DJI Ronin-SC Gimbal Unboxing: The Top Choice Of Lightweight Photography Gear, Only At $439!

Dull Tom
On July 17, 2019, DJI officially released the Ronin-SC handheld gimbal stabilizer. The product intended for mirrorless cameras weighs only 1.1 kg and supports a load of up to 2 kg.


There is no doubt that many people have used Ronin-S, an extraordinary handheld gimbal. Except for its heaviness, everything is pleasing.
Ronin-SC has just been released. Well, what are the improvements in the new product over the previous generation?

Read this article, and you'll know them well!


The packaging of Ronin-SC is the same as that of the previous generation, which is a tough foam box.

Inside the box are a gimbal, a handle, a tripod, a quick-release plate and a riser plate, a mobile phone clip, lens support, wires, and screws.


This generation also offers two combos like the Ronin-S. What I unbox is the Pro Combo. Compared with the standard combo, the Pro Combo comes with more accessories, including a focus motor, a focus wheel, a focus gear strip, etc.



The Ronin-SC is assembled.

If not comparing it with Ronin-S, most people can't find out the differences, because its design and layout of buttons are the same as Ronin-S.



However, when you compare them side by side, you will find that everything of Ronin-SC has been changed.

The handle and the bottom of the gimbal are significantly shorter, so is the arm length. Its tripod is made of plastic instead to reduce weight.



Based on the 1.85 kg of Ronin-S, these changes have reduced the weight of the Ronin-SC to 1.1 kg.

If Ronin-S still needs to be packed in a box, then Ronin-SC can now be put into the bag.

By comparison, you need a separate box to put in Ronin-S; your bag can accommodate Ronin-SC.

Thanks to the considerable weight reduction of the upper part, the entire gimbal feels well-balanced in hand. In other words, you can grip it comfortably while shooting. 



My favorite improvement is that the Ronin-SC has a lock on each of the three axes

ZHIYUN weebill users are familiar with such a feature.



During calibration, you can lock the axis after adjustment, which allows for fast calibration.

Moreover, you can lock the three axes so they won't move randomly anymore during transportation or when you are at rest.

Everyone who loves outdoor photography knows how convenient it is.



Another big improvement of the Ronin-SC is the quick-release plate.

A limiter has been added to the quick-release plate. After calibration, the limit is set. When you mount the camera again, it can be put in place in one step, which avoids repetitive calibration.


The front and rear locks of the quick-release plate are integrated into a hasp. Such a design is so brilliant, which reduces weight to make the stabilizer light.

However, it seems that Ronin-SC has a "fake" quick-release plate, compared with the quick-release plate of weebill.



Light though it is, Ronin-SC still lasts for 11 hours.

Ronin-S which supports 3.6 kg payload, whereas, the maximum payload of Ronin-SC seems conservative, only 2.0kg, according to the considerable bearing capacity of Ronin-S.



Then, what about its payload?



First of all, you can load these lenses of full-frame DSLR cameras, so it won't be any problem for you to use the lightweight APS-C cameras for photography.

The motor redundancy is beneficial to the stability, which is the essential performance of the stabilizer.



Additionally, the image stabilization algorithm also matters. The image stabilization algorithm of Ronin-SC impresses me a lot. It is reliable and meets my expectations, as you can feel the responsiveness during use.


It is even great for sports scenes that require mobility, as long as you switch to the sports mode, the small stabilizer gives you feedback immediately. 


Watch the video to know the great performance. As long as your camera is within the payload, you can shoot smoothly. Don't think that you can realize smooth shot with a bulky machine. 



Next, let's focus on the follow focus system.

Although many cameras support the electronic follow focus system of Ronin-S and Ronin-SC, they have problems like latency, lag, etc. due to the internal mechanism. Thus, I prefer the more sensitive external follow focus system.


The follow focus accessories of Ronin-SC are exquisite. You can connect the follow focus system with the camera and stabilizer by using a Y-splitter cable. 

Double click the button on the focus wheel to automatically set the travel distance, then, you can control both the focus and the camera on the stabilizer. You'll enjoy the seamless operation.



The Ronin APP remains the clearest and smoothest among Apps for stabilizers as it was one year ago.

This Ronin-SC also provides various intelligent shooting functions. The most distinctive one is ActiveTrack 3.0.

The previously released ZHIYUN gimbals also feature active track, as the smartphone tracks the subject, whereas, the function is not satisfactory.



The ActiveTrack 3.0 of Ronin-SC amazed me from the beginning.


The gimbal seems almost fixed at the subject, no matter how you move, the subject won't be out of view; meanwhile, there is barely any drift.

The image stabilization is comparable with a professional cameraman.


With this feature, you have much less difficulty in realizing moving shots.



The motion sensor remote control function also impressed me.

The motion sensor control function is common in stabilizers, and the remote control of Ronin-SC uses Bluetooth connection.

You can feel the extremely low latency, you won't get the feedback, so it is difficult to use it during shooting.



The other virtual joystick is also easy to use, enabling slow and fine movements. Fixed lenses are for weddings, large events, etc.




It is not difficult to realize panorama, time-lapse, motion-lapse, and motion control, as Ronin-SC excels in maintaining high stability during long movement.

Considering the lightweight body and lower price, you can rarely find such amazing stability.


The performance of Ronin-S is superior to that of average consumer gimbals. I believe that many people who get tired of the weight of Ronin-S like me. They hope that there will be a lighter product that retains the functionality and stability of Ronin-S for more common scenes.

Now, Ronin-SC exactly meets their needs.

Ronin-SC retains the extensibility, high stability, diverse smart functions of Ronin-S, while it is smaller and lighter. Undoubtedly, Ronin-SC is more suitable for creators who require lightweight equipment.

After all, camera stabilizers that can be put into a backpack are few and far between.


So, will you buy DJI Ronin-SC?

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