Exciting news broke earlier this month by DJI as they announced the latest addition to their amazing lineup of gimbal stabilizers with the RS 3 Mini. With its release date in early January, the DJI RS 3 gimbal stabilizer brings the power and efficiency of a professional camera stabilizer to mainstream cameras. That translates into you taking smooth, clear, and beautifully stabilized images and video, regardless of your skill level. The RS 3 Mini is the perfect compact gimbal stabilizer for professionals, hobbyists, and adventurers. Whether you’re going on a wedding shoot, photographing nature, or filming a high flying move on your skateboard, the DJI RS 3 mini has practical uses for everyone.
What does a Gimbal Stabilizer do?
In its simplest form of explanation, a gimbal stabilizer keeps your camera steady while you’re shooting. This is especially useful to keep your shots smooth during sequences where your camera is moving. A gimbal stabilizer holds your frame steady by mounting the camera at a level position with the ability for rotations and pivots of its axis. This keeps your camera from bouncing, shaking, and jolting, when your shooting or filming, resulting in a maintained, smooth, and steady frame. Camera Stabilizers are what Hollywood uses to keep those unbelievable car chase scenes smooth and immersive for their viewers.
RS 3 Mini’s 3rd Gen Stabilization
Even though the RS 3 Mini was designed for the masses, DJI did not waver in its quality or power. The RS 3 Mini features the same 3rd generation stabilization algorithms as the DJI RS 3 Pro Gimbal, giving you unprecedented top-level performance even when running or shooting at odd angles. Imagine being able to get a level shot at a difficult angle without having to bend your arms and body in unnatural ways. With the RS 3 Mini, your footwork and movements won’t cause you problems keeping your shots steady, smooth, and perfectly stabilized from any position. And, with a dynamic 360-degree rotation, the RS 3 Mini gives you more creative power to produce immersive stills and video that keeps your viewers at the edge of their seats.
Designed and built specifically for use with mainstream mirrorless cameras and lenses, the RS 3 Mini supports cameras that are used most by photographers and videographers.
Featuring the power and ability of the DJI RS 3 Pro Gimbal’s 3rd gen stabilization algorithm, the RS 3 Mini delivers the same superb stabilization performance but in a much smaller package. The RS 3 Mini was designed to only need one hand to hold and operate and weighs less than 1.8lbs (800g) vs the RS 3 Pro’s 6.6bs. The payload of the RS 3 Mini can hold up to 4.4lbs or 2kg, which supports most full frame mirrorless camera setups. These specs are a treat for mainstream photographers and videographers because until now, this class of cameras never had a proper gimbal stabilizer meant for them.
The RS 3 Mini was designed for simple carry setups but does offer the option for added handles and grip attachments via its NATO rails. There are locks in every access point which balances each axis in isolation to ensure your camera maintains stable in your desired position. Using an ARCA Swiss compatible quick release plate, it is easy to swap between cameras and lens changes. When folded down, the RS 3 Mini will fit perfectly in your gear bag. The measurement of the RS 3 Mini when folded down is 7.1”x6.3”x11.7”.
The battery of the RS 3 Mini takes compact a step further by integrating an internal rechargeable battery which is unlike DJI’s larger gimbal stabilizers that uses an external detachable battery grip. The RS 3 Mini brings the controls to your fingertips with a 1.4-inch full color touchscreen display. With the convenience of video recording and image capture functions, an M-Mode button to select from 3 different custom modes, and a front dial with focusing control, you have all the control you need, right at your fingertips.
One particularly attractive key feature that will get social media content creators excited is the RS 3 Mini’s ability to quickly swap between orientations. Alternating between landscape and portrait orientations can be done on the RS 3 Mini in 3 simple steps. First release the mount, then remove the leg and reinsert it vertically or horizontally for your desired orientation. This is a huge win for any photographer with an audience who views content on their smartphones, especially thrill seekers who need stabilization to record their content.
Camera and Lens Compatibility
The RS 3 Mini is meant for everyone, so naturally this mighty little stabilizer will need to be compatible with your camera and lens. The RS 3 Mini features a powerful motor which will ensure maximum stabilization and control when using your camera and lens. The balancing on the RS 3 Mini is so efficient that even when your zoom lens is extended to its maximum focal length, the RS 3 Mini will keep your frame in perfect balance, without the need for adjustments when zooming. DJI has a compatibility search web page that lists the broad range of compatible digital cameras and lenses for all their gimbals.
Linking the RS 3 Mini to your camera is simple. You can connect your camera to the RS 3 Mini using a USB-C or the Wireless Bluetooth Shutter function. When linked, all you must do is turn it on. One awesome thing about the RS 3 Mini is that you won’t need any annoying camera control cables which can accidentally tug on your camera and ruin a great shot. The RS 3 Mini lets you control video recording and configure the control dial to access photo capture functions like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, directly from the gimbal controls. The RS 3 Mini can even directly control supported power lenses optical and digital zoom, making operation clean and enhance efficiency in your workflows.
The RS 3 Mini’s fully integrated internal battery can charge rather quickly in as little as 2.5 hours and gives you up to 10 hours of battery life. Essentially, you should have more than enough juice to last a complete workday of shooting. The battery is internal which is also a bit simpler to manage than external battery grips and helps for storage and travel.
Using the Ronin App, you can get even more out of the RS 3 Mini with 3 more intelligent shooting functions to help expand your ideas and creations to your audience.
- Timelapse – Allows you to edit in a timelapse to any video. Amaze your viewers with immersive intros, outros, and transitions with an engaging timelapse.
- Track Recording – The RS 3 Mini has 10 preset points for the gimbal which opens up more possibilities for dynamic video within any scene and setting.
- Panorama – Lets you broaden the field of vision of the camera with a panoramic view showing the whole scene to your audience. Panoramic shots are a perfect way to captivate viewers’ attention and bring them into the scene.
DJI is widely known for their products and innovations in optical technology. You may be familiar with some of their drones which are considered the best and surely the most popular. Their optical stabilization gimbals and mounts are also used by large budgeted professional filmmakers to ensure the perfect cinematic experience for their viewers. When it comes to optical technology, DJI knows their stuff. And with their new RS 3 Mini Gimbal Stabilizer, DJI knocked it out of the park.
The DJI RS 3 Mini supports a need for content creators, vloggers, pros, and every kind of photographer in between with their new mini stabilizer. Until now, the pickings were slim when it came to stabilizers for compact mirrorless, digital, and point and shoot cameras. Now users who are looking to keep their camera setup streamlined and less complicated have a very effective tool that’s easy to operate and packs all the power you need to produce the perfect product for your followers and audiences. The DJI RS 3 Mini Gimbal Stabilizer is lightweight & built for adventure.
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