DJI Ronin 4D 6K review: filmmaking from the future

This camera is a glimpse into the future, but do I want to go back to the past? Let's find out

DJI Ronin 4D
(Image: © Sebastian Oakley/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The DJI Ronin 4D really is a cinema camera from the future, offering a mix of traditional cinema features and then amplifying them with its gimbal capabilities. It's a camera dedicated to hardcore cinematographers who deal with a lot of client work, and its method of filmmaking might not be for everyone, but for those who need a cinema rig and gimbal all-in-one package, you can't get much better than the Ronin 4D.


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    All-in-one package

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    Built-in ND filters

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    Solo or crew operation


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    A lot of learning

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    Non-standard battery type

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    Proprietary media need for 6K

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The DJI Ronin 4D is the first cinema camera developed and produced by DJI, and it feels like the company has taken traditional cinema methods and standards and turned them on their head during the development.

Essentially, you are getting a revolutionary camera rig that is capable of producing 6K video, along with offering advanced stabilization thanks to the gimbal attached to the camera. The 4D in Ronin 4D refers to the camera's ability to activate a built-in gimbal arm that can be turned on or off by a push of a button, giving the camera operator 4-dimensional stabilization across the whole image. 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.