Best consumer drones to buy for Christmas 2018

Best consumer drones to buy for Christmas 2018

Buying a drone this Christmas but don't know which one to get? Here's a list of the best consumer UAVs, plus a guide to the Osmo Pocket and cut-price Ronin-S.

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The Christmas countdown is well and truly on, and with just one week to go until the big day, Heliguy Insider has compiled a list of the best consumer drones to buy this festive season, plus a guide to the DJI Osmo Pocket and the cut-price Ronin-S.

With the UAV world taking off, there really is something for everyone, from the Ryze Tello, which is perfect for beginners, to the more advanced DJI Mavic Series and DJI Spark. So here's a look at some of the drones which could make their way onto Santa's sleigh this Christmas.

Aside from drones, there is currently a special deal on the Ronin-S - DJI's first handheld gimbal for DSLR cameras. The popular product has been slashed from £669 to £499 - a saving of £170 - and will stay at this price until the end of the year.

Or if you're a vlogger and are looking for something small enough to fit into your stocking, then look no further than the recently-released DJI Osmo Pocket. This teeny-tiny stabilised camera boasts the smallest three-axis gimbal in DJI history.

So, to help you decide which one of these products should end up on your most wanted list, let's take a look at them in more detail.

All I want for Christmas is...a drone

First things first, let's take a look at some of the drones and packages which could be wrapped up under your tree on Christmas Day and how much they will cost from Heliguy, which is currently offering cut-price deals ahead of December 25. 

Product Now Was You Save
Ryze Tello £89 £99 £10
DJI Spark Fly More Combo £489 £699 £210
DJI Mavic Air £669 £769 £100
DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo £849 £949 £100
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum £899 £1,299 £400
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Fly More Combo £1,169 £1,459 £290
DJI Mavic 2 Zoom £1,099 - -
DJI Mavic 2 Pro £1,349 - -

On top of this, Heliguy is offering drone fans the chance to save 7.5% on all of our Approved Used stock – with a full warranty. For details on which drones are available in this special offer, visit our website.

Ryze Tello, powered by DJI - £89

Described as the most fun drone ever, the Ryze Tello, powered by DJI, is a blast to fly and is easy for children and adults to use.

With a flight time of 13 minutes and high-quality video-recording capabilities, the Tello can be flown indoors and out and is the perfect companion for new drone pilots, who can perform awesome flips with just a tap of the screen, thanks to a flight controller powered by DJI.

The high-quality image processor shoots incredible photographs and video, while the Tello's two antennas make video transmission extra stable. 

Additionally, Tello has Smartphone VR (virtual reality) headset compatibility, allowing pilots to take their flights to another level and fly with breathtaking first-person views.

Key Specifications

Weight: Approx 80g.

Dimensions: 98x92.5x41mm.

Max flight time: 13 minutes.

Max flight distance: 100 metres.

Max speed: 8m/s

Photo: 5MP. Video: 720p. Two antennas make video transmission extra stable.

Key features

Throw & Go: Start flying by throwing Tello into the air.

8D Flips: Slide on screen to perform cool aerial stunts.

Bounce Mode: Tello flies up and down from your hand automatically.

Tello EDU: This mobile programming app, that supports Scratch, is available for Tello. Scratch is a coding system to help users learn the basics of programming while having fun.

The more advanced user can develop software applications for Tello, using Tello SDK. Students can develop programming skills by playing games and completing levels. Some levels require payment.

Equipped with a high-quality image processor, Tello shoots incredible photos and videos. 

EZ Shots: Record coordinated short videos with Circle, 360 and Up & Away.

Electronic Image Stabilisation: Capture consistently clear images.

Intel Processor: Professional processing yields high-quality footage.

5MP Photos: Preserve great memories with high-resolution pictures.

Tello is lightweight, yet durable, meaning you can always fly with confidence. 

Auto Takeoff/Landing: Lift off or land with a single tap.

Low Battery Protection: Alerts go off when your battery gets low.

Failsafe Protection: Land safely, even if you lose connection.

Vision Positioning System: Smart tech that facilitates precise hovering.

In the box

  • 1 x Tello Quadcopter
  • 4 x Tello Prop Pairs
  • 2 x Tello Propeller Guards
  • 1 x Tello Battery

DJI Spark Fly More Combo - £489

The DJI Spark is the perfect consumer drone. 

