DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers


DJI simply launched a brand new digital camera designed to work with drones, and particularly its Inspire 2 flyer. The digital camera is a “world first” in that it’s an excellent 35 digital movie digital camera tailor-made for aerial cinematography — in different phrases, should you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or skilled cinematographer, you might be in all probability going to need one among these.

The Zenmuse X7 digital camera has a big, Super 35 format digital sensor, and helps interchangeable lenses for a spread of potential focal lengths. It shoots as much as 6K in CinemaDNG RAW format, or can seize in 5.2K Apple ProRes at body charges of as much as 30 FPS. It can also seize three.9K Cinema DNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at 59.94 FPS, which ought to meet the wants of most post-production work from Hollywood on down (or up I assume, relying in your perspective).

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The new DJI digital camera makes use of DJI’s DL-Mount system, and works with prime lenses with mounted focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm, every with a max aperture of F/2.eight, and all with carbon fiber our bodies to optimize gentle weighting. The 16mm lens has a built-in ND filter that may present as much as four additional stops of sunshine management. All collectively, the array weighs solely 631 grams with the 16mm lens hooked up.

High-quality cinema video doesn’t come low-cost, after all — however at $2,699 US for the digital camera, it’s not a bank-breaker for manufacturing professionals both. The 16mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses weight in at $1,299 every, and the 50mm will value $1,199. There’s additionally a combo together with the digital camera physique (with its built-in gimbal) and all of the lenses for $four,299, with retail availability starting in November for all the above.

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