DJI RONIN 4D GE AR RE V I EW.
GENERATION Z HEAD-TURNER
The latest breed of filmmakers should take a look at this unique four-axis, two-in-one camera and stabiliser
WORDS. Adam Duckworth
T here is only one camera on the market that has a four- axis stabilisation system for Steadicam-like, silky- smooth moves. That turns manual-focus cine primes into full autofocus lenses, thanks to a laser rangefinder system. And can shift itself to track moving subjects, and record ProRes Raw files internally to memory cards. Only one that has a built-in video transmission system, so you can control all settings from miles away. And there is a single cinema camera that comes with a choice of lens mounts, including the popular Sony E-mount – allowing you to change the full-frame, dual ISO sensor module from 6K to 8K.
Incredibly, for such a huge list of technologically advanced firsts, these are all in a single camera – the DJI Ronin 4D. It’s the sort of lateral thinking that could only come from this company, unhindered by the decades-old views and established practices of traditional manufacturers. You only have to look at the menu system that has all the pro features and settings you’d want, but is set up in a logical way – rather than a litany of subfolders to trawl through to make changes. It’s DJI’s experience with consumer drones and gimbals that has led to this way of considering what a high-level cinema camera is, and how simple it should be to control.
MAKING WAVES The DJI Ronin 4D is changing the face of filmmaking – giving independent creators something special
SENSOR FORMAT & SIZE 35mm full-frame 8K CMOS sensor
FRAME RATES 60fps at 8K
LENS MOUNT DL, M, E
RECORDING OPTIONS ProRes Raw, ProRes 422 HQ, H.264 EXPOSURE LATITUDE 14+ stops
55. FEBRUARY 2022
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