Packed with DJI's unique technology including PalmControl, top speeds of up to 31mph and a powerful 12MP camera capable of capturing stabilised video in 1080p.

It features a range of multiple shooting modes, which can be captured via its 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. The Spark also has a two-axis gimbal.

Key Specifcations

Weight: 300g.

Dimensions: 143x143x55mm.

Max flight time: 16 minutes.

Transmission distance: 1.2 miles.

Max speed: 50kph.

Photo: 12M. Video: 1080p.

Key features

Quick Launch: With FaceAware, Spark lifts off from your hand by recognising your face.

Simple Control: Take stunning aerial photos using just hand gestures.

Easy Creation: Intelligent Flight Modes and intuitive controls help you create cinematic aerial videos with just a few taps.

Edit and Share: The DJI GO 4 app features automatic editing templates and an array of filters to help you edit quickly and share to social media.

QuickShots help you shoot amazing footage with cinematic composition.

Rocket: Climb with the camera pointing downward.

Dronie: Fly backwards and upwards, with the camera locked on your subject.

Circle: Circle around your target.

Helix: Fly upward, spiralling around your subject.

TapFly Mode: Just envision your shot and Spark captures it for you.

ActiveTrack: Spark automatically recognises objects of different shapes and sizes, then tracks them according to what they are and how fast they move.

Spark has various shooting modes, including Pano and ShallowFocus.

Pano: Shoot horizontal or vertical panoramas by automatically adjusting the gimbal and heading.

ShallowFocus: 3D vision technology creates photos with a shallow depth of field.


FlightAutonomy: Spark can hover accurately anywhere with vision positioning system (VPS) assistance at up to 98ft, sense obstacles from up to 16ft away and land safely.

Return to Home: Spark can return to its home point automatically with sufficient GPS signal. If the battery gets too low, the connection is lost, or you hit the Return to Home button, Spark flies back to the pre-set home point.

To take your DJI Spark adventure further, purchase the Fly More Combo, which includes additional batteries and remote controller. The extra batteries will help extend your quadcopter flying sessions, while the remote control will increase the range at which you can control your DJI Spark.

In the box (Fly More Combo)

  • 1 x DJI Spark Quadcopter
  • 1 x Remote Controller
  • 2 x Spare Propellers
  • 1 x Propeller Guards
  • 2 x Intelligent Flight Battery
  • 1 x UK Charger
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 1 x Battery Charging Hub
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Storage Box for Spark
  • 1 x Shoulder Bag Carrying Case

DJI Mavic Air - £669

The Mavic Air is the perfect drone for hobbyists.  It's ultraportable, comes with a remote controller and can be flown in wind speeds up to 20m/s.

The foldable and ultraportable Mavic Air has a powerful imaging system. The camera features a 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor with a 24mm f2.8 lens. It can shoot 12 MP stills and record 3-axis stabilized 4K videos up to 30fps. 

In addition to a Micro SD card slot, 8GB of internal storage lets you save images and footage to the aircraft and then export them through its USB 3.0 Type-C Port.

A new Wi-Fi video-transmission system supports dual frequency bands of 2.4/5.8GHz and a 720p live view from up to 4km away.

For the ultimate experience, pair the Mavic Air with DJI Goggles for FPV flight and take to the skies for an immersive aerial adventure. 

Key Specifications

  • Weight: 430g.
  • Dimensions: 168x184x64mm.
  • Max flight time: 21 minutes
  • Max flight distance: 10km. 
  • Max speed: 68.4kph
  • Photo: 12MP. Video: 4K Ultra HD.

Key features

SmartCapture: SmartCapture offers a new and interactive way of controlling the Mavic Air by hand. Launch and control the drone with hand gestures.

ActiveTrack: ActiveTrack can sense up to 16 selectable subjects simultaneously, letting you choose the right tracking subject on the go. 

32MP Sphere Panoramas: In addition to horizontal, vertical and 180° panoramas, the Mavic Air stitches 25 photos together in just eight seconds to create 32MP sphere panoramas. 

4K 30fps: The Mavic Air shoots 4K 30fps recording at 100Mbps to capture every second with UHD quality.

HDR Photos: HDR (high dynamic range) algorithms help you obtain the right exposure setting intelligently, according to light conditions.

Slow-Motion Video: Records 1080p 120fps slow-motion videos.
 

