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DJI Zenmuse X5 & X5R - The Next Evolution of Aerial Cameras

DJI has announced two new cameras for the Inpsire 1 - the Zenmuse X5 and X5R. With the Zenmuse X5 series, you have the world’s first set of Micro Four Thirds cameras built specifically for aerial photography and cinematography. Bringing unparalleled imaging quality together with integrated 3-axis gimbal stabilization and remarkable ease of use, each empowers you to shoot and complete jobs like never before.

Both cameras come equipped with a 16-megapixel micro-four-thirds image sensor. That’s the same sensor format used on the Panasonic GH4. And like the GH4, the Zenmuse X5 & X5R each have an MFT mount for swapping lenses. The cameras are capable of shooting at up to 4k resolution at either 24 or 30 frames per second.

Perhaps most notably, the Zenmuse X5 & X5R will allow FOCUS and IRIS control via the DJI Go app or a new dedicated DJI Follow Focus System. At the time of launch, the Zenmuse X5 will support 4 interchangeable lenses, including the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 lens, and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens. While the Zenmuse X5 is in flight, pilots can adjust both focus and aperture via the DJI GO app or through DJI’s previously-announced Follow Focus system.

What seperates the Zenmuse X5 and X5R models is that the latter is capable of recording lossless CinemaDNG RAW video to either microSD or the 512GB SSD. In RAW mode, the camera records at n astonishing average bitrate of 1.7Gbps—the standard X5 records at a maximum rate of 60Mbps.

ZENMUSE X5

  • 4K video at up to 30fps
  • Record at 4096×2160 (24fps) or 3840×2160 (30/25fps)
  • 16MP photographs
  • 12.8 stops of dynamic range

ZENMUSE X5R

  • Lossless cinema 4K RAW video
  • Record at 4096x2160 (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

Inspire 1 owners with the Zenmuse X3 camera will be able to pick up a standalone Zenmuse X5 for $2,200. It requires a small bracket to be mounted on the quadcopter, but the X5 cameras are fully compatible. Standalone pricing for the X5R will be announced closer to the release date.

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