A gimbal is a mechanism, typically consisting of rings pivoted at right angles, for keeping an instrument such as a compass or chronometer horizontal in a moving vessel or aircraft. In film, gimbals are apparatuses designed for stabilizing cameras in moving shots.
So, today we’re asking…
Which gimbal is the best?
Turns out, it’s a bit of a trick question. All gimbals are the “best”, depending on the situation. That being said, we’ve decided to give a more comprehensive analysis of the gimbals we rent out at Camera Ambassador, along with assessments in the strengths and weaknesses of each choice. Enjoy!

HIGHEST WEIGHT CAPACITY: DJI Ronin 2 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

A powerful workhorse gimbal, the DJI Ronin 2 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer can hold up to a 30-pound camera build. Furthermore, the tilt axis is extendable to allow for longer camera builds. Additionally, the Ronin 2’s motors are also much stronger compared to other gimbals in its class, allowing for the Ronin 2 to make a very good remote head for dolly usage and even car-rigging work. The gimbal also offers more power ports for various accessories and internal SDI routing for monitoring.

On the other hand, with all its weight capabilities, the Ronin 2 is also very heavy. As a result, it can be a difficult gimbal to operate handheld, depending on the project.



MOST PORTABLE: Freefly Movi Pro Kit

One of the biggest strengths of the Freefly Movi Pro Kit is its low weight. In fact, the gimbal itself is only about 6 pounds, almost half the weight of the Ronin 2. This engineering proves to be especially conducive to frames captured by handheld operating and/or flying drones. Furthermore, utilizing the revolutionary MIMIC technology, operators can utilize the MIMIC controller, as the camera automatically and intuitively follows the natural movements of the controller.

However, while the Freefly Movi Pro is considerably more lightweight, it also has weaker motors than the Ronin 2 and will struggle with heavier cameras, as its weight capacity is 15 pounds - half of that of the Ronin 2.



MOST AFFORDABLE: DJI RS 2 Pro Gimbal Stabilizer

The DJI RS 2 Pro Gimbal Stabilizer is a gimbal with a small monocoque carbon fiber handle. The RS 2 is perfect for lighter setups, such as DSLR cameras or even the RED Komodo. If you’re limited by shooting space or lack access to an Easy Rig, the RS 2 is perfect for handheld moves! Furthermore, the gimbal utilizes helpful features like the built-in front dial, which allows for single-handed focus control, and the 3D Focus System, which uses sensors to autofocus. The gimbal also has a weight capacity of 10 pounds!

Nonetheless, with the RS 2, you’re also restricted in the complexity of the camera builds you use, so keep that in mind in accounting for your production’s needs!


If you’re interested in renting a gimbal, be sure to schedule a prep before renting! Since there's no standard camera build for a gimbal, many factors can change your workflow. With our technicians’ expertise, we can guarantee smooth sailing (or, filming?) from here on out!
To check out our complete stabilizers collection, click here!
For a more comprehensive history of gimbals... be sure to check out this wonderful article written by Movi Pro and former Camera Ambassador Creative Director Austin Taylor!