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20/10/2021

DJI has finally announced its new Ronin 4D full-frame 6K & 8K pro gimbal cinema cameras

It’s been rumoured for a long time, however now DJI has formally announced its new Ronin 4D 4-axis cinema camera. It combines the new full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera with a 4-axis stabilisation device, LiDAR focusing with video transmission and keep an eye on in one software. DJI says the device is designed for high-end productions to lead them to extra environment friendly.

It’s to be had in each an 8K model and a 6K model able to taking pictures each h.265 in addition to interior recording of each Apple ProRes and ProRes RAW for max versatility in submit. You additionally get twin local ISO, over 14 stops of dynamic vary with full-resolution body charges of 6K/60fps and 8K/75fps.

It’s billed as a cinematic camera and with that full-frame sensor, it unquestionably turns out to tick the entire on-paper bins. And the video above contains some spectacular testimony from other folks like Rodney Charters and Erik Messerschmidt to again it up. Those two, a minimum of, appear suitably inspired with the device and the choices it opens up that may now not had been imaginable (now not simply, anyway) ahead of.

What’s the 4th axis that this one has over the various 3-axis gimbals that DJI and different corporations like Zhiyun, Moza and others make? Well, it’s a vertical Z axis. It’s in reality motorised, offering vertical balance whilst transferring with the camera. This, DJI says, just about gets rid of all vertical soar in complicated taking pictures eventualities that steadily occur merely on account of strolling whilst maintaining a gimbal.

The 6K model of the camera gives 6K ProRes RAW pictures internally at as much as 48fps. It can shoot common ProRes 422HQ 6K at as much as 60fps or 4K at as much as 120fps and has a twin local ISO of 800 and 5,000. 4:2:0 10-Bit H.264 strengthen may be supplied for 1080p and 4K resolutions as much as 120fps. As nicely as interior recording,y ou’ve additionally were given exterior choices, together with 4K or 1080p over USB or SDI in addition to RAW output at 6K, 4K and 1080p at as much as 120fps.

On the 8K model, this are somewhat other. The twin local ISO is 800 & 4,000, losing rather over the 6K type, which is most definitely to be anticipated given the relative dimension of the photosites at the two Zenmuse X9 sensors. Naturally, you get 8K interior ProRes RAW recording functions and 8K ProRes 422HQ at as much as 8K 30fps and 4K 120fps. Externally, you’ve were given 8K at as much as 30fps or 4K at as much as 60fps to USB or SDI or you’ll be able to ship RAW 8K output at as much as 75fps.

When it involves autofocus at the Ronin 4D, it’s LiDAR assisted, very similar to the little addon doohickey for the DJI RS2 gimbal. I assume that device used to be a form of proof-of-concept to look how nicely it labored within the fingers of actual customers and what other folks would ask for. Unlike the only for the RS2, despite the fact that, this one doesn’t simply seem to take a look at the centre level however all the box. And it supplies a complete LiDAR waveform for guide focal point help – which in reality looks as if an overly at hand software.

There’s a 5.5″ 1000 nits touchscreen show constructed into the camera and you’ll be able to additionally (as separate addons) purchase a wireless video transmitter, X9 focus motor and a 7″ touchscreen monitor for far off keep an eye on – however the ones little extras are going to price you with regards to some other $2,400 on most sensible of the camera. And neither the 6K nor 8K variations are in particular affordable, both.

Internally, the Ronin 4D takes CFexdpress Type-B playing cards and externally you’ll be able to hook up an SSD to the USB socket or pass with DJI’s proprietary ProSSD 1TB which they are saying (clearly) “delivers the most efficient efficiency and best balance for interior recording at most decision and body charge”. The Ronin 4D has integrated microphones for 2-channel 24-Bit audio in addition to two 3.5mm jacks at the frame and two XLR sockets at the enlargement plate for extra inputs and outputs.

Overall, it looks as if slightly of a beast. I will’t say I will ever see myself having a gig or workflow that calls for this for what it prices, however it’s going to be fascinating to look how well-received it’s as soon as it will get previous the degree of superstar endorsements and primary impressions movies from the standard fanboys YouTubers.

The DJI Ronin 4D 6K is to be had to pre-order now for $7,199 with delivery starting on the finish of December 2021. The DJI Ronin 4D 8K may be to be had to pre-order now for $1,1499 with supply anticipated in March 2022. Find out extra on the DJI website.

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