FlightAutonomy 2.0: The Mavic Air has a powerful vision-sensing system. The aircraft observes the surrounding environment and learns its orientation, achieving comprehensive protection.

Foldable Remote Controller: The dedicated remote controller uses a foldable, low-profile design to hold your smartphone for maximum convenience. The detachable control stricks can be stored inside the remote controller.

In the box

  • 1 x Mavic Air Aircraft Body
  • 1 x Mavic Air Remote Controller
  • 1 x Mavic Air Battery
  • 1 x Charger
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 4 x Mavic Air Props
  • 1 x Mavic Air Prop Guards
  • 1 x Lightening RC Cable
  • 1 x Micro USB RC Cable
  • 1 x USB Type-C RC Cable
  • 1 x Gimbal Portector
  • 1 x Communication Cable (USB3.0 Type-C)
  • 1 x USB Adapter
  • 1 x RC Cable Slider (Large)
  • 2 x RC Cable Slider (Small)
  • 1 x Carrying Case
  • 1 x Spare Mavic Air Control Sticks

DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo - £849

If you're planning on taking your Mavic Air on your travels, then the Fly More Combo includes extra batteries which will keep you in the air longer. This means you can capture more video and stills without having to charge any batteries.

The added advantage of getting a Charging Hub in this bundle means you'll be able to charge all three Mavic Air batteries at once!

In the box

  • 1 x Mavic Air Aircraft Body
  • 1 x Mavic Air Remote Controller
  • 3 x Mavic Air Batteries
  • 1 x Battery Charging Hub
  • 1 x Battery to Power Bank Adaptor
  • 1 x Mavic Air Travel Bag
  • 1 x Charger
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 6 x Mavic Air Props
  • 1 x Mavic Air Prop Guards
  • 1 x Lightening RC Cable
  • 1 x Micro USB RC Cable
  • 1 x USB Type-C RC Cable
  • 1 x Gimbal Portector
  • 1 x Communication Cable (USB3.0 Type-C)
  • 1 x USB Adapter
  • 1 x RC Cable Slider (Large)
  • 1 x RC Cable Slider (Small)
  • 1 x Carrying Case
  • 1 x Spare Mavic Air Control Sticks

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum - £899

The Mavic Pro Platinum features a sleek design and compact body. It boasts a 30-minute flight time, while the aircraft noise has been reduced by up to 4dB (60% noise power reduction).

With it three-axis gimbal, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum has a 4K video resolution and 12MP image resolution.

Key Specifications

Weight: 734g.

Dimensions (folded): 83x83x198mm.

Max flight time: 30 minutes.

Max flight distance: 9.3 miles.

Max speed: 65kph.

Photo: 12MP. Video: 4K camera. 

Key Features

OcuSync transmission offers up to a 4.3 mile (7km) transmission range.

Fly with your phone over Wi-Fi for even easier flight.

Shoot in 12mp and 4k with the Mavic Pro Platinum's 3-axis camera.

ActiveTrack, TapFly, TripodMode and other smart features help you create professional-looking video.

With a new aerodynamic design, the 8331 propellers give the Mavic Pro Platinum an impressive noise control performance and the new FOC ESC drivers offer sinusoidal current for increased stability.

Five-vision sensors will help keep the Mavic Pro Platinum safe during flight.

Vision positioning with GPS and GLONASS gives precise flight both indoor and outdoor

In the box

  • 1 x Mavic Pro Platinum
  • 1 x Remote Controller
  • 1 x Intelligent Flight Batteries
  • 6 x Quick Release Folding 8331 Propellers Pairs
  • 1 x Charger
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 1 x Gimbal Cover
  • 1 x Gimbal Clamp
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 4 x RC Cable Slider
  • 3 x RC Cables
  • 1 x Battery to Power Bank Adaptor
  • 1x Micro SD card (16 GB)
  • 2x RC Cable Slider Small
  • 2x RC Cable Slider Large

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Fly More Combo - £1,169

The Mavic Pro Platinum is also available with the Fly More combo. The Mavic Pro Platinum builds on the design of the Mavic Pro to be a truly portable drone.

