DJI’s Zenmuse X7 Shoots 6K RAW Video in the Sky

October 12, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

DJI has a powerful new camera for its Inspire 2 drone.

The Zenmuse X7 sports a new Super 35mm-sized sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range (compared with the X5 camera which delivered 12.8 stops of dynamic range). It can capture 6K CinemaDNG RAW, 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 fps, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 fps. It can also snap 24-megapixel still images.

With the X7 attached, the Inspire 2 can fly for about 23 minutes.

With the X7, DJI is rolling out its DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS) which features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space to give more flexibility and color options during post-production. According to DJI, D-Log extends the camera’s dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB color space preserves more color information.

While DJI had used a Micro Four Thirds lens mount for its early Zenmuse cameras, the X7 marks the introduction of a custom built DL mount. This new mount boasts a thinner interconnection so its lenses can be more compact, DJI says.

Joining the X7 are several new f/2.8 DL mount prime lenses–a 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm. The lenses are built from carbon fiber so they’re lighter in weight than traditional primes. The 16mm lens features a built-in ND 4 filter, while the other models feature a mechanical shutter.

The Zenmuse X7 camera and lenses will ship in November. The X7 will set you back $2,699 while the 16 mm, 24 mm and 35 mm lenses will sell for $1,299 each. The 50 mm will retail for $1,199.

DJI will sell the Zenmuse X7 bundled with all four prime lenses for $4,299.

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