Zenmuse DL Mount
Integrated 4-Axis Gimbal with built-in 6K Cinema Camera with onboard RAW capture.
This is an entirely new concept camera that DJI promises will revolutionise camera production methodology.
VMI Package includes gimbal, 6K camera, 3 x prime lenses, 7″ wireless monitor with wireless follow focus, power, storage and reader.
There is a really good article about the Ronin 4D in the FD Times October 2021 Edition
Building on DJI Ronin’s experience with building gimbals, this new product offers a powerful 4-axis gimbal, integrated with a cinema camera and offered with a set of lenses to provide wireless video and wireless follow focus, in one easy to handle module. DJI describe this as a powerful, next-generation cinema camera, designed and built to be the future of filmmaking for solo cinematographers.
In case you are wondering what 4-axis stabilisation means, the DJI Ronin 4D has added a Z-axis to the traditional 3-axis gimbal, which effectively decreases vertical camera shake and offers stabilisation performance on par with a dolly. The four axes work together with a downward ToF sensor, forward and downward dual-visual sensors, a built-in IMU and barometer, and an advanced new algorithm to bring the overall stabilisation to a whole new level.
This is an integrated and modular all-in one solution, crafted with carbon fibre and aluminium magnesium.
Its solid body integrates the imaging, stabilisation, and focusing systems, as well as wireless transmission and control, which avoids time-consuming setup and enables quicker shooting.
Users can now enjoy compact convenience along with the expansive possibilities from modular accessories.
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To pair with the new chipset is a new full-frame (36mm × 24mm) Zenmuse X9 6K gimbal camera system. This can record Apple ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes RAW, as well as your standard H.264 codec. The Zenmuse X9–6K tops out at 6K/60fps with the option to get 120 fps footage at 4K resolution.
The sensor inside the X9–8K and X9–6K offers dual-native gain and can capture ‘over 14 stops of dynamic range.’ There are also nine built-in physical ND filters that can be adjusted from ND2 to ND512 for times when you need to reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor. Footage captured with the new Zenmuse X9 camera systems will be processed by DJI’s Cinema Colour System, which it says ‘delivers natural skin tones and enables effortless tonal consistency across a project when using different cinema cameras.’
With the DJI Cinema Colour System (DCCS) and robust computing power provided by CineCore 3.0, Zenmuse X9 is able to give images a cinematic look by retaining authentic and accurate colours. It also supports the industry-standard ACES workflow for effortless compatibility with the colour tones of other cinema cameras.
Neon Lights | Sunlight | Sunset | Overcast | Street Lights
X9 has 9-stop built-in high-quality ND filters (ND 2 to ND 512, or ND 0.3 to ND 2.7) that can be quickly and easily switched thanks to an internal motorised system. These filters were also designed to match and compliment the colour science of Ronin 4D.
X9’s standard DL mount supports three compact full-frame prime lenses, which are provided as standard with the VMI package. The housings are made of lightweight, monocoque carbon fibre, so each lens weighs just about 180g. More DJI lenses will be available in the future.
Zenmuse X9 cameras feature interchangeable lens mounts, but will be available at launch with options for its proprietary DL mount and Leica M mount lens systems. DJI says it should also work, at least in theory, with ‘other mounts with short-flange focal distances,’ but doesn’t elaborate on whether or not it will be offering any other interchangeable mounts at this time.
X9 supports interchangeable lens mounts, including DJI’s proprietary DL mount as well as third-party mounts like Leica M. Ultra-wide, f/0.95 large-aperture, electronic zoom, macro, and anamorphic lenses that are compatible with traditional cinema cameras also work on X9, providing flexible lens options.
DL Mount | M Mount | E Mount
Whether you’re using manual or autofocus lenses, dedicated modules mounted to X9 can achieve wireless lens control and even autofocusing.
The Ronin 4D will feature three different autofocus modes: manual focus, autofocus and a new Automated Manual Focus (AMF) mode. The latter two modes use the onboard LiDAR Range Finder, which casts over 43,200 points as far as 10M (33ft) to locate and track subjects in situations where traditional AF might not work due to the lack of light. The unique AMF mode will track subjects and turn the focus wheel during recording, with the option for the camera operator to jump in and manually pull focus when needed. To help in manual focus and AMF modes, there will be LiDAR Waveform available on the monitor to help cinematographers ‘locate focus points and pull focus with extreme precision.’
Ronin 4D uses the all-new DJI O3 Pro Video Transmission technology, which offers a 20,000-foot transmission range that would be unimaginable on traditional solutions. In addition to 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, it supports the DFS frequency band and an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm that can output a 1080p/60fps FHD feed to multiple remote monitors simultaneously with significantly enhanced security, stability, and anti-interference capability.
DJI’s proprietary chip powers the imaging system, video transmitter, video receiver, and remote monitor of Ronin 4D. Together, these components form a streamlined wireless transmission system, with every link explicitly optimised to provide end-to-end ultra-low transmission latency.
While third-party monitors can be used, DJI is also offering a new 7” wireless monitor with 1,500 nits of brightness and a built-in gyro that effectively turns the monitor into a motion controller for the Ronin 4D camera system. The High-Bright Remote Monitor includes an integrated microSD card slot for 1080p/60fps proxy recording and connects with a slew of accessories, including the Ronin 4D Hand Grips, DJI Master Wheels, DJI Force Pro and the new DJI Three-Channel Follow Focus. Multiple monitors can be used at once and customized independently to fit the production’s needs.
