Shockingly Low Price on the DJI Ronin M – Among Most Affordable Gimbal Stabilizers – NAB 2015

At NAB 2015 DJI presented their new DJI Ronin M which is a more lightweight and smaller version of their original DJI Ronin. Today they announced the shockingly low price of the device: $1,399 !!!! This makes it one of the most affordable gimbal stabilizers out there. And it looks mighty good as well. (pre-order here)

IMG_484968The way Doug handled the Ronin M in front of our eyes when we recorded the video at NAB seemed pretty smooth. But the new Ronin-M has a few nice things to offer.

On closer inspection you will see that it comes without the complications that other gimbals work with and all adjustments are tool-less (thumbscrews).

Along with the quick-release system it’s apparent that some thought has gone into the ergonomics of this device, which isn’t the case for some other affordable gimbal stabilizers.

The DJI Ronin-M was originally said to come at a price “lower than $2,000”. The new $1,399 price revealed today is shocking for the whole industry as it will considerable crush some of the competition and sell like hot cakes. It should start shipping within the next weeks. Get your pre-order HERE.

While the DJI Ronin M is really affordable there are even cheaper gimbal stabilizers out there. Check out our recent article: 5 Affordable Gimbal Stabilizers Cheaper than the DJI Ronin M

The highlights at a glance:

  • Supports Cameras up to 8 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for iOS and Windows
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • Silent Mode For Quiet Operation
  • USB and PowerTap Power Outputs

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Christopher Dobson April 28, 2015

The video is currently private.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 28, 2015

Sorry! It’s unlocked now

Dave Dugdale Reply
Dave Dugdale April 28, 2015

How did you shoot this video and pull focus at the same time? Nice job!

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 28, 2015

:) I’ve got two hands.
No seriously, thanks for the flowers! The a7S integrated viewfinder is really good and makes it easier to pull focus. I used the Sony a7S just with a Loxia 35mm lens and moved around and stabilized in post. Stablization made the video very wobbly though.

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Andre Desrochers April 29, 2015

Hi Sebastian,

do you know if it can be used with a steadycam vest?

thanks

Andre

Tim Fok Reply
Tim Fok April 29, 2015

yes it can. You can get the Cinemilled universal mount and through that bolt it to the arm to eliminate 4th axis bounce.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 29, 2015

Yes and here’s a video. But honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you already have all the parts. I’d rather get a Letus Helix which is I think more interesting and less bulky on Steadicam:
https://vimeo.com/106169050
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNhagbm153s

Michael Hammar Reply
Michael Hammar April 29, 2015

Nicely priced!

Myles Thompson Reply
Myles Thompson April 29, 2015

What’s the European price?

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Ignacio May 1, 2015

1.559€ shipment & taxes included.

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Andre Desrochers April 29, 2015

Hi Sebastian,

the helix was my first choice but….it,s more than double priced!!!

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 29, 2015

There’s always a price for innovation :)
Personally I don’t like the vertical movement on the gimbals. I’m also waiting for a simple and affordable solution that combines a steadicam or works with vertical balance…

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 29, 2015

I must admit I think the price and thumbscrew design of the Ronin is quite intriguing though. If you can live with the “gimbal look” then it’s a great tool. Not sure the Cinemilled adapter will get rid of the vertical stuff…

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Andre Desrochers April 29, 2015

Sebastian,

I e-mailed letus and they said that the helix cannot be used with a steadycam. I dont see why a steadycam arm wont take care of the vertical stuff, it’s made for that. I may try to mount the Ronin M directly on my Glidecam, then to the vest…..before buying the $500 adapter for Steadycam from Cinemill,

Andre

Marcel van Leeuwen Reply
Marcel van Leeuwen April 30, 2015

Part of the lower price is mainly reduced shipping costs because of the lower weight and more importent also for the weight: NO CASE! You have to buy one yourself.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 30, 2015

Did you research how many other gimbals come in a case ;)

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Jason April 30, 2015

Sorry – bit of newbie question – I know this is designed to handle small DSLR cameras, but the new Ursa Mini is slated as a 5 lbs camera, without a lens. Do you think the Ronin M would be able to handle it? Would be an amazing combo. Can the battery onboard the Ronin M power the Ursa? That way it might not need the v-lock battery when on the ronin. Anyway, just thought I’d ask.

Thanks

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber April 30, 2015

In terms of tech specs the Ronin-M should be able to handle the URSA Mini. I could be wrong, but the Ronin might be able to power the URSA Mini through the 4-pin XLR input via a P-tap adapter cable: LINK

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Jason Knight April 30, 2015

Wow that’s exciting! I wonder if you can also use the Ursa without the handle attached? That might save a little more weight. Do you know if there is another record button on the body of the Ursa?

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Andre Desrochers April 30, 2015

Hi Sebastian,

what about this….to solve your vertical concern…..portable and pretty cheap at $500…what do you think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHS8GMx04jo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh7VVs0D-zU

thanks

Andre

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Travis Lancaster August 23, 2015

Great product !

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Takao Murai January 25, 2016

hello Sebasytian , it supports ursa mini ?
Thanks!

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber January 25, 2016

Hi Takao,
Yes, it supports the URSA Mini (5 pounds), including eg a Zeiss CP2 (about 2.2 pounds).
Hope it helps.