DJI Ronin 4D Camera – its own gimbal is one of the first to offer Z-axis stabilization. The goal is to reduce vertical shake.
DJI has just announced the Ronin 4D. It’s a cinema camera system with an integrated 4-way gimbal, 8K resolution, and a sensor Lidar that promises sharper, faster, and more reliable focusing. Ronin 4D is aimed at professionals, demonstrating DJI’s technology prowess in gimbal and camera technology.
Designed for the Ronin 4D, the “Zenmuse X9” camera is a full-frame model that can switch lenses using a DJI DL or Leica M lens (along with lenses mirrorless other via an adapter) and is equipped with no less than 9 ND filters to control exposure.
Reporting from Engadget (October 21), it is available in a 6K model that can handle 6K video at 60 fps and 4K at 120 fps, or an 8K version at 75 fps. The product can record files in RAW, ProRes, and H.264, allowing maximum flexibility in production. DJI claims the Ronin 4D performs well in low light thanks to its dual-native ISO 800/5000.
The gimbal itself was one of the first to offer Z-axis stabilization. Its goal is to reduce vertical shake when the camera operator is walking or running. The size of the Ronin 4D is relatively small, with a weight of 4.67 kg, not including the lens and storage card.
The focusing system Lidar offers a claimed 43,200 point coverage that reaches as far as 10 meters, so it finds subjects quickly and accurately, even in low-light environments. DJI also states that the Lidar focus system can meter the subject without relying on surface textures or looking for edges.
The system supports full autofocus, manual focus, and “Automated Manual Focus” (AMF) which allows the camera operator to “draw focus with extreme precision.” The common goal with AMF is that autofocus takes care of most AF tasks but allows the operation to intervene at any point manually.
The Ronin 4D with a 6K camera is priced at USD 7,199, while the 8K model retails at USD 11,499. Both come with a gimbal, camera, Lidar sensor, monitor, handgrip, carrying case, and battery.