In the box

  • 1 x Mavic Pro Platinum
  • 1 x Remote Controller
  • 3 x Intelligent Flight Batteries (1 included with the aircraft PLUS 2 extra)
  • 5 x Quick Release Folding 8331 Propellers Pairs
  • 1 x Charger
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 1 x Gimbal Cover
  • 1 x Gimbal Clamp
  • 1 x microSD Car 16GB
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x Car Charger
  • 4 x RC Cable Slider
  • 1 x Mavic Shoulder Bag
  • 3 x RC Cables
  • 1 x Battery to Power Bank Adaptor
  • 1 x Battery Charging Hub

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom - £1,099

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is part of the foldable and portable DJI Mavic Series.

The Mavic 2 Zoom utilises a two-time optical zoom camera letting photographers and videographers get even more detail of their subject.

Control the Mavic 2 Zoom with DJI’s OcuSync 2.0 for an impressive range of up to five miles and a video transmission in 1080p.

Take your experience to the next level with DJI’s Intelligent Flight Modes including the Dolly Zoom, APAS, ActiveTrack 2.0 and more.

Key Specifications

  • Weight: 905g
  • Dimensions (folded): 322x242x84mm
  • Max flight time: 31 minutes
  • Max speed: 72kph
  • Photo: 12MP. Video: 4K/1080p

Key Features

ActiveTrack 2.0: Utilising the Mavic 2’s advanced sensors for the most advanced subject tracking, which includes high-speed tracking and trajectory prediction.





Dolly Zoom: Capture the unique Dolly Zoom effect in your shots through the Mavic 2’s impressive zoom with the tracking systems.

Hyperlapse: With Hyperlapse, the aircraft shoots stable aerial shots and processes them automatically. JPEG and RAW photos can be simultaneously saved on a microSD, leaving more room for post editing.

Task Library: This allows you to save flight paths so you can capture the same scene at different times.

Enhanced HDR Photos: An improved HDR algorithm blends a sequence of photos for higher dynamic range and less unwanted artificial effects.

HyperLight: HyperLight photos provide a low light setting to enhance your images while drastically reducing noise.

H.265 Codec: Supports the advanced H.265/HEVC codec, which maintains 50% more information than videos in H.264.AVC.

APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems): Keep you Mavic 2 safe in complex environments with DJI’s advanced combination of sensors and algorithms.

In the box

  • 1 x Mavic 2 Zoom Edition
  • 1 x Remote Controller
  • 1 x Intelligent Flight Battery
  • 2 x Propellers Set
  • 1 x Charger

DJI Mavic 2 Pro - £1,349

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is a seriously impressive bit of kit. Featuring the unique foldable design of the Mavic Series, a huge maximum speed of up to 45 mph and the longest battery life of up to 31 minutes.

The Mavic 2 Pro utilises a three-axis gimbal with Hasselblad camera and 1-inch CMOS sensor and F\2.8 to F\11 EQV 28mm lens, capable of capturing 4K UHD video and 20MP images. Perfectly designed for sunlight and sunset hours, giving the best results in the most challenging conditions.

The Mavic 2 Pro utilises the newly developed OcuSync 2, with a maximum range of up to 8km with a video transmission of 1080p.

The drone will automatically switch between 2.4 and 5.8 GHz, maintaining an advanced connection with the drone.

Key Specifications

  • Weight: 907g. 
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 322x242x84.
  • Max flight time: 31 minutes.
  • Max flight distance: 18km.
  • Max speed: 72kph.
  • Photo: 20MP. Video: 4K UHD.

Key Features

ActiveTrack 2.0: Utilising the Mavic 2’s advanced sensors for the most advanced subject tracking, which includes high-speed tracking and trajectory prediction.

Dolly Zoom: Capture the unique Dolly Zoom effect in your shots through the Mavic 2’s impressive zoom with the tracking systems.

Hyperlapse: With Hyperlapse, the aircraft shoots stable aerial shots and process them automatically. JPEG and RAW photos can be simultaneously saved on a microSD, leaving more room for post editing.

Task Library: This allows you to save flight paths so you can capture the same scene at different times.

Enhanced HDR Photos: An improved HDR algorithm blends a sequence of photos for higher dynamic range and less unwanted artificial effects.

HyperLight: HyperLight photos provide a low light setting to enhance your images while drastically reducing noise.

H.265 Codec: Supports the advanced H.265/HEVC codec, which maintains 50% more information than videos in H.264.AVC.

APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems): Keep you Mavic 2 safe in complex environments with DJI’s advanced combination of sensors and algorithms.

