April 28, 2016 at 11:33AM


Is a Ronin M so much better than a cheap glidecam?

My dream is to own a Ronin M, I shoot sports videos, music videos and all that stuff plus I want to get into the wedding scenario. I am planning to buy a a6300 or an a7sii or even wait for the a7siii, but my question is how much better is the ronin m than a cheap carbon fiber glidecam like this one (http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Handheld-Stabilizer-Release-Camcorder/dp/B0...)

is it such an major improvment? should I combine the a6300 with the ronin m and still have some minor problems with the shutter speed o should I save more money and go for a a7sii and a glidecam that will make my footage looks even better because of the quality of the a7s series?


The DJI Ronin M is definitely a timesafer. While you can spend hours to balance a gladecam the Ronin is balanced in less than 10 minutes.

Also you would need a glidecam west to carry the glidecam for longer than 5 minutes because your arm will fall off if you hold it bare hands.

The Ronin M can be hold with both hands and is easier to carry. It's also much easier to change camera hight. You don't have to rebalance everything if you want to do that like you have to do with a glidecam.

Only the battery would be a downside of the Ronin M. But the price isn't. For a well working glidecam with a west you would spend about the same amount of money as you would spend for the Ronin M.

April 28, 2016 at 12:37PM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Whatever you decide: start training.
Hold a 6 to 10 lbs bag of potatoes in front of while you walk around.
Make sure you back and core are in good shape as well.

April 30, 2016 at 6:56PM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Go for the better camera over the better rig, IMO. A gimbal isn't SO MUCH better, to sacrifice image quality for it. The Glidecam does have a steeper learning curve, and there's an art to it, but there's no electronics to worry about. Both, with enough experience, can give shots identical to each other (in normal use), and with such light cameras, weight will never be a problem. (also, you don't need a vest/arm system for a glidecam, and your arm won't fall off. Either rig would be around the same weight.)

May 1, 2016 at 11:40AM, Edited May 1, 11:40AM

Craig Douglas
Editor/ Videographer

thank you! and yes I dont think my arm will fall off, devin graham uses it all the time with a RED camera on it and it is way heavier and he isnt even in an athetical shape haha, I think I can handle a glidecam and a camera. I will wait for the a7siii

Salomão Abdala

May 4, 2016 at 12:16PM

You can get the same shots with both. But getting there depends on your budget, personal way of working and how much time you mind setting up ect.

I've used a glide cam for years and got great results but the weight made it hard to travel with. I just got back from a week shooting in Spain where I used a light gimbal and got shots I was super happy with and simply wouldn't have gotten otherwise because I wouldn't have packed a heavier device.

Also bare in mind using a gimbal / glide cam is only part of it. You might find you have to become something of a choreographer to make sure everything unfolds as you like as your swooping the camera around gracefully. Music videos not so much a problem, but doing that for weddings might be?

May 1, 2016 at 1:18PM, Edited May 1, 1:21PM

Cole Black

thank you! think I´m gonna go for the better camera and save money for the gimball on the future!

Salomão Abdala

May 4, 2016 at 12:17PM

Only the battery would be a downside of the Ronin M. But the price isn't.

March 3, 2020 at 8:29AM


Music videos not so much a problem, but doing that for weddings might be?

March 3, 2020 at 8:30AM


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