Drone maker DJI has unveiled its first Micro Four Thirds cameras, the Zenmuse X5 and X5R, specifically built for aerial photography and cinematography.

The Zenmuse X5 (526g) and X5R (583g) are 4K cameras capable of capturing 16-million-pixel still images.

The slightly larger X5R is capable of shooting ‘lossless cinema 4K raw video’, according to DJI.

Features include a top ISO of 25,600, maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec and a burst rate up to seven frames per second.

Also on board are autobracketing and timelapse modes.

Images can be stored on an SD card.

DJI has also announced a 15mm f/1.7 Asph lens, designed to deliver the 35mm equivalent of a 30mm optic.

The 9-elements-in-7-groups lens contains three aspherical elements and seven diaphragm blades.

There is as yet no word on UK prices.

For the full specifications, click HERE.

Key features
Xenmuse X5
4K video at up to 30fps
Record at 4096×2160 (24fps) or 3840×2160 (30/25fps)
16MP photographs
12.8 stops of dynamic range

Xenmuse X5R
Lossless cinema 4K raw video
Record at 4096×2160 (24fps) or 3840×2160 (30/25fps)
Average 1.7 Gbps bitrate (2.4Gbps maximum)
Removable 512GB SSD
16MP photographs
12.8 stops of dynamic range

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  • Jonathan Ivy Photography

    This is going to be a game changer for aerial photography! I use the Inspire 1 and love it, I can’t wait to add the X5 to my kit. I hope they add support for more lenses, it would be nice to have some more focal lengths.