DJI have just announced the Zenmuse X7 which boasts up to 6K video recording at 30fps, a 35mm sensor, and compatibility with 4 DL-Mount lenses (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm).
Because of it’s integration with the CineCore 2.1 Image Processing System ( Firmware update ), it is only compatible with the Inspire 2 but DJI say they will have support for other platforms soon.
In order to make the Zenmuse X7 more compact and stable for aerial shooting, DJI integrated a DL lens mount which shortens the X7’s focal distance to only 16.84mm The DL-Mount significantly cuts the size and weight of a camera while retaining cinema-grade image quality.
Currently, the Zenmuse X7 is compatible with four DL mount prime lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The 16mm lens comes equipped with a built-in ND filter and the 24, 35, and 50mm lenses are equipped with leaf shutters (available in single shot mode) that support shutter speeds up to 1/1000s and are designed to reduce or eliminate rolling shutter effects and banding when shooting in artificial lighting.
The Zenmuse X7 camera will be available with a price tag of $2,699 ( £2,699 ). The 16mm, 24mm, and 35mm lenses are available for $1,299 ( £1,299 ) , and the 50mm lens for $1,199 ( £1,199 ) There is a combo-package of the camera and all lenses available for $4,299 ( £4,299 ). It is expected to start shipping in early November 2017 and can be ordered from the DJI store.
DJI DL-Mount System
Taking advantage of new FSI-Cu technology, the X7’s sensor features thinner interconnection, allowing light to reach the sensing area via a larger incident angle for increased photosensitivity. This enables a more compact lens mount to be used on this sensor while maintaining excellent image quality.
The flange focal distance of the DL-Mount is less than 17 mm – roughly 1/3 of the size of a PL-Mount. Such a compact mount means that the X7 weighs only about 630 g with a lens included. Together, the X7 and Inspire 2 weigh around just 4 kg with the ability to capture the same challenging shots as more heavy-duty setups weighing up to 40 kg.
DJI offers four prime lenses for the DL-Mount system, with focal lengths ranging from 16-50 mm and resolutions of up to 8K. Made of lightweight carbon fiber and designed by world-leading optics teams, the four lenses have been embedded with advanced technologies crafted specifically for the X7’s high-end image sensor.
More Creative Flexibility
To unleash the X7’s full potential, the CineCore image processing system on the Inspire 2 has been fully upgraded to CineCore 2.1.It is capable of recording 6K/30fps CinemaDNG and 5.2K/30fpsApple ProRes, leaving more creative options in post-production.
A brand new EI Mode has been integrated into CineCore 2.1, which can record high-quality footage at various levels of sensitivity. Additionally, the upgraded image processing system further reduces image artifacts and noise, preserving more details while adopting an improved dark level correction system for pro-level cinematic images.
Effective Sensor size:
Still: 23.5*15.7mm(APS-C mode)
Video: 23.5*12.5mm (S35mm mode)
2. DJI DL-Mount (flange distance: 16.84mm, diameter: 58mm) and 4 prime lenses;
3. 6K RAW and 5.2K Apple ProRes
4. CineCore 2.1
5. DJI Cinema Color System
Still: 23.5*15.7mm, diagonal 28.3mm, 3:2, 3.91um, CF=1.5
Video: 23.5*12.5mm, diagonal 26.6mm, 16:9, CF=1.6
2. 3.91um, 14 stops dynamic range;
1. DJI DL-Mount (flange distance: 16.84mm, diameter: 58mm);
2. 4 prime lenses:
DJI DL-S 16mm F2.8 ND ASPH 24mm(eq.)
DJI DL 24mm F2.8 LS ASPH 36mm(eq.)
DJI DL 35mm F2.8 LS ASPH 53mm(eq.)
DJI DL 50mm F2.8 LS ASPH 75mm(eq.)
