June 6, 2016
CineGear 2016

DJI Continues Path to Aerial Dominance with 'Focus' Remote

DJI's new remote allows you to wirelessly control focus and aperture on ground and in the air.

DJI is continuing to make the case that it's the top drone company in the industry today.

Their latest device, the DJI Focus, opens the doors to a whole new creative playset for directors and cinematographers. Whereas shooters used to be limited to infinite focus when shooting from the sky, you can now pull focus from the ground, adjusting focus and aperture remotely.

The design of the Focus is very utilitarian—turning is just like turning the lens ring itself, and it's simple to swap between adjusting focus and aperture. The motor and receiver are combined in one small unit, which could end up reducing the amount of gear you'll need for a drone shot by a wide margin.

The Focus can be used with any camera on the ground and DJI's Zenmuse X5 / X5R in the sky. It also works with their Ronin and Ronin-M stabilizers. The Focus itself is going to cost you $1,999, but if you're also in the market for a stabilizer, you can purchase it in a bundle with the Ronin-M and get a pretty decent deal.

Check out our coverage of DJI's new top-of-the-line Matrice 600 drone from NAB 2016.     

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How is this one different from what they had previously? Just the X5 bit?
Actually I thought you already had that capability. Haven't been able to test that, since I don't have an X5 on my Inspire though.

June 7, 2016 at 5:54AM

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Gunter
DP, director, all-rounder
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For $1,999 i think i'm gonna build few with Arduino and few other components. Will not look as nice, but do the same. Just let DJI do the marketing and then sell cheapo version for $399 :D

June 7, 2016 at 7:32AM

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Don Nachos
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Sounds like an paid-for-post to me. Pulling Focus is not that new to cinematography like DJI is promoting it ;) I'm not very impressed. And they did not even had many good examples themselves where you need it on a drone. Because if you want to film an Object that close, that you would need another focus then unlimited (probably up to 10m), the picture is mostly to unstable to use in professional productions (where you would have a thing like that). But always nice to have a few more toys.

June 7, 2016 at 2:29PM

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Lauritz Neu
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Wow, DJI just invented the wireless follow focus.

June 8, 2016 at 2:05AM

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Markus Koepke
Director of Photography
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LOL, it is such an amazing discovery!
Even with receiver and motor in one unit!
:-p

June 8, 2016 at 5:39AM

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WalterBrokx
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Posting a picture with a wired remoted while having a headline saying 'wireless' made me smile and nod in disbelieve :-p

June 8, 2016 at 5:41AM

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WalterBrokx
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