Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

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Simon being a fully qualified drone pilot gives us his thoughts on the new hexicopter from DJI the M600.

Simon “DJI have once again made huge advancements in the field of 3 Axis brush-less gimbal systems, with the announcement and showcasing of their new Ronin-MX Gimbal System and the Matrice 600 hexacopter.   The Ronin-MX is a highly adaptable gimbal system, with the functionality to be used as both a stand alone handheld unit and with heavy lift areial platforms.  The new Ronin-MX features more powerful motors than the current Ronin-M unit, allowing for the stabilization of heavier payloads of around 4.5kg, cameras in the weight range of Arri Alexa Mini and Red Dragons. (suited to a payload capacity between the Ronin and Ronin-M, and so is not so much a replacement for the Ronin-M but more an intermediate between the two) these improved motors also allow the unit to counter increased G-forces during flight, and features two batteries.  The first designed to power the gimbal unit itself and the second to power the camera mounted to the system.  The Matrice 600, the latest competitively priced Hexacopter from DJI and in keeping with their innovation for aerial cinematography integrates seamlessly with the Ronin-MX,  capable of taking paylods up to 6kg, with a flight time of betwen 16-36 minutes, (depending upon payload) provided by 6 high powered intelligent batteries that not only provides increased flight time but increased insurance against battery failure.  This new Hexacopter and Gimbal set up, leaves us questioning will DJI do away with their current camera specific Zenmuse gimbals for heavy lift drone such as the S900 and S1000”.

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In addition to the Ronin-MX and Matrice 600 DJI also unveiled a series of new Osmo accessories, including the Z-Axis a stabilization system compatible with the Osmo’s X3 and the X5 camera to remove and significantly reduce vertical shaking from natural arm movements when walking or jogging.  As well as the much anticapted X5 adapter, allowing use of the DJI Micro Four Thirds X5 camera with the Osmo system.


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.

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