DJI, renowned around the world for its civilian and commercial drones, launched its first product targeted at the cinematography industry with the Ronin 4D 6K and 8K cameras in 2021.
These pioneering cameras combined the use of a four-axis gimbal with the traditional aspects of a professional camera for filmmakers to deliver a winning combination. Now DJI is expanding on the Ronin 4D range and delivering evermore flexibility to its workflow, with the new DJI Ronin 4D Flex.
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The 4D Flex enables operators to separate the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera from the main body of the Ronin 4D, reducing handheld weight and size to achieve professional footage with even more flexible camera movement – just like the extended system from the Sony Venice cinema cameras, but at a far more 'affordable' cost.
The new DJI 4D Flex is fully compatible with the Ronin 4D hand grips and main monitor included in all Ronin 4D purchases, effectively transforming a camera operator into a one-man cinema unit.
Also announced is a new zoom lens for the 4D cinema lineup, the DL PZ 17-28mm T/3.0 Lens. DJI’s first-ever cinema-grade zoom lens, it offers 100% native focus and zoom for a new level of image quality on the Ronin 4D system.
Finally, an activation license key for Apple ProRes Raw codec on Ronin 4D is now available to purchase at the DJI Store, making it even easier to integrate footage into cinema productions. This was a feature that was previously advertised ahead of launch, but ProRes Raw was removed from the Ronin 4D 6K a week before it was due to be released to the world.
"Ronin 4D reimagined what a single cinema camera can do by achieving a new standard of versatility, cinema quality, and image stability in one piece of equipment," said Paul Pan, senior product line manager at DJI.
"Ronin 4D Flex and the DL PZ 17-28mm Lens show the expansive capabilities of this platform to allow cinematographers to capture footage in completely new ways. With these products, we want to express that when it comes to what’s possible with DJI Pro, we’re only getting started."
Connecting the Ronin 4D Flex to the main body is a 2m ultra-thin coaxial cable, that supports lossless transmission of up to 8K video. This enables high-speed signals from the camera sensor to reach the main body instantly, and also controls and monitors signals to be delivered in real-time.
This solid cable connection lends 4D Flex unprecedented flexibility in camera positions, no matter how limited the space is. It also enables the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera to be used as an ultra-small cinematic-grade remote head.
Price and Availability
Ronin 4D Flex is now available from authorized retailers and direct from the DJI store for $929 / £829 / AU $1259 and includes Ronin 4D Flex, a Pan Axis Quick-Lock, two Ronin 4D Hand Grip Adapters, and two Hand Grip Adapter Cables.
The DL PZ 17-28mm T/3.0 Lens is also available to purchase from authorized retailers and at the DJI store for $1,339 / £1.539 / AU$2,189.
The Apple ProRes Raw license for Ronin 4D, meanwhile, must be purchased directly from DJI store for $979 / £999 / AU$1,559.