Tech Review // DJI Ronin 1 Steadicam

We really did throw everything at the Ronin and it came out with flying colours.

In June 2017, I started the adventure of working for Fruitmedia as a Cameraman and Drone ‘pilot’.

Last year we started work on a project that required use of a steadicam mixed with static shots from a second camera.

We hired the Ronin for a number of test days for me to learn and become comfortable with – I absolutely loved using it – the batteries would last for the whole day, it was totally solid through everything we chucked at it and it never failed us. It was a complete doddle to balance, especially compared to the Movi M10 which we had tried previously.

Whenever we were handling to Ronin we used a C-Stand to hold it and the Arri whilst we set up the shots and got the scenes ready. We would then shoot the scene, and return to the C-Stand as soon as we could. Yes, it was heavy and difficult to hold for a long time but without a back brace I wouldn’t expect anything else. We really did throw everything at the Ronin and it came out with flying colours.

After experiencing the success and relief of swapping over to the DJI Ronin 1 system, we bit the bullet and bought a Ronin MX, having been told that the Arri Alexa Mini with CP2 lenses would fit it. Alas, they did not as you couldn’t balance the system and therefore it was deemed useless. YouTube has a number of examples of this problem, so the Ronin MX went back and we continued with the Ronin 1.

All in all, I would happily say the Ronin 1 was a brilliant gem for us, we only wish we’d known about it sooner, but you live and learn. It was extremely steady, built well, turned on within seconds, was easy to set up and the batteries lasted at least five times longer than the flimsy, dodgy Movi M10 we’d used previously. We ended up trusting the Ronin 1 implicitly. It just goes to show you, newer is not always better.

Jonny Faint