In the box

  • 1 x Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter
  • 1 x Remote Controller
  • 1 x Mavic 2 Battery
  • 3 x Propeller Sets
  • 1 x Mains Charger
  • 1 x Power Cable
  • 2 x RC Control Stick
  • 1 x RC Cable (Lightning)
  • 1 x RC Cable (USB-C)
  • 1 x RC Cable (Micro USB)
  • 1 x Gimbal Protector
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type C
  • 1 x USB Adapter
  • 1 x RC Cable Slider (Large)
  • 1 x RC Cable Slider (Small)

For more information about the Mavic series, watch this video below.

Add something else to your Christmas list

It's not just drones which might find their way into your stocking this year.

Just ahead of the Christmas countdown, DJI announced the release of the Osmo Pocket - a tiny stabilised vlogging camera offering storytelling freedom in the palm of your hand. 

The product is already proving popular, and looking at what it offers, it's easy to see why. Below is a guide to the DJI Osmo Pocket, followed by a detailed look at the Ronin-S, which has been slahsed in price ahead of Christmas.

DJI Osmo Pocket - £329

The chocolate-bar-sized Osmo Pocket, measuring in at just under five-inches long and weighing 116g, boasts the smallest three-axis gimbal in DJI history, the ability to capture real-time shake-free footage, a 1/2.3-inch sensor and capabilities of shooting 4k/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12MP.

Other exciting features include Mationlapse, ActiveTrack, 3×3 panorama and NightShot technology. It has a 140-minute maximum battery life.

Key accessories are available to expand your creativity, such as charging case, extension rod and a waterproof case which allows the Osmo Pocket to go to depths of up to 60m for smooth underwater shots, detailed close-ups and clear low-light detail.

Key Specifications

  • DJI’s smallest three-axis mechanical handheld gimbal
  • 1/2.3-inch sensor, 80° FOV and f/2.0 aperture
  • Shoot 4K/60fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP with a pixel size of 1.55 μm
  • Battery life of more than two hours
  • Range of intelligent functions, including 3x3 panorama, NightShot, Motionlapse and ActiveTrack
  • Dedicated DJI Mimo app featuring editing tools, templates and access to a content-sharing community

Key Features

Noiseless Cooling System: For a perfectly quiet performance, Osmo Pocket takes advantage of a fanless, passive cooling solution that dissipates heat evenly, ensuring longevity and consistent performance.

Single-handed Design: A sandstone handle is non-slip and sweat-proof, offering a comfortable grip. The built-in touchscreen and buttons provide a quick, single-handed user experience, letting you choose modes and adjust settings in a few swipes and taps.

Universal Port: Osmo Pocket includes a Universal Port. This multifunctional expansion interface connects Osmo Pocket to your smartphone, as well as an ever-growing suite of accessories that sets you free to film in any way.

Osmo Pocket doesn’t just let you shoot smooth, cinematic footage. With access to several intelligent functions like ActiveTrack, Motionlapse and Panorama, it unleashes your creativity with filming effects that are impossible with smartphones. These intelligent functions are:

FPV: FPV mode follows the gimbal’s orientation to film thrilling action shots with smooth results.

ActiveTrack: Just tap on a subject – and ActiveTrack intelligently follows. Entering Selfie mode automatically launches FaceTrack, keeping you in the centre of the picture.

3×3 Panorama: For breathtaking vistas and landscapes, a 3×3 panorama captures your destination with breathtaking definition and detail.

Motionlapse: To squeeze a beautiful day into a single shot, Timelapse turns hours into seconds, and Motionlapse adds smooth camera movement for dramatic effect.

NightShot: Osmo Pocket automatically detects and illuminates low-lit scenes into bright photos. You can also take tripod-free 2-3s, handheld long exposure shots in Pro mode.

The dedicated DJI Mimo app sets your imagination free with editing tools, templates, and access to a content-sharing community that inspires your own visual storytelling.

Story Mode: Uses a combination of preset shooting patterns and camera motions to help you create professional-quality video whenever you want. Exclusively-designed filters and soundtracks give a unique finish to your footage. Mimo is the companion to let you point, shoot, edit and share amazing moments.

Advanced Options: Osmo Pocket enhances the photography experience with intuitive functions and allows total customisation. Pro mode lets you manually adjust camera parameters and adjust exposure. Powerful imaging capabilities also capture RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos, retaining rich detail and allowing more room for post-processing.

