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DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Abel Code: DJI-CP.ZM.000144
Mfr. Code: CP.ZM.000144
Backorder – 4-6 weeks
Weighing approximately 5lbs, the Ronin-M is small enough to fit into your backpack and take anywhere yet strong enough to support camera setups weighing up to 8lbs. Capture handheld shots with Underslung Mode, Upright, Mode, or Briefcase Mode.
Key Highlights
  • Stabilizes handheld camera footage
  • 3 shooting modes including overhead
  • Weighs approx. 5lbs & fits in a backpack
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The DJI Ronin-M Handheld 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer features a compact, easy-to-transport means to capture footage in a variety of shooting configurations. Its 3-axis system provides the smooth roll (keeping the horizon level), tilt, and pan capabilities. With a boasted control of +/- 0.02-degrees you will be able to position your camera where you want it. It is based upon the Zenmuse technology which DJI developed for aerial gimbals. The Ronin-M is designed for handheld use and can accommodate jib, crane, or a handful of other arrangements.

Want to capture video fast? Simply install your handle bar, mount your camera on the camera shelf, attach the appropriate cables, insert the battery, adjust the balance and tap the Auto Tune Stability button (ATS). Voila, you can start capturing video on your handheld gimbal.


The Ronin-M delivers the following 3 shooting modes:


Underslung Mode

This is the default position of the Ronin-M stabilizer. It can be used in this mode without adjustments. It is the most comfortable position as you hold the camera directly in front of you at chest level. View a black and white sketch of this position, plus color photos of the Ronin-M configured with a camera in Underslung Mode, in our posted photos.


Upright Mode

If you flip the gimbal forward 180-degrees it adjusts to shoot in Upright Mode. This position can be achieved before turning it on, too. This is the ideal position for car mounts and top/down perspectives. Hold it over your head to shoot above the crowd, carefully hold it through a sunroof, or position the camera in front of your face for eye-level POVs. You can see a black and white sketch of this position, plus a color photo of the Ronin-M configured with a camera in Upright Mode inside the product photos.


Briefcase Mode

Ideal for working in tight spaces, the Briefcase Mode positions the Ronin-M gimbal close to your body for a slim profile. To reach Briefcase Mode, tilt the gimbal 90-degrees to the left or right on the roll axis. While in this mode, the remote cannot control the gimbal to pan, tilt, or roll. If you do not wish to convert your footage to Briefcase Mode when you tilt the gimbal during a shoot you can modify the settings in the DJI Assistant App so it will not automatically switch modes.



The Ronin-M’s brushless motors are able to maintain low vibrations and increasing torque. Digital Absolute Positioning Encoders in each axis provide accuracy and a much larger range of controllable motion on both the tilt (105-degrees up and 165-degrees down) and roll (+/- 110-degrees). 

Reduce potential noise by setting your Ronin-M in Silent Mode. This is best suited for tight spaces or indoor spaces. It reduces potential motor sound to near inaudible levels. This mode adjusts the Ronin-M stabilization algorithms to concentrate on strength for minute changes and stabilization.

The lightweight, magnesium frame of the Ronin-M weighs only 5.07lbs including the handle and battery. Magnesium provides an increased stiffness. You may not see if used much since many manufacturers avoid it due to the difficulty in manufacturing. DJI now incorporates a U-shaped, magnesium arm to hold the camera plate securely.

Remove the handlebars individually to transport the Ronin-M or position it close to walls or in other tight positions. The top handle bars remove with a quick twist so you can minimalize your gimbal, pack/unpack, or achieve multiple shooting positions.

All gimbals require balancing before filming can commence. Configure your Ronin-M to suit your camera and lens with DJI’s Assistant Software for compatible iOS and Bluetooth Windows desktop devices. Align the three axes using the ATS (Auto Tune Stability) process which uses automated software instead of tools. ATS adjusts each axis individually and repeats the process until all 3 axes are aligned. Be sure to make use of the included Tuning Stand during this process so you or your PA are not left holding the rig while it aligns.


DJI calls its remote control a 2nd operator transmitter. It operates on a proprietary 2.4 GHz. Using the transmitter/remote you can pan, tilt, and roll the Ronin-M’s movements, plus adjust modes or speeds. The transmitter/remote control range is approximately 328-656 feet (100-200 meters). DJI states that you can use third-party controllers since the Ronin-M supports 2.4Ghz remote controls and includes a D-Bus port for a non-DJI receiver. They also note that PPM receivers (Pulse Position Modulation) are not supported.

Like most two operator systems, the DJI Ronin-M allows the 2nd operator to control the camera’s motion independently (using a motorized pan/tilt head) while the first operator physically moves the Ronin-M handheld unit by carrying it. Instead of relying upon a fly-by approach where you aim the camera lens in general, without viewing through a viewfinder, the 2nd operator transmitter/remote control permits you to frame your shots and complete complex camera moves.

