which is somewhat less than the 14-hour battery life of the RSC 2. However, 12 hours is still a considerable period, and it allows rapid charging at 18W PD. If you can hold the gimbal for that long, kudos to you.
The RS 3 weighs 2.8 pounds (1.3 kilogrammes), somewhat more than its predecessor (2.67 pounds or 1.2 kilogrammes), and has the same maximum tested payload of 6.6 pounds (3 kilogrammes).
If you believe 3kg is too light for your camera system, the DJI RS 3 Pro is a good option. It has a maximum payload capacity of 10 pounds (4.5kg), which is the same as its predecessor, the RS 2, and should be sufficient. Despite the fact that the arms of the RS 3 Pro are made from a single uncut piece of carbon fiber, the RS 3 Pro is just slightly heavier than the RS 2, at 3.3 pounds (1.5kg).
DJI Transmission, the company’s wireless video solution, was the final product unveiled during the launch event. This will sound familiar if you’ve heard of DJI’s Ronin 4D camera.
It’s a type of communication that allows you to view and manage your camera, the RS 3 Pro, or both at the same time.
Video casting up to 6km at 1080p at 60fps is possible with the O3 Pro transmission, which also includes live audio monitoring. To provide seamless and interference-free transmission channels, the DFS (dynamic frequency selection) band rotates between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies. On bigger sets, users may, of course, manually pick their preferred channels to minimize conflicts between several devices.
The system comes with a transmitter that sits on top of your desired device and a receiver in the form of a 7-inch monitor. The 1500-nit bright monitor supports one transmitter with multiple receivers and two transitioning modes.
Broadcast mode allows an infinite number of receivers to monitor production, whilst Control mode allows two receivers to watch and control equipment remotely.
The DJI RS 3 and RS 3 Pro gimbals will be available for $549 and $869, respectively, starting today. Both gimbals are also available in a combo bundle with a variety of accessories. An additional handle, a new focus motor, a carrying bag, and other features are included in the RS 3 Combo. This choice will set you back $719.
For $1,098, you can get an expanded quick-release plate, a phone holder, a new focus motor, a Ronin image transmitter, and more with the RS 3 Pro Combo package.
DJI Transmission will be available for purchase in September for $2,499. The video transmitter and the High-Bright Remote Monitor will set you back $1,699 and $1,099, respectively, if you purchase them individually.