Film Jams is bringing back the unboxings this week with the new DJI Ronin-S camera gimbal. Check out what’s included in the kit and also see how to balance a Ronin-S with your camera.

How to Balance a Ronin-S

DJI’s Ronin gimbals have up this point been larger setups that mostly require two hands to operate, but the Ronin-S is their first smaller, one-handed gimbal setup. Despite its smaller size, the Ronin-S still can handle larger cameras up to around 8 pounds (7.9lb officially). This weight is much higher than most other one-handed gimbals like the Crane or the Pilotfly, and really allows filmmakers to use some more pro cameras and lenses. A welcome addition for sure. This weight does make it a bit heavier though, so prepare to work those forearms out before taking it on an all-day shoot!

This week, Film Jams is unboxing the new DJI Ronin-S

We’ll be doing a more in-depth review soon, but upon first look, this gimbal really feels robust and well-made compared to other gimbals we own. We mounted a Sony a7s II on and it was very smooth in the quick test we did.

How to Setup the DJI Ronin-S

The gimbal has an app, like many other DJI products, that is used for setting up the gimbal. The app comes with some interesting features to use in filming, such as a panorama, time lapse, motion lapse, or tracking shot.

It also has an easy-to-use focus wheel on the side of the handle, a direction pad, a mode button, and a record button for an easier experience that integrate with certain camera systems. Check DJI’s webpage for the latest list of supported cameras.

The Ronin-S gimbal can also be mounted to other camera support systems, making it versatile and nimble for many applications where a larger gimbal may not fit or work.

Unboxing the Ronin-S Gimbal

The kit includes a nice case as well as some useful accessories. Our unboxing video also shows how to balance the Ronin-S gimbal and includes info on mounting the camera to the rig.

Film Jams demonstrates how to balance the Ronin-S camera gimbal with a Sony a7sII and 35mm Sony Zeiss lens

Keep a look out for our full review of the DJI Ronin-S gimbal in the upcoming weeks.

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The equipment we use to film:

-Canon C300/C100 –
-Sony A7III –

-Canon 24-105mm f/4 –
-Canon 85mm f/1.2 II L –
-Rokinon 50mm –
-Canon 24-70mm 2.8L II –

-Sachtler DV4II –

-Sennheiser MKE600 –

-ARRI Skypanel –
-Litepanels Astra (6x) –
-Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Soft LED –

If you have any questions about making films, please reach out to us in the comments. Thanks for watching our Ronin-S unboxing and how to balance a Ronin-S video!

Filmed on location at: Litewave Media in St. Petersburg, FL – Video Production Company in St. Pete, Florida.