DJI Ronin-S Gimbal Stabilizer - Standard Kit


Shake-free video requires two things: a smooth, quality gimbal and a design that lets the camera operator move freely. The DJI Ronin-S has both.
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With the Ronin-S, DJI just made it truly affordable to mount a DSLR or mirrorless video camera on an effective, versatile single-handed gimbal.

The Ronin-S is an ergonomically designed grip and gimbal with a payload big enough to do the work of independent filmmakers, commercial videographers, and newsroom camera operators, but it’s priced within reach of many advanced amateurs. The gimbal motors are strong enough to handle most DSLR and mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, including zoom lenses and telephotos. It also supports the Manfrotto 501PL type quick-release system, making it compatible with many other tripod and fluid head systems.

The battery life is adequate for a full day—even a long, ambitious day—of shooting. And the Ronin-S itself can be mounted to a tripod, extension pole or radio-controlled buggy. It is compatible with DJI and third-party accessories.

DJI Ronin-S features:

  • Handle: Non-slip ergonomic rubber grip; front-facing trigger, rear-facing mode button for speed and responsiveness, multidirectional joystick, side-mounted focus knob, direct camera control
  • Weight: 4.1 lb., balanced weight distribution
  • Payload: 8 lb. on gimbal
  • Gimbal: 3-axis, motorized
  • Battery: Internal to handle; 12-hour runtime
  • Camera screen view: Unobstructed
  • Programmable control: Downloadable Ronin-S app
  • Second operator: Available with optional remote controller
  • Connectors: 8-pin for optional external start/stop control; two 4-pin for optional external focus motor and onboard power; CAN bus for wireless receiver
  • Compatible cameras: DSLR and mirrorless models from Canon, Hasselblad, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony

Stable Video

Shake-free video requires two things: a smooth, quality gimbal and a design that lets the camera operator move freely. The DJI Ronin-S has both.

The Ronin-S is equipped with a motorized 3-axis gimbal that stabilizes the camera for pitch, roll and yaw. It even stabilizes while recording quick action. The motors in the gimbal are whisper quiet. The rubberized Ronin-S handle is designed for a secure, steady, one-handed grip, letting the operator move with the action without losing control. The Ronin-S comes with a short tripod that, when closed, doubles as a handle extension for extra-secure two-handed grip, including in flashlight mode.

Because the Ronin-S is compact and balanced, it is easily passed through windows and doorways, over walls, and up or down stairs. It excels in follow work, hoists easily to function as a miniature boom, and works its way through crowds. Shooting inside a vehicle or from the interior? Both just got easier.

The SmoothTrack program further eliminates unwanted movement by enabling the gimbal to compensate for operator movements on the pan, tilt and roll axes. No second operator is needed to input those corrections remotely.

Mounting Versatility

The Ronin-S doesn’t have to be handheld. Mount it to a tripod, a car, an RC buggy, a dolly, a cable, a boom or a jib. When car-mounted, the gimbal motors can function at vehicle speeds up to 46 mph. (If you mount with a device equipped with suction cups, make sure you don’t go beyond the capabilities of the mount.) The Ronin-S also works with the Manfrotto 501PL type quick-release system, which means it will fit any number of available mounts, some of which you may already have.

For more flexible handheld use, a monopod can be attached to allow the camera operator to reach tight spaces with what becomes, essentially, an extended handle. The long monopod also promotes use as a boom or in place of a jib.

Building an Ecosystem with Accessory Mounts

A handheld gimbal works best with an ecosystem that provides a range of accessories, and the Ronin-S accepts many. Mount a microphone, lights and an external monitor. Mount a DJI Pro Wireless Receiver and connect wirelessly to DJI Master Wheels and DJI Force Pro for intuitive, precise camera and gimbal movements. Connect third-party remote controllers via the S-Bus port on the Ronin-S.

