DJI has just introduced the Zenmuse X7, billed as the world’s first Super 35 digital camera designed for professional aerial videography. The camera’s set to deliver on a few key features, like shooting 6K RAW footage and providing a new DJI Cine Color System — not to mention that it’s got a new big sensor, supports interchangeable lenses and uses a new aerial lens mount.
“The Zenmuse X7 offers everything professional content creators need to make their aerial footage as stunning and vivid as they demand,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “From the large Super 35 sensor to a new mount, lenses, and color system, the Zenmuse X7 gives cinematographers and professional photographers an unmatched set of tools that work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone to capture high-quality footage that is easily integrated into projects shot with industry-leading handheld cameras.”
The Zenmuse X7 can shoot footage in 6K RAW using a Super 35 video sensor that's said to offer 14 stops of dynamic range. With the camera’s new sensor, DJI says that users can capture more detail in low-light conditions and that the sensor has a low-noise rate that will preserve highlights and shadows in footage while keeping a shallow depth of field.
One of the camera’s biggest innovations lies in its new color system, which DJI has developed with Technicolor. “The new EI Mode mimics the way a film camera works to help cinematographers capture as much information as possible in every scene while balancing the dynamic range and noise with different log curves for more flexibility during the post-production process,” says DJI. What seems most notable about the new DJI Cinema Color System is that it features a new D-Log Curve that DJI says will extend the dynamic range available in post-production. There’s also a new D-Gamut RGB color space, which is supposed to preserve more color information in shots.
Here’s what Pan had to say about the Zenmuse X7’s new color system: “For the Zenmuse X7, we took our color science to the next level. We consulted the world leading authorities in color science, Technicolor. With their guidance, our engineers developed an optimized gamma curve for the X7 allowing more latitude without sacrificing image quality.”
The Zenmuse X7 also uses a new aerial lens mount, the DJI DL-Mount. DJI says the mount has an ultra-short flange focal distance so that it can “carry prime lenses optimally.”
Be prepared to buy a lens with the Zenmuse, however, because the camera doesn’t come with one. DJI is offering four prime lenses with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm and each of them have a maximum aperture of F/2.8.
DJI is pricing the Zenmuse X7 camera at 2,699 dollars. For lenses, the 16mm, 24mm, and 35mm are priced at 1,299 dollars each, and the 50mm is 1,199 dollars. If you want to get the complete set, DJI does offer a combo offer that includes all four lenses for 4,299 dollars, which would give you about a 800 dollar savings if you were planning on getting all four lenses.
Go to dji.com/zenmuse-x7 to learn more.