DJI Ronin 4D Flex
Image courtesy: DJI

DJI has launched a new expansion for its Ronin 4D professional camera platform. With the Ronin 4D Flex, you can separate the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera from the main body for extra flexibility.

Ronin 4D

DJI’s Ronin 4D is an innovative all-in-one camera and gimbal solution launched in 2021. It combines a Zenmuse X9-6K full-frame video camera and a 3-axis gimbal. In addition to the three-axis gimbal stabilization, the X9-6K camera has Z-axis (vertical) stabilization, hence the 4D label. It also comes with a modular monitor, focusing and control components along with a LiDAR range finder.

4D Flex

The Ronin 4D Flex allows you to disconnect the Ronin 4D’s gimbal and camera module from the main body. You then connect the camera to the main body via the included 6.5 feet (2 meters) ultra-thin coaxial cable. The cable instantly carries high-speed signals from the camera sensor to the main body. It also delivers control and monitoring signals in real time.

Flexible use

When you use the Ronin 4D Flex, the gimbal and camera module weigh under 4 pounds (1.8 kg) which is around 34 percent of the original weight. DJI’s launch video shows a camera operator working with the main body in a backpack or mounted on a vest. The small design of the gimbal and camera module also means that you can get some amazing shots with the ultra-small cinematic-grade remote head. For example, DJI’s lunch video shows the gimbal and camera module attached to a boom pole being pulled under a car.

Other features

The Ronin 4D Flex can also be used as a small remote head. To help with this configuration, it supports DJI’s master wheel and three-channel follow focus. With the extension cable, you can also use the head on a jib. In addition, the 4D Flex supports the Ronin 4D handgrips and monitors.

What we think

DJI has launched the 4D Flex with the headline “DJI Liberates Cinematography.” It’s a bold claim, but the 4D Flex does dramatically expand the creative possibilities for the Ronin 4D system. DJI’s launch video for the system shows some innovative shots that would be near impossible to achieve with other setups. The Ronin 4D is a specialized and expensive camera system that’s not for everyone. But if you own one, the 4D Flex could be a must-have add-on that will open up new ways to shoot great videos.

Pricing and availability

The Ronin 4D Flex is available now and costs $929. This includes the Ronin 4D Flex, one Pan Axis Quick-Lock, two Ronin 4D Hand Grip Adapters, and 2 Hand Grip Adapter Cables. The Ronin 4D-6K starts at $6,799.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.