November 10, 2015 at 1:06PM, Edited November 10, 1:08PM

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New DJI Micro 4/3 Gimbal Cameras

DJI has introduced two new Micro 4/3 cameras ( X5 and X5R ) that can be flown on their Inspire drone or mounted on their Osmo hand-held pistol-grip gimbal. The X5R camera shoots 4K in RAW format with 12.8 F-stops of dynamic range. This is very cool tech!

DJI X5 Camera
http://www.dji.com/product/zenmuse-x5s/x5

DJI X3 / X5 /X5R Camera Specs
http://www.dji.com/products/compare-xcamera

DJI Osmo Hand-held Gimbal
http://www.dji.com/product/osmo

Some fantastic footage samples...

X5 Camera Mounted on the Osmo Hand-held Gimbal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVV9sjmJxmg

X5 Camera Flying on a DJI Inspire 1 Drone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BjMuMYXPhE

More X5 Camera Flying on a DJI Inspire 1 Drone
https://vimeo.com/144247612

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Honestly I not impressed with any DJI Cameras as of right now. In the demos attached to the new X5R I see the same issues I deal with on a daily basis in the X3. When companies use the term comparable to a GH4 or whatever it might be I can't help but laugh.

November 10, 2015 at 4:47PM, Edited November 10, 4:47PM

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Cody Eldridge
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If you have a Vimeo Pro account you can download the 4K UHD upload footage from the last link I posted. ( 926MB download )

I don't know if I would call it equivalent to a GH4, but the X5 camera footage still looked pretty good. ( I haven't been able to get my hands on any X5 or X5R RAW footage straight from the camera )

November 10, 2015 at 5:48PM, Edited November 10, 6:02PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Awesome Thanks! The footage does look drastically better. I am just not sold 100% yet. There is no doubt the inspire is much easier to work with then lets say an s1000.

P.S. If you did that grade, great work!

November 11, 2015 at 10:03AM

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Cody Eldridge
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No, it's not my work. But I am curious to try some 4K X5 footage in my editor. ( I'm gong to a big Canadian Video trade-show tomorrow, so I'm going to bring some memory cards with me in case I get a chance to shoot some actual footage myself first hand. )

November 11, 2015 at 12:28PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Went to the trade-show but DJI was missing an adapter to mount the X5 camera on to the Inspire 1 they had, so there was no chance of capturing the output from the X5 camera.

The X5 camera looked like a larger Osmo camera.

I was also told that the X5R camera is not an upgrade, and thus has to be permanently installed on an Inspire 1 drone.

November 13, 2015 at 12:58PM, Edited November 13, 12:58PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Did you happen to get any sense of when the X5R will be released? Thus far, the bit rate kills the X5 (in 4K) just like the X3.

November 13, 2015 at 2:26PM

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Luke Neumann
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No, sorry. I was surprised that DJI had a very big booth at the show, but did not even have the X5 camera working. They had the camera lying beside the Inspire 1, but were missing a small adapter to mount it to the drone. ( I wonder if the camera was ready to show, or if the missing piece was an intentional oversight. )

The bit-rate of the the X5R is between 500 - 1,900 Mbps depending on the format you're shooting and requires an SSD to capture footage, so I'm guessing that the SSD must be mounted on the Inspire 1 body. This will likely be a custom Inspire 1 install, or you buy an Inspire 1 pre-built with the X5R camera installed.

The results should be great, but it's going to be a $8K+ US set-up for the camera and the drone.

November 13, 2015 at 5:16PM, Edited November 13, 5:17PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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From what I have seen the SSD is part of the undercarriage/gimbal. So I don't think the new Inspire 1 will be needed but...who knows.

Yeah, for UHD/30p the bitrate is 1.9Gbps compared to 60Mbps on the X5. That is a quality difference I am willing to pay more for.

The X5 just isn't enough of an upgrade (IMO) to be worth the extra price. Different lens options and better DR are great but it is all fairly moot when the video is still mushy and you get frame flickering still.

Pretty big improvement in the stills department though.

November 13, 2015 at 5:50PM

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Luke Neumann
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