“The Ronin-MX includes all the functionality of the Ronin and Ronin-M, i.e. Three Operation Modes, built-in receiver and remote control, and is also compatible with DJI Assistant 2 and DJI GO, for controlling gimbal settings.”
As well as sounding like another option for regular gimbal use, the RONIN-MX has been redesigned to work with drones, in particular the Matrice 600 also developed by DJI.
“The Ronin-MX has been designed for use both in the sky and on the ground and communicates directly with the DJI A3 flight controller. The Ronin-MX can be mounted on the Matrice 600 in just minutes, so that you can easily go from shooting handheld to capturing footage from above.”
There is a lot of engineering going into the new Ronin-MX that help it to handle high G-force environments and changes in acceleration and deceleration. The motors are also stronger whilst at the same time also producing less noise. The battery has also been repositioned to improve the balance of the gimbal when on a drone.
While up in the air, the controllable range of the gimbal is 5kms (3.1 miles) when paired with the Lightbridge 2 remote.
The Ronin-MX is mostly built from lightweight magnesium can handle camera loads up to 4.5kgs (10lbs). The gimbal itself weighs just under 3kgs.
Keep in mind, the maximum weight that can be carried by the M600 is 6.0kg (13.2 lbs). As the Ronin-MX weighs 2.77 kg (6.11lbs), the maximum weight that you can fly with the M600 is 3.23 kg (6.09 lbs)
“A slip ring allows the Ronin-MX to rotate 360° continuously when mounted to aircraft or vehicles, opening up more creative options. This is further enhanced by an increase in tilt axis range from 90° straight down and beyond to 135°. Popular features of the Ronin series such as the three modes of operation and SmoothTrack™ are also present, giving film makers a range of creative angles and movements.”
The Ronin-MX is also compatible with Lightbridge 2, which provides long range video transmission.
“If combined with the optional DJI Focus and Focus Expansion Module, focus or aperture can also be pulled remotely with a twist of the wrist. An optional Remote Start/Stop add-on provides the ability to control shooting on a range of airborne cameras.”
I’m really interested to find out how the Ronin-MX will compare to the rest of the lineup when put in normal gimbal situations on the ground. Keep in mind that neither the Ronin and Ronin M are designed to be used with drones.
The Ronin-MX won’t be able to carry as much weight as the original Ronin (7.25 kg or 16 lbs) but it does deliver smoother shots, has higher performance and accuracy compared to the Ronin and Ronin M.
It uses the same batteries as the other Ronin’s and can run for about 3 hours.
The Ronin-MX has also been proved to work great with heavier units like the ARRI ALEXA Mini, any RED camera and like the Ronin M, is great with DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras.
As an owner of the Ronin M, I wonder whether the it will be rendered obsolete with the release of the Ronin-MX and will be a question I imagine many filmmakers will be asking at NAB 2016.
Right now I’ll probably stick to my trusty Ronin M as I don’t have the drone set up to justify upgrading to the Ronin-MX but will probably consider it sometime later this year.
The Ronin MX retails for $1,599 USD | £1,359.00 GBP | €1,799.00 EURO | $2799 AUD
Along with the Ronin-MX, DJI have coupled its release with a high performance drone capable of carrying heavier cameras like the ALEXA mini, RED and of course DSLR’s and mirrorless cameras.
“The M600 is the most-powerful and easiest-to-use professional platform DJI has ever produced,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “We’ve pre-programmed all M600 platform data and information into the A3 flight controller, remote and transmission system to minimize setup and get you flying as quickly as possible.”
Powered by six DJI Intelligent Batteries, The M600 is uses a customized battery-management system and power distribution board to allow all six batteries to be turned on and off with the push of one button and keep the system aloft, should a single battery fail.
It has flight times up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached and up to 16 minutes with a larger camera, such as a RED EPIC. Flight times will vary depending on weight and environmental conditions.
It’s upgradable to the A3 PRO system, which features advanced diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) units and three inertial measurement units.
“For film directors, the M600 is a game-changer. There are other options out there, but none that integrate a top-class flight controller, video-transmission system like Lightbridge 2 and support for a wide range of cameras and gimbals,” said DJI Executive Creative Director Sheldon Schwartz. “If you go with the new Ronin-MX on the M600, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get unparalleled stability and cinematic-quality shots.”
The M600’s retail price, including the integrated A3 flight controller with Lightbridge 2 and a full set of batteries, is $4,599 USD | £3,999.00 GBP | €5,299.00 EURO | $7,899 AUD
I’m sure pairing the Ronin-MX and M600 will become a popular combo for filmmakers looking to up their game and get shots that would be impossible on popular DJI drones like the Phantom series. And the new technology will also be liberating for industry leading professionals. The Ronin-MX bundled with the M600 and integrated A3 flight controller and Lightbridge 2, will sell for $5,999 USD
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