The aerial videography just got even more exciting. The leading drone manufacturer in the world DJI announced two new Micro Four Thirds cameras the Zenmuse X5 and X5R specifically designed for its high-end Inspire 1 drone. The cameras are capable of shooting lossless 4K Raw up to 30 fps, providing 12.8 stops of dynamic range, 16-megapixel resolution and interchangeable lens mount.
More importantly, the Zenmuse cameras will support different wide-angle lenses from DJI itself, Panasonic and Olympus. The company also announced that it will offer an optional wireless follow focus system for the new cameras that will include a hardware plugin for the Inspire remote. First things first! Let’s take a brief look what the new cameras are capable of.
Here are the technical specifications of the Zenmuse X5 camera:
Micro Four Thirds Sensor
4K video at up to 30fps
Record at 4096×2160 (24fps) or 3840×2160 (30/25fps)
12.8 stops of dynamic range
ISO Range of 100 to 25600
DJI 15mm F1.7 lens (optional)
DJI announced that the Zenmuse X5 will be released before the X5R. Both cameras share the same sensor and lens mount, but the X5R also includes support for a removable 512GB SSD on top of the gimbal plate for recording lossless 4K video with an average bitrate of 1.7Gbps. In addition to lossless 4K Raw recording, the X5R will also simultaneously record compressed video files to an SD card.
A DJI Inspire 1 with a Zenmuse X5 and the DJI 15mm F1.7 lens come with a retail price of $4,499. A stand-alone X5 will be $2,199 and ship later this month. The Inspire with the X5R will be available in Q4 and will cost $7,999. For more information head on to DJI.