I think the comparison made in the article is not proper. Several notes to consider:
* Movi Pro is about 1.6 kg lighter than the R2(Ronin2). Think of Red's price difference between Carbon and Magnesium bodies; you need to pay thousands of dollars for a few gram saving. For aerial filmmaker, Movi Pro would be a better choice because of it's proven aerial performance and weight. (Horizon hold on aerial platform is just better than DJI's Ronin line).
* R2's competition is not Movi Pro or Movi XL, in terms of payload capacity. MoviXL has 50lbs payload capacity, which is written wrong in the article. It sits just in between. And Movi XL is definetely not handheld. It's a huge gyro head where you can put it at anywhere without thinking of camera and lens.
R2 could be used for aerial filming when a longer and heavier lens is needed. But Movi's ecosystem is more flexible in this field. Shotover U1 is very similar to DJI R2 in terms of payload capacity and weight. U1 has $72K price tag, which I don't wanna comment on it.
DJI R2's feature video is based on car rigging, cable cams, techno cranes etc.
IMO, price is reasonable with DJI R2.
Now, it's time for 5-axis small gimbals which will be the next revolution in the industry Freefly took the first step with Movi Carbon and for sure, DJI will follow it too.
Considering the price range, which should be around $26K, this is going to be a very niche product. It's not expensive when compared to Hasselblad's other medium format offers.
Biggest advantage I can see is the integrated control which include video downlink, shutter release. It was possible to do photo shooting with medium format cameras such as Hasselblad / Phase One but it needed some trick. They weren't plug&play options.
I like seeing this kind of niche product in the drone industry. This what is needed in the industry. This new Hasselblad A5D will be a very big added value for drone operators if they add this to their fleet.
I'd echo this statement. I also pre-ordered Scarlet-W and it was my first time dealing with Red. I was very impressed with the communication and they are very helpful and quick. I also cancelled my Ursa Mini 4.6K order and moved to Red eco system.
Standalone price of X5R would be around $5000. Because there is no competition in that weight class in terms of feature set, they will price it higher than expected.
If, X5R would give real 12.8 dynamic range with a similar image quality comparable to Black Magic pocket sensor, this small system will find itself a solid space in pro arsenal where portability is the first concern. And also in situations like flying over water, high speed chasing, windy weathers; Inspire 1 would be easily preferred unless the production is asking for Red Epic or Alexa Mini quality footage.
The only real downside I can see with X5R is, it can not record ProRes internally. It only shoots 10-bit 4:2:2 RAW to a SSD.
If the BM Micro Cinema Camera would have 4K RAW option, X5R wouldn't be that expensive.
Around 2-3 minutes less flight time with these new cameras.
Amimon Connex looks very promising for UAV purposes. Other solutions like Tomahaw, Bolt Pro, transmits uncompressed data and that's why they are a bit expensive. For live broadcasting purposes, these solutions will still be better.
Amimon Connex has some disadvantages over Tomahawk/ Bolt Pro 2000 / Amimon Skylink:
* No uncompressed data (bad for live broadcasting and also not good for wireless video recording)
* Only one output on the ground station unit. You need to multiply the video source if you need an extra one or two outs for directors' monitor.
* If you need DFS for regulations, Connex doesn't support this.
* Mini HDMI on air unit. Come on! Why not full sized HDMI?