DJI Unveils New Ronin-S Gimbal

A day ahead of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) in Las Vegas, drone manufacturer DJI took the wraps off two hand-held stabilizers, Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S for smartphones and cameras.

The redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 turns your smartphone into a stabilized camera. The 3-axis gimbal can help you shoot crisp photos and smooth video while on the move. "DJI have also added a 1/4" universal screw mount for mounting accessories to the base of the Osmo Mobile 2.

Finally, like other Ronin products, you will also be able to control the Ronin-S using the DJI GO app and use intelligent shooting features like Panorama and Hyperlapse.

Photography modes include options such as Panorama, Long Exposure and LightTrail settings.

The physical controls built into the handle have also received a makeover, which DJI reckons will make them easier to use.

According to DJI, one of the main advantages is the battery life that goes up to 15 hours, since the Oslo Mobile 2 is equipped with more powerful built-in battery system.

Where the Osmo Mobile 2 differs from its predecessor most, in tech terms, is that you can now also mount your phone in portrait mode.

Inside the DJI Ronin-S are high-torque motors that DJI says support the most popular camera and lens combinations, including the Canon EOS 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems. High-torque motors help the gimbal support numerous most popular cameras, including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH, and Sony Alpha.

Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process.

The Osmo Mobile 2 has a weight of 485 grams and dimensions of 295x113x72mm, making it slightly lighter and significantly larger than the previous variant.

You won't have to wait too long to pick up a second-generation Osmo Mobile, but there's a catch: It'll debut as an Apple Store exclusive on January 23rd before going on sale through DJI and its retail partners in early February. DJI will also offer a dual-handle support. Plus, if your lens and camera sensors have their own optical stabilization, the gimbal's advanced stabilization algorithms will work in tandem with them to produce the best footage.

The DJI Ronin-S release date will be available in the next few months through DJI's online store as well as it retail partners (i.e. Amazon and the Apple Store).

It features a simple, ergonomic curved design and dedicated controls (buttons and a joystick) for controlling camera settings and positioning.

  • Joey Payne