Robust Editing Suite: DJI Mimo was designed for all types of users to enhance their content with a professional touch. My Story lets you set the tone of your video with templates, filters, music, and watermark stickers in a single tap.

*Please note that Story Mode and D-Cinelike video will be available soon in a future app update.

In the box

  • 1 x DJI Osmo Pocket
  • 1 x Cover
  • 1 x Smartphone Adapter (lightning)
  • 1 x Smartphone Adapter (USB-C)
  • 1 x Power Cable

Accessories 

Accessories, perfect for Osmo Pocket, offer even more options for filming and photography, helping you make unforgettable footage. The first four are available for pre-order now. These are:

Wireless Module - £53

The Wireless Module for your Osmo Pocket adds WiFi and Bluetooth connection from the Osmo Pocket to your smartphone.

This means that you'll have full remote control over the Osmo Pocket's camera from your smartphone.

It also serves a second purpose - as a steady base for the Osmo Pocket when you're taking long exposures, timelapse or motionlapse shots.

The USB-C port on the back of the module can also be used to charge the Osmo Pocket's battery while on the base.

Accessory Mount - £23

Use this Accessory Mount to use different action camera accessories with the DJI Osmo Pocket.

This simple to use mount will expand the shooting options for your Osmo Pocket and give you the chance to always capture the perfect image.

Controller Wheel - £53

This Controller Wheel for the Osmo Pocket Camera features a dial for precise control over camera pan and tilt.

There are also two buttons on the wheel, that can change the shooting mode on the Osmo Pocket or recenter the gimbal.

This all means you'll have more control over what you're shooting and how your shots are framed - which can only be a good thing!

Expansion Kit - £99

The Expansion Kit is an all-in-one package, at a reduced price, to help you make the most of your Osmo Pocket camera.

Open up more shooting possibilities, get finer control and use the wireless module to connect your smartphone to your DJI Osmo Pocket.

More accessories to come

While these accessories can be pre-ordered now, DJI has announced that a further list of add-ons for the Osmo Pocket will come at a later date. These are:  

Charging Case

Stores and charges Osmo Pocket, with dedicated space for two microSD cards, four ND filters and two smartphone connectors.

Extension Rod

Features an expandable length, gimbal control stick, operation buttons on the handle, and 1/4″ tripod mount.

Waterproof Case

Allows use of Osmo Pocket at depths of up to 60m for smooth underwater shots, detailed close-ups and clear low-light detail.

Quick-release Base

Uses a twist-lock design to attach to the Accessory Mount, and an industrial adhesive strip for a firm hold to a helmet, board and other surfaces.

ND Filters Set

Reduces the amount of light entering the sensor, enabling more control of camera settings in any lighting condition.

3.5mm Adapter

Allows the use of a dedicated external microphone for maximizing sound quality in a variety of situations.

Cover

Lightweight and sturdy letting you transport Osmo Pocket with ease.

DJI Ronin-S - £499

The detachable DJI Ronin-S is an advanced three-axis gimbal compatible with a wide-range of DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Designed for single-hand use, the Ronin-S will help creatives capture stunning scenes at speeds of up to 75kph for up to 12 hours.

The Ronin-S utilises DJI’s stabilisation algorithms for an accurate and reliable performance.

Key Features

  • Features a DJI Focus Wheel for precise control over compatible cameras
  • Elevates the camera creating an unobscured shot in both upright and underslung shots.
  • SmoothTrack on the Ronin-S allows easy shot and subject transition for all set types.
  • Three modes available, including Sport Mode for fast-paced shots.
  • Simple and easy to use interface that allows quick changes in modes
  • Mount the Ronin-S on a telescopic pole or RC buggy for flexibility in your shots
  • Compatible with a wide range of DSLRs and mirrorless camera with camera control. This includes Sony, Nikon, Canon and many more.

DJI Ronin-S in more detail

The Ronin-S features a collection of pre-set creative features to give filmmakers exceptional results on planned or spontaneous shots. Modes are available through the dedicated Ronin app.

The following impressive modes are available:

Panorama: Allows you to create detailed panoramas with ease.

Timelapse: Record hours of footage to be sped up into a few seconds for a unique perspective.

Motionlapse: Create an advanced moving timelapse for a dramatic shot with minimal equipment.

Track: Shoot a repeatable shot to achieve the highest levels of detail in your scene.

SmoothTrack technology allows you to transition from motion to camera angle with one hand. Switch between three user profiles with a simple click on the M button, and capture fast-moving objects in Sport Mode by holding it down.