Creative Modes

Five programmable functions make it easy to achieve sophisticated video effects:

  • Capture: Use the app to control the camera, record with the trigger or take a photo.
  • Panorama: All you need to do is plug in your camera information and the span of your photo. The app does everything else.
  • Timelapse: Set the shutter, aperture, ISO, exposure value, white balance, shutter interval, duration of the timelapse, and frame rate. The app tells you how long the video will take to record.
  • Motionlapse: Set the same values as in Timelapse but program in motion and the tripod-mounted Ronin-S will move the camera automatically.
  • Track: Similar to Motionlapse, Track lets you set as many as five waypoints in recording a video.

Multiple User Memory

No longer will multiple users have to redo settings after every single use by a colleague. Ronin-S remembers settings for up to three users. The settings also can be input to the Ronin-S memory for different conditions or scenes, then activated with the memory button.

Focus Wheel

The Ronin-S comes standard with a side-mounted focus wheel and a cable to connect the wheel and camera. DJI is working toward pull focus for more models and will make the capability available to more cameras and lenses in continual firmware updates. Here’s where to check compatibility and planned firmware updates.

An external motor also is available from DJI for improved pulled focus.

Compatible Cameras, Lenses

Just about every popular DSLR and mirrorless digital camera is compatible with the Ronin-S. That includes cameras from Canon, Hasselblad, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony. Firmware updates will continue to expand compatibility for camera models as DJI develops them. The Ronin-S ships with a camera riser for Sony models to make them compatible and with a support to steady long lenses.

DJI publishes a complete list of compatible cameras and lenses, including cables needed for particular functions.

Sport Mode

To capture especially quick movements, the Ronin-S can be switched to Sport Mode. It’s done simply by pushing and holding the Mode (“M”) button while recording. The camera will change positions more quickly in Sport Mode. Sport mode ends when the button is released.

Auto Tune and Torque Control

Auto Tune is accessed from the handle and set up with the app. It allows the operator to adjust the torque of the gimbal motors to suit the scene. Three levels of gimbal motor aggressiveness are available.

Auto Tune also helps to maintain balance, depending on the weight of the camera. Those values can be set manually or set on automatic. When set to automatic, the gimbal motors self-adjust to camera weight. Torque will increase for heavier cameras and lenses, and decrease for lighter setups.

Drone Nerds Support

As always, DJI equipment purchased from Drone Nerds is backed by the knowledge of on-staff videographers who know the equipment, and experienced DJI-trained technicians who can troubleshoot problems. Service, when needed, is quick, convenient and expertly completed.


Shake-free video requires two things: a smooth, quality gimbal and a design that lets the camera operator move freely. The DJI Ronin-S has both.
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What’s in the box? Ronin-S comes with everything you need to get right to work: Gimbal, handgrip with internal battery, camera-mounting plate, focus wheel, RSS IR control cable, 2 multi-camera control cables (Type B and C), lens support, camera riser for Sony cameras, extended grip/mini tripod, USB-C cable, 24W USB power adapter, accessories box, Allen wrench, hook-and-loop strap for cable, hook-and-loop strap for gimbal, carrying case.

Is the battery removable? No. The battery is inside the unit.

Is the gimbal motorized? Yes. The gimbal is motorized on all three axes for pitch, roll and yaw.

Does the camera pick up the gimbal motor noise? The motors are designed for extremely quiet operation.

What is the maximum runtime? 12 hours.

How long does recharging take? 2 hours using the included USB cord.

Can the Ronin-S remember settings for different operators? Yes, up to three.

Do remembered settings have to be tied to an operator? No, settings can be associated with situations or shooting conditions, named and saved.

Can the Ronin-S pan 360 degrees? Yes, after proper setup.

What is the maximum payload of the Ronin-S?  8 pounds on the gimbal, including camera and lens.

Will longer lenses vibrate? The Ronin-S includes a telephoto support that can be used to prevent vibration.

Which camera brands are compatible with the Ronin-S? DSLR and mirrorless cameras from Canon, Hasselblad, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony.

Where can I find a complete list of compatible cameras and lenses, and a description of the degree of compatibility? Here’s where to find the list. It includes cameras, lenses, features, settings, cables required, and details of coming firmware updates.

