An incredibly easy-to-use high-end gimbal stabilizer – the DJI Ronin 2 is a vastly upgraded version of its predecessor Ronin. That’s the reason why it’s, of course, much more expensive. This highly versatile gimbal is suitable either as a handheld or can be mounted in a variety of ways including onto a drone, Steadicam, vehicle mount, and more.

In this post, I’ve provided a full review of the DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal Stabilizer. There’s everything you need to know about this gimbal – its specs, features, how it performs, and whether it’s worth buying in 2021.

DJI Ronin 2

DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal Stabilizer: Specifications


Here are the detailed specs of the DJI Ronin 2:

  • Weight: 14 lb (6.3 kg) – including handlebar, 11 lb (5.0 kg) – excluding handlebar
  • Dimensions: 630 mm (W) x 416 mm (D) x 720 mm (H) – including handlebar, 350 mm (W) x 416 mm (D) x 530 mm (H) – excluding handlebar
  • Run Time: 8 hours / 2.5 hours (when powering gimbal, camera & other accessories)
  • Connections: 2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz Remote Control, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Type-C
  • Battery: Intelligent Battery: 4280 mAh-22.8 V
  • Maximum Controlled Rotation Speed: Pan axis – 400°/s, Tilt axis – 360°/s, Roll axis – 360°/s
  • Operation Modes: Underslung Mode, Upright Mode, Briefcase Mode, Handheld, Car Mount, Aerial & Tripod Mode
  • Axis Modes: 3-axis, Pan-Lock

DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal Stabilizer: Full Review


A wonderful update from the original Ronin, the DJI Ronin 2 motorized stabilization system is compatible with a wide range of camera and lens configurations. It boasts a payload capacity of 30 pounds. This means that the gimbal can be used for everything from DSLRs up to cinema cameras such as the Sony FS7.

Much like its previous model, the Ronin 2 supports underslung, upright, and briefcase operation modes so you’re able to achieve the best angle. In addition, this gimbal has been redesigned to enable easy transition between upright and underslung modes without changing the camera position.

There are several other improvements on this gimbal too, which include improvements on the control software and the physical design of the gimbal. Ronin 2 has been designed in a way to simplify complex shots without sacrificing performance. This is done by making all the important functions more readily accessible.

Here’s how the DJI Ronin 2 gimbal fares when it comes to its various features:

Design

The DJI Ronin 2 is noticeably heavier than the original Ronin. Built from carbon fiber, the arms and ring themselves don’t weigh too much. But, when the gimbal is fully assembled, lifting the whole package may feel a bit daunting for a single operator. So, you’ll need a dual-operator setup or something like a Ready Rig or a crane.

Ronin 2 features a built-in GPS that provides essential information for gimbal acceleration and speed. This lets you maintain the camera’s position and the horizon level when moving at high speeds when mounted on a vehicle or drone.

Detachable Grip

The Ronin 2 features a detachable grip which allows it to stand up on its own. You can also separate it easily when the lower part of the handgrip is not needed. In addition to being handheld compatible, the Ronin 2 also supports mounting on cable cams, drones, steadicams, vehicle mounts, and more.

Battery Performance

Featuring 4280 mAh intelligent dual batteries, Ronin 2 offers a run time of 8 hours. When it’s powering the when powering gimbal, camera & other accessories, you get around 2.5 hours of run time. The batteries on the Ronin 2 are self-heating so you get high performance even in temperatures as low as -4°F, or in high-heat environments. These dual batteries operate simultaneously and independently, thus offering you complete redundancy. Therefore, you can keep the shoot going.

Overall Performance

Featuring upgraded high torque motors, the Ronin 2 is compatible with a wider range of cameras. It can efficiently resist high winds and G-forces when mounted onto a car which allows it to move smoothly in flight. The gimbal’s motors are considerably more powerful than the previous iterations of Ronin gimbal. Thanks to encoded motors and enhanced precision, the Ronin 2 maintains the same 0.02° accuracy as its predecessors.

Assistant App

The DJI Ronin 2’s Gimbal Assistant App is redesigned into being extensively refined and expanded. So, you can create content with minimum effort using the app’s new features like CamAnchor, Time-Lapse, and Panorama. The app provides an overall more intuitive and easier-to-use control system for your DJI Ronin 2.

Compatible Cameras/Lenses

The DJI Ronin 2 supports a wide range of cameras. From DSLRs to cinema cameras with high-grade lenses and other accessories mounted, you can use them all!

Here are some compatible Ronin 2 Camera/Lens configurations:

RED DRAGON

  • Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 6-152 A-2S
  • ARRI Master Prime lenses up to 150mm
  • ARRI Master Anamorphic lens
  • Canon CN7x17 KAS S 17-120mm T2.95

ARRI ALEXA Mini

  • Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 A-2S
  • ARRI Master Prime lenses up to 150mm
  • ARRI Master Anamorphic lens
  • Canon CN7x17 KAS S 17-120mm T2.95

Blackmagic URSA Mini

  • Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 A-2S
  • ARRI Master Prime lenses up to 150mm
  • Fujinon ZK19-90mm T2.9
  • Canon CN7x17 KAS S 17-120mm T2.95

Canon C300

  • Canon CN7x17 KAS S 17-120mm T2.95
  • Canon CN-E Prime lenses
  • Canon EF lenses up to 400mm
  • Zeiss Compact Zoom lenses

Sony FS7

  • Sony CineAlta 4K lens series
  • E-Mount Lenses
  • ARRI Ultra Prime lenses
  • A-Mount lenses up to 300mm f/2.8G II

Conclusion: Is the DJI Ronin 2 Worth Buying in 2021?


While its price may seem to be a lot for many, especially when compared to the original Ronin gimbal, the DJI Ronin 2 packs in a considerable lot of upgrades that justify its price tag. It’s one of the easiest gimbal stabilizers that I’ve ever used. Overall, I’d highly recommend it!

However, there’s one drawback to Ronin 2 – its weight. You need two people for carrying it comfortably. So, if you’re someone who needs a smaller package that’s lighter, you should consider buying the DJI Ronin S instead.

 

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