I know its a new kind of product, interesting, what the hell that is so cool. This looks super high end wow ronin 4d. Well, it cant be just a gimbal because it has a camera on top wow looks like a c300 or something with a gimbal built in thats, amazing, okay, guys. This is a review, so it has to be unbiased, but it is so hard not to get excited about the ronin 4d from dji. It is something completely revolutionary in my eyes, the marriage between a gimbal and the camera. That was long overdue, so guys this is the first time im using the ronin 4d outdoors. Now, obviously, we cant go anywhere where there are a lot of people, because we sign an nda, and i know there were leaks of this recently before the launch. But if anybody sees this like anybody who knows anything about cameras, they will be like what the hell is that its amazing. So you can see when im moving its literally evening out all of my steps, its completely stable um. I will record this image now, so you see exactly what the camera is seeing cut against this, its completely steady, its very steady as opposed to what it looks like from the outside. This really is nothing short of a revolution, in my opinion, so when the first handheld gimbal was announced eight years ago, that was the free fly. Movi m10, i asked: can we build this technology into a camera, turns out that wasnt so easy.

So we saw many years of advancements in the gimbal field, with dji and others advancing the technology further and further the one hand gimbals really became the standard over the last few years, with high quality cameras shrinking and getting lighter as well. At the same time, dji developed high end image transmission systems for their drones and also learned how to build proper interchangeable lens camera modules, with the cenmus x5 and x7 cameras for their inspired drones. And here we are its 2021 and dji engineers, probably spent years in their caves to come up with the culmination of all those technologies and put them together in the ronin 4d. Before talking about the specs of this device – and i cant just even call it just the camera, let me point out that i dont think the name. Does it justice dji used to call their gimbals ronin, then they kind of dropped the ronin and called them only rs2 and rsc2, but their ronins never contained a camera. Now this here really is a league on its own, and it would definitely deserve its own name, but anyway, the 4d in ronin 4d is actually quite accurate. On top of what normal 3 axis, gimbals are able to do. The ronin 4d adds a fourth axis, the z axis, to the stabilization experience and thats. Also its key feature. Having the z axis means that the typical vertical shake that is introduced by walking or running is completely evened out.

That means you can shoot super steady images with this, no matter how you move the camera and the way dji achieves that vertical stabilization is through utilizing sensors in the front here and at the bottom of the ronin 4d, which measure its position in space and the Distance to objects and to the ground its simply breathtaking, so im recording the image from the camera right now you can see how steady it is. It probably doesnt look steady to you when you see the camera popping up and down like this, but thats really what our head does when we are walking just our brain is filtering out that movement and you know, thats the problem of of gimbals, because that z Axis is usually not stabilized. Now we have it built into the camera and as if that fourth axis stabilization alone, wasnt enough dji built a highly professional cinematography concept around that 4 axis gimbal. The ronin 4d comes with a full frame sensor: camera called x9, which can either shoot 6k or 8k. Depending on the camera package. You choose dji for now send us the 6k version for testing, because the 8k version of the x9 is still in development. Yet i am already very very impressed this full frame camera records not only in h.264 codec, but also in prores, 422 hq and prores raw. This is the only camera that can record prores raw internally apart from djis own zenmuse x7 for the inspire 2 drone.

Otherwise, prores raw can only be recorded on atomos external recorders. Now there are three different recording media that the ronin 4d uses djis own pro ssd, with one terabyte to record the highest quality modes from the camera. Alternatively, cfxpress type b storage cards and also normal external ssds, with the usbc port, also work and in terms of frame rates. This x96k camera records 6k in up to 60 frames per second and in 4k up to 120 frames per second, you can record 6k in full frame in both prores raw and normal prores codecs. But if you want 4k prores raw, you have to switch to the super 35 crop mode. Yes, you can even record 4k 120 in prores raw in the super 35 mode. You just need to be aware that these high frame rates are even further cropped, top and bottom in this case, to a 2.’ to 1 aspect ratio. This x96k has a dual native iso of 800 and 5000 and dji claims that it offers over 14 stops of dynamic range, because the firmware was not final. We didnt perform one of our standardized lab tests, including dynamic range latitude and rolling shutter tests. Yet we will get those tests done soon and publish the results on cinedy.com. Of course, now. Whats also amazing, is that the x9 cameras support interchangeable lens mounts, including the dl mount, which is djis proprietary mount. The great thing, however, is that there is also an e mount adapter and an m mount adapter which allows you to use sony and leica lenses.

