Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


I received my Ronin M just under 2 weeks ago from Production Gear, I was promised one of the first into the UK as I was producing a  video review.


We were filming part of an advert for the Harley Davidson Street Glide… 1,690cc four-stroke V-twin, six-speed transmission.


We had various cameras with us from two GoPro’s to the Sony PXW-FS7. I favour the Panasonic GH4 on the Ronin for practical reasons i.e. You don’t need to drill down menus to get settings like ISO etc.


This unit is caller RotoR which allows for some interesting selfies as it rotates. This was shot at Errol Aerodrome in Perthshire, Scotland, see details below.


Don, Gerry and Scott posing for a crew picture.


The interview was done with a Sony PXW-FS7 with a 10mm Sony lens.


Miller the cocker spaniel having a good look up the end of my 12mm f2.8 Lumix lens.



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

2 thoughts on “User Review of the DJI Ronin M

  1. I’d like to thank the unsung hero of many of your shoots: your wife. My wife too gets sucked into my business and I don’t give her enough credit for all that she does.

    Great review and a wonderful shoot. I just hope you got better audio of the bike than what we heard in the review. I own two Harleys, if they sounded like that I’d get rid of them immediately. Gerry

    HDW : Well spotted Gerry I have replaced the “superbike” audio with genuine recorded on the day Harley audio.

  2. Interesting that you mention that you wouldn’t use a Sony A7s. I have one of these and was looking at the possibility of a gimbal and maybe a Ronin M.
    Is the reason purely the wider depth of field with the GH4? Would a more standard lens, say a Sony 28-70mm be more suited compared to a prime, for example?
    Also, in reality, how easy and quick is the Ronin to set up and stabilise and keep it that way?
    Many thanks.

    HDW : I have used the Sony A7s on my Ronin but the GH4 takes less setting up and has more useful buttons to hand. Thats another reason to stick to one camera and lens its very quick and simple to keep Ronin ready for action, though I have to admit its easy to set up for other cameras.

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