When it comes to commercial drones for personal use, no one is bigger than Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer DJI.
And that inevitably means behind any and every release is a whole lot of press hype.
Such is the story of the Ronin-S gimbal, one of DJI’s most anticipated releases of 2018, which just received a firm drop date and price in a press release from the company.
In case you’re wondering why the Ronin-S is kind of a big deal, it is the first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems from the company.
Further, the Ronin-S can support cameras as large as a Canon EOS 5D IV “and it will be able to carry up to 8 lbs of camera and lens” according to DP Review. Employing a three-axis gimbal design, the Ronin-S promises smooth video capture and crisp photos.
On top of that, the Ronin-S promises 12 hours of battery life and a “Push Mode” that lets users adjust the unit’s pan, tilt, and roll.
The Ronin-S will use an industry standard Manfrotto release system. In addition it will be compatible with a wide variety of current and past DJI accessories including a vehicle mount and a DJI Ronin 2 remote controller.
Of course, as is common these days with almost any piece of complicated gear, a lot of functionality can be accessed through the bespoke DJI Ronin-S companion app.
As for a delivery date, DJI is currently offering pre-orders for the unit with an anticipated ship date sometime in late June. It will be shipped to both pre-order customers and DJI vendors worldwide so those consumers who don’t pre-order the new Ronin-S might be able to find it at their local gear shop.
In terms of price, the new Ronin-S will cost $USD 699.
You can watch a promo video for it from DJI here.