A wedding cinematographer’s review of the DJI Ronin-M

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there is a total revolution going on in the world of camera stabilization. For five of the past six years, I have used, loved, and traveled with the Glidecam HD-4000 to every wedding I have filmed. Now, with the advent electronic gimbal stabilizers such as the Movi and Ronin, it is looking more and more like the Steadicams and Glidecams of the world are becoming obsolete. Weights, muscles, and basic physics are being replaced by motors, algorithms, and computers. Okay, maybe not the muscles, electronic gimbals are plenty heavy too.

With the release of the DJI Ronin-M, I decided to jump onto the electronic gimbal train and buy one for myself. For the past few months I’ve been putting it through the paces, filming weddings and testing it in a variety of scenarios. I’m sure you’re wondering, does it live up to the hype? Is my Glidecam now gathering dust in the corner? Do I now wish my tripod and monopod were electronic in some way too?

The face I make when using the Ronin-M

The face I make while using my Ronin-M

Like most things in life, the answer to these questions isn’t a simple yes or no. In terms of simplicity and ease of use, the Ronin beats my Glidecam handily. But when it comes to setup time and my style of filming, I still prefer the Glidecam. In the review video above, I break down these pros and cons, as well as fully compare the Ronin-M to my Glidecam HD-4000. And like my previous reviews, I keep everything in the context of my experience using it to film weddings.

So if you are a wedding videographer, cinematographer, uncle Bob with a camera in the back of the church, or basically anyone else that wants to learn more about the Ronin-M, I hope this video is helpful to you.

Gear used in this video:
Sony A7Sii: http://amzn.to/1TQJStv
DJI Ronin-M: http://amzn.to/1PyGZlg
Glidecam HD-4000: http://amzn.to/1RUZZ7I
Fotodiox Nikon G to Sony E Mount Adapter: http://amzn.to/1P21eSm
Sony Battery Grip: http://amzn.to/1RRbpyW
Sandisk 128GB SD Card: http://amzn.to/1P2229Y
Sigma ART 50mm 1.4 Lens: http://amzn.to/1nTyTXA
Sigma ART 24mm 1.4 Lens: http://amzn.to/1nTyULl
Sony 16-35mm F4 Lens: http://amzn.to/1tbe0tX

Thanks for watching! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the review video or the camera. If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find it out for you.

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