DJI Force Pro Review 2018
April 10, 2018
In this DJI Force Pro review, we will take a look at one of the DJI’s newest inventions, a high-end gimbal control system. It is small, it is beautiful, it is packed with advanced technology.
What is DJI Force Pro
The DJI Force Pro is a little gimbal control system that synchronizes the movements of its operator with the movements of the gimbal. Force Pro enables operators to take masterful shots a lot more intuitively than ever. Force Pro breaks down the barriers which come with understanding the operation of more complicated gimbal control systems. It allows users to remotely pan/tilt and operate their Inspire 2, Ronin 2 and Ronin-S gimbals.
Who should use it
Force Pro is designed for professional videographers who use commercial drones for their everyday job. Also, for users who want to step up their drone services business with the super high-end quality footage. As the prices of Force Pro and connecting gimbals are quite high, we wouldn’t recommend these DJI accessories for personal use.
The Force Pro has a built-in compass and Inertial Measurement Unit that is designed to avoid gimbal drift in order to help the camera remain focused on the wanted frame. The device works with DJI Ronin 2 and Ronin-S gimbals and other third-party solutions.
For maximum adaptability, DJI Force Pro features a lightweight handle. It can easily be connected to a number of accessories, such as monitors, video transmission devices, thumb controllers, and many more. And all that at the same time. It can additionally be placed on a tripod with the integrated adaptor.
Just like with the Ronin 2, owners are able to change gimbal and camera configurations via DJI Force Pro’s built-in display and keys. You are able to even modify each axis’ speed by using adjustment dials.
4 shortcut buttons are placed around the OLED display to toggle gimbal modes (top left button), SmoothTrack modes (top right), toggle setting pages (lower right button) and go back to the upper level of the menu (lower left button).
The button with the red dot triggers the camera Start/Stop remotely when a compatible camera is connected to the system (currently DJI support RED, ARRI ALEXA Mini, Sony FS5/FS7, etc.). Pressing and then holding the same button turn on/off the Force Pro.
DJI integrated three dedicated speed controlling knobs corresponding to Pan, Tilt, and Roll axis, to enable the quickest possible adjustment of the controlling speed.
Knobs for the pan and tilt are on the top of the Force Pro, and the knob for roll axis is on the left side.
2 customizable buttons (C1 and C2) are designed for owners to quickly access favorite features, for example Motor Pause.
On the right side, there is a Lock slider which prevents accidental input when slid to the upper stop.
DJI Force Pro comes with a dual frequency 2.4 and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system. It is able to give you a control distance of up to 3 kilometers (2 miles).
Additionally DJI Force Pro supports a wired connectivity, that may totally alleviate interference with other equipment on a film set.
When using the wireless method, the Force Pro communicates with the gimbal at 100Hz. When the wired method is used, the communication frequency is doubled to 200Hz for lower latency and better interference resistance.
Communication latency as small as ten milliseconds simply means the camera moves in sync with DJI Force Pro in near real time. A built-in compass and high precision IMU operate in tandem to guarantee movement is sleek and also stop the gimbal from drifting while moving.
How to Use
The DJI Force works best when it is mounted on something like a fluid head tripod. This way it is easy to replicate pan and tilt motions that are a lot smoother than if you try to do it by just holding the force in your hands.
Battery and Charging
Force Pro has a built-in 4750 mA battery which will offer up to 5 hours of working time. This is absolutely great battery capacity and it should be enough to last entire video shoot you may have planned for the day. Owners can charge Force Pro via its USB-C port or CAN BUS port
What’s in the Box
Shock-absorbing case includes:
- Force Pro controller body
- 2x dual frequency antennas
- 1x L-Bracket
- 1x USB-C cable
- Some ¼ screws
Pricing and Availability
DJI Force Pro is available at Amazon from June 2018. Check current price and read customer reviews here:
Conclusion of DJI Force Pro Review
Force Pro is packed with amazing features. It is full of cutting-edge technology, yet designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. DJI has once more proved why they are leading drone company in the world.
Please check back for in-depth DJI Force Pro review when we finally get out hands on this marvelous drone accessory. Coming soon.
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