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DJI Ronin 4D In-Depth Review

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Well-known as the ultimate stabilized camera, the DJI Ronin 4D was recently released and is packed with impressive features like the ProRes RAW recording and wireless video transmission. This advanced handheld gimbal was announced by DJI on the 20th of October, 2021, as an all-in-one camera system that would open new doors for cinematography and camera work.

According to DJI, the Ronin 4D is their attempt to create an integrated cinematography solution and to achieve this, it is powered by the CineCore 3.0 chip, which is the most powerful cinematic imaging platform from DJI yet.

Let’s take a closer look at this new handheld gimbal.

What does 4D mean in DJI Ronin 4D?

One of the main selling points of the DJI Ronin 4D is the 4D aspect, as it includes a Z-axis. This makes it better than the 3D gimbals and adds to the ultimate stabilization that it provides. With the 4D feature, the normal vertical shake that you might have to deal with when running or walking while using the gimbal is evened out, leaving you with stable images.

The Ronin 4D is fitted with sensors at the bottom and front end of the unit to ascertain its position from the objects around it and the ground. This makes vertical stabilization possible.

Key Features

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ProRes RAW Recording

The ProRes RAW recording capability is another feature that is gaining a lot of attention on the DJI Ronin 4D. This is because it’s the first proper camera to process these kinds of recordings internally. Asides from recording in ProRes RAW, the full-frame camera also offers H.264 codec and ProRes 422 HQ recordings.

Since this offers ProRes RAW, you don’t have to purchase external recorders to get the job done.

Interchangeable Mounts

The camera on the DJI Ronin 4D supports different lens mouths, which can be interchanged as you see fit. One of these is the DL mount, which is from DJI. You can also use lenses from Sony and Leica, as it supports E-mounts and M-mounts.

All the mounts are electronic, allowing you to adjust the aperture and the focus of the lenses while using the Ronin 4D.

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Focusing System

The DJI Ronin 4D focusing system includes LiDAR and an automated manual focus. The camera does not provide traditional autofocusing since there is no phase detection. But the LiDAR focusing system works fantastically well and gives complete autofocus control for all lenses, even E-mount.

You can also pull the focus manually with the focus wheel situation on the right-hand grip. This is combined with a scale on the side that shows precise distance reading after calibrating the lens. The Lidar Waveform is another impressive feature of the Ronin 4D, a new assistive focusing tool. It shows the distance from objects in front of your lens from a top-down perspective.

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DJI Ronin 4D User Interface and Monitor

The Ronin 4D is equipped with a 5.5 1000-nit touchscreen for sharp images and a convenient user interface for beginners and experienced users. The settings are designed to be intuitive and are well-organized for navigation. You can decide to use the navigation wheel at the side of the unit, rather than the touchscreen, and it can be easily operated even when you’re wearing gloves.

X9 Full Frame Camera

The DJI Ronin 4D provides a full-frame sensor camera which it calls the X9. This provides impressive cinematography in 6K and 8K, depending on the package you choose.

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High Frame Rates

The 6K camera has a frame rate of 60 frames per second, and 4K provides 120 frames per second, while the 8K camera offers 75 frames per second. The Ronin 4D allows for full-frame recording with the 6K camera in ProRes RAW and the normal ProRes codecs.

If you want to record ProRes RAW in 4K, you have to use the Super35 crop mode. But keep in mind that the higher frame rates you use, the more images are cropped at the top and bottom.

Built-in ND with 9 Stops

The DJI Ronin 4D also has nine stops of integrated ND, which is quite impressive. They were able to fit in multiple ND filter combinations in this unit, going from one-half to 1/512th strength. You also don’t have to worry about obvious color shifts between these filters.

Remote Control for the DJI Ronin 4D

The entire DJI Ronin 4D system can be operated remotely through the 7-inch remote monitor. This remote control is available for sale separately from the unit and allows you to control the focus, recording, gimbal, camera settings and more.

Overall Build Quality

Although the Ronin 4D includes a built-in gimbal, the build quality is rugged and designed to get through any situation. It provides top durability, which is needed for the harsh conditions of some sets. The Z-axis arm is made with carbon fibre while the body’s material is aluminium-magnesium alloy.

Cons of the DJI Ronin 4D

Weight

One evident downside of the DJI Ronin 4D is its weight. The unit is difficult to operate for a long time and would end up putting a strain on your back. But, since the unit is worth it, you can work on reducing your gimbal back pain. Without the lens and with most components attached, it weighs about 5 kilograms. It becomes even heavier when you have to lift it and film others at eye level.

Weak Battery

The Ronin 4D battery power is also a downside. It offers 150 minutes of running time, and although this looks like a lot, it becomes unrealistic when you take the machine out for some real shooting. So, you would need extra batteries to get you through a shooting day.

Final Verdict

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The DJI Ronin 4D might be a complicated and advanced product, but it is also very tech-forward and would gain more attention from the public as time goes on. It seems like a brand-new category for gimbal cameras and would open the door to more advancements in the world of cinematography. There’s no doubt that many are waiting for the release of the Ronin 4D with bated breath.

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