Now these mounts work fully electronically, meaning you are able to change the aperture and also the focus on these lenses through the ronin 4d. Now, whats, absolutely unbelievable for me is how they were able to fit so many mechanical nd filter combinations inside this very small x9 camera brain. It has nine full stops of nd built in ranging between one half and one 512 strength, which is much more than the built in nds of any other camera that i can think of even the variable ones, and i noticed no significant color shift at all. Using these nd filters now lets talk about focusing the sensor. Doesnt have any phase detection points, so traditional auto focusing is not available, but they are shipping. The dji ronin 4d, with a lidar focusing system that actually works remarkably well. It gives us auto focus even for third party e mount lenses, for example, and not only autofocusing is possible using the focus wheel on the right hand, grip you can comfortably pull and focus manually. The ronin 4d uses the lenses motor for that, and it allows for remarkably precise, focusing also very helpful is the scale on the side of the screen, which gives you accurate distance readings after you calibrated the lens. There is also an innovative feature called lidar waveform, which is a new assistive, focusing tool that shows you the distance from objects in front of your lens in a top down view, dji also ships it with a lens motor that allows you to use fully manual lenses With the ronin 4d and its lidar technology, by combining the two fully manual, lenses suddenly become autofocus lenses after calibration lens calibrations can be saved and easily reloaded after changing lenses, theres a mode called automated manual focus, which is a mixture of autofocus and manual focus in This mode, the focus wheel on the right grip rotates automatically when the focus point moves which allows the user to jump in and focus manually, which is a very, very smart and intuitive function.

Active track pro is also available, a way to track persons and other subjects using djis ai technology to keep them in the shot. We know this already from djis drones. It makes complex movements around subjects much easier to execute. Now lets take a look at the ronin 4ds build quality for a second. You can tell that a lot of cinematographers helped on building this device because it seems like it really can take a beating, despite the fact that there is a gimbal built in it. Doesnt seem flimsy at all, everything seems very proper and it feels like it can really survive the hard conditions on some sets, especially of course, because this will constantly be moving on shoots. The body is made of aluminum magnesium alloy and the z axis arm is made with carbon fiber. Now the ronin 4ds main monitor is a 5.5 inch. 1000 nit touch screen display. That gives you a very bright and also very sharp image, with access to a user interface that really leaves very little to be desired. If you compare this with the camera menus from an average normal camera, its incredible how intuitive all the settings can be found on this user interface, it really reminds me completely of the interface from blackmagic cameras, which is similarly well organized and optimized for touch operation. However, you dont have to use the touchscreen. There is also a navigation wheel on the side here, which also makes it a breeze to use, even when youre wearing gloves, for example, but there is another monitor that comes with the ronin 4d.

The entire system actually from the ground up is really built around remote operation, so it actually comes with a seven inch, remote monitor that is even brighter. With 1500 nit. You can simply take off the handles from the camera and slide them onto the monitor that enables you to control everything remotely, including focus the gimbal recording on and off all the camera settings, and you can even play back raw footage remotely so heres the monitor and The quality is amazing: it uses the o3 03 is their image transmission that they also use in their drones and thats. Why actually? The distance you can use this for is amazing, because its made for drones, whats also really great – is the latency very low, latency and yeah. The cool thing about this device is also that the grips that i use here are the ones from the camera, and you can control everything on this monitor. You have the scale here for the autofocus or manual focus. Actually, you can change the white balance. You can change shutter speed, you can change iris, you can change iso, pretty much everything i think um and its a proper monitor. I mean it has everything a monitor should have false color, waveform, peaking zebra and its a very bright monitor as well. I mean today is not a very sunny day, but this is a 1500 nit display, so you are able to use this outdoors to a degree, even when its relatively bright, so thats, pretty amazing, remote transmission is ingrained into the very concept of the ronin 4d.

