DJI has launched a cinematography system, the DJI Ronin 4D, which uses an industry-first active Z-axis to eliminate vertical camera shake.

The system combines the full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera, a 4-axis stabilization system, a LiDAR focusing system, and a video transmission and control system in a single unit.

The camera is designed to make high-end productions more efficient, certain camera moves possible in a convenient way.

A proprietary chipset fuels an intelligent image processing system, CineCore 3.0, which delivers an internal 8K RAW codec with precise color reproduction, advanced assistive functions with a high-performance AI engine, and multi-link monitoring and control with low-latency image processing.

With  the imaging system is a new, full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera – available in 8K and 6K versions – that allows cinematographers to capture footage in full cinematic quality. In addition to the commonly used H.264 codec, both X9-8K and X9-6K can internally record Apple ProRes and ProRes RAW. Zenmuse X9-6K supports up to 6K/60fps and 4K/120fps, and Zenmuse X9-8K up to 8K/75fps.

X9 is equipped with an interchangeable lens mount design allowing connection to DJI’s proprietary DL mount, Leica M mount, and other mounts with short-flange focal distances. Cinematographers can use ultra-large aperture lenses, anamorphic lenses, and vintage manual lenses.

DJI Ronin 4D has been designed with an industry-first active Z-axis to eliminate vertical camera shake effectively. This technology allows the operator to shoot while walking, running, or moving around dynamically, with no need to practice pacing or rely on external equipment.

ActiveTrack Pro applies DJI technology to get advanced tracking shots. Based on DJI’s existing ActiveTrack system, the Pro version uses DJI Ronin 4D’s latest artificial intelligence to track subjects from longer distances while adjusting composition to maintain optimal framing.

A newly designed LiDAR Range Finder continuously generates precise laser measurements. It simultaneously casts over 43,200 ranging points reaching as far as 10 meters, locating subjects quickly and accurately, even in low-light environments.

DJI Ronin 4D offers three focusing modes: manual focus, autofocus, and DJI’s unique Automated Manual Focus (AMF).

Using DJI’s new O3 Pro transmission technology, the 4D Video Transmitter outputs a 1080p/60fps feed to remote monitors with a transmission range of up to nearly 20,000 feet.

DJI Ronin 4D is available in 8K and 6K combos. The 6K version is priced at $7,199 The 8K version is priced at $11,499


Pippa Considine

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