DJI recently released their new gimbal the RS 3 Mini, and as the name suggests, it’s basically a more compact, lightweight version of the larger RS 3 version. Aimed towards indie and entry level filmmakers with smaller mirrorless cameras, the RS 3 Mini seems to check all the boxes in terms of functionality in a gimbal package.
The RS 3 weighs in at around 1.8 lbs with a payload capacity of 4.4 lbs, and suggests that DJI are releasing more products targeting the everyday consumer, or content creator that’s interested in cameras and gimbals, rather than the professional cinematographer who might lean more towards something a bit larger, like DJI’s Ronin series of gimbals. Because of the small nature of the gimbal and its payload, users are somewhat limited to what camera and lens combos they can use successfully with the RS 3 Mini. As mentioned before, the RS 3 Mini is meant for smaller hybrid mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH6, and more. Users can attempt to push the payload limits at their own risk, but it is likely the motors on the gimbal will be overloaded and give out. One important thing to note is that for many mirrorless camera and lens combos, users will most likely not be as restricted by the RS 3 Mini’s maximum payload, but rather the actual size of the camera body and lens. Sometimes camera body sizes and ergonomics can cause headaches when trying to properly balance the camera on the gimbal itself. For a full compatibility list of cameras and DJI gimbal products users can check on the DJI website here.
- Designed for Mirrorless Cameras
- Lightweight Design, up to 4.4 lb Payload
- Wireless Camera Control via Bluetooth
- 1.4″ Full Color Touchscreen
- Horizontal & Vertical Modes
- 3rd Gen RS Stabilization Algorithm
- 2450mAh Battery, 10-Hour Runtime
- Panorama, Timelapse & Tracking Functions
- NATO Rail for Handles & Accessories
- Includes Extended Grip/Tripod
DJI markets the RS 3 Mini’s battery life at around 10 hours, although this can be somewhat deceiving as the battery life on these types of gimbals is highly dependent on the usage and how much strain is being put on the motors to correct for stabilization. For users really pushing the gimbal’s weight limits, or if the gimbal is not perfectly balanced, you can most likely expect a battery life shorter than 10 hours, so make sure to have backup batteries on hand just in case. An interesting feature of the RS 3 Mini is the ability to change camera setups from landscape (horizontal), to portrait (vertical). In terms of functionality, the RS 3 Mini has one NATO port, which can be very useful for additional accessories, such as the briefcase handle for an underslung mode and two hand gimbal operation. Just like all of DJI’s gimbals, the RS 3 Mini has Bluetooth control capability and is fully functional through the DJI app.
In terms of price point, the DJI RS 3 Mini comes in at $416 CAD, making it an extremely affordable and functional gimbal option for entry level users, and content creators looking to stabilize their footage. Compared to the larger RS 3, the RS 3 Mini operates at the same level in terms of gimbal performance, with its greatest, and only real limitation, coming from its the maximum payload.
*Buy the new DJI RS3 mini in Canada at Lumio Marketplace.