Oct 16, 2017

DJI Zenmuse X7 Super 35 aerial camera announced, shoots at 6K resolution

The aerial videography is set for a transformation as DJI has announced a new Zenmuse X7 camera that uses Cinema-like Super 35 digital film format, a first for any of the drone cameras available in the market. The new Zenmuse X7 comes in four lens options and can shoot up to 6K resolution videos irrespective of the lighting conditions. The camera will hit the stores at the start of November and to that effect pre-ordering is already live.

The Chinese manufacturer DJI has been at the forefront of rolling out drone cameras of high repute. And now with Zenmuse X7, the company broke new ground as it takes the Super 35 digital film format to a drone for the first time.

The recently announced Zenmuse X7 is chiefly intended for the pros that include film and documentary makers and cinematographers for aerial cinematography. The camera uses interchangeable lenses and can shoot up to 6K in CinemaDNG RAW format or 5.2K Apple ProsRes at 30 fps or 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 3.7K Apple ProRes at 59.94 fps.

With regard to the photos, the Zenmuse X7 can shoot up to 20 fps in 24 MP resolution and RAW format. The Zenmuse X7 is also advanced in color science as it features a new D-Log profile, DJI Cinema Color System (DCCD) that helps the camera to perform seamlessly in all lighting conditions. And in all this, DJI's partnership with Technicolor has really come in handy.

The new camera uses a DL-Mount system and works with prime lenses with fixed focal lengths of 16 mm. 24 mm, 35 mm and 50 mm, each with an aperture maxing out at f/2.8. In particular, the array with 16 mm lens weighs 631 grams including an onboard ND filter. The camera, however, weighs 4 kg if attached to Inspire 2 Drone.

As the Zenmuse X7 camera is geared towards the professionals, naturally it is priced on higher sides. The 16 mm, 24 mm, and 35 lenses are all priced at $ 1,299 (Approx. PHP 66,577) while the 50 mm lens can be snagged at $ 2,699 (Approx. PHP 138,266). If one goes for all the four lenses package it will be available for a discounted price of $ 4,299 (Approx. PHP 220,232).

Currently, the DJI Zenmuse X7 Super 35 camera is up for pre-orders and it will hit the shelves in early November. The aerial videography has improved leaps and bounds across all the manufacturers and with the Zenmuse X7 Super 35, DJI has certainly upped the ante.

Although the camera possesses all the ingredients to entice the buyers, its high cost might pose some hindrance. But then we mustn't forget that the Zenmuse X7 comes with a first-rate DJI brand cachet which is enough to convince the buyers.