Control your Canon 80d with the Ronin-S

Want to control your Canon 80D with the DJI Ronin-S gimbal but can’t figure out how to make it work?  This post is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to set up your Ronin-S, and your Canon 80D so you can start and stop video recording using the record button on your gimbal.

–Update:

The DJI Ronin-S was released in 2018–and for nearly a year it wasn’t fully compatible the Canon 80D. In Aug/Sep 2019, DJI released a compatibility update–so now the 80D works! Do you want to use the start/stop record button on your gimbal to control your Canon 80D without having to fiddle with the bendy infrared cable? Want to see how your follow focus knob really works? It’s actually pretty cool! If you don’t already have it, you’ll need to drop $22 bucks for this cable: Ronin-S Multi-Camera Control Cable (Mini USB).

You can buy this little cable from Amazon, or directly from DJI.

If all you have is the bendy, infrared cable that came with your Ronin-S, this “How-To” article is for you! You won’t have focus wheel control, but you can still use the “record” button on your gimbal to start and stop recording with your Canon 80D. I hope this tutorial helps you!

–End Update

What’s This Bendy Cable For?

How To Control your Canon 80D with the DJI Ronin-S gimbal

You did it!  You saved up and bought the DJI Ronin-S–and even bought it “on 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 then you noticed the kit doesn’t come with the wire you need to connect the gimbal to your Canon 80D: Ronin-S Multi-Camera Control Cable (Mini USB) Instead, all you’ve got is the infrared cable (the bendy one that stays in the position you bend it).

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.  He said all you need to do is set the “drive” setting on your camera, and live happily ever after.

But it didn’t work!

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.  So, I wrote this article to 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.

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Step-By-Step Guide:

On your Canon 80D:

Set the “Drive” setting

  • Make sure your camera is set to “photo” (not “video”) mode
  • Press the <Q> button 
  • Tap the “Drive Mode” icon:
The first step to control your Canon 80D with the Ronin-S starts in the "Q" menu, where the "Drive Mode" button is located
  • Set the “Drive Mode” for 2-seconds:
Here's what the "Drive Mode" looks like when it's set for 2 seconds.

Set the “Remote” Setting in the Menu

  • Press the “Menu” button
  • Next, go to page 5 of the red “Camera” menu
  • Finally, “Enable” the “Remote Control” item (the last item in the list):
On page 5 of the red camera menu, you'll find the Remote Control settings.

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 (Bendy) Control Cable to the Ronin

  • First, attach the infra-red (IR) cable to the Ronin
  • Next, bend it around so the end of the cable is about an inch from the IR port on your camera like this video clip shows:

That’s it!  You’re all set!  Flip the switch on your Canon 80D to video mode, power up your DJI Ronin-S, and press the record button on the gimbal.  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!

The Control Cable Your Ronin-S Should Have Come With:

Control your canon 80d with the Ronin-S with this cable

DJI now officially supports the Canon 80D with the Ronin-S! Want to use the gimbal with your Canon 80D without having to use that bendy infrared cable? Want to see how that follow focus knob really works? If you don’t already have it, you’ll need this cable: Ronin-S Multi-Camera Control Cable (Mini USB)

If you only have the infrared cable, I hope this tutorial helped you!

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