The Zenmuse X7 - A 6K, Super 35 Aerial Camera
The Key Bits:
- Captures in 6K at 30fps or 3.9K at 59.94 FPS
- Super 35 Sensor
- 14 Stops Dynamic Range
- 24MP Stills
- New Colour System
The 6K, Super 35mm sensor is definitely a first of its kind for aerial cinematography. It's capable of 14 stops of dynamic range and has low noise capabilities for shooting in low noise scenarios. Because of this, the camera will be perfect for shooting high contrast scenes whilst retaining detail in the highlights and the shadows.
This sensor is capable of capturing in a number of industry standard codecs including Cinema DNG RAW, Apple Pro Res 422 HQ & Pro Res 4444 XQ as well as H.264 & H.265
The New Colour Space
The new colour space consist of a new D LOG curve and D Gamut Colour Space and was created with professional aerial cinematography in mind. The colour space was created with guidance from Technicolor and will also be available on the Zenmuse X5S.
The new D Gamut also offers more optimised skin tone adjustments which means that vivd colours will be reflected in every inch of skin.
According to DJI, the production of the new colour space was done to allow the camera to be better matched to other professional grade cameras in post such as the Arri Alexa and Red Weapon/Epic.
The New DL Lens Mount & DL Lenses:
With the new X7 camera, comes a new lens mount and 4 new prime lenses built specifically for aerial cinematography.
DJI have announced 4 new lightweight, prime lenses made out of carbon fibre. Currently there is a 16mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm all at an F2.8 aperture. However, it won't be long before third party manufactures begin making their own lenses.
The 16mm lens will have a built in ND4 filter, and the 24,35 and 50mm lenses will have mechanical shutters. With the 16mm lens attached the X7 camera will weigh 631 grams and is expected to get around 23 minutes of flight time with an Inspire 2.
This definitely isn't a beginner camera, and as a result of this, it doesn't come with a beginners budget in mind. It is recommended that this camera is attached to a DJI Inspire 2, which will cost around £3000 depending on where you get it from.
Next you need the Zenmuse X7 Sensor, this does not come with any lenses. This will cost £2700
For Lenses, The 16,24 and 35mm lenses are £1299 each and the 50mm is £1199 . Or you can buy a set of all 4 lenses for £4299.
Last, but not least you'll need media. Whilst the camera can record to micro SD cards, it is recommended to record to DJI cine ssd's these are £709 for a 512GB model.
This is without including other items needed such as batteries, and I imagine to get a whole system like this into the air from new is going to run you around £10,000