Ronin-S Unboxing & First Look

Everyone was buzzing at CES 2018 when DJI announced its handheld camera gimbal, the Ronin-S. That was back in January. Four long months later, it's finally here. But as the saying goes, "It's always better to arrive late than to arrive ugly." Ladies and gentleman, the Ronin-S actually exists and is a thing of beauty.

Not to be confused with the Osmo Mobile, the Ronin-S is a single-handed DSLR or mirrorless camera gimbal for the videographer or vlogger who wants to step up from smartphones into the world of dedicated camera gear.

So, what better way to celebrate the Ronin-S's prolonged labor than to dive right in and see what you get for $699 right from the box.

In the Box

The DJI package designers have outdone themselves with the Ronin-S. The now DJI staple white card cover with a product picture covers the sturdy grey-foam Storage Case that lies within. Both sides are the embossed words DJI - Ronin-S and you'll find a handle on top so you can carry around like a briefcase. It looks and feels strong enough to stand on, though obviously, we recommend you don't. However, that does give you a sense of how safe and protected your new Ronin-S will be. Well done, packagers.

So, let's take a look at everything that comes in the box.

The first thing you'll notice is that the Ronin-S comes deconstructed with all parts and accessories in different placeholder compartments. Due to its detachable, modular design, the Ronin-S can be taken apart to fit in small or tight spaces, as is evidenced here. 

Let's take a look at the full item list below.

The gimbal and battery grip are the main components of the Ronin-S and the camera mounting plate is what you'll use to secure the camera to it. We recommend using the lens support for all camera types.

The extended grip can be folded and either used as an extension of the handle for added handheld stability or unfolded, acting as a tripod for optimal static shots, Panoramas, and Timelapses.

The Focus Wheel controls the camera's focus.

Accessories Box

  • The camera riser can be used with lighter or smaller cameras.

  • An infrared remote start-stop control cable is included for Canon and Sony cameras.

  • The Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C) is compatible with the Panasonic GH5 and other cameras that use this type of connector.

  • The Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-B) is compatible with specific cameras such as the Nikon D850.

  • The USB-C Cable allows you to connect the Ronin-S to a computer for firmware updates as well as for charging when used with the included 24 watt USB Power Adapter.

Mount Your Camera

Thanks to the industry standard quick-release plate design, you can easily mount your camera onto the gimbal for tracking shots or on a tripod for stills.

If you have any problems or if parts are missing, be sure to contact DJI Support directly and they will be more than happy to help.

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Charles Chen
Hi! I'm an independent photographer and cameraman based in Shenzhen. I love drone & iphone photography and videopragpy. As one of DJI fans, I used most of the Phantom & Inspire & Mavic & Osmo products. I'd like to share my user experience and advise with you.