Of all the digital camera stabilizers out there, the best two ones are probably the DJI Ronin and the CAME-7800. I certainly get the most questions about those two models. Therefore, I decided to do tests and compare them side by side.
Here’s my video review
You can also check out raw footage from my tests of each stabilizer.
DJI Ronin – RAW camera tests
CAME-7800 – RAW camera tests
Both gimbals work great – they produce stable shots and are easy to use. So which one is better?
If you are only using DSLR cameras or something similar in size/weight, then the Came 7800 is for you – it’s cheaper and lighter to carry.
If you want to stabilize big production cameras like the Red Epic or the Canon C300, then you’ll need the DJI Ronin – it’s the only one of the two that can support that much weight.
CAME-7800 = 6.6 lbs / 3 kg
DJI Ronin = 16 lb / 7.3 kg
Total weight of the stabilizer without the camera:
CAME-7800 = 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
DJI Ronin = 9.3 lb / 4.2 kg
What’s included with each stabilizer
- 15mm rods (for follow focus, etc)
- remote control
The CAME gimbal doesn’t come with a remote control like the DJI Ronin, but for less than $20 you can buy a Bluetooth module, so you can control it via a smartphone. You can buy the module on eBay
UPDATE: until Feb. 10/2015, you can get $30 off the gimbal if you buy it on the CAME-TV website – at checkout, enter the coupon code “CAME7800”
The DJI Ronin has come down in price considerably (it launched at $5000). Now most retailers offer it at $3000 and under.
To find out everything you wanted to know about the old-school steadicams and hand-held camera stabilizers (like Glidecam, Flycam), check out my post “Steadicam How-To And Reviews”.