DJI’s Ronin Stabilizer (RS) line of camera stabilizers is widely-known as some of the best in the industry for consumer and prosumer use. Their newest RS stabilizer, the DJI RS 3 Mini, brings the powerful stabilization of its siblings into a much more handheld and portable package. In fact, the DJI RS 3 Mini weighs a “whopping” 1.8 lbs! That is in contrast to the DJI RS 3 which weighs 2.2 lbs but is larger to hold. The DJI RS 3 Mini can carry a payload of up to 4.4 lbs which should be enough for most APS-C, mirrorless, and micro four-thirds cameras. Of course, your mileage may vary as you can add a lot to most cameras these days. Thankfully, the DJI RS 3 Mini has a a NATO mount on its side for any additional accessories you want to mount. Personally, I put an adjustable grip with cold shoe mounts on it for additional flexibility. The DJI RS 3 Mini feels like a professional level stabilizer as its build quality is top notch.

The first step when setting up a gimbal is to balance the camera you plan to use on the stabilizers axis of movement. This part of stabilizer ownership has always been difficult for me, as I seem to unbalance one axis when balancing another – it’s frustrating. DJI has provided a very handy YouTube video on this topic though – its about 10 minutes long and is extremely informative. I followed along while balancing my Canon M6 Mark II and, before I knew it, the camera was balanced. With my Canon M6 Mark II, I had to use one of the included cables to connect it to the DJI RS 3 Mini. However, it should be known that the DJI RS 3 Mini is able to wirelessly connect to compatible cameras via Bluetooth. Via the cable, however, I was able to control the shutter, aperture, as well as starting and stopping recording. Controlling the DJI RS 3 Mini is simple thanks to its 1.4 inch color screen where you can easily see which stabilizer mode you’re currently in. Speaking of modes, the DJI RS 3 Mini features the usual suspects: The default Pan Follow (PF) to a Pan Tilt Follow (PTF) or First Person View (FPV). The control wheel in the front of the DJI RS 3 Mini can be used to focus the camera and the stabilizer’s trigger can reset the view, spin the camera around into a selfie mode, and also lock the target of the gimbal to stay looking at it as you move around. ¬†You can also control the stabilizer via the DJI Ronin app on your iOS device which is awesome if you are a one-person crew and need to operate the camera remotely.

The DJI RS 3 Mini

One feature of the DJI RS 3 Mini which is being touted a lot is its ability to function with the camera in vertical orientation. While this is nothing new, it is implemented in a very simple way with the RS 3 Mini. Simply remove the horizontal arm of the stabilizer and attach the camera mount in the vertical position. You still have to re-balance if transforming from horizontal shooting mode but that’s not too bad once you get the hang of it.

Overall, the DJI RS 3 Mini is an excellent camera stabilizer for those needing to carry a mirrorless camera in a portable way. It’s a step up from the Osmo smartphone stabilizer line and a great way to implement video stabilization for your content creation needs. The one caveat I would add is that you need to take your time and follow along with the DJI tutorial videos in setting up and using the DJI RS 3 Mini.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

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Jerry Paxton

A long-time fan and reveler of all things Geek, I am also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of GamingShogun.com