While DJI has always been at the forefront of technology and development, many consider this to be related to their popular world-class drones they have also made significant leaps in camera technology. The new DJI Ronin 4D is their later contribution to cinematography and it is an impressive one.
It brings a whole new dimension to filming. DJI has included all its leading technology into one versatile solution making it easier to operate and coordinate and delivering exceptional features and quality.
The main features include an impressive integrated 4-axis gimbal with the new full-frame Zenmuse X9 camera. The design of the 4-axis gimbal is a groundbreaking industry first and offers the filmmaker greater freedom and creativity.
You can choose between the 6K and the 8K options depending on your needs and your budget.
It has an interchangeable mounting system as well as a full-frame sensor allowing you to use a wide range of lenses.
Other features on the DJI Ronin 4D include 9 integrated ND filters, 4 focusing modes, and an excellent LiDAR focusing system. The weight is roughly 10 pounds.
ActiveTrack Pro is another awesome feature that frees the operator up to focus on the shot without worrying about the details. This again allows for greater flexibility, freedom, and creativity. The amazing dynamic range on this camera makes it fantastic for low light environments.
Ronin 4D Z-Axis. Image: DJI
This combination of technologies has been many years in the making, and the result is a resounding success. The 4th axis, aka the Z-Axis, on the gimbal makes it a 4D system. This allows users to capture action footage at speed with amazing stability and practically zero vertical shake. You have complete freedom of movement without sacrificing on quality or stability.
The O3 Pro Video Transmission system allows the Ronin 4D to transmit and be controlled with ease. It is fast, efficient, and highly effective. The Remote Monitor has a built-in microSD card slot that supports independent recording of video at up to 1080p/60fps and can connect to the Ronin 4D Hand Grips, DJI Master Wheels, DJI Force Pro, or the new DJI Three-Channel Follow Focus. It also features a built-in gyro sensor that turns the monitor into a remote motion controller for the Ronin 4D gimbal. All integrated features just make the process easier and offers great convenience and control.
Ronin 4D Specs
Here is a summary of some of the important specs for the Ronin 4D:
Overall Dimensions (length×width×height): 12.2×11.4×10.9 in
Overall Weight: Approx. 10.3lbs – including all combo modules but excluding the storage card and the lens
Maximum Operating Time: Roughly 150 minutes
Sensor Size: 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor
Dynamic Range: 14+ stops
X9-6K Max Bit Rate: 6008×3168, 48fps, RAW 3.4Gbps
X9-8K Max Bit Rate: 8192×4320, 60fps, RAW 3.95Gbps
DJI does it again and wows the world. The cinematographers and filmmakers are indeed excited about this new development. It will change the way they work and result in better results for the viewers. DJI is driving technology and many other manufacturers are playing catch-up. This only means good things for the industry. It also demonstrates DJI's commitment to not just drones but also to the all-important camera aspect.
There is a lot more to say about this groundbreaking camera but check it out – you can't fail to be impressed.