Photographers and videographers using DJI’s drones to capture their images may be excited about the latest announcement to come out of the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week. DJI announced what it said is the first commercial aerial Micro Four Thirds camera. Micro Four Thirds is based on the concept of high-quality, digital-dedicated design for pictures.
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The Zenmuse X5 is an interchangeable camera that attaches to DJI’s Inspire 1 and is designed to provide a much higher resolution than the average camera.
“Built inside the Zenmuse X5 is a powerful Micro Four Thirds sensor that’s absolutely revolutionary for an aerial camera,” according to the company’s website. “With a sensor 8x the size of that in the previous X3 camera included with the Inspire 1, this new MFT sensor enables high-quality, high-sensitivity image recording at an ISO range of 100-25600.”
The Zenmuse X5 features 4K video at up to 30FPS; the ability to record at 4096x2160 or 3840x2160; 16MP photographers; and 12.8 stops of dynamic range. With the Zenmuse X5, users also have the freedom to choose their own lens. The camera currently supports the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens or the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens; DJI’s MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Prime lens; and the Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens.
Accompanying the Zenmuse X5 announcement was the Zenmuse X5R, designed for recording videos in RAW. It features lossless cinema 4K RAW video, the ability to record at 4096x2160 or 3840x2160, an average bitrate of 1.7GBPS, removable 512GB SSD, 16MP photography, and 12.8 stops of dynamic range.