DJI - Introducing the Zenmuse X7

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2017

Video can be recorded at 6K in CinemaDNG Raw or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 fps, and 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS. 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 DJI Zenmuse X7 camera will feature a new DL lens mount system dedicated to a range of prime lenses, available in 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm focal lengths all with a maximum aperture of F/2.8. It's designed primarily for the DJI Inspire 2 drone and features interchangeable lenses as well as a new DJI Cinema Color system for greater creative freedom in cinematography. The camera is a "world first" in that its a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography - in other words, if you're a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these.

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

Will you be upgrading your DJI Inspire 2 camera to capture 6K RAW video? The 16mm lens has a built in ND filter that can provide up to 4 extra stops of light control. They consulted Technicolor. With their guidance, DJI engineers developed an optimized gamma curve for the X7 allowing more latitude without sacrificing image quality. According to DJI, the move to refine their Cinema Colour System processing was done in order to match the Zenmuse X7 with high end production camera like the ARRI Alexa. The camera now features a new D-Log profile called DJI Cinema Color System or DCCS.

D-Gamut also offers optimized skin tone adjustment by moving these tones to their most suitable chromaticity, ensuring vivid colors are reflected from every inch of skin.

The Zenmuse X7 gimbal system weighs 631 grams when the 16mm lens is attached and will have a 23-minute flight time with the DJI Inspire 2. The 16 mm, 24 mm and 35 mm lenses will be available for $1,299 each, and the 50 mm for $1,199. The 16mm, 24mm and 35mm lenses weight in at $1,299 each, and the 50mm will cost $1,199. Customers can purchase the Zenmuse X7 prime lens combo including all 4 lenses for $4,299 ( € 4.899). 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. The Zenmuse X7 will start shipping in early November 2017 from, in DJI Flagship Stores and through DJI Authorized Dealers worldwide.

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