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.