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DJI Zenmuse X5 And X5R Camera Gimbal System: Everything You Want To Know

Derrick Threatt

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[By Derrick Threatt for Aeriographer.com Las Vegas, NV]  DJI has just released the DJI Zenmuse X5 and X5R  Camera Gimbal System at Interdrone in Las Vegas and confirmed the rumor that they were releasing a new camera system for is DJI Inspire 1 Drone to replace the X3 series gimbal.  We would also assume that this system can as well be used with a DJI Matrice system as well.  DJI’s Eric Chen also confirmed that they are working on the next generation Lightbridge 2 as well that will offer superior range and quality over the current lightbridge system.

Roswell Flight Crew got it the entire announcement on film.

Two models of the DJI Zenmuse X5 were announced: X5 and X5R.  Looks like they are also going to be releasing the Inspire 1 Pro (which comes with the X5 instead of the X3) for $4,499.  Stand alone price for the X5 is $2,199.  Shipping will be the end of Sept 2015.  As well, the Inspire 1 RAW, which is an Inspire 1 with an X5R for $7,999. A ship date for the X5R is Q4 2015 with no pricing separately.  If you do the math the combo gives it a $3,500 price difference over the X5, so guesstimate around $5,799 for just the camera and hopefully a lens.  I think for that price I would rather go with a BMCC pocket and or Black Magic Micro Cinema Camera and just go 1080 for now.   They announced as well a focus wheel, the DJI Focus. Hopefully, this will ship with the X5.

[Press Release] DJI, the world leader in creative aerial imaging technology, today announced two new cameras for its industry-leading DJI Inspire 1 professional aerial camera platform.

The new DJI Zenmuse X5 represents the world’s first commercially-available micro four thirds (M4/3) camera designed specifically for aerial use. With a large sensor, aerial image makers will be able to capture up to 13 stops of dynamic range, making it easy to capture high-resolution 16-megapixel photos or 4k, 24fps and 30fps videos in complex lighting environments.

DJI Zenmuse X5 users will have even more options for capturing images in the sky through additional supported lenses and full wireless aperture and focus control. At the time of launch, the Zenmuse X5 will support 4 interchangeable lenses, including the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 lens, and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens. While the Zenmuse X5 is in flight, pilots can adjust both focus and aperture via the DJI GO app or through DJI’s previously-announced Follow Focus system.

The camera’s lightweight 340 gram (0.75 pounds) body integrates with DJI’s signature 3-axis Zenmuse gimbal technology, creating effortlessly smooth video and stabilized long-exposure photos (up to 8 seconds).

“The professional applications of the DJI Zenmuse X5 are almost endless,” said Eric Cheng, DJI’s Director of Aerial Imaging. “In addition to shooting professional-quality photos and 4K video, the new camera can be used to create high-quality aerial maps and 3D models, and can also help industrial teams get even more detail from their aerial imaging pursuits, for example, in utility inspection using a drone.”

DJI also announced the DJI Zenmuse X5R camera, which shares the same sensor and lens compatibility with the X5, but records video both to an onboard microSD card as well as to a removable 512GB solid state disk (SSD) on the gimbal’s top plate. The Zenmuse X5R records CinemaDNG (RAW) video to the SSD, and opens up lossless 4k video recording in a groundbreaking, compact form factor with video bitrates averaging 1.7Gbps (with a maximum of 2.4Gbps).

The DJI Zenmuse X5R also offers a brand-new D-LOG mode that offers a broader array of color correction options in post production.

To support the management of Zenmuse X5R Cinema DNG files, DJI will release software to edit and convert RAW camera footage. CineLight, which will be available when the Zenmuse X5R camera is released later this year, simplifies users’ workflows by offering offline proxy editing before converting the CinemaDNG files to ProRes.

“In order to achieve the quality of video produced by Zenmuse X5 and X5R, pilots used to have to spend many thousands of dollars for large, complicated aerial equipment,” said Frank Wang, DJI CEO and Founder. “Now, pilots can simply mount the Zenmuse X5 series cameras to their Inspire 1, put on their props, get up in the air, and have full control of their shot while in flight. This saves valuable time on film sets and makes high-quality imaging for industrial applications smaller, lighter and easier to manage.”

By mounting a small, easy-to-install bracket, the Zenmuse X5 series cameras are fully compatible with existing DJI Inspire 1 platforms as an interchangeable option for the Inspire 1’s standard Zenmuse X3 camera.

The Zenmuse X5 is available for pre-order at store.dji.com for $4,499 (€4,999), including a DJI Inspire 1 and DJI’s MFT 15mm F1.7 ASPH lens, and will begin shipping before the end of September. The Zenmuse X5R will be available in Q4 2015 for $7,999 (€8,799). Both can be purchased as stand-alone cameras with, or without lens. More information can be found at dji.com.

Both units are available to view at DJI’s booths at IBC in Amsterdam and Interdrone in Las Vegas this week.