– Excellent MTF
– Ultra-light carbon fiber
– Lens shutter: 24mm, 35mm, & 50mm models
– Built-in ND filter: 16mm model
1. 6K CinemaDNG
2. 59.94 FPS Apple ProRes
3. Great Details
4. Less artifacts and noises
5. DJI Cinema Color System
6. Support EI Mode
7. Seperated Looks for recording and monitor
8. Improved Dark Level Correction
DJI Cinema Color System
1. A new D-Log curve
2. D-Gamut RGB Color Space
3. Available on X5S, X7
Zenmuse X7 FAQ’s
1. Can I use the Zenmuse X7 on platforms other than the Inspire 2 or by itself?
Not at this time. The Zenmuse X7 gimbal and camera can only be used with Inspire 2, though the X7 will be compatible with more DJI products in the future.
2. Is the Zenmuse X7 compatible with the Inspire 1?
3. What are the main differences between the new Zenmuse X7 and Zenmuse X5S?
Zenmuse X7 is equipped with a Super 35 mm image sensor and a DL-Mount that’s designed for aerial photography with four compatible lenses (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm). In contrast, the Zenmuse X5S uses a 4/3-inch sensor, supporting eight professional lenses with a standard M4/3 mount. A balancing ring is needed for some X5S-compatible lenses.
4. How is the Zenmuse X7 and improvement over previous Zenmuse cameras? And how is that going to change the image quality?
The Zenmuse X7 uses a 23.5×15.7 mm sensor, with the size of a single pixel increased to 3.91 μm. It captures RAW videos at up to 6K/30 fps or 3.9K/59.94 fps and photos with a resolution up to 24 MP. The diagonals for video recording and photo shooting are 26.4 mm and 28.3 mm, respectively. The larger sensor in the X7 not only delivers excellent photo and video quality but also up to 14 stops dynamic range.
5. What are the advantages of the DL-Mount?
The DL-Mount significantly cuts the size and weight of a camera while at the same time, retaining cinema-grade image quality. The DL-Mount shortens X7’s flange focal distance to 16.84 mm, making the camera more compact and stable for aerial shooting.
6. What lenses are compatible with the Zenmuse X7?
Currently, the Zenmuse X7 is compatible with four DL-Mount prime lenses with a max aperture of F2.8. The 16 mm lens is equipped with a built-in ND filter. The 24, 35, and 50 mm lenses are equipped with leaf shutters that support a max shutter speed up to 1/1000s.
7. Among the four compatible lenses, what’s the difference between DL-S and DL ones?
The maximum sensor size supported by the DL-S lens is Super 35 mm, while the other three DL lenses support full-frame sensors. All of them can achieve resolutions of up to 8K.
8. How does the leaf shutter work? What are some of its benefits?
When the shutter speed is slower than 1/1000s, the leaf shutter will be automatically enabled but can be manually turned off. The leaf shutter prevents image distortion caused by rolling shutter, stripes resulting from artificial lighting, and motion blur when shooting high-speed objects. Currently, the leaf shutter is only active in Single Shot mode.
9. Do the X7-compatible lenses support third-party filters?
Yes. Any filter with a diameter of 46 mm that weights 10-12 g and is no thicker than 4.4 mm (excluding the threads) can be used with Zenmuse X7 lenses.
10. What storage device do I need if I use Inspire 2 with the Zenmuse X7?
A Micro SD card and a DJI CINESSD. A Micro SD card is required for basic image capturing, while the CINESSD is necessary only for high-end productions requiring specific video formats. CINESSD cannot be used by itself without a Micro SD card.
11. Where are the photos and videos stored when the Zenmuse X7 is connected to an Inspire 2?
JPEG and DNG pictures (not including RAW images captured in Burst mode) and videos recorded in H.264 and H.265 codecs are saved to the Micro SD card, while RAW images captured in Burst mode are stored in the DJI CINESSD. After with appropriate Activation Key, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes videos can be recorded and saved in the DJI CINESSD.
12. How are the Zenmuse X7, Inspire 2, DJI Inspire 2 Activation Key, and CINESSD related?
The Zenmuse X7 is a professional aerial camera that is compatible with the Inspire 2. Videos recorded by the Zenmuse X7 are processed by the CineCore 2.1 Image Processing System. A DJI Inspire 2 Activation Key unlocks CinemaDNG and/or Apple ProRes processing capabilities for CineCore 2.1. These files are then saved to the CINESSD when recorded. Video recording capabilities will vary depending on the capacity of the CINESSD being used.
