April 17, 2016
NAB 2016

DJI Announces the New Matrice 600 Drone and Ronin-MX Gimbal

DJI New Matrice 600 and Ronin-MX at NAB 2016
DJI showed off the 13.2lb payload Matrice 600 professional drone and the universally compatible Ronin-MX stabilizer.

In keeping with their innovation of aerial cinematography, DJI brings us two new units that continue to push the limits of this tech, while still keeping it affordable. At the top floor of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, DJI unveiled (literally — they threw a curtain off the product encased in glass) a new drone and a new gimbal. Here's everything we know so far:

DJI New Matrice 600 and Ronin-MX at NAB 2016
New DJI Matrice 600

Matrice 600 Drone

  • 13.2lb payload (not including a gimbal)
  • Flies up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse camera
  • Flies up to 15 minutes with larger camera like the RED Weapon
  • A3 Flight Wave Controller (upgradeable to A3 Pro)
  • Dual Antennae make it more accurate around metal structures
  • RTK (Real Time Kinematic)
  • 6 batteries for increased flight time and insurance against battery failure
  • Dust proof, water resistant
  • Waypoints, 'Follow Me'
  • SDI Outputs (1080i at 50fps)
  • $4,599
  • Shipping "soon"

Ronin-MX

  • Openly compatible gimbal (mount it to a crane arm, for example)
  • Communicates with DJI's flight controller
  • Easily mountable on the new M600
  • 3-Axis stabilization
  • Weighs 6.1 lbs
  • Supports RED EPIC, ARRI ALEXA Mini and more cameras
  • Battery moved to front to increase stabilization when moving forward
  • 50% more powerful than Ronin-M
  • 3 modes: Upright, Underslung & Briefcase
  • Apparently a "5 minute set-up"
  • $1,599

Ronin-MX
Ronin-MX by DJI at Nab 2016

Additionally, if you buy these two new products together you can get them for $5,999.


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Ronin-MX is $1599 or drone + gimbal together is $5999. Pretty exciting news I would say. Now if only the FAA got their act together...........

April 18, 2016 at 12:33AM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
Filmmaker
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YOOOOOZ!!! anybody think that the ronin-m's price will be dropped a couple hunnids now that the MX is out?

April 18, 2016 at 12:38AM, Edited April 18, 12:38AM

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Cam Glass
Film Student
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A kick in the face for everyone who bought a ronin recently.
Same with the Phantom 3, you bought one - the price got dropped and you get the new P4 for the same price as the P3.

But besides everyone who don't have a Ronin at the moment, i think that there will be great deals for the "old" models soon.
But the big question is how long the App for the "old" Ronins will be supported and updated.

April 18, 2016 at 2:31AM, Edited April 18, 2:31AM

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Nico Saiger
Indie Filmproducer
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The old model can carry up to 7.25kg.
The new MX can carry 4.5 kg.

The kick in the face is debatable.

April 18, 2016 at 5:29AM

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Serhan Meewisse
Filmmaker
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10lbs for the new MX seems reasonable for newer lighter cameras like the Alexa Mini, Red Raven, FS5 heavier DSLR's etc.. I know people were pushing the limit on the M with some of those cameras.

April 18, 2016 at 3:51PM

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Craig Meadows
President/Owner - Florida Production Group, Inc.
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Does "MX" stand for M10 as in Movi M10?

April 18, 2016 at 4:23AM

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K W
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It doesn't necessarily stand for M10, since that would be almost a direct copy of the name, but they both have similarly load capacities.

April 18, 2016 at 11:54AM

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Gareth Ng
Cinematographer
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Is the MX able to carry a stripped down FS7?

April 18, 2016 at 5:12AM, Edited April 18, 5:12AM

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Serhan Meewisse
Filmmaker
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It will almost be a certainty I would say. I have the Ronin-M and can balance my FS7 stripped down already. I will definitely be upgrading to the MX though as I currently have to use super lightweight lenses with my M to be able to balance it.
So if anyone is looking for an M in the UK I'll be selling when this is released! ;)

April 18, 2016 at 5:30AM

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Paul Cook
Director of Photography
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The MX might not be able to then, The mx is tested for lower weight capacities, as one of the comments above stated the M is tested for up to 7.25 and the mx is tested for up to 4.5

April 18, 2016 at 7:41AM

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Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker
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No, that's referring to the original Ronin (that's almost twice as heavy as the M). The MX can carry more weight than the M. The load capacity falls somewhere in between the two previous models, but then the MX itself is also a pound heavier than the M.

April 18, 2016 at 8:21AM

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It depends on lenses and accessories. I just shot a feature film with the Ronin and FS7. In order have light contax zeiss primes with a remote follow focus meant extension arms were needed on the Ronin. I was powering the FS7/monitor/wireless HDMI with V-lock (mounted on the handlebars). I guess the FS7 would just clear at the back with a BPU battery and lightens but no follow focus or mattebox. FS7 stripped is circa 3kg.

April 18, 2016 at 9:40PM

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DJI is afraid they will lose ground to Yuneec 920, wich is a better combination with the Gh4

April 18, 2016 at 11:03AM

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What i really want to know is what is that FigRig like device they are using with the Ronin?? That I WANT.

April 18, 2016 at 11:15AM, Edited April 18, 11:15AM

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Anthony Vescio
Director/Editor
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No one seems to be talking about one GLARING issue with this amazing combo: if you want to pair the Ronin MX with the Matrice 600 and get a video feed, you'll need the "SRW-60G" part, which isn't allowed for use in North America...http://store.dji.com/product/matrice-600?site=brandsite&from=buy_now_bar

April 18, 2016 at 11:22AM, Edited April 18, 11:22AM

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-_-...... yeah WTF!!!!

April 18, 2016 at 12:33PM

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Edgar More
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I'm really excited to try out the Ronin MX, but the M600 scares me a little. I'm not sure a six motor heavy lift drone is the right way to go, I would prefer 8 motors with some form of redundancy.

April 18, 2016 at 12:51PM, Edited April 18, 12:51PM

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Me too. I assume that they are doing the same thing FreeFly did. Launch a "heavy-lift" hexacopter, wait for all the early adopters to jump on board, and than release a more capable octocopter.

A hexacopter does offer redundancy and DJI suggests that it should be able to fly with up to 3 motors out thanks to new algorithms in the A3. However, even with just one motor out, a M600 flying a RED or Alexa Mini will most likely be too heavy for a controlled recovery in the case of a malfunction, much like the FreeFly Alta 6. However, at payloads that aren't approaching the max, you should be good to go.

April 18, 2016 at 1:57PM

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Tom Hirschmann
Aerial Specialist
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