In feudal Japan, a ronin was a samurai without a master. In contrast, the video production version of the Ronin certainly does have a master: the filmmaker, to whom it grants increased freedom and fluidity.

At first glance – and without a camera attached – the Ronin looks a bit like a slightly curious piece of fitness equipment.

With handles at either end, it forms a shallow upside-down U-shape. The camera is cradled in the centre – and it’s here where the real action happens.

Essentially, the Ronin is an electronically stabilised rig. This means that as the filmmaker tilts and turns, the camera is able to adjust. So handheld shots, for example, have less risk of jitter, instead demonstrating the smooth flow of a Steadicam.

Spectrecom’s Ronin is a relatively new addition to our arsenal of high-end film production equipment. But we have, on prior occasions, rented the not-too-dissimilar MoVI.

Indeed, it was a MoVI we used on the project for Sainsbury’s that the behind-the-scenes video at the top of this blog comes from.

And if you want to check out what the Ronin is REALLY capable of, then DJI have produced an action blockbuster of a video which does just that.

Spectrecom Films is a video production company that works closely with leading brands, agencies, charities and universities.

We’re able to provide a wide range of specialist filmmaking techniques and equipment. To find out more, take a look at our production services page.

And if you’ve got a video project you’re keen to speak to us about, get in touch with our Accounts Director Christiaan Harden on 0203 405 2274 or email

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