DJI Ronin 4D
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DJI Ronin 4D

What do you get for the filmmaker/videographer who has everything? How about a camera that is as goofy looking as it is enjoyable to use. The DJI Ronin 4D is a feature packed full-frame camera built into a 4-axis gimbal. It also looks like a robot chicken.

Basically the Ronin 4D is a giant DJI Pocket, but it’s the inclusion of a LiDAR system for focus that makes this bizarre contraption so compelling. It allows you to have a 'Focus Waveform,' an overhead view of your scene with a line indicating your focus distance. Incredibly intuitive and effective when pulling focus.

The Ronin 4D is too bulky, expensive and attention grabbing for me to invest in one. But, if money was no object I’d absolutely snap one up for the odd shoot where it would work. The most fun I’ve had shooting an episode in the last few years was our Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 review, which I shot walking around the streets of Calgary with a Ronin 4D. You can’t put a price on fun. Actually, you can. It’s $6800 USD plus lenses.

— Jordan Drake