DJI RS 3 Pro Wireless Transmission

DJI RS 3, RS 3 Pro gets big boost with DJI Wireless Transmission system

The full Ronin name is gone, but the epic gimbal camera is better than ever. DJI today launched the third iteration of its Ronin series line, since reduced to the name “RS Series.” With it, we get two new gimbals, the DJI RS 3 and the DJI RS 3 Pro.

In conjunction with the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro, DJI also launched the DJI Wireless Transmission system. This newfangled transmission system leverages DJI’s existing aerial video transmission technology to deliver an integrated solution capable of providing 20,000 ft 1080p/60fps transmission and remote gimbal operation, when used with Ronin 2 and RS 3 Pro.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new DJI RS 3, RS 3 Pro and DJI Wireless Transmission System:

DJI RS 3 Pro

DJI RS 3 and RS 3 Pro

The Ronin product line has long been a key feature of DJI’s collection, especially in keeping the company famous for drones relevant with cinematographers. That really leveled up last October with the launch of the Ronin 4D, which added a 4th axis to the concept of a 3-axis gimbal.

The launch now of the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro expands on that with a few new key features: an automated axis lock system, 3rd-Gen RS stabilization algorithm improving performance by 20%, and one-tap calibration.

DJI RS 3 Specs

DJI RS 3 Auto Lock

The DJI RS 3 is designed to make things more automated for filmmakers. That starts with a redesigned axes-locking system, where you simply turn on the gimbal and the automated axis locks release and unfold the gimbal, allowing the operator to get started in seconds.

Inversely, tapping the power button automatically turns RS 3 into “sleep mode.” Quick-release plates eliminate the need for repetitive balancing with position memory, enabling faster mounting.

There’s also a Bluetooth Shutter Button, which means you can automatically connect without needing a camera control cable.    

Among some other key specs:

  • Weight of RS 3: 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)
  • Payload capacity: 6.6 lbs (3 kg)
  • 12 hours of battery life
  • PD fast charging at 18 watts
  • SuperSmooth mode for lenses with focal lengths of up to 100 mm
  • 3rd-Gen  RS Stabilization Algorithm promises a 20% improved performance over RSC 2

The system also comes with an all-new 1.8-inch OLED full-color touchscreen, which is an increase of 80% surface area versus the previous RSC 2.

It’s already on sale now for $549, or $719 if you upgrade to the DJI RS 3 Combo.

DJI RS 3 Pro Specs

The DJI RS 3 Pro takes much of what you’ll find in the RS 3 and turns it up a notch. One key differentiator how light it is despite its size. While being quite a bit taller and wider than the RS 3, its 3.3-lb weight isn’t much more than the RS 3’s 2.8 lb weight. And the Pro version can carry a 10-lb payload versus the only 6.6-lb payload on the standard version. That’s all thanks to its construction, with arms made from one uncut piece of carbon fiber (it’s a similar design to the Ronin 2).

The RS 3 Pro is what you’ll want to hold cameras including the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and RED Komodo.

Here are some key specs:

  • Weight of RS 3 Pro: 3.3 lbs (1.35 kg)
  • Payload capacity: 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Dual RSA/NATO port and battery port to connect to accessories including the new Briefcase Handle, Twist Grip Dual Handle, and Tethered Control Handle.

The RS 3 Pro takes a lot of learnings from past DJI products beyond just the Ronin 2’s carbon fiber design. It also takes tech from the Ronin 4D — more specifically its advanced LiDAR focusing technology. With the Ronin 2 you get a new  DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS), capable of projecting 43,200 ranging points within a 14-meter indoor area. That range finder includes a DJI-developed chip (also identical to the one used in Ronin 4D) coupled with a built-in 30mm camera that makes filming even better. You’ll notice this when shooting in ActiveTrack Pro, a new version of ActiveTrack that has 60x more computing power than the earlier version for more sensitive and accurate target identification.