Note that a 7″ hi-bright monitor is included with this package as standard but an additional wireless monitor is also available at additional charge.
DJI Ronin 4D adds a Z-axis to the traditional 3-axis gimbal, which effectively decreases vertical camera shake and offers stabilisation performance on par with a dolly. The four axes work together with a downward ToF sensor, forward and downward dual-visual sensors, a built-in IMU and barometer, and an advanced new algorithm to bring the overall stabilisation to a whole new level.
When this compact body combines with its powerful stabilisation capabilities, complex camera movements that used to be very costly to achieve are now easily attainable.
Ronin 4D integrates the imaging and stabilisation systems while keeping only the sensor and necessary optical components in the gimbal camera. The tilt axis of the gimbal uses dual symmetric motors, whereas both the pan axis and the roll axis are designed with an additional stiffness buffer.
The compact and portable gimbal system allows shooting to begin without the need for tedious manual balancing. This also delivers stable footage, even with lenses that have a shifting centre of gravity during use.
With a highly integrated body and robust motor force, Ronin 4D offers the best stabilising and tracking performance of the entire Ronin Series so far at an incredibly light weight. Additionally, it can switch to Sport mode with the press of a button, allowing the gimbal to react quickly to the cinematographer’s movements.
It also supports wireless gimbal control and versatile mounting configurations for varied shooting scenarios.
DJI’s proprietary computer vision, deep learning technology, and the robust computing power of CineCore 3.0 combine in ActiveTrack Pro, which enables cinema-standard tracking shots, even in just one take. This technology also allows subjects to be tracked from longer distances and features composition adjustment with continuous autofocusing to keep subjects in focus during tracking shots.
LiDAR Waveform. DJI Ronin 4D makes manual focusing easier than ever. The visualised focus assistance technology displays the ranging points on the main and remote monitors in a simplified top-down view. This provides an innovative and intuitive LiDAR Waveform to locate focus points quickly and allow focus adjustments with extreme precision. Even operators with little or no experience can become adept at manual focusing quickly.
The LiDAR Range Finder can cast up to 43,200 ranging points within a 10-meter detection range. Compared with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), Ronin 4D’s LiDAR Focusing System can focus faster, without compromising the image quality or relying on the surface texture of the subject. This is especially useful in low-light environments and results in exceptional focusing capabilities compared to other cinema cameras.
With the new LiDAR Focusing System, Ronin 4D is able to maintain focus even when there is severe motion blur caused by subjects moving quickly. With the focus motor mounted, autofocus is available even on manual lenses. Continuous autofocusing on subjects can be enabled together with ActiveTrack Pro, making it especially convenient for solo operators.
Automated Manual Focus (AMF) mode gives you the accuracy and flexibility of manual focus with the convenience of autofocus. The focus wheel will rotate in sync as the focus point changes, but cinematographers can take manual control at any point. The focus wheel on the right hand grip even features dynamic damping with electromagnetic technology. This gives cinematographers a physical sense of focus changes, providing a more intuitive and modern focusing experience that is unrivalled in the industry today.
The 4D Video Transmitter can be directly mounted onto Ronin 4D and powered by the battery of the main body. With a built-in wireless video receiver, the High-Bright Remote Monitor has a 7-inch, 1,500-nit high-bright, wide colour gamut touchscreen display that can output both HDMI and SDI signals through the expansion module. Its compact and lightweight body provides optimum portability and efficient setup so users can start shooting immediately.
The High-Bright Remote Monitor supports one transmitter with multiple receivers for video and audio feeds. Two transmission modes are available. The first is Broadcast mode, which sets no limit on the number of receivers and is suitable for monitoring with large crews. The second is Control mode, which supports the coordinated operation of two receivers.
The High-Bright Remote Monitor can connect to the Hand Grips of Ronin 4D, DJI Master Wheels, DJI Force Pro, or the new DJI Three-Channel Follow Focus. This enables remote control of focus and gimbal movements with high precision, starting and stopping of recording, and camera setting adjustments to meet the highest standards of coordinated shooting on sets. In addition, the built-in gyro sensor turns the monitor into a remote motion controller for the gimbal of Ronin 4D.
Mirror Control Mode gives the High-Bright Remote Monitor an identical control interface as the main monitor, including all advanced features such as source material playback, video specification and gimbal settings, which can now be remotely adjusted even when Ronin 4D is mounted to expansion platforms such as a jib, cable cam, or vehicle mount.
The High-Bright Remote Monitor has a built-in microSD card slot that supports independent recording of video at up to 1080p/60fps. When several remote monitors are used in conjunction, each monitor can play back material separately without interfering with other monitors.
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Ronin 4D has a built-in CFexpress Type-B slot along with a USB 3.1 Type-C expansion port for recording directly to an external media disk. It also offers internal recording of the highest-specification videos with DJI PROSSD 1TB, which can be directly connected to a computer via USB-C cable to access media without a traditional SSD reader. These storage choices provide solutions for high cost-effectiveness and to those who want an unrivaled combination of performance and stability.
Ronin 4D is equipped with built-in microphones that support dual-channel 24-bit audio recording. It also provides 3.5mm jacks and XLR microphone ports for more audio input solutions.
Just like Ronin 2 and Inspire 2, DJI Ronin 4D uses TB50 Intelligent Batteries, which offer up to 2.5 hours of shooting time and can be fully charged in just 1.5 hours. Auto-heating is also supported to enable reliable functionality in severely cold conditions.
3 x batteries are provided as standard with VMI package.
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