Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has announced that the Ronin-S, its first single-handed stabilizer, will be available from late this month at a cost of $699. The company says it is taking pre-orders now via its own store and at authorized resellers around the world.

The Ronin-S is designed to support cameras as large as the Canon EOS 5D IV and it will be able to carry up to 40kg / 8 lbs of camera and lens. It comes with a number of innovations including the ability to compensate for trombone zooms, a Push Mode that lets users adjust the pan, tilt and roll balances while the gimbal is still on, and a battery that DJI claims will last for up to 12 hours of shooting.

Despite early appearances, when released the Ronin-S will be fitted with a standard Manfrotto style quick release plate, and the whole rig will be controllable via the DJI Ronin app on a smartphone or with the optional Focus Command Center.
For more information see the DJI website.

Press release:

DJI Reveals Pricing And Availability Of Ronin-S

DJI’s First Single-Handed Stabilizer Offers Professional Quality At A Competitive Price

DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today revealed the pricing and availability of the Ronin-S, DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. The Ronin-S will retail for $699 USD with pre-orders beginning May 29 at, DJI flagship stores and authorized dealers worldwide, with shipments starting in late June.

About the Ronin-S
Utilizing DJI’s powerful three-axis gimbal technology, the Ronin-S delivers smooth, shake-free video and crisp photos, adding a cinematic and professional look to your work.

Powerful high-torque motors support a payload of 8 pounds to accommodate the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 1D and 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha series. Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with external zooming barrels and higher magnification ratios, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology. When mounted to a vehicle, the maximum operation speed has been tested at 47mph with a Panasonic GH5 and 50mm lens utilizing an optional top hotshoe bracket.

Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because the Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. A new Push Mode lets you adjust the pan, tilt and roll axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and an Auto Tune function automatically adjusts the strength of the motors to speed up gear prep so you can spend more time filming and less time setting up your gear. The Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to flashlight mode to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery system that is built into the handle and has an operating time of 12 hours.

The high-precision joystick changes the camera position to help frame your shot perfectly while a host of dedicated buttons allow operators to control various settings such as toggling between SmoothTrack profiles or to begin and stop recording.* An included Focus Wheel can be mounted to either side of the handle via the 8-pin ports on each side and a new Sport mode allows seamless transitions to fast movements with tight and quick subject following speed.

Harness intelligent shooting modes and advanced customization on the Ronin-S through the DJI Ronin mobile app such as creating complex camera moves automatically like Panorama, Motionlapse, Timelapse and Track that lets you designate specific camera positions in a scene and rotate between them on demand. Operators can also change SmoothTrack settings including the Speed, Acceleration and Deadband for each axis, save them in three profiles and toggle between them with the dedicated M button on the Ronin-S. Vital camera settings can be directly adjusted via the Ronin app and the optional Focus Command Center accessory allows for quick changes when needed.*

Ronin-S uses an industry standard Manfrotto quick release system and is compatible with a variety of DJI Pro Accessories to capture any scene and expand your creative freedom on set or on location. Supported optional accessories include a Focus Command Center consisting of a menu screen allowing for advanced gimbal, camera, and focus control without a mobile device; DJI Force Pro; DJI Master Wheels; the Ronin 2 remote controller; and an external focus motor for manual lenses that pairs with the included Focus Wheel. The Ronin-S can also be used with the DJI vehicle mount, jib mount and the dual-handle system for when an added level of comfort and stability is required.

The Ronin-S firmware that supports camera parameter control will become available in early July.