World leading drone manufacturer DJI announced on Thursday, September 10th a revolutionary camera upgrade, the Zenmuse X5 & X5R, available now for their very popular Inspire1 quadcopter. This much anticipated announcement did not disappoint by any degree. The X5 offers a list of features that is quite extensive transforming the Inspsire1 platform into an entirely new unit with this upgrade at a price starting at $1,699 (without a lens). DJI has consistently led the industry with innovative product announcements such as this year, after year, after year. The Inspire1 was originally built with upgrades like this in mind making it a very versatile and long lasting unit. Camera technology advancement has kept with the rapid pace of the rest of the UAV industry making this a quick win for Inspire1 owners who want to make a small upgrade investment without a large infrastructure overhaul common when upgrading to a new technology.
The first significant difference of the Zenmuse X5R is that it is a Micro Four Thirds camera and sensor. The second significant change is the ability to record videos in 4K RAW format offering unmatched clarity, color space and a max bitrate of 2.4 Gbps. The last significant difference is the standard detachable lens mount.
- Lossless cinema 4K RAW video
- Record at 4096×2160 (24fps) or 3840×2160 (30/25fps)
- Average 1.7 Gbps bitrate (2.4Gbps maximum)
- Removable 512GB SSD
- 16MP photographs
- 12.8 stops of dynamic range
Built inside the Zenmuse X5R is a powerful Micro Four Thirds sensor that’s absolutely revolutionary for an aerial camera. With a sensor eight times the size of that in the previous X3 camera included with the Inspire 1, this new MFT sensor enables high quality, high sensitivity image recording at an ISO range of 100-25600. With a sophisticated balance of high-resolving power, accurate gradation, and low noise, you are realizing your artistic and creative vision as never before.
High quality aerial photography and cinematography is primarily susceptible to vibration and stabilization issues caused by the flying component of the platform. However, whenever the word Zenmuse is used you can rest assured that the image will be incredibly stabile and virtually vibration free. The X5 offers enhanced world-class Zemuse camera stabilization and control.
Professional photography requires a precise level of camera focus control to achieve the desired look and feel for each shot. The remote focus control unit available for the X5 takes the Inspire1 from a high-quality tool to a fully equipped professional piece of equipment at a fraction of the cost of competing products.
With the Zenmuse X5R, you have an unprecedented level of control right at your fingertips. In the intuitive auto-focus mode, you can tell the camera to focus on a specific area by simply tapping on the screen of your mobile device, as easy as using the camera on a smartphone. Manual/Auto focus, shutter,white balance and aperture control are also available, giving you unlimited freedom to create any kind of shot you want. With the Zenmuse X5R, you are in complete control.