DJI announces Zenmuse X7 Super 35 aerial camera


Aiming to cater to professional cinematographers, DJI has unveiled what it is calling the world's first Super 35 digital film camera.

The Zenmuse X7 can capture 6k CinemaDNG RAW and 5.2k Apple ProRes at 30 FPS or 3.9k CinemaDNG RAW and 2.7k Apple ProRes at 60 FPS.

Using DJI's proprietary DL-mount system, the Zenmuse X7 is designed for use with the Inspire 2 drone. For seamless editing, a new DJI Cinema Color System preserves accurate colors for easier post-processing.

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DJI announced the Zenmuse X7, a new drone camera with a Super-35 format sensor that shoots raw footage at up to 6K. Each of these lenses has f2.8 aperture and the 16mm has a built-in ND filter while the others feature a mechanical shutter. They consulted Technicolor. With their guidance, DJI engineers developed an optimized gamma curve for the X7 allowing more latitude without sacrificing image quality. With professional cinematography in mind, the D-Log can encode 15 stops of dynamic range, two stops higher than the Zenmuse X5S. 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. With the Zenmuse X7 installed, the DJI Inspire 2 has a max flight time of 23 minutes, the company said. Upon launch, at least, the Zenmuse X7 will be made available on the Inspire drone, but the sources state that the camera may be available on cheaper drones at some point in the future. The Zenmuse X7 will start shipping in early November 2017 from ans in DJI Flagship Stores and through DJI Authorized Dealers worldwide.

To meet the rigorous requirements of filmmakers and television production professionals, the Zenmuse X7 captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera. The 16 mm, 24 mm and 35 mm lenses will be available for $1,299 each, and the 50 mm for $1,199.

Wow right? If you are a Inspire 2 owner I'm sure you are digging through your credit card balances about now to get one. The Super 35 sensor will provide better shooting capabilities not just in terms of a shallower depth of field but also with lower noise.