The DJI has introduced new electronic gimbal stabilizer models RS3 and RS3 Pro. The RS3 Pro is compatible with Ronin 4D’s LiDAR focusing technology, which is now included in a new device called the DJI LiDAR Range Finder. Both gimbal stabilizer models are also compatible with the DJI Transmission wireless solution, which provides signal monitoring and control over a distance of 6 km. RS 3 and RS 3 Pro are not just stabilizers, but a complete ecosystem.
DJI RS3 Pro
As in the case of the RS2 and RSC2 stabilizers, the third generation includes the undisputed flagship RS 3 Pro, and a simpler model RS 3. The company decided to slightly change the nomenclature of the products, and it became more convenient to distinguish one model from another. Yes, guys, our beloved RSC2 has become obsolete today and has become the “old generation”.
It is the RS 3 Pro that is positioned by the company as a more professional version with more features, a larger payload, and the ability to use the DJI LiDAR rangefinders focusing system.
The RS 3 Pro levers are constructed from a single piece of carbon fiber, making the RS 3 Pro lighter and stronger than previous generation carbon fiber composite devices. The camera platform has been enlarged and is now compatible with cameras such as the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and RED Komodo. The stub weighs 1.5 kg and is capable of carrying a payload of up to 4.5 kg.
One of the highlights of the DJI RS 3 Pro is the 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen. The stub has an automatic axis lock, is equipped with a Bluetooth shutter button, and has the same mode switches as the younger RS 3 model. The company also emphasizes the compatibility of the RS 3 Pro with the LiDAR Range Finder RS focusing motor, the younger model does not have such compatibility.
The automatic axes locking system is probably a handy feature, when the device is turned on, the axes are unlocked, and the stub turns into its working position. However, what prevents you from unlocking the axes manually is not clear, Ronin does this very conveniently, and the locks are quite reliable. But the fact that there is a memory of the position of the stub settings and there is no need for re-balancing is very convenient. Surely, every user of electronic stabilizers was adjusting the axes in a hurry, when colleagues are literally over their heads and constantly ask questions, how long are you going to do this nonsense, because it’s time to shoot, and the model is frozen.
With a dual RSA/NATO port and a battery port, the RS 3 Pro can connect to a variety of accessories such as the new handlebar, dual Twist Grip, and cable control handle.
DJI has opened the RS SDK protocol, which allows third parties to create customized solutions for the RS 3 Pro, such as cranes, car gimbals, sliders, and so on.
The new battery grip provides up to 12 hours of battery life. Both the RS 3 Pro and RS 3 have a quick-release design that supports 18W PD fast charging. The battery can be charged independently or even during use.
The DJI RS 3 is the entry-level model and features the same new axes lock system, sleep mode, Bluetooth shutter button support, and 1.8-inch OLED full-color touch screen as the RS 3 Pro. Yes, now the touch screen is in the younger model, which is good.
The RS 3 stub weighs 1.3kg and has a payload capacity of 3kg, which is enough to drive most mirrorless cameras with just about any reasonably sized lens.
The company says the RS 3’s stabilization algorithm performs 20% better than the RSC 2, which will be noticeable when running and shooting at low angles.
Price and availability
DJI RS 3 sells for $549. The standard kit includes a stub, BG21 grip, USB-C charging cable, lens mount, extended plastic handle/tripod, quick release plates, multi-camera control cable, and a set of screws. Again the same rake, but where is the carrying bag?
Do you want a bag? Nothing could be easier – buy the RS 3 Combo for $719, and you’ll get an extra handle, a focus motor kit, a second control cable, and a coveted case. DJI RS 3 Pro is $869, RS 3 Pro Combo is $1099, and all can be pre-ordered via the Bhphotovideo.com and Adorama.com websites, and shipping will start from July 6th, 2022.