DJI RS 3 Mini review

Can the Ronin stabilizers shrink to suit mirrorless cameras and keep delivering the goods?

DJI RS 3 Mini review
(Image: © Adam Juniper/Digital.Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The compact hand-held stabilizer shares much of the pro appeal of its bigger brothers with a welcome reduction in price and size. Expansion options are impressive, the features comprehensive, and the app adds all kinds of possibilities for cunning creatives. Something about the texture makes balancing a little tricky, but once done there are no complaints.


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    2.2kg payload allows for pro lenses

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    Touchscreen controls

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    Physical mode switch

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    Bluetooth camera control link

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    Cog-wheel control is slick


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    Balancing not helped by material texture

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    Vertical mode leaves a spare piece to store

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Gimbals have established themselves as a necessary part of any videographer’s kit bag, with most now asking “Which one suits me?” rather than if they need one at all.  DJI has a long-established pro line of Ronin gimbals, some of the best DSLR gimbals around - plus a smaller set stabilizers in, Osmo, offering smartphone gimbal solutions. So DJI has always had a few answers. Atop that, of course, their drones sport gimbals too, but that’s another story.

While plenty of operators uses Ronin gimbals for mirrorless cameras, the RS 3 Mini builds on the smaller camera’s advantage, plugging a gap between its bigger brothers and the Osmo. That means it is smaller and lighter, improving portability. It also uses Bluetooth or wired control to operate the camera (like its siblings). That leaves us with a couple of different questions: “Is this enough to serve the needs of experienced stabilizer users?” and “Will first-time gimbal users want and like the RS 3 Mini?”

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook