DJI Ronin vs Came 7800 - digital camera stabilizers comparison

DJI Ronin vs CAME-7800 – digital camera stabilizers comparison

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.

Maximum Payload:
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

    DJI Ronin

  • case
  • battery
  • charger
  • tools
  • baseplate
  • 15mm rods (for follow focus, etc)
  • remote control
  • instructions

  • case
  • battery
  • charger
  • tools
  • baseplate
  • instructions

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

To buy the CAME-7800, you can get it on eBay or at CAME-TV

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.

Here are the deals from Amazon and B&H Photo Video

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”.

7 thoughts on “DJI Ronin vs CAME-7800 – digital camera stabilizers comparison”

  1. FYI, DJI does have an Android app for the Ronin. It didn’t at launch, but they added it at some point.

  2. In your video on youtube you mentioned that you have links to hand held stabilizers you like and posted them here. Is this the wrong page for those links? Thanks, Mike

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