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DJI Zenmuse X7 - Super 35 Camera

The Zenmuse X7 is here, and it's a beast of a 6K camera in an ultra light-weight package.

DJI Zenmuse X7 - Super 35 Camera

An Affordable 6K Aerial Cinematic Solution

While "affordable" is a relative term to the end user, there's no denying that the new Zenmuse X7 is a welcome departure from the standard pricing structure of 6K Super 35 aerial cameras. Coming in at under $2700 for the camera body makes the X7 a great investment for the aerial cinematographer/photographer that doesn't want to mortgage the house to play with the big boys.

Currently, there are four available prime lenses, all costing around $1200 each. Packaged with all four lenses as a combo, the end user will pay $6998 for a Super 35 camera that features 5.2K Apple ProRes, 6K CinemaDNG, 14 stops of dynamic range, and take 24MP still images. Don't need all four lenses? The camera body and a DL-S 16mm prime lens will cost you $3998 - a drop in the bucket for a production company.

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Additional fees can balloon the investment as you can add the DJI Care Refresh plan for $499. Add in a CINESSD station at $149, a CINESSD card between $299 and $899, and a CinemaDNG activation key for $1000, and you can see the pricing structure inflate considerably. However, for the serious aerial business owner, the investment will be quick to pay off as you will have a rig with an all up weight of around 4kg that shoots video equal to that of 40kg platforms.

DJI — Introducing the Zenmuse X7 (4 min 7 sec)

Currently, the X7 is only available for the Inspire 2, and rumors have already been circulating about adapting it to the Inspire 1 and OSMO platforms; I'm not sure of the feasibility of this as the X7 utilizes the new image processing system that remains on-board the Inspire 2.

Available Lenses:

Image Processing and Codecs

The DJI Zenmuse X7 has a multitude of processing options and available codecs. This gives the end user plenty of leeway when recording footage and flexibility when it's time for post-production and grading. Below are the available codecs, image sizes, frame rates, bit rates, and the FOV of each.

What Does the X7 Mean For the Film Industry?

It will be interesting to see how "big budget" film companies view the little X7. This Zenmuse camera is designed to compete with larger and much heavier rigs toting RED cameras at a maximum 6K; the latest RED Weapon and Epic can shoot at 8K. One thing is for sure: attached to the nimble Inspire 2, the X7 will out perform a larger FreeFly or similarly-sized multirotors by being able to move quicker, faster, and in more tight places - all while recording up to 6K footage.

Last edited by Matt Gunn; Oct 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM..
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Oct 17, 2017, 06:13 PM
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Oct 20, 2017, 04:45 PM
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Looks like it could be a really good professional camera. Just to bad you have to put it on a multi-copter system, that may or may not decide to let you fly on the day of the shoot.

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