DJI — the biggest name in the aerial photos and videos industry these days today introduced the Zenmuse X7 — a new camera module that’s specially designed for professional aerial cinematography. The Zenmuse X7 is a Super 35mm camera module with an interchangeable lens system and works seamlessly with the company’s Inspire 2 drone. It succeeds the Zenmuse X3, DJI’s previous offering and comes with a wide array of new and exclusive features, making it a phenomenal option for professionals working in the industry.
Stunning & Vivid Capture
The Zenmuse X7 captures stunning and vivid imagery and is capable of shooting 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes footage up to 30fps, or 5.2K CinemaDNG RAW or2.7K Apple ProRest at up to 59.94fps. It features 14 stops of dynamic range, so you can capture detailed imagery even in low light. Of course, the real world testing of this has to be seen to be believed. Both these features make it a healthy option targeted at professionals and allow it to be easily integrated into industry-standard workflows.
New DJI Prime Lenses
The Zenmuse X7 uses DJI’s DL-Mount and allows you to easily swap out lenses on the go. DJI has also introduced 4 new DJI prime lenses designed specifically for the Zenmuse X7. Coming in at focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm, each of these lenses feature a f/2.8 aperture and are built out of carbon fiber, making them not just durable, but also lightweight to be carried around. Their light weight also enables optimum performance when mounted on the Inspire 2 drone. The 16mm lens even features a built-in ND 4 filter.
DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS)
Along with the Zenmuse X7 and the four new Prime lenses, DJI has also introduced a new DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS) targeted towards cinematographers and producers of films, commercials, and TV shows. The color science has been tweaked and perfected such that you can fine-tune the result to your liking and achieve stunning results just as good as other highly expensive industry standard cameras.
DCCS features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space to give more flexibility and color options during the post-production process. The D-Log further extends the dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB color space preserves more color information to support the most demanding filmmaking scenarios, providing accurate color for quick and easy post-processing.
The new EI Mode mimics the way a film camera works to help cinematographers capture as much information as possible in every scene while balancing the dynamic range and noise with different log curves for more flexibility during the post-production process.
Speaking about the new product, Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI, says, “From the large Super 35 sensor to a new mount, lenses, and color system, the Zenmuse X7 gives cinematographers and professional photographers an unmatched set of tools that work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone to capture high-quality footage that is easily integrated into projects shot with industry-leading handheld cameras.”
Pricing and Availability
DJI has priced the Zenmuse X7 camera at $2,699 in the US. The India pricing of the Zenmuse X7 is not yet available. Pricing of the DJI Prime Lenses — 16 mm, 24 mm and 35 mm lenses is set at $1299 each, while the 50mm has been priced at $1199. DJI is also offering a combo pack @ $4299.
The DJI Zenmuse X7 will start shipping in November 2017.