If SDK is important to you, then you’ll want the RS 3 Pro. The DJI RS SDK protocol enables third-party manufacturers and individual developers to make their on adaptations, which in a filming context might be necessary for scenarios like filming from a moving vehicle, with a jib or Steadicam.

The RS 3 Pro costs $869 (or $1,099 for the Combo Kit).

DJI Transmission

DJI Transmission

And while the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro are certainly exciting, this other product announcement could be possibly even more of a game changer.

DJI today announced DJI Transmission, the company’s first independent wireless video solution.

It uses O3 Pro transmission technology to offer an incredible 20,000-foot on-ground transmission distance that promises ultra-low latency sure to be a massive upgrade from traditional Wi-Fi transmission.

Here’s what you can expect with DJI Transmission:

  • Video is transmitted in 1080p/60fps
  • Live audio monitoring at 16-bit 48 kHz
  • A DFS band has been added on top of the traditional 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz settings (offering up to 23 channel options)
  • A built-in frequency sweeper automatically scans the current electromagnetic environment for the best wireless channel, instantly switching channels when needed (manual selection is also possible)

Wireless monitoring entails a 1,500-nit 7-inch high-bright touchscreen monitor that supports multiple receivers and built-in tools including exposure, focus and composition assist.

You can use DJI Transmission as a gimbal and camera controller with the RS 3 Pro.

That said, DJI Transmission won’t be available for purchase until this December. And when it’s available, it’ll cost $2,499. For that price, you get the following:

  • One DJI Video Transmitter
  • DJI High-Bright Remote Monitor
  • Remote Monitor Hood
  • Installation Toolkit
  • Protector Case
  • Two WB37 Intelligent Batteries
  • One WB37 Battery Charging Hub
  • Various cables and battery adapters.

You can also opt to buy just the independent Video Transmitter ($1,099) and High-Bright Remote Monitor ($1,699) separately.

How to get your hands on the DJI RS 3 and RS 3 Pro

The DJI RS 3 is on sale now at most major camera retailers for $549. It includes:

  • One Gimbal
  • BG21 Grip
  • USB-C Charging Cable
  • Lens-Fastening Support
  • Plastic Extended Grip/Tripod
  • Quick-Release Plates
  • Multi-Camera Control Cable
  • Screw Kit.

Buy the DJI RS 3 now from B&H Photo.

Buy the DJI RS 3 now from Adorama .

Or, upgrade to the DJI RS 3 Combo for $719. That includes all of the above plus:

  • One Briefcase Handle
  • Focus Motor (2022)
  • Focus Motor Rod Kit
  • Focus Gear Strip
  • A second Multi-Camera Control Cable
  • One Carrying Case. 

Buy the DJI RS 3 Combo now from B&H Photo.

Buy the DJI RS 3 Combo now from Adorama.

The DJI RS 3 Pro is also on sale now at most major camera retailers for $869. It includes:

  • One Gimbal
  • BG30 Grip
  • USB-C Charging Cable
  • Lens-Fastening Support (Extended)
  • Metal Extended Grip/Tripod
  • Quick-Release Plates
  • Briefcase Handle
  • Multi-Camera Control Cable
  • Screw Kit.
  • Carrying Case.

Buy the DJI RS 3 Pro now from B&H Photo.

Buy the DJI RS 3 Pro now from Adorama.

The DJI RS 3 Pro is also available now for $1,099. That includes all of the above plus:

  •  One Extended Quick Release Plate
  • Phone Holder
  • Focus Motor (2022)
  • Focus Motor Rod Kit
  • Focus Gear Strip
  • Ronin Image Transmitter (previously known as the DJI RavenEye Image Transmission System)
  • Two Hook-and-Loop Straps
  • Additional cables. 

Buy the DJI RS 3 Pro Combo now from B&H Photo.

Buy the DJI RS 3 Pro Combo now from Adorama.

All four versions of the RS 3 also offer DJI Care Refresh (which is essentially an extended warranty plan for certain DJI products) as an add-on option.

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