Are photographer/videographer programs included with Ronin-S? The app allows the operator to preprogram for five functions: Capture, Panorama, Timelapse, Motionlapse and Track. Depending on the function, a user can preprogram such settings as trigger function, shutter speed and frequency, aperture, camera movement, camera span, and waypoints.

Can I use the Ronin-S underhanded without remounting the camera? Yes. Because of the gimbal design, you can actually swing a camera mounted on a Ronin-S from overhead to ground level and back in one motion without adjusting equipment or switching hands.

Can I see the camera monitor regardless of position when the camera is mounted on the Ronin-S? Yes. Due to the camera’s mounting position above the roll axis, the camera display remains unobstructed.

Can I use the Ronin-S in extreme temperatures? Yes, from 4 degrees to 113.

How are firmware upgrades done? It’s easy with DJI Assistant for Ronin-S. Link the Ronin-S to a Mac or PC and open the DJI Assistant program. It will link to the upgrades online. Assistant takes you through the process.

What can I do to correct gimbal drifting or a tilted horizon? Place the gimbal, with camera and lens mounted and balanced, on a level surface and use System Calibration to correct the conditions.

Where can I see how camera balancing is done? Watch this DJI tutorial video on Ronin-S setup and balancing.

Is there a way to anticipate operator movements and smooth them? The SmoothTrack program allows the gimbal to compensate for operator movements on the pan, tilt and roll axes without having a second, remote operator.

What is the wireless control range? For the included DJI Ronin-S app, it’s just over 30 feet. With the DJI Pro Wireless Receiver, range extends to 2 miles. Range varies with third-party controllers.

Can I use the Ronin-2 to point the camera diagonally? Yes. The built-in joystick allows movement in any lateral direction: up, down, right, left or in between.


What is the tested payload capacity of the Ronin-S?

We have tested a payload capacity 3.6 kg (8 lbs.) while maintaining optimal performance.

What is the operating temperature of the gimbal system?

-20°C (4°F) to 45°C (113°F).

Is the Ronin-S Camera Mounting Plate compatible with any quick-release system?

The Ronin-S Camera Mounting Plate is compatible with Manfrotto 501PL type. You can simply dismount the camera setup from Ronin-S, then mount it onto a compatible tripod or fluid head system.

How do I update the Ronin-S’s firmware?

To update the firmware, power on the Ronin-S and connect it to a PC or Mac computer, then use DJI Pro Assistant for Ronin.

Does the Ronin-S come with a tripod?

Yes. And you can collapse it into an extended grip for better handheld operation.

Does the Ronin-S come with a carrying case?


Can I control Red or Arri cameras on the Ronin-S?

The Ronin-S does not support control of these cameras.


How do I know if my camera is compatible with the Ronin-S?

Click here to view the Ronin-S's Camera Compatibility List.

What is the longest focal length supported by the Ronin-S?

According to our tests, the Ronin-S can capture stabilized footage with a 5D Mk IV + EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens in handheld scenarios.

What accessory power interfaces are supported by Ronin-S?

8-pin connectors on both sides of the control panel can provide power and can be used to connect with the Ronin-S Focus Wheel. The dual 4-pin CAN Bus connector beneath the camera carriage can provide up to 24W of power for a range of DJI accessories.

The RSS interface can be connected to compatible cameras via dedicated cables to access camera features including start/stop video recording and camera parameter adjustments.


What kind of battery does the Ronin-S use?

The Ronin-S uses an RB1-2400 mAh- 14.4 V Intelligent Battery.

How long is battery life on the Ronin-S?

A fully charged battery can power the Ronin-S continuously for 12 hours if the gimbal is properly balanced.

How long does it take to fully charge the battery?

It takes approximately two hours to charge the battery fully when using the 24W USB Power Adapter,

How do I charge the battery?

Connect the grip to the Ronin-S gimbal and charge the built-in battery via the USB-C interface. An optional battery adapter will also be available to enable battery charging/discharging without attaching to the gimbal directly.


