DJI RS 4 Pro review: heavy lifter

Get your heavy payloads to tilt, pan, crane track and glide almost effortlessly with this heavy-lifter

5 Star Rating
DJI RS 4 Pro gimbal with a camera attached in use
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The DJI RS 4 Pro may not boast dramatically different features from the RS 3 Pro but its subtle design improvements (especially with balancing) all add up to a smoother ride for your heavy mirrorless or DSLR and lens payload. Once balanced it performed perfectly on our professional test shoot and we enjoyed using multiple ways to control it (such as changing modes with a physical switch, using the joystick for tips and pans, and even controlling it via the smartphone’s gyroscopic movement courtesy of the DJI Ronin app.)


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    Remote control via app

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    Improved balancing experience

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    Carries heavy payload

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    Solid quality build

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    Physical mode buttons


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For many of us, the brand of DJI will be synonymous with drones, as they lead the market in the aerial videography field. You may also be familiar with their affordable smartphone-friendly DJI Osmo Mobile 6 and the amazing Osmo Pocket 3 - a camera and gimbal all-in-one.  The last two gimbals I mention are aimed at enabling casual consumers to capture smoother camera moves. DJI also produces a range of heavy-lifting 3-axis stabilizers for professional mirrorless and DSLR users - the Ronin range.

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Payload 4.5 Kg
Tilting Angle-112° to +214°
Rolling Angle-95° to +240°
Panning Angle360°
Battery LifeUp to 13 hours
Dimensions416×223×202 mm
Weight1.242 Kg (2.74 lbs)
DJI RS 3 Pro

DJI RS 3 Pro
The predecessor to the DJI RS 3 Pro should now be cheaper to purchase thanks to the release of the RS 4 Pro, so you could pick up a bargain. It has the same payload carrying ability of 4.5 Kg and an identically sized 1.8” touch-sensitive OLED display.

Manfrotto MVG460

Manfrotto MVG460
The MVG460 is capable of carrying similar payloads to the DJI RS 4 Pro, though it takes more time to get your camera balanced. The 3 axis locks need to be disengaged manually or the gimbal will not operate correctly. Like the RS 4 Pro, you can control the MVG460 via an app.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.