The launch of the Ronin 4D by DJI the previous year caused quite a stir since it had features that had never before been seen on a cinema camera. It included one of the first vertical stabilization arms, a full-frame sensor, up to 8K RAW video recording, and one of the first LiDAR systems that can manage both focus and gimbal control, and one of the first vertical stabilization arms.
On the other hand, there have been some recent developments. The most important change is that Apple ProRes RAW video is no longer compatible with the Ronin 4D now that it is available for purchase. As a direct result of this, DJI has reduced the starting price of the 6K model, taking it from $7,200 down to $6,800.
The Ronin 4D suffers from a number of other deficiencies as well, including excessive weight and a rolling shutter. In spite of this, the technology and style of nothing else on the market even come close to competing with it. It’s possible that DJI is most known for its drones, but is the firm really the most inventive camera manufacturer in the world?
Since the Ronin 4D is a complicated device, let’s take a closer look at its components and layout, shall we? To start things off, there is the mirrorless camera known as the “Zenmuse X9,” which was developed specifically for the R4D. At the moment, I’m evaluating the 6K version, but DJI has future intentions to launch an 8K variant.
It comes with a choice of three mounts, including DJI’s proprietary DL mount, a Sony E-Mount, and the M-mount that is used for rangefinder/mirrorless cameras made by Leica. Additionally, it includes a full-frame sensor with 24 megapixels.
There are three native lenses available from DJI, including versions with focal lengths of 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm. The maximum aperture of each of these lenses is f/2.8. They weigh just 180 grams each, which is quite low for prime lenses with an aperture of f/2.8, and they have a price tag of $1,199 apiece, which is very high for such a lens.
You can also install glass designed for Sony and M-mount cameras, but the lenses you choose will need to be somewhat compact for this to work well. Because it is unlikely that a telephoto lens will be used with a gimbal, this constraint is not particularly significant.