DJI's new interchangeable lens drone camera takes aim at film makers

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2017

It is expected that DJI will soon announce the new Zenmuse X7, a 6K cinematic camera expanding its existing Zenmuse drone camera lineup.

The Zenmuse X7 has a new DJI DL-Mount with an extremely short flange distance (distance from the lens to the sensor). The new Zenmuse X7 Super 35 sensor camera will record in a whopping 6K CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit/5.2K Apple ProRes HQ 4:2:2 up to 30fps. To put that into perspective, the majority of high-end drones available capture video at a maximum resolution of 4K - the same quality as most high-end TVs. The Super 35 video sensor features 14 stops of dynamic range to capture poorly lit detail, and DJI ays its low-noise imaging technology should help in this regard, too. For seamless editing, a new DJI Cinema Color System preserves accurate colors for easier post-processing.

Prime lenses in 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, carbon fibre construction.

DJI has just unveiled the DJI Zenmuse X7, a super 35mm digital filmmaking camera to be attached to your drone.

You can expect to pay $2,699 (£2,000) for the base model X7 lens.

DJI has worked with Technicolor to improve its color science for the Zenmuse 7.

The new camera is made with filmmaking in mind for videography professionals and is created to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone. The 16mm lens features a built in 4 stages ND filter, while the other lenses have a filter thread to use existing ND filters from their existing line of lenses.

"We took our color science to the next level", said Paul Pan. "With their guidance, our engineers developed an optimized curve for the X7 allowing more latitude without sacrificing image quality".

Featuring a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space, the new color system provides greater flexibility during post-production. There is also a new D-Gamut RGB color space that the camera records in for a wider color range.

Up to 23 minutes flying time when mounted onto the DJI Inspire 2. The 16mm, 24mm, and 35mm lenses are available for $1,300, and the 50mm lens for $1,200. Customers can purchase the Zenmuse X7 prime lens combo including all 4 lenses for $4,299 ( € 4.899). At least you won't have long to wait before you can start on your aerial magnum opus, as the X7 and its lenses start shipping in early November. DJI's global operations now span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and many other industries.

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