The Ronin-S's innovative framework elevates camera payload above the roll axis, making the camera's built-in display obstruction free and always in your line of sight. In addition to providing an unobstructed view, the angled roll motor allows for more space to balance bulkier setups.

The Ronin-S is an adaptable tool made to suit the needs of any creator. It offers compatibility with a huge range of accessories via its mounts including microphones, LED lights, an external monitor and more.

The Ronin S works seamlessly with the DJI Force Pro and Master Wheels, giving ultimate control over its movements for absolute precision. The S-Bus port also allows the use of third-party remote controllers for further integration.

In the box

  • 1 x Ronin-S Gimbal
  • 1 x BG37 Grip with Built-in Battery
  • 1 x Camera Mounting Plate
  • 1 x Focus Wheel
  • 1 x RSS IR Control Cable
  • 1 x Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C)
  • 1 x Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-B)
  • 1 x Len Support
  • 1 x Camera Riser
  • 1 x Extended Grip/Tripod
  • 1 x USB-C Cable
  • 1 x 24W USB Power Adapter
  • 1 x Accessory Box
  • 2 x Allen Wrench
  • 1 x Hook-and-Loop Strap for Cable
  • 1 x Hook-and-Loop Strap for Gimbal
  • 1 x Storage Case

DJI Introduces Nine New Accessories For Ronin-S

In November, DJI announced a raft of new accessories for the Ronin-S, which will help to capture stabilised video easier than ever before.

From a brand new external focus motor to pull focus on lenses manually to the Command Unit offering quick access to settings, Ronin-S users now have a host of exciting new tools to help capture their creative vision. Here's a look at the new-release accessories.

Focus Motor - £149

The DJI Ronin-S Focus Motor brings control to manual lenses that do not offer internal adjustment.

Utilising the Ronin-S Focus Wheel included with Ronin-S, operators have the option to position the new Focus Motor on the iris, zoom or focus ring to quickly adjust these critical settings while filming.

Seamless and precise control over the lens is easily achieved thanks to 0.02 degrees of accuracy.

The Focus Motor includes two essential components, a Rod Mount Set which mounts the Focus Motor to Ronin-S and the Focus Gear Strip that fits around a wide array of lenses.

The Ronin-S Focus Motor brings precise control to a wide variety of lenses and expands creative freedom for professionals.

Focus Motor Rod Mount - £19

The Focus Motor Rod Mount is used to attach the Focus Motor to the Ronin-S.

Focus Gear Strip - £19

The Focus Gear Strip enables users to adjust the focus and zoom of a camera lens with the Ronin-S.

The gear strip is compatible with a wide range of lenses on the market and the length can be adjusted to fit various lens diameters.

The Ronin-S Focus Motor is required to use the DJI Focus Gear Strip and must be purchased separately.

Command Unit - £119

The Command Unit enables users to set parameters and control the Ronin-S during shooting without using a mobile device.

Adjust motor settings, switch operation modes, and select remote control settings by using the screen and 5D button.

Users can also access the Create feature directly through the Command Unit.

BG37 GRIP - £89

The Ronin-S BG37 Grip powers Ronin-S via a 2400mAh built-in battery, offering up to 12 hours of use, designed to meet the needs of camera professionals who are seeking tools for extended shoots.

Top Hotshoe Bracket - £45

The Top Hotshoe Bracket securely mounts a DLSR camera to the Ronin-S, perfect for shooting scenarios when mounting the gimbal to a vehicle to shoot car-chase scenes or fast-moving objects.

It also comes with a cold shoe mount that allows users to mount external accessories during operation as well as an additional mounting point for the Ronin-S Focus Rod mount.

Extended Lens Support - £19

This Extended Lens Support has a relatively wide adjustable length range.

It is designed for use with both ordinary cameras and when the distance between the Ronin-S Camera Mounting Plate and the camera lens is relatively far (eg when mounting a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera).

The Extended Lens Support helps to more firmly secure the camera on the Ronin-S, ensuring a more optimal shooting performance.

Extended GPS Module - £59

With the DJI RONIN-S External GPS Module, the Ronin-S will offer more stability during fast acceleration and deceleration allowing for smoother videos with better horizon hold.

The External GPS Module provides a signal for a more responsive gimbal stability that can react to sudden or quick movements.


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