DJI Ronin 2 gimbal announced: 30lb payload, touchscreen control – NAB 2017

The DJI Ronin 2 is a new version of the company’s flagship gimbal, now equipped with a touchscreen controller and able to handle a payload of up to 30lbs (13kgs). That’s almost double the weight the previous version could handle. We’re currently filming an interview with DJI but in the meantime here are some details from the company’s press event at NAB.

The DJI Ronin 2

The camera cage is now much larger, and features extendable arms the company says will accept cameras ranging from DSLRs to high end cinema rigs.

Upgraded motors and run time

The Ronin 2’s motors are apparently five times more powerful than the original model’s and are enclosed in a splashproof housing. And Although the Ronin 2 stabilizes on three axes, there’s also a special two-axis mode designed for use with Steadicams.

Redesigned remote

The DJI Ronin 2’s new controller

The remote control offers control over dual band 2.4/5.8 GHz frequencies for two-person operation at a range of nearly one mile. There’s also an integrated touchscreen that allows control of connected RED cameras as well as adjustment of gimbal parameters.

Ronin 2
New touchscreen interface for the Ronin 2

A small addition that will make a huge difference to the gimbal’s usability is the inclusion of foldaway feet attached to the bottom of the gimbal so you’ll be able to put it down without using a cradle.

Power

Batteries are now the same as on the Inspire 2 drone and are claimed to offer 2.5 hours of runtime each when being used to power both the gimbal and a RED Dragon camera. There’s space for two of them and they’re hot swappable so you’ll be able to keep shooting without having to power down. You’ll also only have to buy and charge one type of battery to run both the gimbal and compatible camera.

No details on pricing yet, but the Ronin 2 is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2017.

New drone controller, long range antenna, global service program

Alongside the Ronin 2, DJI also announced a new drone controller, called the Cendence, a long range antenna for drones called the Tracktenna, and a high end global service program called DJI Circle.

We’ll bring you more information on all of these new products as we have it!

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