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DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today launches a comprehensive cinematography system that heralds the next generation of film production. DJI Ronin 4D combines the all-new full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera, a 4-axis stabilization system, a LiDAR focusing system, and an unrivalled video transmission and control system in a single unit. Designed and built to the exacting standards of professional filmmakers, DJI Ronin 4D makes high-end productions more efficient, makes spectacular camera moves possible in the most convenient way, and enables creative professionals to tell their stories with an entirely new visual language.

“DJI empowers creators with accessible and intuitive devices to capture and share the world exactly how they see it,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Line Manager. “With DJI Ronin 4D, we use the power of technology to make cinema-standard production more affordable, cinema cameras more flexible, and cinematic imaging available to a boundless array of filmmakers. DJI Ronin 4D draws on our expertise in both aerial and ground-based cinematic innovations to enable the next generation of professional content creators to amaze and inspire us.”

The Most Powerful Cinematic Imaging System DJI Has Ever Created

Excellent filmmaking begins with the perfect shot, which is why DJI developed its most powerful cinematic imaging platform to date. A flagship proprietary chipset fuels an intelligent image processing system, CineCore 3.0, which delivers an internal 8K RAW codec with precise color reproduction, advanced assistive functions with a high-performance AI engine, and multi-link monitoring and control with low-latency image processing.

Complementing the imaging system is a brand-new, full-frame Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera – available in 8K and 6K versions – that allows cinematographers to capture footage in full cinematic quality. In addition to the commonly used H.264 codec, both X9-8K and X9-6K can internally record Apple ProRes and ProRes RAW, leaving more latitude for editing in post. Zenmuse X9-6K supports up to 6K/60fps and 4K/120fps, and Zenmuse X9-8K up to 8K/75fps, giving creators multiple options for capturing cinema-quality footage.

To create gripping, atmospheric shots, the dual-native EI of 800/5,000 and over 14 stops of dynamic range help capture scenes with rich color grades, regardless of shooting scenario. Even in complicated lighting situations, DJI Ronin 4D’s proprietary DJI Cinema Color System (DCCS) delivers natural skin tones and enables effortless tonal consistency across a project when using different cinema cameras. The camera’s built-in nine-stop physical ND filters make it easy to adjust to drastically changing lighting conditions, especially when outside on location.

In addition, X9 is equipped with an interchangeable lens mount design allowing connection to DJI’s proprietary DL mount, Leica M mount, and other mounts with short-flange focal distances. This provides cinematographers the opportunity to use ultra-large aperture lenses, anamorphic lenses, and vintage manual lenses, creating their desired style.

The Industry’s First Active-Vertical 4-Axis Stabilization System

DJI Ronin 4D has been designed with an innovative industry-first active Z-axis to eliminate vertical camera shake effectively. This technology allows the operator to shoot while walking, running, or moving around dynamically, with no need to practice pacing or rely on external equipment. Videos taken in complex spaces like stairways or uneven ground are smooth without any trace of the operator’s footsteps. DJI Ronin 4D even captures wide sliding shots easily, without the need for a dolly.

Building on DJI’s years of leadership in aerial and handheld stabilization, DJI Ronin 4D achieves this unprecedented fluidity with an advanced new algorithm that processes inputs from a set of downward ToF sensors, forward and downward dual-visual sensors, built-in IMU, and barometer. Even with the additional Z-axis, DJI Ronin 4D is lighter and smaller than most cinema cameras mounted on a professional three-axis stabilizer, reducing the size and complexity of a professional camera setup into an ideal form that never existed before.

ActiveTrack Pro applies more distinctive DJI technology to get complex, advanced tracking shots easily and efficiently. Based on DJI’s existing ActiveTrack system, the Pro version uses DJI Ronin 4D’s latest artificial intelligence to track subjects from longer distances while adjusting composition to maintain optimal framing.

LiDAR Transforms Professional Focusing Experience

A newly designed LiDAR Range Finder continuously generates precise laser measurements to revolutionize filmmaking with a sharper, faster, and more reliable focusing experience. It simultaneously casts over 43,200 ranging points reaching as far as 10 meters, locating subjects quickly and accurately, even in low-light environments. Because LiDAR measures the distance to the subject without relying on surface textures or hunting for edges, it obtains a faster focus speed without compromising image quality in any way.

