DJI forgets about drones and presents an 8K cinema hanging from a gimbal

How do you get this? Well, integrating in a single product a high quality camera, a 4-axis stabilization system, internal recorder, viewfinder and option to send the video signal wirelessly to a second operator, automatic focus control system via LiDAR or manual and wireless and a relatively compact size to achieve much smoother and even spectacular motion recordings, both air and land.

That is, in short, the great appeal of the Ronin 4D. The world’s first 4-axis camera seeks to position itself as a reference among content creators, especially those of the highest level who, without actually making movies, seek the highest performance and quality.

8K video quality and a focus by LiDAR

Known roughly as the Ronin 4D, let’s talk technical stuff. The first and most important is stabilization, something that we take for granted will work spectacularly from the brand’s own accumulated experience.

The Ronin 4D even has a 4-axis system that could be summarized as incorporating one of its Ronin S gimbal into the body of a film camera. Of course, they add an additional axis to make the movements of the vertical Z axis even smoother. Or what is the same, avoid even more the little jumps that can occur when walking, running or simply moving from one point to another no matter how it is done.

Of course, beyond that, many will care about image quality. Since they will not be able to use their usual cameras but will have to bet on these new Zenmuse X9, cameras with Full Frame sensor and interchangeable optics. The latter does not seem to be a big problem seeing how previous models have performed in products like the DJI Inspire and knowing the main technical details of the two new models.

For starters, the new cameras are capable of recording video at a resolution of up to 6K and 8K depending on the model. In addition, they offer a wide dynamic range, native dual ISO, built-in ND filters for up to nine stops, and software-level enhancements to take advantage of many of the things seen in other DJI recording systems. Of course, what most catches your attention right now is knowing the recording options of both cameras that have a Full Frame sensor and the possibility of using a large number of interchangeable lenses:

  • Zenmuse X9-6K This camera with Full Frame sensor allows you to record video using the H.264 codec and also internally in other formats such as Apple ProRes and ProRes RAW. All this at a maximum resolution of 6K at 60 fps or at 4K and 120 fps
  • Zenmuse X9-8K the other camera is more powerful in terms of recording capabilities and allows you to capture video at 8K resolution and a maximum of 75 fps

Of course, it does not stop there, because if this camera also stands out for something, it is because of the focus system that it will have and that will allow you to enjoy AF even in manual lenses. A solution that will allow the system to be used by a single operator and obtain the same results as when not only the camera operator works, but also a focuser at his side.

This autofocus system from DJI is achieved thanks to the using the LiDAR sensor. That is, the same technology used in the recent Ronin S has been brought to this particular camera so that you can use ZEISS lenses or many others that by their own electronics are not compatible with the AF system. Of course, there is also the option of controlling the focus manually and remotely thanks to its wireless video transmission system.

A wireless video transmission system that is already integrated into the camera itself, so nothing extra is really needed beyond detaching the monitor from the camera to give it to whoever it may concern or share that signal with the cinematographer or anyone. another person who wants to review how the recording is going.

Prices for the two versions of Ronin 4D

Without a doubt, DJI’s new video proposal is very striking and interesting, although it will not be a product that we can say will be available to everyone. The price will be a small handicap for those who are simple prosumers. However, for creative agencies, advertising agencies, small production companies, etc., it seems to be quite good.

The model Ronin 4D with Zenmuse X9-6K will have a cost of 6,999 euros and will be available in December. On the other hand, the Ronin 4D with Zenmuse X9-8K it will cost 10,999 euros and we will have to wait a little longer to buy it.

Now we only need to see examples in real life, something that will gradually be seen thanks to the collaborations that DJI has established with different creators. So be very attentive to this particular proposal and its acceptance. We will see if they settle the product or it is only in a launch for a very niche audience.

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