Say hello to the DJI RS 3 Mini, a “breakthrough in a compact body” and DJI’s first Mini model in the RS series of camera stabilisers. Available right now for USD$369 (AUD$539), this compact and lightweight gimbal is designed specifically for one-handed use with modern mirrorless cameras and lenses.
Right off the bat, this tiny gimbal weighs in at less than a kilogram (795g in portrait mode and 850g in horizontal mode) and is 50 per cent lighter than its bigger brother, the DJI RS 3 Pro, and 40 per cent lighter than the RS 3. Despite its small form factor, the DJI RS 3 Mini can support cameras as large as the Sony A7 with a 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens, thanks to a payload capacity of up to 2 kg.
Even at the limits of its carrying capacity, the high-torque motors ensure the “RS 3 Mini can retain stable shooting when zooming to max focal lengths on most lenses without the need for rebalancing.” Thankfully, DJI provides a compatibility list for each Ronin camera stabiliser, so you can quickly find the right product for your equipment.
Operating the DJI RS 3 Mini is identical to other gimbals in the Ronin series, with an ergonomic front dial that rotates for adjusting various camera settings like focus, ISO, aperture or shutter speed. Its built-in battery grip offers up to 10 hours of shooting time and only needs 2.5 hours of charging to reach capacity. Impatient filmmakers won’t need to unplug since you can operate the gimbal while charging.
Coupled with Bluetooth shutter control, a 3rd-Gen RS Stabilisation Algorithm, native vertical shooting and a 1.4-inch full-colour touchscreen, no matter how many coffees you’ve had, the DJI RS 3 Mini will keep everything stabilised. Furthermore, a “concentrated centre of balance” offers a more ergonomic and stable hand-held experience.
The creative redesign of the RS 3 Mini incorporates a more compact construction, an integrated battery, and native support for vertical shooting. You can travel light thanks to the body’s portability and compact design, which fits effortlessly into your camera bag.
Transitioning to portrait mode capture is also incredibly simple; mount the quick-release plate to the gimbal’s vertical arm for native vertical shooting without additional accessories or any compromises to functionality. If you plan on using additional accessories, the Mini is equipped with a NATO port to attach briefcase handles, external fill lights, and video monitors.
DJI has also updated its quick-release plate with a dual-layered design featuring a curved upper plate that prevents the camera from rotating and loosening during operation. The RS 3 Mini also adheres to the ARCA standard, making it a breeze to switch from stabiliser to tripod.
“Since the introduction of DJI’s Ronin series for cinematography in professional environments, DJI has been working on bringing professional-grade technology to an increasing number of content creators,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager at DJI. “The DJI RS 3 Mini is a testament to DJI’s core value of bringing innovative stabilisation technology to everyone with a love of capturing their moments in a photo or on video. Now, anyone with a mirrorless camera can experience the same industry-leading technology used on film sets and studios across the globe.”