Zenmuse X7 Videos
Full Press Release
DJI Reveals Zenmuse X7, The World’s First Super 35 Digital Film Camera Optimized for Professional Aerial Cinematography
Superior Image Quality, Interchangeable Lenses, and a New Color System Deliver Complete Creative Freedom
October 11, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced the Zenmuse X7, the world’s first Super 35 digital film camera optimised for professional aerial cinematography. Designed to work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone, the Zenmuse X7 delivers superior image quality, interchangeable lenses, and a new DJI Cinema Color System for post-production to give film and video professionals more creative freedom.
“The Zenmuse X7 offers everything professional content creators need to make their aerial footage as stunning and vivid as they demand,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “From the large Super 35 sensor to a new mount, lenses, and color system, the Zenmuse X7 gives cinematographers and professional photographers an unmatched set of tools that work seamlessly with the DJI Inspire 2 drone to capture high-quality footage that is easily integrated into projects shot with industry-leading handheld cameras.”
Greater Expressive Freedom
The Zenmuse X7 is equipped with a Super 35 video sensor featuring 14 stops of dynamic range for more detail in low-light conditions. Its low-noise image capture enhances grading flexibility by preserving details in both highlight and dark areas while enabling a shallow cinematic depth of field.
To meet the rigorous requirements of filmmakers and television production professionals, the Zenmuse X7 captures the highest image resolutions ever for an integrated drone camera. It is capable of shooting 6K CinemaDNG RAW or 5.2K Apple ProRes at up to 30 FPS, as well as 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K ProRes at up to 59.94 FPS to integrate seamlessly into industry-standard post-production workflows.
Enhanced Imaging Potential
The Zenmuse X7 uses a dedicated aerial mount system, the DJI DL-Mount, featuring an ultra-short flange focal distance to carry prime lenses optimally. Available with focal lengths of 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm, each lens has a maximum aperture of F/2.8 and is crafted out of carbon fiber, making them durable and lightweight for high-performance aerial cinematography with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.
To allow for advanced setting adjustment and fine-tuning, the 16mm lens is equipped with a built-in ND 4 filter, and the 24 mm, 35 mm, and 50 mm lenses feature a mechanical shutter.
Higher Flexibility in Post-Production
DJI has also introduced a new DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS) making the Zenmuse X7 an asset on every film set for movies, TV series, commercials, documentaries, and more.
“For the Zenmuse X7, we took our color science to the next level,” continued Pan. “We consulted the world leading authorities in color science, Technicolor. With their guidance, our engineers developed an optimized gamma curve for the X7 allowing more latitude without sacrificing image quality.”
DCCS features a new D-Log Curve and D-Gamut RGB color space to give more flexibility and color options during the post-production process. The D-Log further extends the dynamic range, while the D-Gamut RGB color space preserves more color information to support the most demanding filmmaking scenarios, providing accurate color for quick and easy post-processing.
The new EI Mode mimics the way a film camera works to help cinematographers capture as much information as possible in every scene while balancing the dynamic range and noise with different log curves for more flexibility during the post-production process.
The Zenmuse X7 gimbal system weighs just 631 grams with the 16 mm lens. The DJI Inspire 2 has a flight time of up to 23 minutes with the Zenmuse X7. For more info about the Zenmuse X7, visit www.dji.com/zenmuse-x7.
Price and Availability
The Zenmuse X7 camera is priced at $2,699 USD. The 16 mm, 24 mm and 35 mm lenses will be available for $1,299 each, and the 50 mm for $1,199. Customers can purchase the Zenmuse X7 prime lens combo including all 4 lenses for $4,299. The Zenmuse X7 will start shipping in early November 2017 from store.dji.com, in DJI Flagship Stores and through DJI Authorized Dealers worldwide.
DJI Care Refresh will be available for the Zenmuse X7 camera gimbal system as well as for the Inspire 2 drone. For more info, visit www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.