DJI’s first film camera imposes it

DJI is well known in the drone sector, but the manufacturer also intends to play elbows in a market that is certainly niche, but very profitable: that of professional filming. The Ronin 4D is a very complete solution for filming up to 8K.

We could count on DJI not to launch a simple camera. The Ronin 4D therefore benefits from all the manufacturer’s expertise in the field of aerial video recording and image stabilization. The system therefore consists of a 4-axis stabilization system and a full-frame camera, all accompanied by a video transmission device and focusing by interposed Lidar.

For professional shoots

We must now warn that this solution is not intended for individuals, or very wealthy individuals. The entry-level Ronin 4D actually costs € 6,999, it allows you to record up to 6K with the Zenmuse X9. And that goes up to € 10,999 with an 8K camera. For this price, DJI provides the main frame, a lidar rangefinder, handles, battery and a transport controller.

Operators will be able to modify the lens, for example mount a Leica M. DJI’s know-how is visible in the field of stabilization: the manufacturer announces an active Z axis, a first in the field which ensures the best fluidity of shooting. In addition to the sensors (time of flight, barometer, etc.), a Lidar multiplies the measurement points over ten meters. Advantage of this technology, it works regardless of light conditions.

Artificial intelligence is also used for monitoring the action. To store the images, three solutions are available: SSD to USB, a Compact Flash Express card, and a proprietary 1TB card. Of course, the system includes everything needed to record audio on the set (microphones, two 3.5mm ports, two XLR ports).

It is also possible to decouple the camera from the monitor (a 7-inch screen with a brightness of 1,500 nits) thanks to the wireless transmission which operates up to 6 km on the frequency bands 2.4 and 5.8 GHz, as well as the DFS. Be careful, however, we will not go beyond 1080p at 60 frames per second. Finally, the autonomy is 2 and a half hours.

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