DJI Ronin 4D offers three focusing modes to suit the needs of every creator: manual focus, autofocus, and DJI’s unique Automated Manual Focus (AMF). In manual focus, DJI Ronin 4D provides LiDAR Waveform, an assistive tool that allows cinematographers to locate focus points and pull focus with extreme precision. Autofocus keeps a sharp focus on the subject in more dynamic and unpredictable situations like documentary filmmaking. Automated Manual Focus combines the best of both modes to automatically rotate the focus wheel while following the focus point, allowing the operator to intervene manually at any time for an intuitive experience.

Ultra-Low Latency, Long-Range, and Anti-Interference Transmission

Using DJI’s all-new O3 Pro transmission technology, the 4D Video Transmitter outputs a 1080p/60fps feed to remote monitors with a transmission range of up to nearly 20,000 feet. It also includes AES 256-bit encryption that protects the video feed and industry-leading end-to-end low latency for a smooth, real-time monitoring experience as operators move freely about the set.

In addition to 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz, O3 Pro also supports the DFS frequency band, significantly improving stability and anti-interference performance, even in crowded signal environments and locations that feature complex architectural structures. This system also enables multiple receivers with one transmitter and allows users to switch feeds quickly between multiple Ronin 4Ds.

The additional High-Bright Remote Monitor integrates a wireless video receiver into a 1,500-nit, 7-inch monitor. The built-in gyro sensor also turns the monitor into a motion controller for movement-based camera control. It can also connect to the Ronin 4D Hand Grips, DJI Master Wheels, DJI Force Pro, or the new DJI Three-Channel Follow Focus to modernize coordinated shoots. When several remote monitors are used in conjunction, each device can play back material separately with independent LUT, loaded without interfering with other monitors. The monitor’s built-in microSD card slot supports up to 1080p/60fps proxy footage recording.

Storage, Sound Recording, and Battery Life

To meet the needs of a wide range of users, DJI Ronin 4D offers three storage methods. USB SSD provides 4K projects with a cost-effective solution. The CFexpress Type-B card offers compatibility and stability. DJI’s proprietary PROSSD 1TB delivers the best performance and highest stability for internal recording at maximum resolution and frame rate.

For sound recording, DJI Ronin 4D has built-in microphones to support 2-channel 24-bit audio. It also has two 3.5mm jacks on the body and two XLR ports on the Expansion Plate for additional input and output options.

Like Ronin 2 and Inspire 2, DJI Ronin 4D uses the TB50 Intelligent Battery, which offers up to 2.5 hours of shooting time. Even in extreme weather conditions, the TB50 battery is still reliable with the help of auto-heating technology.

Co-Developed with Industry Leaders

DJI Ronin 4D comes as the solution that cinematographers all over the world have been looking for. Leading cinematography professionals have been testing prototype after prototype, giving constant feedback, and working with DJI every step of the way until Ronin 4D was complete. But the collaboration doesn’t end there. Starting today, DJI is pleased to announce that eight of the industry’s leading and award-winning DPs will work directly with DJI and Ronin 4D for their upcoming works. These include: Rodney Charters, ASC, CNSC, NZCS; Takuro Ishizaka, JSC; Rachel Morrison, ASC; XiaoShi Zhao, CNSC; and Academy Award winners for Best Cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt, ASC; Claudio Miranda, ASC; and Peter Pau, HKSC.

Pricing and Availability

DJI Ronin 4D is available in 8K and 6K combos. The 6K version features the Main Body, a Zenmuse X9-6K Gimbal Camera, LiDAR Range Finder, High-Bright Main Monitor, Hand Grips, Top Handle, TB50 Intelligent Battery, and Carrying Case; it is priced at $7,199 and will be available from store.dji.com and in other channels starting in December. The 8K version features a more powerful Zenmuse X9-8K Gimbal Camera and a PROSSD 1TB; it is priced at $11,499 and will be available from store.dji.com and other channels at a later date. To utilize Ronin 4D to its full potential, the 4D Video Transmitter, High-Bright Remote Monitor, and DJI PROSSD 1TB are available separately.

DJI Ronin 4D comes with a 2-year International Warranty for quick service at any authorized service center worldwide. For extra assurance, DJI Care Pro offers two years of comprehensive services, including technical assistance, unlimited free repairs within the coverage limit, and two maintenance services by DJI technical experts.

