One month after introducing the third version of the Phantom 3 drone, DJI Phantom 3 Standard, DJI has decided to make a step further and announced DJI Zenmuse X5 and DJI Zenmuse X5R cameras, which are aimed to be combined with the DJI Inspire 1 (by mounting a small, easy-to-install bracket), which was launched in November 2014.
The DJI Zenmuse X5 and DJI Zenmuse X5R represent the world’s first commercially-available with Micro Four Thirds (M4/3) sensors designed specifically for aerial use. With this large 16MP sensor, images will encompass up to 12.8 stops of dynamic range, while the ISO range will be 100-25,600, which together will bring excellent-quality images and 4K videos (4096 x 2160 at 25 fps). As for the lenses that the new Zenmuse cameras are compatible with, there are currently four of them, and they are the following: DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH, Panasonic Leica 15mm G DG SUMMILUX f/1.7 ASPH, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0, and Olympus M.ZUIKO 17mm f/1.8. What is genuinely useful is that while the Zenmuse X5 cameras are in flight, the focus and aperture of these wide lenses can be adjusted via the DJI GO application or through DJI’s previously-announced Follow Focus system.
What these two lightweight cameras (340 grams) also have in common is that they feature DJI’s 3-axis Zenmuse gimbal technology, which provides exceptionally smooth video and stabilized long-exposure photos (up to 8 seconds).
On the other hand, what makes the DJI Zenmuse X5R different from its twin DJI Zenmuse X5 is shooting lossless 4K video, both to an onboard microSD card as well as to a removable 512GB SSD (Solid State Drive). Namely, the Zenmuse X5R records CinemaDNG (RAW) video to the SSD, and opens up lossless 4K video recording in a groundbreaking, compact form factor with video bit rates averaging 1.7 Gbps (with a maximum of 2.4 Gbps). Moreover, the X5R brings an entirely new mode, D-Log, which offers a broader array of color correction options in post production.
The DJI Zenmuse X5 will be up for sale by the end of the month, combined with the DJI Inspire 1 and the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens - the overall price will be $4,499. As far as the DJI Zenmuse X5R is concerned, it will be available with the Q4 quadcopter, priced at $7,999, while the availability will be offered at a later date. The prices of these cameras in isolation are still to be announced.
The news was taken from DJI.