DJI has unveiled the new RS 3 and RS 3 Pro gimbals. According to DJI, they bring landmark improvements to the classic and reliable Ronin series. The RS 3 Pro can utilize the Ronin 4D’s advanced LiDAR focusing technology that has now been placed inside a new device called the DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS).
Both the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro can also utilize DJI Transmission, DJI’s first independent wireless video solution that allows users of the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro to combine reception, monitoring, control, and recording in a single device. DJI Transmission has a claimed operating range of up to 3.78 miles / 6.08 km.
Essentially, just like they did with the Ronin 4D, DJI is creating an entire ecosystem for the RS gimbals. The idea is to no longer just make a gimbal and some accessories but to give users an entire ecosystem of products that can be used to enhance and make their workflows easier.
Both gimbals feature a new automated axis lock system, 3rd-Gen RS stabilization algorithm that is claimed to improve performance by 20%, and one-tap calibration.
DJI RS 3 Pro
So, let’s look at the DJI RS 3 Pro first as I think this is the most interesting of the two options.
The RS 3 Pro, as its name would suggest, is being touted as a more professional version, with more features, a higher payload capacity, and the ability to use the DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS).
The arms of the RS 3 Pro are constructed from one uncut piece of carbon fiber, just like Ronin 2. This makes the RS 3 Pro lighter and stronger than the jointed carbon fiber material used on previous stabilizers. The arms have also been extended to allow for more balancing space so that you can use cameras such as the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and RED Komodo.
The RS 3 weighs in at 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs, but it is able to handle a reasonably high payload capacity of up to 4.5kg / 10 lbs.
The gimbal features automated axis locks, Bluetooth Shutter Button, 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, and the same gimbal mode switches found on the RS 3.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the RS 3 Pro is that it can utilize the new DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS), which is capable of projecting 43,200 ranging points within a 14-meter indoor area.
This doesn’t come as standard and DJI will charge you an additional $659 USD if you want it. It comes with the following:
- LiDAR Range Finder (RS) × 1
- Multi-Camera Control Cable (USB-C, 30 cm) × 1
- LiDAR Control Cable (USB-C, 30 cm) × 1
A new focus motor is claimed to provide torque three times stronger with one-step mounting.
The DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS) enables you to autofocus with manual lenses with no need for repetitive calibration. The LiDAR Range Finder also carries a DJI-developed chip identical to the one used in Ronin 4D and a built-in 30mm camera.
This allows you to use ActiveTrack Pro which is claimed to boost the computing power of ActiveTrack by more than 60 times. It features target identification and tracking that is said to be more sensitive and accurate than ever before.
Now, as far as I am aware, the DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS) only works with the DJI RS 3 Pro. It won’t work with the RS 3.
A redesigned axes-locking system means that the process is now automated. By simply turning on the gimbal, the automated axis locks release and unfold the gimbal. Tapping the power button once will send the device into sleep mode, which makes powering on the device, stowing it away, and relocating much faster. There’s also no need for repetitive balancing with position memory via quick-release plates, enabling fast mounting with the perfect balance of the payload. Furthermore, the addition of a Bluetooth Shutter Button supports automatic connection without the need to connect a camera control cable.
With its dual RSA/NATO port and battery port, RS 3 Pro can connect to various accessories such as the new Briefcase Handle, Twist Grip Dual Handle, and Tethered Control Handle.
The DJI RS SDK protocol enables third-party manufacturers and individual developers to create customized shooting solutions for RS 3 Pro. Whether filming from a moving vehicle, with a jib or Steadicam, or from a cable cam or slider, RS 3 Pro provides anyone with comprehensive shooting solutions and lots of options as to how to use the gimbal.
There is a brand-new 1.8-inch OLED full-color touchscreen, and most gimbal setups can be done directly without connecting to the mobile app. The UI and interface logic has been redesigned to make them easier to access.
There is also a physical gimbal mode switch that operators can slide to alternate between pan follow, pan and tilt follow, and FPV modes.
A brand-new battery grip provides up to 12 hours of battery life. The RS 3 Pro and RS 3 both feature a quick-release structure that supports PD fast charging at 18 watts. The battery can be charged independently or even during use, allowing users to operate non-stop.
DJI RS 3
The entry-level DJI RS 3 features the same redesigned axes-locking system, sleep mode, Bluetooth Shutter Button support, and 1.8-inch OLED full-color touchscreen as the RS 3 Pro.
The RS 3 weighs in at 1.3 kg / 2.8 lbs and it has a payload capacity of 3kg / 6.6lbs. This payload capacity should allow you to use the gimbal with most mirrorless hybrid cameras and lenses.
A 3rd-Gen RS Stabilization Algorithm is claimed to offer 20% improved performance over the RSC 2. According to DJI, this makes it easier to operate while shooting at low angles, running, or even filming from a moving vehicle. If you want to use the RS 3 with lenses that have focal lengths of up to 100mm, a SuperSmooth mode provides further stabilization.