Courtesy of Mike Fortin, Cinedrones @ InterDrone

Courtesy of Mike Fortin, Cinedrones @ InterDrone

Cinedrones InterDrone

Courtesy Mike Fortin, Cinedrones @ InterDrone 2015

DJI Zenmuse X3 DJI Zenmuse X5 DJI Zenmuse X5R
 Camera/Gimbal DJI Zenmuse X3:  Info DJI Zenmuse X5: Info DJI Zenmuse X5R:  Info
Sensor Size 6:17 x 4:55 mm 17.3 x 13.0 mm (4: 3 Aspect Ratio) 17.3 x 13.0 mm (4: 3 Aspect Ratio)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS CMOS
Effective Pixels 12.4m 16.0m 16.0m
ISO range 100 ~ 3200 100 ~ 25600 100 ~ 25600
Optics 20mm (35mm format equivalent) f / 2.8 Focus at ∞ with many lenses used (default DJI MFT 15mm F / 1.7 ASPH) with many lenses used (default DJI MFT 15mm F / 1.7 ASPH)
Aperture F / 2.8 F / 1.7-F / 16 (standard DJI-lens) F / 1.7-F / 16 (standard DJI-lens)
diagonal field of view 94 degrees 72 degrees (default DJI-lens) 72 degrees (default DJI-lens)
Equivalent 20 millimeters 30 millimeters 30 millimeters
Distortion 0.90% 0.40% 0.40%
Focus infinitely 20 centimeters to infinity 20 centimeters to infinity
Autofocus No autofocus Autofocus support Autofocus support
Maximum resolution 12.4m 16.0m 16.0m
Burst shooting Full pixels 7fps Full pixels 7fps Full pixels 7fps
Shutter speed 8 ~ 1/8000 sec 8 ~ 1/8000 sec 8 ~ 1/8000 sec
EV Range -3 ~ + 3, 1/3 -3 ~ + 3, 1/3 -3 ~ + 3, 1/3
AEB Support Support Support
Interval Support Support Support
Time Lapse 3/5/7/10/20/30 sec 3/5/7/10/20/30/60 sec 3/5/7/10/20/30/60 sec
DNG Yes Yes Yes
Resolution
  • 4096 × 2160 (25 / 24P)
  • 3840 × 2160 (30 / 25P)
  • 1920 × 1080 (60/50/48/30/25 / 24P)
  • 1280 × 720 (60/50/48/30/25 / 24P)
  • 4096 × 2160 (23.98p)
  • 3840 × 2160 (29.97 / 23.98p)
  • 2704 × 1520 (30 / 25P)
  • 1920 × 1080 (59.94 / 29.97p)
  • 4096 × 2160 (23.98p)
  • 3840 × 2160 (29.97 / 23.98p)
  • 2704 × 1520 (30 / 25P)
  • 1920 × 1080 (59.94 / 29.97p)
Encoder MPEG4 / AVC / H.264 MPEG4 / AVC / H.264 MPEG4 / AVC / H.264 / JPEG Lossless (RAW)
Max bit rate
  • 60Mbps @ 4096 × 2160 (25 / 24P)
  • 60Mbps @ 3840 × 2160 (30 / 25P)
  • 45Mbps @ 1920 × 1080 (60/50/48/30/25 / 24P)
  • 15Mbps @ 1280 × 720 (60/50/48/30/25 / 24P)
  • 60Mbps @ 4096 × 2160 (23.98p)
  • 60Mbps @ 3840 × 2160 (29.97 / 23.98p)
  • 45Mbps @ 2704 × 1520 (30 / 25P)
  • 40Mbps @ 1920 × 1080 (59.94)
  • 25Mbps @ 1920 × 1080 (29.97p)
  • 1.6Gbps@4096×2160 (23.98p)
  • 1.9Gbps@3840×2160 (29.97 / 23.98p)
  • 1Gbps @ 2704 × 1520 (30 / 25P)
  • 500Mbps @ 1920 × 1080 (29.97p)
Format MP4 / MOV MP4 / MOV MP4 / MOV / Cinema DNG (RAW)
Memory Micro-SD Class 10 Micro-SD Class 10 Micro-SD Class 10 / SSD 512GB default (RAW)
Video NR Yes Yes Yes
Stabilization Yes Yes Yes
Exposure P / S / M P / S / A / M P / S / A / M / C
AE Metering Auto / Spot Metering Auto / Spot Metering Auto / Spot Metering
AE Lock Yes Yes Yes
White Balance auto / default / manual auto / manual / spot auto / manual / spot
Focus Mode Focus at ∞ AFS / AFF / MFT AFS / AFF / MFT
AF AUX No Yes Yes
AE Lock Yes Yes Yes
Focus Peaking No Yes Yes
Zebra Yes Yes Yes
Style sRGB, Color Looks, LOG sRGB, Color Looks, LOG, Cine-D sRGB, Color Looks, LOG, Cine-D, D-LOG (RAW)
Enhancement HDR / Video DR HDR / Video DR HDR / Video DR
HDR / Video DR No No Selectable H.264 1080P / 4K
Software No No DJI CineLight * (Mac)

 

 

Zenmuse X5
DJI Zenmuse X5R Aerial Camera
DJI Zenmuse X5R Dynamic Range
DJI Zenmuse X3 - DJI Zenmuse X5 Pro
DJI Zenmuse X5R pixel clarity
DJI Zenmuse X5R sensor
DJI Zenmuse X5R ready to fly
DJI Zenmuse X5R take control
DJI Zenmuse X5R Stabilization
DJI Zenmuse X5R Lens Mount
DJI Go App
DJI Zenmuse X5R Build To Last

Major differences between the X5 and X5R is that the X5R has 512 GB SSD built in and has dual recording for proxy files.  As well, it has RAW CinemaDNG mode.

DJI Zenmuse X5

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Hopefully, we can get our hands on a unit over the next few days and give you a report.

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