You can operate the handheld Ronin-M with one operator, too. SmoothTrack will translate the single-shooter movements into smooth camera changes. The camera intuitively faces the direction you want and stays stabilized, regardless of your movements SmoothTrack also delivers speed settings and Single Axis Follow mode which locks two axes and lets the camera glide only along one axis of motion. Check out the impossible shot of rock climbers which is achieved both because of SmoothTrack, plus the lightweight, compact nature of the handheld Ronin-M stabilizer.


Utilize the included Tuning Stand to store and/or suspend the Ronin-M when not in use. Extend the stand or remove the upper half to pair it with a standard C-Stand. A quick-release helps you remove the top bar assembly in seconds so you can pair your Ronin-M to a C-Stand, jib, crane, tripod, or other device. Remember that the balance will chance while using a C-Stand or other support. You’ll want to adjust the balance each time. Use the Tuning Stand on flat surfaces for best results and so your gear can avoid accidental damage.

The Ronin-M is designed to be a handheld unit, but you can pair it with aerial vehicles with mixed results. Be sure to calculate the weight and size of both your camera, lens, and the gimbal to confirm compatibility.

Mount the Ronin-M on a vehicle to reduce vibrations in your footage. You will need additional mounting hardware to achieve this.


Power your tools using a dedicated distribution box. The box keeps wiring to a minimum. 2 regulated P-Taps, 1 500mAH full-size USB connector, plus a DJI Lightbridge connector enable you to power the devices you need to expand your capture abilities.

Charge the intelligent Ronin-M Battery in about 70 minutes. It is small enough you can carry multiple cameras in your bag for long shooting days. Overcharge and over depletion protection is built-in, as is individual cell charge balancing. You can view remaining power with the convenient, clear LEDs or within the DJI Assistant App.


The DJI Assistant App pairs via Bluetooth to the Ronin-M. You can Auto Tune or adjust your settings, monitor the Ronin-M’s status, or customize SmoothTrack settings via this App.

What's in the Box

  • 2 x Allen Wrenches (3mmx3/16”)
  • Lens Support
  • Lens Support Screw
  • 2 x Camera Screw D (3/8"-16)
  • 2 x Camera Screw C (1/4"-20)
  • 2 x Camera Screw B (3/8"-16)
  • 2 x Camera Screw A (1/4"-20)
  • Camera Mounting Plate
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Cable Pack
  • 2 x DJI Intelligent Battery for Ronin-M (1580mAh)
  • Battery Charger
  • Tuning Stand
  • Remote Control/Transmitter (2.4 GHz)
  • Handle Bar
  • DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer


Key Highlights

  • Stabilizes handheld camera footage
  • 3 shooting modes including overhead
  • Weighs approx. 5lbs & fits in a backpack
  • Pair DJI Assistant App with Bluetooth
  • Remove a handlebar for tight positions


Microphone Type:

Mount / Optical Lens Adapters

Lens Conversion Kit:


Magnesium - frame


Static Current:
300mA (@16V)
Accessory Power Connections:
1 x DJI Lightbridge
2 x 12V P-Tap - Regulated
Dynamic Current:
600mA (@16V)
Motor Current (may be locked):
Max 10A (@16V)
Battery Accepted:
4S Ronin-M Battery - Intelligent Battery; 3 hour life

Software / Apps / Plugins

PC Requirements:
Windows XP SP3; Windows 7; Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit);Mac OS X 10.9 or above
Mobile Requirements:
Mobile Device: iOS 6.1 or above, Android 4.3 or above
Supported Applications:
Ronin-M Assistant App - Bluetooth

Stabilizers / Steady Devices

Stabilizer Type:
Handheld Frame
Gimbal Payload:
5.0-9.99lbs - 8lbs
Gimbal Axis:
3-Axis (Pan/Tilt/Roll)
Gimbal Weight:
5-10lbs - 5.07lbs with handlebar
Gimbal Compatibility:
Camera Tray Dim.:
Maximum depth at center of mass on camera base plate: 4.72" (120mm)
Maximum height measured from top of camera base plate: 7.67" (195mm)
Maximum width: 6.30" (160mm)
Gimbal Modes:
3 Operation Modes Available:
Briefcase Mode
Underslung Mode
Upright Mode
Stabilizer Connections:
2.4GHz Remote Controller, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0
Functions Included:
2.4GHz Receiver
2nd Remote Operator
Bluetooth Module
Built-in, independent IMU module
D-Bus Receiver Supported
DJI Advanced 32-Bit DSP Processor
DJI Specialized Gimbal Drive Motors with Encoders
Quick-Release Mount
Silent Mode
Single Axis Follow Mode
SmoothTrack - (for angle changes)
Temperature Sensor
Max Rotation Speed:
Pan axis: 90°/s
Roll axis: 30°/s
Tilt axis: 100°/s
Rotation Range:
Pan axis control: 360°
Roll axis control: ± 25°
Tilt axis control: +105° /-190°


Operating Temperature:
5° F ~ 120° F (-15° C ~ 50° C)


12.5 in
11.5 in
18.8 in
13.5 lb


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