Tom David Frey
CONFIRMED! DJI announces first aerial 6K camera
Updated: Jul 7, 2020
Without a lot of hooplas, DJI has announced the first ever 6K 30fps aerial compact camera.
It has a larger sensor than its predecessor and fulfills many filmmakers dreams.
The all-new DJI Zenmuse X7 camera allows filming cinematic aerials with a compact allrounder drone. That is a milestone in the industry.
The X7 is compatible with DJIs professional Inspire 2 drone that is small and lightweight and can be brought everywhere.
In the future, the new DJI X7 is supposed to be compatible with other DJI drones and platforms as well.
One of the major highlights of the new camera is its cinematic 35 mm sensor (23.5 x 15.7 mm), which provides up to 14 stops dynamic range, offering the editor tons of possibilities in post-production.
The camera records RAW footage in 6K at up to 30fps, while if recording in 3.9K you can choose a maximum of 59.95fps for real slow-motion recordings.
The photo specs sound promising as well: the all-new DJI Zenmuse X7 has a resolution of 24MP.
A major highlight is the new 35 mm sensor,
offering 14 stops dynamic range
Like it's predecessor the Zenmuse X7 camera uses a CineCore 2.1 processor to write DNG RAW or Apple ProRes files.
The 6K clips are being saved to a particular DJI CineSSD card that has to be purchased separately, as well as the license keys for both formats.
Pilots and filmmakers who don't see the need of recording in 6K RAW can always use a fast MicroSD card to record standard H.264 or H.265 (for videos) or JPEGS or DNG (for photos).
The DJI Zenmuse X7 camera is three-axis stabilized and has a DL lens mount. It currently works with four prime lenses: 16, 24, 35 and 50 mm.
The 16 mm F2.8 wide-angle lens comes with an inbuilt ND filter.
Not only is it more comfortable, but it saves a lot of time, as there is no further need to balance a lens after applying a filter.
Worth mentioning is the lenses leaf shutter that minimizes the ugly rolling shutter effect, simplifies indoor shootings with artificial light and prevents scattered light from entering the lens.
The Zenmuse X7 currently supports four
prime lenses: 16, 24, 35 and 50 mm.
You can check out the current pricing of the DJI Zenmuse X7 right here.
Conclusion: the all-new DJI Zenmuse X7 camera is the go-to solution for professional filmmakers who need a small and easy-to-handle aerial setup.
It's 6K RAW camera offers a ton of creative options.
If you own a DJI Inspire 2 drone, you might think of purchasing an X7 camera to raise your production level drastically.
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