DJI’s Ronin 2

DJI’s released the Ronin 2, which it describes as a more powerful, versatile, and intelligent stabilizer for film and video professionals. According to DJI, the all new Ronin 2 offers, among many other things, more power and torque to carry larger cameras. It incorporates more intelligent features, and is more versatile in terms of its ability to be used and adapted to different situations, from a large scale studio photoshoot, to a tightly focused documentary. DJI essentially brought the Ronin back to the drawing board, to come up with an overall better high performance product. The main features of the DJI Ronin 2 are included immediately below.

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Platform

  • High torque encoded motors for larger payloads (without sacrificing speed)
  • Film at speeds of up to 75 mph w/ 30 pound payload; strong wind resistance; all while delivering 0.02 degrees of sub-pixel level precision
  • Improved gimbal assistant App for intuitive control
  • Integrated locks on all three axis provides easier balancing, tuning, transportation
  • New integrated adjustment knobs allow quick fine tuning adjustments
  • Dual batteries that can easily be replaced without interruption;
  • 50mm extendable arms allow full customization; carry larger cameras and lenses, from DSLR to cinematic cameras and lenses
  • Full carbon fibre built

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Mounts and Movements

  • Cross-compatibility with quick release mount (e.g. can easily be mounted/dismounted to and from vehicles, drones, cable cams, or hand mounted)
  • Hand held 2.4/5.8 GHz remote control designed for wireless control of gimbal with minimum interference with an operating range of up to 1.5 km
  • New 2 Axis operation mode with locks allow unique mobility and camera control
  • Easy detachable hand grip and foldaway feet
  • Easy handheld and jib configuration

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Set Up and User Friendliness

  • Refined setup and balancing time
  • Axis locking levers and fine tuning knobs for fast and precise balancing
  • Auto Tune stability feature for intelligent adjustment of motor parameters
  • Integrated touch screen with 1,000 nits of brightness for on-the-fly gimbal and RED camera configuration

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Frame

  • Carbon fibre monocoque style frame with new fold-away feet
  • Splash-proof motor design with internally routed power, SDI, and data cabling
  • Integrated power and data ports
  • Four 14.4 volt ports near camera cage; two 12.6 volt ports near pan motor; one P-Tap 12.6 volt outlet on battery mount

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Intelligent Features

  • New Time lapse mode for programming of multiple movements and camera actions
  • Enhanced SmoothTrack system provides stable images while on the move
  • New GPS module allowing for better performance in high speed shooting
  • New CamAnchor for quick recording of preferred gimbal orientation
  • Gimbal assistant mobile app with easy, user-friendly interface
  • New Panorama mode for still image panoramas
  • New studio-oriented functions

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Price & Availability

DJI has yet to announce a price for its new Ronin 2. The Ronin to will be available during the second quarter of 2017 from DJI, DJI Flagship stores, DJI Authorized Retail Stores, and DJI Resellers worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJI’s Long Awaited Product Release: Disappointment, Satisfaction, or Both?

DJI May 24 product release

The Current Climate in the Consumer Hobby Drone Industry – Less than a month ago, Skynex Racing released a brief post about DJI’s undisclosed product that was set to be released today, May 24, 2017. The release came just a few weeks from the International Drone Racing Association‘s upcoming June 2-4 Dover drone racing series being held in parallel with NASCAR, and less than a month from the Drone Racing League‘s season 2. Owing to the success of these drone racing leagues, several other big, small, amateur, and professional drone racing leagues have sprung up,  notably the DR1 Micro Drone Racing Series. Aside from all the hype going on in the consumer hobby drone racing sector, as consumers are increasingly turning to portable gadgets, pocket selfie drones have also been growing in popularity.

In light of the above climate in the consumer drone industry, and left with little to no other clue than what appeared on DJI’s ad for the secret product release (above), some consumer hobby drone industry experts affirmed that “seize the moment” referred to a fleeting moment, and related to something fast, but without necessarily referring to speed. Some expert consumer drone commentators guessed a Phantom 5, a selfie drone, the spark drone. For our part, relying on the flashy swirling lines against the pitch black background of DJI’s ad for the new product release, we had guessed that perhaps DJI would make its first real attempt to pierce into the consumer hobby drone racing sector. In the end, many were wrong about what DJI was cooking for its fans.

The new product released today, May 24, 2017, in New York City at 11:00 am, was the Ronin 2, described by DJI as “a more powerful, versatile and Intelligent Stabilizer For Film And Video Professionals”. Does this new product release by DJI offer satisfaction, or disappointment? The answer is of course both. DJI’s most important presence and following is in the aerial drone photography and filming sector. In that sense, the Ronin 2 will definitely come as great satisfaction for its existing customers looking for the latest in DJI drone technology. On the other hand, aside from perhaps its Snail Propulsion System, DJI has made very little to no contributions towards one of the largest growing sectors in consumer hobby drones that is, first-person-view (‘FPV’) drone racing. Given the quality of the products it offers to its photography and filming drone enthusiasts, DJI has left a large section of drone enthusiast underserved, envious, jealous, and disappointed.

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