A photo of the DJI RSC2 camera stabilizer
The DJI RSC2 camera stabilizer

DJI has just announced the release of a brand new camera stabilizer, the RSC2, to add to an already impressive range of stabilizers. The RSC2 is set to take over from the Ronin SC as DJI’s entry-level stabilizer.

The RSC2 has a unique folding design which allows it to transform into one of six different configurations to provide a huge variety of shooting options. The RSC2 can also fold down to a very manageable size for storage, no bigger than a sheet of A5 paper. My first impressions of the RSC2 were very positive—the build quality is excellent and inspires confidence the moment you pick it up. The handgrip fits my hand beautifully, which is important because operating a stabilizer relies on a good grip. The RSC2 comes with an additional, detachable grip which you can easily and quickly screw into the bottom of the main handgrip. This additional grip also doubles as a tripod which is super handy when you’re setting up your camera on the stabilizer, or shooting a timelapse, or simply resting your arms after a long shoot.

Balancing your camera on the RSC2

The first thing you need to do before shooting with any stabilizer is mount and balance your camera. This can be a tricky process when you first start to work with any stabilizer, but the more you do it the easier it gets. One of the features of the RSC2 that I really appreciated when balancing my camera is the axis arm locks. There are three axis arms that you need to balance and each one has a lock which means that you can isolate each arm in order to balance it individually. The locks are easy to access and operate, and they come in very handy when transporting and storing the RSC2.

A photo of one of the axis locks on the DJI RSC2
Each axis arm of the RSC2 has a lock

The downside of a metallic finish

One of the downsides of the RSC2 I discovered when balancing my camera is a slight stickiness that occurs when you need to reposition one of the arms by sliding it through it’s mount. And often you need to make minute adjustments which makes the issue even more obvious. The matte metallic finish looks beautiful (and photographs beautifully as you can see), but it’s not ideal for parts that need to move over each other. Maybe with use those contact points will smooth out, or perhaps there’s a suitable lubricant that could be added.

A photo of the OLED screen on the DJI RSC2
The RSC2 has 1 inch OLED screen

The six modes of the RSC2

As I mentioned before, the RSC2 has six different shooting configurations, which makes it an incredibly versatile stabilizer. Aside from the standard Upright mode, there is also Underslung mode which allows you to shoot close to the ground. I initially just flipped the whole unit upside down, which kind of worked, except that the footage was also upside down. I later realized that there is a way to invert the unit and keep the camera upright. From Upright mode you can move to Portrait mode with just two taps of the M button. A lot of content is being shot in portrait mode for social media nowadays so it’s great to have that option at your fingertips.

Flashlight mode is really easy to transition to, although I would definitely recommend using the additional handgrip, as two hands make this mode much easier to use. This is a great mode for shooting dolly shots where you just want to push in or pull out from your subject. You’re probably not going to shoot for an extended period in flashlight mode however, as it’s a little tough on the arms. From Flashlight mode you can to transition to 360 mode with three taps of the M button. This is kind of a headline mode that allows you to shoot super cool rotating shots. Be sure to check out the video to see it in action. The final mode is Briefcase mode, which is sort of a modified Underslung mode, and one of my favourite ways to use the RSC2. It distributes the weight of the camera plus stabilizer really nicely.

A photo of the DJI RSC2 with the Sony A7C
The RSC2 has a max payload of 3kg

Shooting with the RSC2

Overall, I have to say that shooting with the RSC2 was very enjoyable. There are a number of controls on the handgrip of the RSC2 that give you greater control over your shots, and also ways to access your camera settings. The trigger button at the front of the handgrip is used to reset the stabilizer, which invariably goes off-kilter from time to time. Two taps and it re-centers with a really satisfying movement. There is also a dial on the front which allows you to control your exposure (via the ISO setting), or pull focus if you have the focus motor accessory (sold separately). I was testing the RSC2 with the brand new Sony A7C, which isn’t supported yet, so I wasn’t able to connect it and take advantage of the onboard controls, which include a record button. I could use the joystick however, which allows you to pan and tilt your camera independently of your hand movements. This is a great way to get more dynamic shots, for example by walking and panning or tilting at the same time. It can be a little tricky to get this just right, as the speed of the pan or tilt varies based on the extent to which you move the joystick. You can change this, and a number of other parameters, in the settings, which allows you to fine tune the way the stabilizer responds.

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The RSC2 has a detachable handgrip/tripod

Conclusion

I really, really enjoyed shooting with the RSC2 Camera Gimbal Stabilizer. I found the build quality and overall handling to be excellent. It is pretty intuitive to use, although I have to say that struggled to find good, concise instructions from DJI. The RSC2 is one of those review items that I wanted to spend much more time playing with, and it was with a tinge of regret that I passed it on to the next lucky soul to review.

184 COMMENTS

  1. I think that the six different configurations that provide a large variety of shooting options sounds great!! my fav would be the DJI Mini 2 Quadcopter

  2. There are several things I like about this RSC2 Stabilizer.. it has several different shooting configurations to choose from, it has an additional grip which you can also use as a tripod which is great for so many different types of shoots. As well it folds down compactly so it doesn’t take up alot of room to store or take with you on the go.

  3. I love the RSC2 active stabilization, my hands get really shaky somedays. My favourite DJI product is the Mavic Air, which I own.

  4. What I love about the DJI RSC2 camera gimbal stabilizer is how it has 360 mode. My favourite DJI product is the RSC 2 Camera Gimbal Stabilizer Stabilizer. Thanks so much to Bestbuy for this amazing contest!

  5. I love the six configurations, my son and I are learning photography. He got me interested as he is Autistic and sees through the lens so much differently than I do. This device would definitely give us a professional edge to our photography endeavours.

  6. I like the custom adjustments it has to offer. Flashlight mode is useful. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Quadcopter Drone is really neat as well.

  7. This new DJI RSC2 Stabilizer is my favourite DJI product and I love this stabilizer because there are a number of controls on the handgrip of the RSC2 that give you greater control over your shots, and also ways to access your camera settings.

  8. I love that the RSC2 has six different shooting configurations, which makes it an incredibly versatile stabilizer. My favourite DJI product would have to be the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Camera & Controller

  9. I like that it can support up to 3kg cameras, because I have a heavy Canon T3i & I love the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Camera & Controller.

  10. I like that it can support up to 3kg cameras, because I have a heavy Canon T3i & I love the DJI Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Camera & Controller.

  11. I love how it can be configured in 6 different ways. My favorite DJI product is the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer.

  12. My favorite RSC2 feature is the additional detachable grip. My favorite DJI product is the Mavic Mini Drone.

  13. I like the underslung mode which allows you to shoot close to the ground in the RSC2. And I really like the DJI Mavic Air 2 Quadcopter Drone.

  14. I like the fact that the DJI RSC2 stabilizer has a foldable design that turns the gimbal into a compact form that can be carried wherever you go. This will make packing and carrying it when out on nature trips that much easier.

  15. The thing I like the most about the RSC2 Stabilizer is that it features 6 versatile shooting configurations – allowing me to take shots from all sorts of angles with no problems!

    My favourite DJI product is the Osmo Action Waterproof 4K HDR Sports & Helmet Camera.

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