DJI Unveils Zenmuse X7 Super 35 Camera For Inspire 2 Drone

Zenmuse X7 Camera with 16mm lens1_previewBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

For higher end aerial filmmakers, the Inspire 2 drone by DJI Global is a good option because it tends to have a higher-end camera and advanced flight features. But DJI is going to turn things up to eleven with a new Super 35mm camera built specifically for Aerial Cinematography.

“The Zenmuse X7 offers everything professional content creators need to make their aerial footage as stunning and vivid as they demand. 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.” – Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI

The new Zenmuse X7 is really built with the high-end cinematographer in mind, who’s looking for a compact drone to work hand-in-hand with his cinema camera rig. Capable of capturing 6K CinemaDNG Raw or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 frames per second. It can even extend to up to 60 fps for higher frame rate.

Additionally, the X7 is capable of adding additional lenses for 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm, all at f/2.8. The 16mm sports a built in ND filter, while the other three lenses offer a mechanical shutter for that smooth film like look.

With 14 stops of dynamic range, the X7 can capture great detail for imaging aerial shots in low light, or heading outside into the bright sun. And thanks to those additional lenses, the X7 offers something we don’t always see in an aerial image: Depth of field.

The X7 also has a feature called El Mode, which emulates the cinematic look of a standard motion picture film camera in order to capture a wide range of image data, without adding too much noise look that would have to be stripped in post.

Then, when you take the X7 footage into your post-production workflow, you’ll notice something else that the X7 brings to the party: DJI’s Cinema Color System (DCCS) which offers codecs such as D-Log Curve and D Logo Gamut colorspace for more flexibility during color grading. D-Log also extends those 14 stops of dynamic range for even more detail in harsh lighting situations.

“For the Zenmuse X7, we took our color science to the next level,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “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.”

In addition, DJI has managed to up the flight time of the Inspire 2 with the Zenmuse X7, bringing it up to a full 23 minutes in ideal conditions. DJI Care Refresh will also be available for the Zenmuse X7 camera gimbal system, along with the Inspire 2 drone.

The Zenmuse X7 camera will be available for Inspire 2 users in November for a base price of $2699, while the lenses will cost $1699 for the 16 mm, 24 mm and 35 mm lenses, and the 50mm lens has an MSRP of $1199. Shooters can also bundle all four lenses in a kit for $4299.

For more information, visit DJI here.


About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.