For more information, please visit: www.dji.com/ca/ronin-4d

RayValdez360

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Why is this considered revolutionary?
Dont be a hater. Seems like the ultimate all in one cinema package for a solo operator. It looks like the combined everything we need and want thatis possible with today's standards. they added 4th axis stability which is new to most gimal or all gimbals without outside attachments. the only thing it cant do is fly on its own. This is what happens when a company observes and listens to consumer demands. Hopefully the build quality is good and the software behind it works properly.
 
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the only thing it cant do is fly on its own...

...YET!
When it flies on its own, dollars to donuts that DJI will be the company that makes it happen. This company made basic gimbals like 7 years ago, then they took over 90% of the consumer/prosumer drone market, especially the mid-higher end, and now they're disrupting low end cinema with a solution that leverages their unique value added. They're hungry and they've got a component ecosystem and engineering experience to do this kind of stuff probably second to none.
 

pauloancarvalho

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Dont be a hater. Seems like the ultimate all in one cinema package for a solo operator. It looks like the combined everything we need and want thatis possible with today's standards. they added 4th axis stability which is new to most gimal or all gimbals without outside attachments. the only thing it cant do is fly on its own. This is what happens when a company observes and listens to consumer demands. Hopefully the build quality is good and the software behind it works properly.
For me revolutionary is something more uniqure. This is just a very good camera/gimbal setup. It's not that you can produce something you couldn't before with regular cameras + gimbal combos.
 

jvillain

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They pack a lot in for the price but there are a lot of issues as well. No EF or PL lenses supported is an issue. Having all that in one package means there is a lot to go wrong and you need to swap the whole thing out if it does. I wouldn't want to be hand holding it all day. I expect people will be using this with an easy rig or float which then kind of defeats the purpose. If you look at the video the root top shot at the beginning shows the up and down of foot steps which this thing is suposed to eliminate. I am curious about the upgraded LIDAR. The videos I have seen of the current one with the RS2 have issues with focusing on the wrong things. If they can improve it it will be interesting. As a statement this is pretty impressive
 

Axilrod

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They pack a lot in for the price but there are a lot of issues as well. No EF or PL lenses supported is an issue. Having all that in one package means there is a lot to go wrong and you need to swap the whole thing out if it does. I wouldn't want to be hand holding it all day. I expect people will be using this with an easy rig or float which then kind of defeats the purpose. If you look at the video the root top shot at the beginning shows the up and down of foot steps which this thing is suposed to eliminate. I am curious about the upgraded LIDAR. The videos I have seen of the current one with the RS2 have issues with focusing on the wrong things. If they can improve it it will be interesting. As a statement this is pretty impressive
From all the reviews I've seen the Lidar AF seems to work very well
 

Axilrod

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...YET!
When it flies on its own, dollars to donuts that DJI will be the company that makes it happen. This company made basic gimbals like 7 years ago, then they took over 90% of the consumer/prosumer drone market, especially the mid-higher end, and now they're disrupting low end cinema with a solution that leverages their unique value added. They're hungry and they've got a component ecosystem and engineering experience to do this kind of stuff probably second to none.
I agree with all of this but Freefly made the first 3 axis gimbal, but DJI was quick to copy it and bring the price down a lot. The Freefly M10 was $15k on release and dropped to $8k as soon as the original Ronin came out.
 
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Axilrod

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Why is this considered revolutionary?
One thing that seems revolutionary is that I haven't seen a single person thats tested it complain about anything, they all seem to love it, which is unusual in this day and age. I guess only real main thing thats unusual is the built in 4 axis gimbal. Also it comes pretty ready to go right out of the box and has a lot of cool features. Super bright monitor, handles, built in nds, lidar af, can be wirelessly operated from a few miles away. Compare that to RED that sells you a box for $6k then charges $500 for a handle, $500 for a 512GB CFast card and $3000 for a monitor. Seems like a really good option for a small crew or small budget scenario. Also as someone that uses gimbals constantly the idea of not having to deal with setting up and removing sounds very appealing.

My only gripe is that when they say 6K/8K RAW I was hoping they meant actual RAW, not Prores RAW. Prores RAW is great but you cant save highlights like you can with cinemadng or anything.
 

LukasS

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Why is this considered revolutionary?
Why not? Setup definitely has strong points, it's very unique. Kinda like C70 - first of its kind. Foot in the door; market feeler.

I wish they used V mount batteries - or maybe adapter, and lack of RF mount makes it little disappointing, but they can always add later - it's pretty modular.
 