Of course, dji builds on their drone image transmission technology called o3, so the range is also exceptional, 20 000 feet or 6 kilometers unobstructed, with really barely noticeable latency. Of course, this frees up a lot of possibilities for remote operation in lots of sports or action sequences or in car to car shoots its more efficient to have an operator and a separate person who is framing the shot on their remote monitor. So actually lets try running with this. So you see what the z axis is actually doing so whoa. So this is amazing. I mean i can already see that this is a shot that is relatively hard to achieve with a normal gimbal. I mean especially here on uneven ground. You would always have the up and down movement. Unless you have gimbal feet. Some people have gimbal feet, you know wow. This is exhausting and i can already see the biggest downside of that thing. Its heavy and unlike other cameras, you cant, actually put it on your shoulder. However, is there really no way to put it on your shoulder? Lets see about that? We tried something so lets. Take a look. Okay, guys. We tried something here. This is a bit of a shitty rig. This is just to demonstrate that this thing doesnt have to be in front of you, which is very, very exhausting because its very heavy it can be on your shoulder now. Whats the downside, of course.

First of all, it doesnt really work. Yet these two handles that johnny uses here are not connected to the body, so he cant actually operate the camera, but this is just a proof of concept. Now there is one downside, of course, which is the camera is relatively high. Now i just happen to be tall enough and johnny is not as tall as me, so it is in my face but like if you have two people who have the same height, you will have a problem because the camera will be too high, but lets just Take a look at what it looks like when he follows me: uh just for normal walking should look like a steadicam actually, and i mean in theory, and you see it going up and down. Of course you have the typical gimbal uh drag in a way, but if i start running – and he follows me – it should work too so its actually. You know this can work on the shoulder, although its not made for that it. You know first time i see a gimbal on the shoulder so thats, pretty amazing. The ronin 4d uses the tb 50 batteries, the dji also uses for the ronin 2 and the inspired drones according to dji. They are supposed to give you around 150 minutes of running time on the ronin 4d. However, i found this to be relatively unrealistic in normal shooting conditions. On average, when shooting outdoors in cooling autumn temperatures, a battery lasted for less than one and a half hours, thats still, okay, but i would count that as a downside, as you will have to buy a bunch of those batteries to get through a full shooting day.

Now i think we showed you that the ronin 4d is a great camera for moving shots handheld if you can deal with its weight, but what about normal tripod work? Can you actually mount a heavier larger lens on it? After all, its a high end image, capturing device that offers prores raw internally from a full frame sensor. So why not use it as the only camera on the chute turns out its possible, but it takes a bit of trickery if you want to mount a heavy lens on the ronin 4d. Of course, you cant use the z axis arm anymore, but thats not a problem. You can simply lock it, but there are two issues that remain. You will still to definitely have to support that lens. As the camera mount cannot hold such a heavy lens on its own, that means you need to use an unusually long lens support in order to make that work, and, secondly, the lens ends up being very, very high up, but it is possible and the fact that There are adapters to almost every other lens mount from mounts, such as the e mount also means that you can even mount a pl lens to the ronin 4d. Alright lets slowly wrap it up here. With this initial review, the dji ronin 4d is an extremely complex product and it definitely deserves a lot more attention from us here in the future. I want to look more closely at various aspects of the device in upcoming videos.

For now, i can only say that it feels like something from the future. For me, this is nothing short of a revolution and, while its certainly not for everybody, i think it means that most cameras will not look the same in a few years. From now its the beginning of a new category of gimbal cameras – and it will make many shots that have been quite tricky to execute so far become much more mainstream in a very short amount of time. And at the time of the recording of this video, i had no definite information about the pricing of the ronin 4d, but knowing dji, this will be reasonably priced for what it is and what it offers. The version with the x96k camera will be available starting in december, and the 8k camera will be released at the later date. And last but not least, i really want to say a huge thank you to our team members, florian miltz and luciano olivsky, who were absolutely fundamental in making this review both in shooting and post production. Alright thanks everybody for watching stay tuned for cinedy for a lot more about the dji ronin 4d.

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