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DJI RS 3 Pro and RS 3 — what’s the difference?

DJI RS 3 Pro
DJI RS 3 Pro

DJI launched the RS 3 and RS 3 Pro gimbals. The RS 3 is a replacement for the RSC 2, while the RS 3 Pro replaces the RS 2 Pro. The biggest differences between them are capacity: the RS 3 can support up to 6.6 lbs (3 kg) while the RS 3 Pro can support up to 10 lbs (4.5 kg). The RS 3 Pro also has longer arms to accommodate larger cameras and longer lenses that can’t be balanced on the RS 3.

Here’s the product launch video for the RS 3 Pro:

Here’s the product launch for the RS 3:

Improvements and Drawbacks

Here are the major improvements over the RS 2 and RSC 2.  First, improved convenience. Both RS 3 and RS 3 Pro can automatically lock and unlock the gimbal for transport. They both also feature larger 1.8 inch OLED touch screens and a new physical switch for different shooting modes, such as Pan Follow or Pan Tilt Follow.

Second, improved stabilization performance.  The RS 3 and RS 3 Pro use an improved stabilization algorithm that produces smoother footage than their predecessors.

Improved stabilization algorithm
Improved stabilization algorithm

Third, larger capacity.  The RS 3 Pro’s extension arm is an inch longer than the RS2 so the gimbals can accommodate larger cameras and larger lenses.

Fourth, LiDAR.  The RS 3 Pro can use an optional LiDAR rangefinder for more accurate focusing and for focusing on manual lenses, similar to that of the Ronin 4D, up to a range of 14 meters.  However, the LiDAR will drain the battery significantly:  the RS 3 Pro’s battery is rated for 12 hours.  With the LiDAR, the capacity will be reduced to just 3 hours.

DJI RS 3 Pro can use an optional LiDAR rangefinder
DJI RS 3 Pro can use an optional LiDAR rangefinder

Although there are some improvements, there are also some disadvantages for the RS 3.  The RS 3’s handle is smaller and has a smaller battery capacity compared to the RSC 2.  In addition, the RS 3 loses the folding mechanism of the RSC 2.

For other differences, check out this comparison chart.

 

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  • “The RS 3 Pro’s arms are an inch longer so the gimbals can accommodate larger cameras and larger lenses.”

    Compared to what? The RS 2 Pro? Or the RS 3? Or what?

    How long are the arms? Trying to figure out if I can fit a Z9 on the RS 3

    • Thanks. I’ve clarified it: The RS 3 Pro’s extension arm is an inch longer than the RS2 so the gimbals can accommodate larger cameras and larger lenses.