DJI Ronin-S and Canon 80D – A “Love/Hate” Relationship

Want to be able to start and stop video recording on your Canon 80D using the record button on the DJI Ronin-S gimbal but can’t figure out how to make it work?  Read on!

You did it!  You saved up and bought the DJI Ronin-S.  You even bought it during their “winter sale” to save a few bucks.  With breathless anticipation, you unboxed and set up your new gimbal.  You mounted your Canon 80D, got it perfectly balanced, and powered it all on.  But alas!  The kit didn’t come with any wires to hook to your camera!  You went to the DJI support site, only to learn that DJI “hopes” to have support for the 80D at some future point.  Hopes???  Hope isn’t a course of action!  C’mon DJI!

So, you turned to the interweb for help.  You even watched a YouTube video that describes how one guy got his 80D to start and stop recording using the included infrared cable.  All you need to do is set the “drive” setting on your camera, and live happily ever after.

But that doesn’t work!

The DJI support forums weren’t much help either. The only things you found there were poor souls like you, wondering why the Canon 80D doesn’t work with the DJI Ronin-S.

Well, there IS a way to get the record button to work with your Canon 80D.  The guy in the YouTube video was right–he just left out a couple of key steps.  I figured I’d share the answer with you so you can use the DJI Ronin-S record button to get your Canon 80D to start and stop recording.

Here’s how:

On your Canon 80D:

Set the “Drive” setting

  • Make sure your camera is on photo (not video) mode
  • Press the <Q> button 
  • Tap the “Drive Mode” icon:

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  • Set the “Drive” mode for 2-seconds:

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  • Set the “Remote” setting in the menu
    • Switch the camera to movie mode
      Press the “Menu” button
      • Go to page 5 of the red “Camera” menu
      • “Enable” the “Remote Control” item (the last item in the list):

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    In Your Ronin App On Your Smartphone

    • Open the Ronin app
    • Tap “Create”
    • Tap “Camera”
    • In the “Camera” options, select “Canon”

    Connect the Infra-Red Control Cable to the Ronin

    • Attach the infra-red (IR) cable to the Ronin
    • Bend it around so the end of the cable is about an inch from the IR port on your camera:


    That’s it!  You’re all set!  Flip the switch on the Canon 80D to video mode, power up your DJI Ronin-S, and press the record button.  The light on the front of your Canon 80D will light up for a second (indicating the IR remote thing is working), and your camera will begin recording!

    Maybe one of these days DJI will enhance the Ronin-S’s compatibility with the 80D–but until that time comes, I hope this little tutorial helps someone.


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