Ronin-S is an excellent gimbal stabilizer for DLSR cameras, offering great compatibility with a wide range of cameras and lens setups. And now, with the release of Ronin-SC, users are offered a lightweight, portable gimbal that has been designed for mirrorless cameras. So, which one should you buy? We’ve tested both handheld gimbals side by side in this gimbal comparison article.

The new Ronin-SC has arrived, offering excellent 3-axis stabilization, a lightweight design, and added functionalities. As the newest addition to the Ronin series, the introduction of this handheld gimbal has sparked the interest of videographers and handheld filmmakers. In this gimbal stabilizer comparison, we take you through the most important points to consider before making a purchase.

Design

Ronin-S and Ronin-SC both have a portable, detachable design, which makes them very convenient to transport.

Ronin-SC weighs just 1.1 kg, making it incredibly convenient to transport when you are moving to different shooting locations. Ronin-SC’s smaller size profile makes it even easier to store the gimbal inside a backpack or carrying case.

Users can switch Ronin-SC back to the storage position no matter how the axes positions have been set, making transportation incredibly easy. This also means Ronin-SC does not need to be balanced every time you use it.

Camera Compatibility

This is a key aspect to consider when deciding which gimbal is right for you. While Ronin-S can be used with an extensive selection of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, Ronin-SC is specifically designed for mirrorless cameras that weigh up to 2 kg.

Here is a list of widely-used cameras that are compatible with the Ronin-SC:

Sony

Nikon

Canon

Panasonic

Fujifilm

a7 Series Z6 EOS R GH5  

X-T2

 

a9 Z7 M50 GH5S X-T3
a6500     G9  
a6400        
a6300        
RX100        

For the complete list, please visit Ronin-S series comparison

Setup

Ronin-SC features axis locks that make setup and balancing the gimbal a lot quicker. The Quick-Release Plate is another useful feature for quick shooting, giving users the option to use pre-configured mounting positions.

All the gimbal axes can be locked during transportation.

The following video shows you how to set up the Ronin-S:

Features

The following features are supported by both Ronin versions:

Panorama

Take wide FOV (field of view) shots with the Panorama feature.

Timelapse & Motionlapse

Timelapses and Motionlapses are effective techniques to display the passage of time and movement in a cinematic way.

Motionlapse | Shot on Ronin-SC

Sport Mode

Both Ronin gimbals feature Sport mode, giving you the opportunity to keep fast-moving subjects in frame and create unique transitions with ease.

Sport mode footage | Shot on Ronin-SC

Ronin-SC also comes with some new, exciting features. Let’s check them out!

ActiveTrack 3.0

Ronin-SC is the first gimbal from the Ronin product line to support ActiveTrack 3.0 technology. Using the Ronin-SC Phone Holder, a smartphone attached above the camera is combined with the Ronin app and Ronin-SC to accurately track your subject. ActiveTrack 3.0 can be used to quickly select, track, and record a moving subject.

ActiveTrack 3.0 footage | Shot on Ronin-SC

Force Mobile

This Ronin-SC feature offers you a completely new way to control your gimbal. Users can control Ronin-SC by moving their smartphone, offering a unique, instinctive method of filmmaking.*

*Force Mobile is currently only available for iOS

Specifications

Now that we’ve covered the main points, let’s take a look at both specifications:

 

Ronin-SC

Ronin-S

Weight 1.1 kg 1.84 kg
Tested Payload 2 kg 3.6 kg
Dimensions 370mm×150mm×165mm 486mm×202mm×185mm
Max. Operation Time 11 h 12 h
Charging Time 2h 30min (No Quick Charge)
  • 2h 15min (Quick Charge)
  • 2h 30min (No Quick Charge)
Controlled Rotation Range
  • Pan axis control: 360° continuous rotation
  • Tilt axis control: -90° to 145°
  • Roll axis control: ±30°
  • Pan axis control: 360° continuous rotation (Roll 360 mode)
  • Tilt axis control: +180° to -90° (Upright Mode), +90° to -135° (Underslung and Flashlight Mode)
  • Roll axis control: ±30°, 360° continuous rotation
Max. Axis Rotation Speed All axis: 180°/s All axis: 360°/s
Underslung Mode Yes Yes
Flashlight Mode Yes Yes
Connections Bluetooth 5.0; USB-C Bluetooth 4.0; USB-C


Choosing a Gimbal Stabilizer

If you are using a DSLR camera for your projects and have more extensive lens setups and more ambitious shooting environments, the Ronin-S is an excellent choice for you. Ronin-S is a must-have handheld gimbal for event filmmakers, content makers, and DSLR camera owners.

For content creators that would like a lighter and more travel-friendly gimbal stabilizer, Ronin-SC is an essential addition to their equipment. Perfect for vloggers and wedding videographers who shoot on the move, Ronin-SC emerges as a strong leader in the mirrorless camera gimbal market.