DJI launches RS 3, 3 Pro and transmission system
Serious amateur and professional videographers know that a day on set often goes by quickly, with little time to spare and lots of moving parts, both literally and figuratively. To meet the needs of filmmakers, DJI presented three products including two brand new Ronin gimbals – the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro— and a nice news wireless video surveillance system.
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The DJI RS 3 and the DJI RS 3 Pro
The DJI RS 3 and 3 Pro share many of the same features, with a few key differences that give the 3 Pro a little boost. Both have a redesigned automated axis locking system, activated when the gimbal is on to quickly release and unfold. And the quick-release plates now have position memory, so the camera operator doesn’t need to rebalance between shots.
Notably, a Bluetooth trigger removes the need for a cable and enables remote control. They also use a third-generation RS stabilization algorithm, which DJI says shows a 20% improvement over the previous RSC 2. This technology makes it easier for filmmakers to capture low angles and shoot in motion (running, in vehicles). SuperSmooth mode also provides additional stabilization for lenses up to 100mm.
Another improvement is the 1.8-inch OLED color touchscreen, which offers 80% more surface area than the previous generation. A physical switch allows users to switch between modes (Pan Follow, Pan and Tilt Follow, FPV), and the gimbals have a 12-hour battery life.
The RS 3 weighs just under 2.8 pounds and can accommodate a payload of up to 6.6 pounds, which includes the majority of non-cinematic cameras. The RS 3 Pro is a bit heavier, weighing 3.3 pounds with a 10-pound payload. It’s cut from a single piece of carbon fiber and was designed to handle the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and Red Komodo, among others.
LiDAR sets the RS 3 Pro apart
An important feature that differentiates the RS 3 Pro is its use of LiDAR Range Finder technology, borrowed from the Ronin 4D, which gives filmmakers the ability to autofocus manual lenses. Utilizing 43,200 ranging points within a 14-meter (~46-foot) area, the focus motor facilitates precise focusing and eliminates the need for repeated calibration. The new iteration of ActiveTrack Pro now has 60 times the computing power of the previous version.
The DJI transmission system
R3 Pro owners will be able to use the new DJI transmission system to remotely control their gimbal and camera. It is touted as an all-in-one solution that functions as a video receiver, monitor, controller, and recorder. The unit’s O3 Pro transmission technology provides low latency; 16-bit 48kHz live audio monitoring; video transmission at 1080p/60fps; and a transmission distance of 20,000 feet. There are 23 channel options and the system will automatically switch to the most optimal channel based on its reading of the electromagnetic environment.
The seven-inch Bright remote monitor has a built-in receiver. In control mode, one can remotely control the camera and gimbal while monitoring up to two receivers at the same time. Broadcast mode can be implemented in addition to control mode and allows the use of unlimited receivers, making it ideal for large crews.
How to Buy New DJI Products
The standalone RS 3 retails for $549 and includes the gimbal, BG21 grip, USB-C charging cable, lens mount bracket, extended grip/tripod, quick release plates, control cable multi-camera and a screw kit. The Combo retails for $719. In addition to everything in the standalone kit, the Combo comes with a case handle, focus motor, focus motor rod kit, focus gear band , a second multi-camera control cable and a carrying case.
As for the RS 3 Pro, the standalone costs $869. In the box are a gimbal, BG30 grip, USB-C charging cable, lens mount bracket, extended grip/tripod, quick release plates, case handle, multi control cable -cameras, a screw kit and a carrying case. The Combo retails for $1,099, and in addition to the standalone kit, it includes an extended quick release plate, phone holder, focus motor, focus motor rod kit, band focus gear, a Ronin image transmitter, two hook-and-loop straps, and additional cables.
The DJI Transmission sequel will be released in September, with the Combo selling for $2,499. It comes with a DJI video transmitter, a high-brightness remote monitor, a remote monitor cover, an installation tool kit, a protective case, two WB37 intelligent batteries, a WB37 battery charging hub, as well as other battery cables and adapters. Those who want individual pieces of equipment can purchase a transmitter for $1,699 and the monitor for $1,099.