RayValdez360

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One thing that seems revolutionary is that I haven't seen a single person thats tested it complain about anything, they all seem to love it, which is unusual in this day and age. I guess only real main thing thats unusual is the built in 4 axis gimbal. Also it comes pretty ready to go right out of the box and has a lot of cool features. Super bright monitor, handles, built in nds, lidar af, can be wirelessly operated from a few miles away. Compare that to RED that sells you a box for $6k then charges $500 for a handle, $500 for a 512GB CFast card and $3000 for a monitor. Seems like a really good option for a small crew or small budget scenario. Also as someone that uses gimbals constantly the idea of not having to deal with setting up and removing sounds very appealing.

My only gripe is that when they say 6K/8K RAW I was hoping they meant actual RAW, not Prores RAW. Prores RAW is great but you cant save highlights like you can with cinemadng or anything.
RED will nickle and dime the hell out of you. They damn near just selling sensors. :LOL:
 

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For me revolutionary is something more uniqure. This is just a very good camera/gimbal setup. It's not that you can produce something you couldn't before with regular cameras + gimbal combos.
What other all in one camera gimbals are there with internal ProRes Raw, ND filters, intelligent 4th axis, built in full wireless control and monitoring, full frame and Lidar?
This thing is absolutely jam packed with everything a solo operator could need. Nothing else comes close in as small and affordable a package.

I liked it so much that I immediately ordered the 8K combo.
 

Rzrsharp

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This is the true renovation and revolution. Look at how it connects parts and the remote control, products from canon and Sony look like toys now. The changes on camera from Canon or Sony are mostly sorts of small technique improvements not revolutionary renovation.
Lidar doesn't not appear on any major Japanese brand cameras. They just try their best on improving century old AF technology.

Protectionism of Canon RF mount makes canon lens out of on the list of this newbie.


Everything happens very fast now. Take care we loved Japanese camera maker!
 

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Dont be a hater. Seems like the ultimate all in one cinema package for a solo operator. It looks like the combined everything we need and want thatis possible with today's standards. they added 4th axis stability which is new to most gimal or all gimbals without outside attachments. the only thing it cant do is fly on its own. This is what happens when a company observes and listens to consumer demands. Hopefully the build quality is good and the software behind it works properly.
I agree =)
Its not exactly the product I need. I also think a cinema camera is "better", because it can be easily rigged on a gimbal, why this camera is locked to the gimbal and offers not that much lense choices.
But I can totaly see that this is a SUPER handy tool for affordable and very easy productions withouth sacrafising to much quality. The 4th axis stabilization looks great and is certainly a great feature. Its a very interesting new approach.
DJI indeed listens to the customers and looks for new and practical ways to create tools. Competition is always great =)
 

peters

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One thing that seems revolutionary is that I haven't seen a single person thats tested it complain about anything, they all seem to love it, which is unusual in this day and age. I guess only real main thing thats unusual is the built in 4 axis gimbal. Also it comes pretty ready to go right out of the box and has a lot of cool features. Super bright monitor, handles, built in nds, lidar af, can be wirelessly operated from a few miles away. Compare that to RED that sells you a box for $6k then charges $500 for a handle, $500 for a 512GB CFast card and $3000 for a monitor. Seems like a really good option for a small crew or small budget scenario. Also as someone that uses gimbals constantly the idea of not having to deal with setting up and removing sounds very appealing.

Keep in mind, this early reviews are probably all partnered with DJI. Also 99,999% of YouTube Reviews are by now pretty much commercials - they ALL have affiliated links and therefore a big interest in hyping any product they can find.
Anyway, I can belive that this is a good product since DJI listens very much to the customers. I think its indeed a small revolution - this concept was never seen before. Sure, gimbals may be used with any camera, but this all-in-one package certainly got its appeal :)
 
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Keep in mind, this early reviews are probably all partnered with DJI. Also 99,999% of YouTube Reviews are by now pretty much commercials - they ALL have affiliated links and therefore a big interest in hyping any product they can find.
Anyway, I can belive that this is a good product since DJI listens very much to the customers. I think its indeed a small revolution - this concept was never seen before. Sure, gimbals may be used with any camera, but this all-in-one package certainly got its appeal :)
I would gladly review any camera a say only good things about it if they partnered with me, I would even switch brands! (smile with money in the eyes)*
 
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