DJI's MōVI Competitor, the Ronin, Gets a $1500 Price Slash Ahead of Release

When the MōVI came to market, it changed the video world instantly. It was, quite simply, an unimaginably amazing stabilization rig that looked to defy physics. We all wanted one, but at the asking price of $5000, many thought it was a bit too steep to rationalize. That's why the DJI competitor, the Ronin, had so many excited. Now there is even more to look forward to, as it's set to retail for only $1500 less than originally announced

According to the current B&H listing, the Ronin can be pre-ordered for only $3000. That's $1500 less than the $4500 asked last week when the pre-sale first went live. Ok, so "only" isn't the best word here, but that's still a lot less than the MōVI is asking. Originally announced at $5000 back at NAB earlier this year.

According to a writeup on the price cut over at NoFilmSchool, the Ronin actually has some features the MōVI doesn't offer.

It comes with some exciting features not found in other gimbals within the same price range (even in the impressive but expensive MōVI), like its 3 operational modes; "Upright," "Underslug," and "Briefcase."


The gimbal is set to handle a wide range of cameras and weights, from DSLRs and mirrorless all the way up to 16 pound behemoths like the RED series cameras. According to the B&H listing, it has the following features:

  • 3-Axis Stabilized Gimbal System
  • Supports Many Camera Sizes
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for Mobile Device 
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • Based on DJI Zenmuse Technology
  • Gimbal Tuning Stand
  • Firmware Upgradeable

Clearly DJI wants to undercut the market here. It will be interesting to see how it competes with the MōVI in independent testing, and if it is even just slightly comparable, how Freefly will react with the pricing of their MōVI. The Ronin is set to start shipping in early August.

[Via NoFilmSchool]

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Dave Copithorne's picture

I think DJI are onto something here, looks pretty good!

Pat Black's picture

I don't know what I want more now the Red Dragon or this

David Geffin's picture

Pat just get both. And while you're at it, get one of each for me too.


Pat Black's picture

PSHHH we are going to get fstoppers to get us these, but that being said I have been after Lee for months to switch to c100's to make editing everything easier and that still hasn't worked out.

Mike Folden's picture

Holy crap. This is amazing. The prices are already being slashed.

Roman France's picture

Fighting the very strong urge to purchase this right now.

Dylan Patrick's picture

Yeah this is on my list of things to buy at some point. Super awesome price point too

Jaron Schneider's picture

I am uncertain this price point is permanent. They might just be trying to get a lot of units out on the market quickly.

Kirk Willcox's picture

damn i really want one of those. Currently use the glidecam but it is a hassle balancing it so this could be a great option. Price is not to bad either. I will probably wait for it to come out and see what reviews others are saying. Technology is improving everyday which is great to see for our industry!

I own the DJI Ronin, and while I had a few small issues with it at first, I LOVE IT. The issues came mainly from using DSLR's. I don't own a RED and don't plan on owning one, so I had to solve these issues. They aren't quite as "built for DSLR's" as they claim- the lack of weight in a our 6D's gives the motors a hard time when it's calibration time. (It's also very hard to balance when the camera is so lightweight.) Much of this was resolved by adding a battery grip to the bottom. (One of the other issues we had was with our Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, which is so fat, it's girth extends past the bottom of the camera body, forcing us to put tension on the lens mount in order to secure the body to the quick release. This presses the focus/zoom rings against the quick release as well, rendering them immovable once you've attached/calibrated the camera to the ronin. Again, this was all solved with a battery grip, giving us extra space under the lens, and adding a little weight, but without it, the DSLR was almost always too front heavy.) We also have an a7s, but can't afford the battery grip, so we'll be forced to buy another quick release and add weight to the back of it for balance, because it's so freakin light. If you're a DSLR user, these are things to think about. Nonetheless, we love the Ronin!

Amy Chen's picture

Does anyone hear about MOZA? I find an article about this new handheld stabilizer in CINIMA5D.
Any advices?