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.
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.
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.