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DJI Ronin S Unbox and Information with Panasonic GH5

DJI Ronin S Unbox and Information with Panasonic GH5

Costing $699 US and £669 in the UK and its available to pre order from DJI Here

The Ronin S is a single handed DSLR and Mirrorless Camera gimbal that can support models up to 3.6kg and still provide stabilises footage while on the move, I purchased mine at the same time as the Panasonic GH5 and have been using this combination for over a month now.


Superior 3-Axis Stabilization with 3.6 kg Tested Payload Capacity

The Ronin S is fitted with very powerful motors, its been tested up to 3.6kg but many people have exceeded this with large cameras like a RED and still got solid stabilisation results.

The Ronin S has Autotune that is able to tune its motor power so no matter if you have a Sony A6300 or and GH5 with Cage its always giving you great performance.

Camera Control

On supported camera models you can control the shutter, start and stop recording and focus via the built-in buttons on the Ronin S Grip, it also means the Ronin S can automatically fire the shutter in intelligent modes like Motionlaps.

Currently the GH5 offers the most compatibility, DJI are working on updating camera support all the time and there is a up to date list on the DJI site of officially supported models.

Built in Focus Control

DJI include the find focus control with the Ronin S kit, this allows you to do actions like pull focus with compatible lenses, its worth noting to get absolutely liner and smooth pull focus you are going to want to use the external focus motor DJI have available soon as many lenses built in focus was never designed to give smooth transitions.

Automated Smart Features

The Ronin S has built in smart modes like Motionlaps and Timelaps that can move the gimbal and control the camera shutter.

Angled Roll Motor

This means you can always see the screen on the back of you camera so you can see whatís happening and what you camera is seeing.

Long Life and Stable at Speed

The Ronin S can be used up to 75kmh and It offers battery life of around 12 hours of normal use, the battery is also interchangeable too so you can have one charging while another is in use when they become available as spares.

In the Box

The Gimbal



Info & Videos

I have been making a number of Videos around the Ronin S and there contain some of the latest information and help around using it with the GH5 Especially.

Ronin S & GH5 Overview & Info

DJI Ronin S Overview and Info with GH5 (9 min 55 sec)

Ronin S Balancing Info and Settings for GH5

DJI Ronin S Balancing Info & GH5 Position Settings (6 min 45 sec)

Ronin S GH5 Connection Troubleshooting

DJI Ronin S - GH5 Connection Troubleshooting & Focus Info (6 min 38 sec)

Ronin S External RC Setup Sbus

DJI Ronin S - External RC Remote Control Info & Setup Updated Video (4 min 40 sec)

The Ronin S costs $699 US and £669 in the UK and can be ordered now from DJI on the link below and at the top of this page, there is limited quantity's so you may want to get I quick.

Please note these links are AF links and if you wish to support me you can use them to shop on DJI.

Ronin S Setup Tutorial

DJI Tutorials - Ronin-S - Assembly (3 min 7 sec)

Ronin S Operation

DJI Tutorials - Ronin-S - Operation (2 min 18 sec)

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Aug 14, 2018, 10:09 AM
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I find it crazy you cant charge the battery without having the gimbal mounted to it.
Aug 14, 2018, 03:58 PM
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I think it comes down to size and space and cost, I have been informed there will be an adapter and other handles hopefully very soon, they are a little behind on the accessories.

Also just a note DJI are now trailing the USB option for Sony with beta firmware. They have sent it out to 50 Users and will be testing it over the coming weeks.

This should bring much awaited proper Sony support for control but itís not clear what models will work and if lower ones like the A6000,6300,6500 will or if itís the main A Series.
Aug 16, 2018, 09:25 AM
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will be interesting to see if all of a sudden there is a mount on the m200 ./ m600 style drones to just plug in the gimbal haha
Aug 20, 2018, 12:51 PM
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New Ronin S Accessories Coming Soon

From Paul Pan DJI

This is just a preview of the expansive list of Ronin-S accessories that are going to be shown at the BIRTV 2018 show starting August 22 in Beijing, China. This is just a handful of items that are close to shipping. An official announcement with more product information, pricing, and availability will be made at a later date.

