DJI made waves last week for their new Phantom 3 flying cameras, but the company brought another head-turner to NAB, a new Ronin brushless gimbal.
The Ronin M is a slimmed down, less expensive and more approachable model than the original Ronin. It weighs just five pounds but can support cameras up to eight pounds thanks to a new magnesium frame. You mount your DSLR or video camera and the gimbal balances itself, ensuring that your camera stays steady even as you move about.
The M offers three modes–briefcase, upright and underslung–for framing a variety of shots. The battery is good for up to six hours of use. When you’re done, you can twist off the top handles to shrink down the M for transport.
The Ronin ships next month and is expected to cost around $2,000. You can pre-order it now.
Freefly Systems Mimic
Freefly’s Mimic isn’t a stabilizer, but an innovative remote for the company’s MoVI gimbal.
The Mimic controller connects to the MoVI and to a separate gimbal that acts as a master controller for the camera on the MoVI. Rather than move the camera through a joystick or knobs, the Mimic instantly translates your movement into camera movement, positioning the MoVI-mounted camera in whatever direction you desire.
Here’s a video showing how it works.
The Mimic will be released at the end of this month for $495.
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