DJI Ronin 4D all in one cinematography solution
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DJI has today announced the DJI Ronin 4D, which takes its gimbal technology and merges it with a new cinema camera system. The Ronin 4D is supplied in two gimbal camera options, the Ronin 4D 8K Cinema Camera and the Ronin 4D 6K Cinema Camera.
The Ronin 4D’s modular system is made up of a core processing unit and a gimbal camera featuring DJI’s flagship Zenmuse X9 sensor and the new DJI CineCore 3.0 image processing system with DCCS (DJI Cinema Colour System).
It’s really interesting to see DJI supporting lenses other than it’s own DL system. According to the specs the Ronin 4D also supports Leica M & Sony E mount. I wonder if we will see this transition over to its drones?
Built in ND
The Ronin 4D includes up to 9 stops of built in ND which is going to be a huge benefit over traditional gimbal solutions.
4 Axis Stabilisation
As well as offering the normal pan, tilt and roll axis that we’re used to with things like the Ronin-S the Ronin 4D also offers a Z axis stabilisation much like a traditional Steadicam vest might provide. Obviously being DJI things are a lot more technical than a bunch of balanced springs though! The Ronin 4D controls this axis using sensors on the body scanning the surfaces around the camera to detect its motion in space!
Automated Manual Focus
This isn’t a phrase you hear very often! As well as offering what looks to be a well featured autofocus and tracking system the Ronin 4D also offers automated manual focusing using an optional LiDAR range finder to enable motor control over manual focus lenses.
External Focus Unit
DJI have also released a dedicated external focus unit that offers wireless professional follow focus capabilities controlled by an assistant. The focus puller can also have full control over switching to advanced auto-focussing using the follow focus system, again not something you’re likely to find in other solutions.
This is one area where DJI can really utilise its drone tech knowledge to advance past the big cinema camera makers. The Ronin 4D offers an enhanced active track solution allowing the operator to combine advanced camera tracking of a subject with handheld motion input of the camera.
Built in Ocusync Video Transmitter
No more rigging third party video transmitters to cameras! DJI’s Ocusync is another of it’s trusted technologies from drones that transitions easily in to the world of cinema production. The Ronin 4D offers high quality video transmission built in!
Find out more over at B&HPhoto.