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DJI Ronin 4D Launched: World’s First 4-Axis Cinema Camera

The global leader of creative camera technology, DJI has launched its full-frame comprehensive system for next-generation cinematography, 4 axis the Ronin 4D.

The camera features LiDAR focusing, a control system, and video transmission, exclusively built on standards of professional cinematography, hoping to enhance high-end productions and make impressive camera movements convenient.

The latest Ronin 4D camera is the most powerful cinematography platform ever made by DJI and packages a proprietary chipset that powers the image processing system, CineCore 3.0. An internal 8K RAW codec and compact color reproduction allow multi-link monitoring, powered by a high-performance AI engine.

Improved performance with the Ronin 4D camera

DJI has included the new full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal system in both 6K and 8K configurations alongside the common H. 264 codec in the new cine camera. The 6K and the 8K configurations are equipped with abilities to record Apple ProRes internally and ProRes RAW, supporting up to 6K at 60fps, 4K at 120fps, and 8K at 75fps.

The camera sensor can dual native ISO of 800 and 5,000, a 14-stop dynamic range, promising richer color grades under any lighting with DJI’s exclusive DCCS system, further featuring built-in nine stop filters with neutral density. X9 presents an interchangeable lens mount design connected with an exclusive DL mount and Leica M mount of DJI.

Industry’s first 4-axis cinematic camera system

DJI has designed the world’s first active 4-Axis stabilization system that is powerful enough to expel vertical camera shake. The company claims that there is no need for external equipment to support fast-paced movements. The camera has been exclusively designed for seamless and smooth capture, regardless of the environment’s complexity, and eliminates dolly for extensive sliding shots.

All thanks to the latest algorithm that DJI has included in the camera, capable of processing inputs from an array of TF sensors that are downward facing, dual sensors at both front and rear with additional built-in IMU and barometer. The whole package is ultra-light with enhanced performance, unlike most cinema cameras that use a 3-axis stabilization system.

Exclusive technology involved

DJI has included its LiDAR range finder that enables precise laser measurements, offering filmmakers a quicker and focused experience. It can cast over 43000 ranging points simultaneously, as far as 10 meters, without any dependency on surface textures, locating subjects with accuracy and speed, regardless of the lighting environment, without compromising the quality of the image.

The camera got equipped with varied modes for focusing – manual, auto-focus, and DJI’s proprietary automated manual focus. In manual focusing, Ronin 4D uses LiDAR waveform, allowing cinematographers to locate focus points with precision. Autofocus focuses when manual focusing is not feasible.

Automated manual focusing uses automated focus wheels and allows operators to focus whenever required manually. Apart from these, Ronin 4D presents the latest O3 pro transmission technology with an output of 1080p 60fps feed that can get transmitted to remote monitors up to 20000 feet, additionally featuring AES 256-bit encryption, capable of protecting video feed with low latency.

Check out the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz; the technology further supports DFD frequency, improving the stability and anti-interference performance. DJI can provide a 7-inches high bright remote monitor with a wireless receiver into 1500 nit brightness. Powered by a built-in gyro sensor, the technology can transform the monitor into a remote camera controller as well.

The MicroSD card slot holds 1080p/60fps recording. The camera has three storage options- cost-effective USB SSD, CF Express Type B cards, and PRO SSD. The camera also features microphones, supporting 24-bit audio and 3.5mm headphone jacks, dual XLR ports, and a TB50 intelligent battery.

The whole package is available along with a carrying case at $7,199 for the X-9 6K version available from December onwards, and $11,499 for the X-9 8K version, at a later specified date.

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