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Ronin-MX Review

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The Ronin-MX 3-axis stabilizer has been built to work especially well with the new Matrice M600 drone. The two devices combined are an excellent solution for professional aerial photography, filmmaking and industrial applications.

The advanced brushless gimbal has been designed to work on both handheld and aerial platforms. The new motors of the Ronin-MX are 50% more powerful than the motors of the Ronin-M, which means higher, faster and longer distances aerial shooting capacities. In addition, when combined with the Matrice 600 hexacopter, Ronin MX communicates directly with the A3 flight control module to allow it to react better to external forces.

The overall design of the MX is very similar to the other 2 Ronins. To balance it you don't need any assisting tools, which is very convenient. The gimbal can be released very quickly from its handles so that you can easily mount it on vehicles, jibs or arms.

The Ronin-MX has two batteries. The first battery which powers the gimbal itself has been repositioned to a forward spot, sitting now above the camera. This centers the weight of the camera, minimizing instability when flying directly forwards. It also dramatically increases the Ronin’s agility and ability to handle rapid movements or high-G situations. The second battery kept its place at the rear like on the other Ronins, only that it is used for powering the camera and accessories, not the gimbal. The drawback is that the two batteries have different designs and separate chargers, which may prove to be slightly inefficient.

Ronin-MX is able to carry cameras like the RED Epic and ARRI Alexa Mini. When applied special arm extensions, the gimbal can carry even longer cameras like the Sony F5 and FS700. When used handheld your arms still need to be extended in front of the body, which can be pretty tiring if you’re holding the gimbal for long time.

Since the new Ronin-MX can be detached from its drone, it can be used handheld. For this purpose there is a new frame option that looks similar to a Fig Rig, allowing the gimbal to be rested on surfaces during breaks in operation.

The MX's motors are relatively quiet so that they can be used on set without making unnecessary noise. The gimbal uses Smoothtrack software that allows the operator to customize the responsiveness of the gimbal in the various modes. It is also compatible with the Lightbridge 2 technology, enabling full app control and a live video feed. The HD video transmission range is expected to reach 3.1miles (5km).

A slip ring allows the Ronin-MX to rotate 360° continuously when mounted to aircraft or vehicles, opening up more creative options. This is further enhanced by an increase in tilt axis range from 90° straight down and beyond to 135°. Popular features of the Ronin series such as the three modes of operation and SmoothTrack™ are also present, giving film makers a range of creative angles and movements.

The Ronin-MX has comprehensive app control. Using DJI Assistant and the dedicated Assistant app for iOS and Android you gain complete customization of its behavior. If connected to Lightbridge 2, the DJI GO app can be used to control how the M600 flies including Intelligent Flight Modes, remote control modes, move the gimbal and see an HD live feed from the camera.

Ronin-MX will quickly become the gimbal of choice for users with lightweight lenses and mid-sized cameras. That is unless you need to carry larger payloads, in which case you will still need to use the original Ronin.

Even with only one operator, SmoothTrack™ technology ensures the Ronin-MX translates movements into smooth camera angle changes. SmoothTrack™ settings from speed to deadband to acceleration are fully customizable. A ‘Single Axis Follow Mode’ enables two axis to be locked while SmoothTrack™ guides the camera along only one axis of motion.

The three modes of operation, found on all Ronin series products, make the Ronin-MX a powerfully flexible camera stabilization system. Underslung Mode is the most common shooting mode, with the Ronin-MX held in front of the user. Upright reverses Underslung Mode and puts the camera higher up making it ideal for raised shots above people or through sunroofs. Briefcase Mode makes it a narrow platform that fits easily through narrow hallways and doors.


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