DJI Ronin 4D is a full frame camera with up to 8K resolution, 4-axis stabilization, LiDAR autofocus and wireless control. However, it costs $7,200 for the 6K version and $11,500 for the 8K version. Fortunately, it is possible to emulate some of its features with Insta360 One X2 and some other 360 cameras, like the One R, One X, and GoPro MAX:
DJI Ronin 4D Key Specifications:
- Sensor: 35mm full frame
- Mount: Compatible with DJI DL mount, Sony E-mount and Leica M-mount.
- Resolution: There are two versions of the DJI Ronin 4D – one with 6K ($7,199) and another with 8K ($11,499)
- 4-axis stabilization: the Ronin 4D is the world’s first camera with built-in active 4-axis stabilization (meaning it will stabilize not just camera rotation but also stabilize the up and down movement).
- Wireless control. The Ronin 4D can be controlled by a second or third operator who can control the camera movement or the focus pull
- LiDAR autofocus. The R4D is equipped with a LiDAR sensor for accurate focusing, even in low light environments.
DJI Ronin 4D alternative for consumers
The Ronin 4D is a fantastic tool for professional filmmakers but it’s too expensive, too heavy, and too slow for consumers. However, you can get some of the same features, including 4 axis stabilization with a stabilized 360 camera such as the Insta360 One X2.
To simulate 4 axis stabilization, you need to use a selfie stick that is at least 4 feet long. Don’t grip it too tightly and you’ll find that your video will not bob up and down even while you’re running.
One X2 also has a feature similar to Wireless Control but it’s even better. Instead of having two or more camera operators, you can shoot first and aim the camera later, either with your phone as a virtual camera (“Viewfinder Mode”) or by keyframing camera movements in the phone or desktop app.
And although One X2 cannot do focus pulls, it never misses focus because it is panfocal. Everything from about 10cm to infinity will be in focus, regardless of lighting conditions.