UPDATE : JULY 23rd 2018
Now I’ve got my hands on a Ronin-S it quickly became clear that there is no easy way to flip the orientation of the tilt arm as suggested in this article. The arms are locked in place, so without dissembling the latch mechanism on the roll motor, it’s not happening.
No drama, there will be numerous ways to attach the wider BMPCC4K to the Ronin-S. The solution I’ve come up with is to fit this £10 Fotomate Macro Focus Slider Plate which will provide plenty of room for the camera.
Balancing this setup should be fine. These slider plates are horizontally adjustable, which is useful to get the camera as close to the tilt motor as possible. If required, a counterweight could be always be added underneath.
BMPCC4K and the Ronin-S
One of the hottest bits of news from NAB 2018 was the surprise Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K reveal. This camera packs some outstanding features for the price.
Already teased at CES, the DJI Ronin-S handheld gimbal series is another exciting product. Given DJI’s proven track record for motion control systems, the latest version, shown at NAB, has been further tweaked based on beta testing feedback.
Pairing these new filmmaking tools will make a powerful system for self-shooters and the like.
Will they pair?
The overall width of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is wider than most cameras in this class. At 178.1mm / 7″ it really is a wide boy and will require deep pockets, well, physically speaking!
Compared to the current Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, it’s apx. 51mm / 2″ wider. And 26mm / 1″ wider than a Canon 5D Mk.3 shown on the Ronin-S product page.
Keen to see how this may work, I’ve done some calculations and accurately mocked-up the setup*. The good news is it will fit, providing the Ronin-S is setup with its tilt motor on the left.
This will allow the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K to fit with plenty of room between the left of its body and roll axis motor. Adjustments can be made to the handle’s position which will aid balancing.
As you can see from the second mockup below, it appears that the camera will not physically fit with the tilt motor on the right due to; the camera’s tripod mounting point clearance and the gimbal being at, or close to, its max position.
With the obstruction free roll axis on the Ronin-S allowing full view of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K’s beautiful 5″ screen, this image gives you a feel of just how awesome this setup will be!
*Please note: All calculations / mockups are based on; the DJI Ronin-S website image (DSLR version) with its pictured Canon 5D Mk.3; and dimensions provided by Blackmagic Design. These are speculative mockups but product specifications can always change.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
|ISO / Dynamic Range||Dual native ISO up to 25,600 / 13 Stops|
|Sensor||18.96mm x 10mm (Four Thirds). Rumoured to be the SONY IMX294CJK.|
|Shooting Resolutions||4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 1920 x 1080 (HD).|
|Frame Rates||Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 4K DCI, 120 fps in HD windowed.
|Codecs||CinemaDNG RAW, CinemaDNG RAW 3:1, CinemaDNG RAW 4:1, ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime, ProRes 422 QuickTime, ProRes 422 LT QuickTime, ProRes 422 Proxy QuickTime.|
|Data Rates||5.6 MB/s (Apple ProRes Proxy) up to 270 MB/s (Lossless CinemaDNG RAW)|
|Storage||1 x CFast 2.0, 1 x SD UHS-II card, External SSD via USB-C|
|I/O||1 x HDMI Type A, 1 x 3.5mm headphone jack, 1 x 3.5mm Stereo Input, 1 x mini XLR analog switchable between mic with phantom power support and line level (up to +14dBu), USB Type-C|
|Screen Type||5” 1920 x 1080 LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Battery / Life||LP-E6 / 60mins. (apx.)|
|Lens Control||Iris, focus and zoom on supported lenses.|
|Dimensions||W: 177.8mm / 7″ H: 96.52mm / 3.8″ D: 86.36mm / 3.4″|
|Weight||Not known at this time|
|Price||$1,295 / £1,170 (inc.VAT)|
|Control: rec. start / stop + stills||Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, Sony, Hasselblad. more info|
|Control: pull focus||Canon, Panasonic, Nikon more info|
|Control: adjust camera params.||Canon, Panasonic, Nikon more info|
|Tested Payload Capacity||3.6 kg|
|Max Operating Speed||75 kph|
|Battery / Life||BG37 Grip Battery / 12hrs. (apx.)|
|Dimensions||202×185×486 mm (apx.)|
|Weight||1.5 kg (gimbal only) / 1.85 kg w/gimbal and grip included (apx.)|
|Price||$669 / £669 (inc.VAT)|
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