GoPro are fighting to remain relevant. Their share prices have dropped quite a bit. Some innovation would be nice, like a larger sensor, a non-fisheye version, or an interchangeable lens version. One day perhaps. These little cameras still have their uses.
We have a confirmed report of the following:
- GoPro Hero 7 has the same sensor and frame rates as the 6 but there is a little bit of tweaking to the image.
- The new “Hypersmooth” stabilization is supposed to be better than 6.
- Live streaming functionality.
- HDR (not clear yet how this is implemented).
- $400 USD
This should be an interesting drone camera. The $2700 price tag isn’t cheap (and $1300 per lens or $4300 for all 4) but it will potentially serve the prosumer and low-end pro market well. However, it appears the effective sensor size when shooting video is 23.5 x 12.5mm which is different from super 35 and a bit of a let down.
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 optimized 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 http://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.
If only these were F2.8 instead F4, they would have been wonderful. Having to bring lights kind of defeats the purpose of such a small, inconspicuous camera. Not to mention the difficulty and costing of getting ND filters onto this thing. If we have to bring lighting then we will just use our Panasonic G85s instead. But this is just a very specific context. We’re happy to see someone bring a non-fisheye, large sensor camera to the mainly consumer action camera market.
The GoPro Hero 6 features 60P FPS at 4K and 240 FPS at 1080P. It will be priced at $500. Sony’s new small, square camera is more interesting to us as it’s non-fisheye lens and bigger sensor will make it easier to cut into cinematic pieces. But as an action camera it’s nice to see GoPro catching up to the Yi 4K+’s 60FPS at 4K.
Oh, if only the lens on this camera was F2.8 instead of F4, this would have been so much of a better video camera. Now that Sony has made a more professional alternative to a GoPro (to be fair, so did Black Magic) hopefully others will follow suit.
Maybe Action Camera isn’t quite the right term as you need an external recorder to get the 4K. With a 1-inch sensor, 4K video resolution, 4:2:2 output, 24mm F4 lens, S-Log2, and a $700 price this is a strange little camera. F4 sucks. If you light your set this will be fine but F2.8 would have been the minimum to make this video camera more versatile. We shouldn’t complain though as it’s good to have more options and small, high-quality video cameras are welcome.
And since we’re talking about action cameras in our last post, the Yi 4K+ remains our first choice for best value 4K action camera:
The action camera form factor has advantages and better ergonomics but the Samsung video quality turns out to be better than we expected.