What’s Auto Tune?

The Ronin-S’s Auto Tune can automatically calibrate motor stiffness based on mounted payload and tuning aggressiveness. Auto Tune can be accessed via the “Configuration – Motor Parameters” page. Before performing Auto Tune, mechanical balance adjustment is necessary. Three preset Auto Tune aggressiveness levels can help you modify the stiffness output value. The Low preset is optimized Auto Tune for scenarios where only slow movement is involved. When the Ronin-S is mounted to a vehicle or used for a fast-moving scene, the High preset can ensure optimal gimbal performance. The Mid preset is designed to provide a satisfactory outcome for most cases and is the default setting.

What is SmoothTrack?

SmoothTrack enables the Ronin-S to intelligently react to and follow the operator’s movement without input from a second operator. You can selectively enable SmoothTrack on the Pan, Tilt, and Roll axes on the Ronin-S. For further instruction on using SmoothTrack, please refer to the manual.

How do Motor Stiffness Settings work?

Motor stiffness values determine the strength of the Ronin-S’s motors to maintain the camera's position, which is critical for maintaining stability. Heavier payloads mounted to the gimbal require higher stiffness value to ensure stable performance. Inadequate stiffness values will result in an inability to offer optimal stabilization. If you’re unsure about which values to set, simply use Auto Tune to let the Ronin-S calculate the optimal motor stiffness.

What is System Calibration and when should I use it?

System calibration is designed to counteract gimbal drifting caused by accumulated sensor errors. Before initializing the calibration process, the Ronin-S must be placed on a level surface without being disturbed. 

Use System Calibration when you notice that the gimbal is drifting or when the horizon is tilted.


What can I do with the Ronin app?

The Ronin app allows you to set up and fine-tune gimbal performance with settings for features like SmoothTrack, motor parameters, and various intelligent functions.

Can I use a wireless remote controller with the Ronin-S?

Yes, you can. The Ronin-S is compatible with the DJI Master Wheels and Force Pro when connected when using the DJI Pro Wireless Receiver. The Ronin-S can also be connected with D-Bus compatible systems such as the Futaba series via the port on the Focus Wheel.

Does the Ronin-S contain a GPS module? What is its purpose?

The Ronin-S doesn’t come with a built-in GPS module. However, an optional GPS module will be available for car mount scenarios to eliminate gimbal attitude errors that may occur under high G-forces.

What intelligent features does the Ronin-S support?

Timelapse, Motionlapse, Panorama, and Track.

What is the wireless control range of the Ronin-S?

When controlled via the Ronin mobile app, the range is around 10 m. When connected to third-party control systems, the range might vary. Please consult with your system’s documentation for range details. When connected to the DJI Pro Wireless Receiver, the control range can be extended up to 3 km (2 mi) when there is no obstruction or interference present.

How many waypoints can I set for Motionlapse?

You can set up to five waypoints for Motionlapse.

Is the Ronin-S’s joystick multidirectional?

Yes, the joystick is multidirectional, allowing you to move up, down, left, right, and in all diagonal directions.

What does the Front Trigger do?

The Front Trigger allows you to instantly turn off SmoothTrack, re-center the gimbal, and turn it around 180°. For example, holding down the Front Trigger allows you to transition between Upright and Underslung Mode in one seamless movement.

Can I reposition the gimbal by using my hands?

Yes, the Ronin-S supports Push Mode in the Pan, Tilt, and Roll axes, allowing you to reposition the gimbal by using your hands.

What’s in the box? Ronin-S comes with everything you need to get right to work: Gimbal, handgrip with internal battery, camera-mounting plate, focus wheel, RSS IR control cable, 2 multi-camera control cables (Type B and C), lens support, camera riser for Sony cameras, extended grip/mini tripod, USB-C cable, 24W USB power adapter, accessories box, Allen wrench, hook-and-loop strap for cable, hook-and-loop strap for gimbal, carrying case.