Zenmuse X7

DJI Zenmuse X7 Review – Testing the New Drone Camera in the Field

By Chris Boyes

DJI Zenmuse X7 Review - Lens Assembly

This is a guest review by drone expert and cinema5D reader Chris Boyes from 5kdigitalfilm, who had a chance to work with DJI’s new high-end camera on a job. He created some beautiful imagery and made this DJI Zenmuse X7 review for you. Enjoy! (Intro by Sebastian Wöber)

DJI Zenmuse X7 Review

We have been using the DJI Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X5s professionally for the last nine months and regardless of much that I have read in the forums, ours has proved very reliable. Yes, the props are a bit loose and it’s irritating having to drive to get a connection to log in sometimes, but let’s not forget it’s a highly complicated and technologically advanced bit of kit that, for us, always delivered when it mattered.

I think many of us were excited after the press release revealed the specs for the Zenmuse X7. A few weeks after we had an offer for an ad job filming Tirol’s beautiful landscapes for the Cine Tirol Film Commission. For this project, DJI provided a sample of the DJI Zenmuse X7 along with a complete set of lenses, which led to this Zenmuse X7 review.

Preparation

We were running a Beta software from DJI on the Inspire 2, with 2 CrystalSky monitors and the latest firmware on everything else.

The test flight went well with everything more or less working as it should, we filmed a few minutes in a few different formats just to check we were up and running. We decided that 4K ProRes 4444XQ was the best option for the project.

Winter had arrived a month early making our story board obsolete and planning extremely difficult as our primary brief was to capture the Autumn/Winter transition in the mountains.

Shooting in Difficult Conditions

From the next morning on, we went out daily, → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

DJI reveals the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography contest

Above the polar bear” by Florian Ledoux — SkyPixel Photo Contest 2017 Grand Prize winner

Chinese drone-maker DJI and aerial photography website SkyPixel have announced the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography contest, which was launched back in October. Winners span three categories—Landscape, Portrait, and Story—split between a “professional group” and “enthusiast group.”

The Grand Prize this year went to “Above the polar bear” captured with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone by Arctic and wildlife photographer Florian Ledoux.

As the Grand Prize winner, Ledoux will receive an impressive collection of gear valued at more than $15,000 USD, including a DJI Inspire 2 with a Zenmuse X7 and lens, iPhone X 256GB, Nikon D850 DSLR camera body, and more. The contest also awards thousands of dollars’ worth of gear to other contest winners.

A total of 18 other winning images were announced, three per group in both the professional and enthusiast categories. SkyPixel also revealed nine nominated images and 10 “Popular Prize” images. Overall, more than 40,000 people from 141 countries entered images in the contest.

You can check out all of the winners for yourself in the gallery and list below:

Landscape – Professional Group

1st Prize: Sun’s Up, Nets Out by Zay Yar Lin
2nd Prize: Comet into Darkness by Drone Hikers
3rd Prize: Santa Maddalena village in front of the Geisler or Odle Yolo… by Valentin Valkov

Landscape – Enthusiast Group

1st Prize: Lobsters Farm by Trung
2nd Prize: GEOMETRY OF LIQUID GOLD by Javier del Cerro
3rd Prize: Raising Ducks by caokynhan

Portrait – Professional Group

1st Prize: Balmoral Ball by Petra Leary
2nd Prize: 飞瀑英雄 by 沈旻
3rd Prize: The Rebirth by <a target="_blank" → continue…

From:: DPreview