As predicted in our last post DJI announces the Zenmuse X7 camera, a Super 35 digital film camera optimized for professional aerial cinematography and drone aerial photography.
It has been designed to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone, but don’t be surprised if DJI launch an upgraded Osmo handheld device to also run the X7 camera soon. It is not backwards compatible and will not work with the Inspire 1.
The Zenmuse X7 is equipped with a Super 35 video sensor featuring 14 stops of dynamic range for more detail in low-light conditions. Its low-noise image capture enhances grading flexibility by preserving details in both highlight and dark areas while enabling a shallow cinematic depth of field.
The Zenmuse X7 captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera. It is capable of shooting 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS to integrate seamlessly into industry-standard post-production workflows.
New Camera Drone Mount
The Zenmuse X7 uses a dedicated aerial mount system, the DJI DL-Mount, featuring an ultra-short flange focal distance to carry prime lenses optimally. Available with focal lengths of 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm, each lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.8 and is crafted out of carbon fiber, making them durable and lightweight for high-performance aerial cinematography with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.
To allow for advanced setting adjustment and fine-tuning, the 16mm lens is equipped with a built-in ND 4 filter, and the 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm lenses feature a mechanical shutter.
The Zenmuse X7 gimbal system weighs just 631 grams with the 16 mm lens.
Improvements in Post Production
DJI has also introduced a new DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS).
DCCS features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space to give more flexibility and color options during the post-production process. The D-Log further extends the dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB color space preserves more color information to support the most demanding filmmaking scenarios, providing accurate color for quick and easy post-processing.
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.
Different Lenses for the Zenmuse x7 Camera
Here are the specifications of the four prime lenses that will fit on the new mount system.
To view the full DJI Zenmuse X7 Camera specification click here.
Roy Horton is a leading drone photographer working for Drone Photography Services.