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Several months ago DJI announced the arrival of their new professional drone the Inspire 2. This unit coupled with their new Zenmuse X5s camera that shoots in 5.2k 12-bit RAW and a variety of ProRes formats including 4444 XQ and 422 HQ has been demonstrated to be a multipurpose tool for cinematic productions. Footage from the camera has been compared to be similar in quality to the $36,000 Arri Mini. The X5s camera comes with a 15mm lens that is an effective 30mm equivalent field of view given the 2x crop factor for the Micro 4/3 format. The professional grade camera contains an interchangeable lens platform that offers professional cinematographers a wide variety of options for providing a true cinematic look to their imagery as depth of field and parallax effects can now be achieved with optical options that range from wide angle to long lenses.

Lenses currently available include:

  • Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm/2.0
  • DJI MFT 15mm/1.7 ASPH
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm/1.8
  • Panasonic Lumix 15mm/1.7
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm/1.8
  • Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm/3.5-5.6 HD
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm/4.0-5.6

Check out the promotional video DJI produced for the new drone and camera and over the coming weeks we will not only review the technical capabilities of the system, but provide posts that discuss how the unit can operate on a set as tool that can be used as tripod to a slider to a jib or crane.