DJI releases RS 3, RS 3 Pro and DJI Transmission

Mostly known for its drones, China’s DJI has been expanding its reach with offerings to filmmakers in recent years. Last year, the company introduced its first new cinematic camera, the Ronin 4D. Today, it’s announcing the release of two new gimbals and a DJI Transmission Wireless System, all of which borrow some cool tricks from the Ronin 4D.

The RS 3 can be considered a successor to the RSC 2 released by DJI in 2020. It’s smaller than the two newly released axes that focus on getting you ready to record as quickly as possible. The new axis locking mechanism releases automatically once the axis is engaged, allowing you to shoot sooner. Combined with the new quick release mounts, it should save you valuable time and eliminate the need to rebalance the arms between shoots.

The DJI RS 3 now also features interchangeable batteries but no longer has the adjustable grip like its predecessor.
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Both mounts now include a 1.8-inch OLED display.
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The RS 3 also features new support for a Bluetooth shutter button, which means you don’t need to connect the camera’s control cable and can only operate the record button wirelessly. DJI quotes “20 percent improved performance over RSC 2,” which smooths things out noticeably when shooting at low angles, running with a gimbal, or shooting from a moving vehicle. Like the RSC 2, this gimbal supports SuperSmooth mode, which adds extra stability when shooting with tighter zoom lenses up to 100mm.

The new gimbal also features a much larger 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, which should help you adjust settings on the go without having to connect it to the Ronin app. The handle added a physical slide switch so designers could switch between follow, pan, tilt and FPV modes.

The new interchangeable battery grip with 12 hours of battery life is a slight decrease compared to the RSC 2’s 14 hours of battery life. But 12 hours is still a long time, and it supports 18W PD fast charging. Props are yours if you can hold the gimbal for a long time.

The RS 3 weighs 2.8 lb (1.3 kg) which makes it slightly heavier than its predecessor (2.67 lb or 1.2 kg) and shares the same tested payload limit of 6.6 lb or 3 kg.

But, if you think 3kg might be too little for a camera device, then you should have a look at the DJI RS 3 Pro. It has a maximum payload capacity of 10 lb (4.5 kg) – similar to its RS 2 predecessor – and should be more than plenty. Although the RS 3 Pro’s arms are made from a single uncut piece of carbon fiber, the RS 3 Pro is slightly heavier than the RS 2, at 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg).

The RS 3 Pro can be carried manually, but it’s fun to mount it on a car rig if you have one around.
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Just like the RS 3, the RS 3 Pro shares all of the above features: automatic hub locking, Bluetooth shutter control, a 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen display, and a physical mode button on the handle. But there is one big difference because the RS 3 Pro borrows lidar focus technology from Ronin 4D. Combined with an improved focus motor, the DJI Lidar Range Finder is capable of converting manual lenses into autofocus lenses. DJI-owned ActiveTrack, now called ActiveTrack Pro, promises to keep demanding, steady shots in focus in more situations by improving subject detection and tracking.

The DJI Lidar Range Finder (RS) can display 43,200 range points within a 14-meter indoor area.
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The latest product announced at DJI’s launch event is DJI’s wireless video solution, simply called DJI Transmission. If you’re familiar with DJI’s Ronin 4D camera, this will look similar.

It is a transmission technology that allows remote monitoring and control of the camera, RS 3 Pro, or both at the same time.

The O3 Pro transmission enables video transmission of up to 6 km in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second with live audio monitoring. The DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) band alternates between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies to enable smooth, interference-free transmission channels. Of course, users can also manually select their selected channels on larger groups to avoid any clashes between multiple devices.

The system comes with a transmitter placed on top of your desired device and a receiver in the form of a 7-inch screen. The bright 1500 nits screen supports one transmitter with multiple receivers and two switching modes.

The high-brightness remote control display can also act as a standalone motion controller.
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DJI transmission can work with 10 or more transmitters.
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Broadcast mode allows an unlimited number of receivers to monitor production, while Control, Monitoring and remote control mode can be performed using two receivers.

The new stones, the DJI RS 3 and RS 3 Pro, will be available today with starting prices of $549 and $869, respectively. Both poplars can also be purchased as a combo package that comes with a large number of accessories. The RS 3 Combo includes an additional handle, new focus motor, carrying case, and more. This option will cost you $719.

The RS 3 Pro Combo package also adds an extended quick-release plate, a phone holder, a new focus motor, a Ronin image transmitter, and more for $1,099.

The DJI Transmission will go on sale in September of this year and will retail for $2,499. If you want to purchase the high-brightness video transmitter or remote control separately, these items will cost $1699 and $1099, respectively.

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