DJI Transmission is DJI’s first independent wireless video solution. It was developed and based on the Ronin 4D’s advanced video transmission technology. This system combines reception, monitoring, control, and recording and places it all into one device.
As I mentioned earlier, O3 Pro transmission technology enables the transmission system to offer a transmission distance of up to 3.78 miles / 6.08 km with end-to-end ultra-low latency. This is a massive upgrade from the traditional Wi-Fi transmission systems that have been used before. Video is transmitted in 1080p/60fps and provides live audio monitoring at 16-bit 48 kHz.
To cope in difficult environments, a DFS band has been added on top of the traditional 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz settings, offering up to 23 channel options. A built-in frequency sweeper automatically scans the current electromagnetic environment for the best wireless channel, and then instantly switches channels when needed. When necessary, users can also manually select an appropriate channel to avoid interference between devices.
DJI’s 7-inch, 1500-nit High-Bright Remote Monitor includes an integrated receiver, eliminating the need for video cables running into a monitor. The device supports one transmitter with multiple receivers, as well as two transmission modes. In Control mode, monitoring can be carried out from two receivers at the same time, while the gimbal and camera can also be controlled remotely. For larger crews, Broadcast mode can also be enabled on top of Control mode, which will allow an unlimited number of receivers to be used.
On large sets like reality shows, DJI Transmission can work simultaneously with ten or more transmitters sending signals to transmit to ten devices.
The DJI Transmission can also be used as a comprehensive control system. When used with RS 3 Pro, it can work as a gimbal and camera controller, unlocking more functions and fully integrating the ground-based Ronin ecosystem.
The High-Bright Remote Monitor has a built-in gyroscopic sensor that acts as a standalone motion controller for RS 3 Pro. And when combined with the Ronin 4D Hand Grips, the operator of an RS 3 Pro stabilizer can control the gimbal, focus, exposure, and start/stop a recording with both hands.
As well as simultaneous access to video time codes, the High-Bright Remote Monitor allows for independent recording and playback of 1080p/60fps H.264 footage.
The DJI Transmission also works with the DJI Master Wheel and Force Pro.
The DJI Transmission system can also be used with any camera system, not just DJI products.
Pricing & Availability
Both the DJI RS 3 and RS 3 Pro and now available to purchase from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com.
The standalone DJI RS 3 retails for $549 USD and includes one Gimbal, BG21 Grip, USB-C Charging Cable, Lens-Fastening Support, Extended Grip/Tripod (Plastic), Quick-Release Plates, Multi-Camera Control Cable, and Screw Kit.
The DJI RS 3 Combo retails for $719 USD and additionally includes one Briefcase Handle, Focus Motor (2022), Focus Motor Rod Kit, Focus Gear Strip, a second Multi-Camera Control Cable, and one Carrying Case. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3
The standalone DJI RS 3 Pro retails for $869 USD and includes one Gimbal, BG30 Grip, USB-C Charging Cable, Lens-Fastening Support (Extended), Extended Grip/Tripod (Metal), Quick-Release Plates, Briefcase Handle, Multi-Camera Control Cable, Screw Kit, and Carrying Case.
The DJI RS 3 Pro Combo retails for $1,099 USD and additionally includes one Extended Quick Release Plate, Phone Holder, Focus Motor (2022), Focus Motor Rod Kit, Focus Gear Strip, Ronin Image Transmitter (previously known as the DJI RavenEye Image Transmission System), two Hook-and-Loop Straps, and additional cables. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3-pro
DJI Transmission will be available for purchase this September from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com. The DJI Transmission Combo retails for $2,499 USD and includes one DJI Video Transmitter, DJI High-Bright Remote Monitor, Remote Monitor Hood, Installation Toolkit, Protector Case, two WB37 Intelligent Batteries, one WB37 Battery Charging Hub, as well as various cables and battery adapters. The independent Video Transmitter and High-Bright Remote Monitor will also be available for separate purchase and retail for $1,699 USD and $1,099 USD respectively. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/transmission
DJI Care Refresh
DJI Care Refresh is a comprehensive protection plan for DJI products and is now available for both DJI RS 3 and DJI RS 3 Pro. Accidental damage is covered by the replacement service, including natural wear, collisions, and water damage. For a small additional charge, you can have your damaged product replaced if an accident occurs.
DJI Care Refresh (1-Year Plan) includes up to 2 replacements in 1 year. DJI Care Refresh (2-Year Plan) includes up to 3 replacements in 2 years and extends the original warranty up to 2 years from the date of purchase. Other services of DJI Care Refresh include rewards for safe use, international warranty service, and free shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://bit.ly/DJICareRefreshRonin