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New DJI RS 3 Pro launched

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DJI has released two brand new professional gimbals designed for the creation of content

DJI has released it’s RS 3 Pro, alongside the RS 3 (which, somewhat unclearly, is not an upgrade to the earlier RS 2, but rather an upgrade for RSC 2 instead. RSC 2). The two gimbals have been updated in design with an automatic axis lock mechanism, bigger 1.8 inch OLED touchscreens and an exclusive hardware switch for various modes of gimbals. They both utilize dual-mode Bluetooth technology to allow remote shutter controls wirelessly, removing the requirement for a specific camera-specific control cable. As previously there are a few cameras that are not equipped with this feature.

DJI has also made some changes to their stabilization algorithm, boasting the improvement in stability of 20% for both gimbals when compared with earlier versions. The cost of both gimbals have increased somewhat from previous versions with the light RS 3 starting at $549 for the base setup and $719 for a combo pack. For the RS 3 Pro starts at $869, and $1,099 for combination packs.

Every detail is taken care of, DJI RS3 Pro delivers an efficient and flexible shooting experience for solo artists and teams that are independent. It is sleek and light, and gives professional stability and efficient control to allow more freedom of expression and unlimited possibilities. DJI RS 3 is ready whenever you need it.

The RS 3, with its smaller footprint and 3kg maximum capacity, is better for mirrorless cameras, such as Canon EOS R5, the Sony A7S III or FX3, Panasonic GH6 or Canon EOS R5. Its RS 3 Pro, meanwhile is able to support a greater 4.5kg maximum payload and is designed for users who shoot on small cinema cameras such as Canon C70, the RED Komodo Sony FX3 or Canon C70.

The payload is unchanged from RS 2. The arms, however, have been widened in length so that you’ll be able to carry larger camera and lens setups without having to pay to balance the counterweight. This is a positive improvement from the earlier RS 2, my experience is that the camera will quickly strike the motor of the roll axis using a heavy front load, such as the manual lens that is heavier and with a the focus motor that is mounted. This made balancing extremely difficult when on sets. The carbon-fibre design of the arms has been upgraded in comparison to those of the RS 2, to decrease the weight and to improve durability.

It’s a relief that DJI is now offering an expanded sliding baseplate that is included in the case in the RS 3 Pro. In the past you had to purchase an extra one from a manufacturer third party to ensure stability for larger payloads. The included motor for focusing is also more robust and quieter, and comes with a more efficient quick-release mechanism.

With regards to the ecosystem as well as accessories DJI is making significant advancements and has now introduced technology that was first introduced within the Ronin 4D cinema camera, which can be used in conjunction in conjunction with the RS 3 Pro on set. This includes a brand new superior video transmission system, as well as an improved LiDAR camera, both available as separate items.

It replaces it’s predecessor, the Ronin Transmitter (previously named Raveneye) to deliver an ongoing stream to the Gimbal display. It also comes with a built-in camera. LiDAR module also comes with an ActiveTrack Pro technology from the Ronin 4D, which provides much more precise and powerful tracking than the previous. In addition, the LiDAR module can be utilized with the focus motor and camera detached from the head of the gimbal giving autofocus to manual or cinema lenses even in hand-held applications.
What is it that makes what makes DJI RS 3 unique?

The feature/accessory that is most intriguing to me is the brand new DJI Transmission technology. It can support an impressive 6km range (ideal conditions) as well as a 1080p/60fps ultra-low delay live stream. The transmitter can be positioned to the camera directly below, and powered by the Gimbal. The signal then gets transmitted to DJI’s 7-inch wireless remote monitor that can be connected to four Ronin handles that control gimbal movements as well as focusing. Remote monitors also support motion control, which means that you can utilize gestures to control your head of the gimbal. It is possible to control camera’s settings right on the touchscreen screen, with Sony mirrorless cameras with what DJI refers to as “Mirror Control”.

This is a versatile and flexible integrated solution for professional sets of film in the event that the transmission system performs in the same way as it says. You’ll be able to connect it on a RS 3 Pro to a crane, jib, or car rig, and then easily and easily get full gimbal and camera control right from the remote monitor. While maintaining a top-quality performance and signal range. The system also supports multiple receivers, both the director and 1st AC be equipped with their individual monitor(s) on the set. This DJI transmission system may also be utilized with the larger Ronin 2.

What do you think of compare to DJI RS3 compare?

Should you purchase DJI RS 3? DJI RS 3?

DJI has made some very welcomed improvements to some of the most problematic areas of their Gimbals with RS. If I were buying my first gimbal I would not hesitate to buy these at a discount to models of the last generation.

But , do existing gimbal owners upgrade to the latest RS 3 Pro or RS 3? Based on your camera’s setup, and setup, the longer arms on the Pro model may be worth the cost of admission by itself. Particularly since the price and weight of Ronin 2 or Movi Pro aren’t a viable choice for many creators who are solo.

Some crews will find having the option to use DJI Transmission DJI Transmission system on set can be an enormous benefit, but it’s not supported by RS 2. The majority of the current accessories of the ecosystem from DJI and Tilta including the various handle and power options are still available in conjunction with an RS 3 Pro however.

If you’re comfortable with balancing your camera using the RS 2 / RSC 2 and don’t anticipate buying the new Transmission System or LiDAR module (both rather expensive) I would not bother.