A lot of people have been talking about DJI’s recent announcement regarding their two new camera options for the DJI Inspire 1 platform. DJI is stepping up their game and taking their image capture capabilities to the next level. According to DJI, in a recent press release:
Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras bring unprecedented quality and ease-of-use to aerial imaging
- First commercially available aerial cameras featuring Micro Four Thirds sensors
- Each camera offers 16 megapixel stills and 4k video on a stabilized 3-axis gimbal that integrates with the Inspire 1
- Interchangeable lens options with remotely controllable focus and aperture
- Zenmuse X5R records lossless CinemaDNG files to a solid state drive (SSD) and is the world’s smallest lossless 4k camera
Interchangeable lens options with remote control? Impressive.
DJI have announced two new Micro Four Thirds cameras for their DJI Inspire 1 professional aerial camera platform. Equipped with a 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, the Zenmuse X5 will initially support 4 interchangeable lenses, including the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH, Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens, and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8. While the Zenmuse X5 is in flight, pilots can adjust both focus and aperture via the DJI GO or through DJI’s previously-announced Follow Focus system.
The camera combined with interchangeable lens options itself is a great upgrade, and the value of the upgrade is easily visible in the 16 megapixel stills and 4k video captured, but you can’t overlook storage. The included storage options, both format and media, are great for the professional.
Both the Zenmuse X5 and Zenmuse X5R cameras offer 16 megapixel stills and 4k video on a stabilized 3-axis gimbal which can be integrated with the Inspire 1 drone. As the “R” in its name suggests, the X5R is capable of capturing CinemaDNG (RAW) video at an average bitrate of 1.7Gbps (maximum of 2.4Gbps).
Both cameras are capable of capturing MOV and MP4 video; DNG raw and JPEG photos to a MicroSD card.
The DJI Zenmuse X5R camera shares the same sensor and lens compatibility with the X5, but records video both to an onboard microSD card as well as to a removable 512GB SSD on the gimbal’s top plate.
Pricing is expected to be:
The Zenmuse X5 is available for pre-order at store.dji.com for $4,499 (€4,999), including a DJI Inspire 1 and DJI’s MFT 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens, and will begin shipping before the end of September. The Zenmuse X5R will be available in Q4 2015 for $7,999 (€8,799).
Once these start shipping, I’m expecting them to be hot sellers.
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DJI is a Chinese technology company founded in 2006 by Frank Wang and headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China. It manufactures commercial and recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for aerial photography and videography.
DJI manufactures a range of products including flying cameras (ex. Inspire and Phantom series), flying platforms, flight controllers for multi rotors, accessories for helicopters, camera gimballs (aerial, handheld) and ground stations. These products are for industrial, professional and amateur use.