DJI Ronin-SC - 3-axis gimbal for mirrorless system cameras

For professionals in dealing with mirrorless digital and system cameras as well as those who want to become one, this is the new one TWO Ronin-SC 3-axis gimbal thought. It combines a lightweight construction with high functionality and extensive connectivity. The DJI Ronin-SC is not just a simple gimbal for image stabilization of the camera, it also offers app control, various recording modes, the possibility of using it as a tripod, accessories for focus control and many other advantages. You can find details below.

The new DJI Ronin-SC 3-axis gimbal for mirrorless system cameras helps with photos and videos with useful functions.

The new DJI Ronin-SC 3-axis gimbal for mirrorless system cameras helps with photos and videos with useful functions.

Presentation of the new gimbal in the video

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The little brother of the Ronin-S

Anyone who has already dealt with DJI gimbals for digital cameras probably knows the DJI Ronin-S. This is larger and heavier, but at the same time also designed for larger and heavier cameras. In addition to the weight class, there are also functional differences. The new, small version Ronin-SC brings additional recording functions; such as Active Track 3.0, which automatically keeps objects and people in the picture. A comprehensive test as well as the evaluation (mostly positive) of the new technology and functions can be found in this DJI Ronin-SC review video by Parker Walbeck:

The real-time control and correction of the camera position via the smartphone using the “Force Mobile” function is quite interesting. The mobile phone can be swiveled and rotated using the smartphone holder with two handles; the camera is moved in a corresponding manner by the DJI Ronin-SC. As noted in the review video, displaying the camera image on the smartphone display would make perfect sense. Until an update of the software that allows this, you have to walk behind the camera or take a look at the control screen (in the case of large projects).

DJI Ronin-SC Specifications

  • Manufacturer: DJI
  • Model: Ronin-SC / Ronin-SC Pro Combo
  • Device type: 3-axis gimbal
  • Dimensions: 220 mm x 200 mm x 75 mm
  • Weight: 1,1 kg
  • Material: magnesium, aluminum, composite materials, plastic
  • Max. Load: 2kg
  • Battery model: RB2 Intelligent Battery (18650 LiPo) with 2.450 mAh
  • Maximum battery life: 11 hours
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C
  • Mobile phone requirements: iOS 9 or higher or Android 5.0 or higher
  • Functions: image stabilization, panorama, time-lapse with and without movement, movement control and repetition, locking mode, parallax, racing, sports and other special settings, lockable arms, etc.
  • New features: Active Track 3.0, Force Mobile, FPV mode, position marking on the camera plate
  • Scope of delivery: Gimbal, BG 18 handle incl. battery, handle extension / tripod, dovetail plate, camera increase, phone holder, lens holder, USB-C cable, carrying case, 2 x multi-camera control cables (multi-USB and type C), 2 x covers for 8-pin connectors, 2 x Allen keys, 3 x 1/4″ screws for camera threads, 4 x M4 screws
  • Additional scope of delivery (Pro Combo): focus motor, focus motor rod attachment, focus wheel, focus toothed wheel belt, RSS splitter cable, 6 x screws
  • Price: DJI Ronin-SC for 359,00 € / DJI Ronin-SC Pro Combo for 459,00 €
The DJI Ronin-SC scope of delivery in the Pro Combo version. Control elements for the focus wheel on the camera lens are also included.

The DJI Ronin-SC scope of delivery in the Pro Combo version. Control elements for the focus wheel on the camera lens are also included.

DJI Ronin-SC: Compatible cameras as a list

As stated as a note in the DJI Ronin-SC test video above, DJI has published a list showing which cameras are compatible with the DJI Ronin-SC. According to this list, which can be updated again and again, as of July 18, 2019, the following camera models from Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm and Panasonic are:

  • Sony: A9, A6400, A7R III, A7 III, A7R II, A7S II, A7M II, A7S, A7, A6500, A6300, RX100V
  • Nikon: Z6, Z7
  • Canon: EOS R, M50
  • Panasonic: GH5, GH5S, G9, GH3, GH4
  • Fujifilm: X-H1, X-T2, X-T3

DJI Ronin-SC: Compatible lenses / lenses as a list

In the same PDF file that you here can see, DJI also lists compatible lenses for its new gimbal in a "Camera Lens Compatibility List". It also states whether the camera riser is necessary for use. Other requirements or restrictions are also mentioned. To reproduce the entire list like the one above would go beyond the scope here. If you are interested, please use the link above to take a look at the list.

Ronin app for control via smartphone

The Ronin app is available for the Apple iPhone with iOS as well as for the Android mobile phone, with which you can get the full potential of the DJI Ronin-S or DJI Ronin-SC. The official and secure DJI Ronin download can be found in the Apple App Store or im Google Play Store.

[appbox app store id1282848185]

[appbox googleplay com.dji.ronin]

According to DJI, in addition to the Apple models iPhone 6S to XS Max, only a few Android smartphones are compatible with the new Active Track 3.0 function. While all current Apple devices apart from the iPhone 6 and SE are supported, there are only a few models from Samsung, Google, Huawei, Honor, vivo, OPPO, Xiaomi Mi and LG. You can find the list of currently usable cell phones with this PDF. Like the camera and lens overview, this is updated again and again.

More information and buy a 3-axis gimbal

Further information, pictures, data and details about individual functions can be found on the product page of the DJI Online Shop. There are also two videos there showing the new gimbal in action. Please note that this is a new device when this article is published, which is why orders are limited to two pieces per person. Here are the links to the products:

What do you think of the new, smaller and lighter system camera gimbal from DJI? Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion!

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3 comments

  1. Interesting article, congratulations! ???? What is missing in all previous reports, however, is the use of DJI RONIN SC connect with Fujifilm X-T3 including mounted battery grip together with ATOMO NINJA V. Hopefully there will be an update for Android smartphones (Samsung Note8) soon Use of motion controls will give!
    Best regards
    Heribert Sp

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Heribert! Since I don't have the DJI Ronin SC and don't know the Fujifilm X-T3 either, I have little to report. : D If you have any information that might be of interest, we can add it here. For the readers who can do something with the devices. ;-)

      • Heribert Sp says:

        Thanks for the answer. Since the two products have long been generally known and in use, at least readers of our articles should actually be able to answer productively.

        I will be notified if this is the case!
        Best regards
        Heribert Sp

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