DJI has just announced the revolutionary Ronin 4D gimbal camera system. In essence, it’s the company’s newest all-in-one modular production solution which features two 4-axis gimbal cameras – the Ronin 4D 8K Cinema Camera and the Ronin 4D 6K Cinema Camera.
The Ronin 4D’s innovative system is made up of a core processing unit and a gimbal camera featuring DJI’s flagship Zenmuse X9 sensor and the new DJI CineCore 3.0 image processing system with DCCS (DJI Cinema Color System). The core cameras can be further built out with a wide variety of additional accessories, depending on your production needs and the environment you are working in.
The modular combo features a built-in gimbal that installs on the arm of the main unit, and it adds a fourth Z-axis to the traditional 3-axis configuration for additional stability in motion, particularly during dolly movement, to absorb vertical shake.
The gimbal itself provides multiple visual sensors, an IMU (inertia/force sensor), and a barometer to keep the camera rock steady. Furthermore, there’s a built-in AMF (Automated Manual Focus) technology that provides accurate autofocus while also allowing the camera operator to control focus at any time during the automated process.
Regarding internals, the Ronin 4D comes equipped with either the Zenmuse X9 8K sensor that can capture up to 8K75 video with 800/4000 dual native ISOs or the Zenmuse X9 6K sensor that can record up to 6K60 or 4K120 video with 800/5000 dual native ISO.
The CineCore 3.0 image processing system, on the other hand, allows the camera to record ProRes RAW, 422 HQ, and H.264 formats internally. It utilizes ActiveTrack Pro for tracking shots, and both sensors feature an advertised 14+ stops of dynamic range.
Other noteworthy features of the latest DJI camera system include built-in 9-stop ND filters, HDMI and SDI outputs, and a DL lens mount to support a variety of full-frame, carbon-fiber lenses, which will be available in the near future.
The DL mount also allows for interchangeable lens mounts such as Leica M and Sony E-mount that provide zoom, macro, and anamorphic options for your production.
The camera can record internally using a built-in CFexpress Type-B slot on the main body, and it also features a USB 3.1 Type-C port to record externally to a 1TB PRO SSD. It records on-board audio using the 3.5mm and XLR input connectors on the main body.
Additionally, you can attach numerous bits and pieces to add to the camera to complete your rig, including a top handle, X9 focus motor, high-bright monitor, and focus/pan/tilt handgrips.
Beyond that, an expansion plate can be added to provide an SDI port, XLR input, and timecode. There’s also an optional wireless transmitter that uses DJI’s O3 wireless video technology, allowing you to monitor up to 1080p60 video from the camera up to 20,000′ away over 2.4 and 5.8 GHz DFS frequencies using secure AES-256 encryption.
With the optional LiDAR Range Finder, you can focus accurately using an intuitive waveform, which can detect up to 43,200 points within a 33′ range with varying surface textures and subtle light changes to provide autofocus and ActiveTrack Pro, working with an enormous amount of data. The camera is powered either from a DC power input or from a high-capacity TB50 battery, which can provide up to 2 hours of shoot time.
Both the DJI Ronin 4D 6K and 8K Cinema Gimbal Cameras are now available to pre-order selling for $7,199 and $11,499 respectively.
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