Ronin-S Battery Adapter

Charge your Ronin-S Battery Grip on the go with the Battery Adapter. This allows you to charge the battery while itís detached from the gimbal. It still supports Fast Charging and also turns your Ronin-S Battery Grip into a USB power bank. Easily slide on to the Battery Grip and start charging.

Ronin-S Cheeseplate

Need additional mounting points on your Ronin-S? Use the Ronin-S Cheeseplate which provides two 1/4Ē-20 threaded holes for mounting various accessories from monitor mounts to microphones. The four M4 threaded holes allow mounting various DJI accessories. There are 3 mounting positions for the plate allowing you to customize it however you need.

Ronin-S Command Unit

The Ronin-S Command Unit frees you from your smart phone allowing you to make all the adjustments for gimbal settings directly on the Command Unit. It features an high-bright 550 nit LCD screen with a 5-way position joystick for easy navigation. Quick release thumbscrews allow for easy installation which can be mounted on either side of the Ronin-S handle. The Ronin-S Focus Wheel is also attachable allowing you to stack the Command Unit and Focus Wheel all on one side.

Create features are also available directly on the Command Unit allowing you to create panoramas and time lapses without your smartphone.

Ronin-S Focus Motor Rod Mount

The Focus Motor Rod Mount provides 15mm rods for mounting to the Ronin-S Camera Riser Plate. The Rod Mount can be mounted in front of the camera or behind the camera offering dual rods if needed (when two Focus Motor Rod Mounts are purchased). An 85mm length rod and a 160mm length rod are included in the kit.

Ronin-S External Focus Motor

No matter how good the internal focus motors are in lenses these days, they are no match for an externally mounted motor when it comes to manual control. For the most precise, direct control on your Ronin-S, youíll need the Ronin-S External Focus Motor. When connected to the Ronin-S, two motors can be operating at the same time allowing you to control Focus, Zoom, or Iris (dependent on your lens). Featuring extreme precision down to 0.02 degrees of movement and high torque and high speed, itís no longer the equipment thatís limiting your creativity.

Ronin-S GPS Module

When you need the best, most stable footage from your Ronin-S, attach the Ronin-S GPS Module. With GPS, the Ronin-S is now aware itís moving whether accelerating, decelerating, moving forward or laterally. This allow the Ronin-S to calculate horizon hold based off position rather than just accelerometers. Driving into a turn and noticing the horizon will start to drift, making everything look crooked? The GPS Module assists in these situations allowing the Ronin-S to use a different set of algorithms for these types of situations. For the discerning cinematographer who wants the best, you need to have GPS assist with the GPS Module.

Ronin-S MCC Multi Cable for Sony

The Ronin-S Multi Cable for Sony allows control of Sony cameras through the DJI Ronin-S. Control shutter, start/stop, initiate auto focus, and zoom. This is dependent on the model of the camera and lens. Please see the official compatibility list for support cameras.

Ronin-S Top Mounting Bracket

The Ronin-S Top Mounting Bracket offers a more solid mounting system for your camera when mounted to the gimbal. This is crucial in higher demand situations such as shooting out of a car, mounted to an R/C buggy, or just about anything faster than regular handheld walking. The Ronin-S Top Mounting Bracket also features a cold shoe mount allowing you to mount an external microphone or external light during use.
Aug 20, 2018, 02:08 PM
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Very Cool!
Aug 20, 2018, 02:16 PM
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Nice to see the battery issue resolved
Aug 20, 2018, 02:37 PM
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Wonder how much lol prob $99!!! =P
Aug 20, 2018, 05:28 PM
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Hopefully not, the USB out is a nice touch though too.

Hopefully Id like to see it around £30 max but who knows tbh, Iím guessing there is a few hundred quid there in total.

The external focus motor itís much welcomed and itís much better packaged than using the DJI Focus one looking at the cable layout.

Hopefully more details will land soon.
Aug 21, 2018, 07:11 AM
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I wonder how much better the gps unit will make it while using it on a moving vessel like a boat at high speeds (even on a lake)

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