Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has announced two new cameras for its Inspire drone.
According to the Engadget, the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras are the micro four thirds camera’s designed specifically for aerial use. The camera captures 16MP stills and shoots up to 4K/30fps video.
The X5R is capable of capturing images and video including lossless 4K CinemaDNG on either an onboard microSD card or a 512GB SSD. Also, each 0.75-pound camera body accommodates four interchangeable lenses. The pilot can even adjust the aperture and focus of the lenses from the ground while the Inspire 1 is in flight.
Frank Wang, DJI CEO and founder, said in a statement that in order to achieve the quality of video produced by Zenmuse X5 and X5R, pilots had to spend many thousands of dollars for large, complicated aerial equipment. He added that now pilots can simply mount the Zenmuse X5 series cameras to their Inspire 1, put on their props, get up in the air and have full control of their shot while in flight. This saves valuable time on film sets and makes high-quality imaging for industrial applications smaller, lighter and easier to manage.
The X5 body and a 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens will cost $4,499 if the customers pre-order. The company will begin shipping at the end of the month. The X5R is expected to launch by the end of the year and will be priced at $7,999.