DJI Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

DJI Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

DJI Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

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Product Highlights

  • Micro Four Thirds Sensor with MFT Mount
  • DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) Video Capture
  • 16MP Still Photos
  • Over 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Burst and Interval Photos Modes
  • Records to microSD Cards
  • Works with Inspire 1 Quadcopter
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Video Codec: H.264

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Lens Option: No Lens

15mm f/1.7 Lens No Lens
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DJI X5 Overview

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Equip your DJI Inspire 1 with Micro Four Thirds imaging performance and the benefits of an interchangeable lens system with the Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal . This 4K camera system features an integrated 3-axis brushless gimbal that provides stabilization and enables the camera to move independently of the aircraft. In addition to video, the camera can take 16-megapixel still photos with the option for burst and time-lapse modes.

12.8 stops dynamic range for enhanced highlight and shadow detail
Records video and stills to micro-SDHC/SDXC cards
Single shot or take bursts for 3, 5, or 7 frames
Time-lapse mode captures photos at stepped intervals between 3 and 60 seconds
UPC: 190021001589
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DJI X5 Specs

Model Name: Zenmuse X5
Lens Mount MFT (Micro Four Thirds)
Photo Resolution 16 MP (4608 x 3456)
Video Resolution DCI 4K (4096 x 2160): 24p, 25p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160): 25p, 30p
FHD (1920 x 1080): 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p
Field of view (FOV) 15mm f1.7 :72° (available separately)
12mm f2.0:84° (available separately)
Photo Modes Single shot
Burst: 3, 5, or 7 frames
Auto Exposure (AE) Bracketing: 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV bias
Time-Lapse: 5, 7, 10, 20, or 30 second intervals
ISO Range 100 to 25600
Shutter Speed 8 to 1/8000 second
Video Bitrate Up to 60 Mbps
Supported File Types Photo: JPEG, DNG RAW
Video: MP4, MOV (MPEG-4/AVC/H.264F)
File System: FAT32 / exFAT
Recording Media Class 10 / UHS-1 or better microSD (up to 64 GB)
Power Consumption Static: 8 W
Peak: 13 W
Model Zenmuse X5
Mount Detachable
Number of Axes 3-axis
Control Angle Accuracy ±0.02°
Control Range Pitch: -90° to +30°
Pan: ±320°
Manual Control Speed Pitch: Up to 120°/second
Pan: Up to 180°/second
Compatibility DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH (available separately)
Panasonic Lumix 15mm f/1.7 (available separately)
Olympus M. ED 12mm f/2.0 (available separately)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions (H x W x D) 4.7 x 5.3 x 5.5" / 120 x 135 x 140 mm
Weight With Standard Lens, Balancing Ring, Lens Hood, and microSD card: 1.2 lb / 526 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 5.9 x 5.3"

DJI X5 Reviews

Zenmuse X5 Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No reviews on this unit as of yet, so here's the skinny Background: Starting using drones professionally a few years ago with the Phantom 1, and I have experience with essentially every DJI product built from then until now, including the DJI X5. If you are considering purchasing this unit you are most likely a freelance or professional videographer or photographer who like me has come to rely on DJI products, but felt there was always something lacking with their imaging technology.Well here we are, an MFT sensor on a drone, compatible with a variety of lenses and with a spec sheet that rivals the Panasonic GH4. So, is this unit we've been waiting for?Yes and no. First the good. The image this camera produces is much more filmic than the previous X3 camera or Phantom 3 camera. Those units produced an OK (ish) image but it always seemed very video-ey to me. The smaller sensor was not doing the X3 any favours. The iso could not be pushed at all really, and the footage was often mired with compression artifacts and ultimately difficult to grade in post due to the image falling apart. The X5 clearly produces a better looking, cleaner image especially at 2.7k. It is a touch soft at this resolution and softer still at 4k, but once a touch of sharpening is added the image is really quite nice. The biggest difference between this and the X3 is the dynamic range. It really is excellent and is exactly what us pros have been looking for all along.The main issues with the X5 are as follows: While making use of an MFT sensor, the full sensor size is only used in 1080p60 mode, meaning a much smaller portion of the sensor is used for 4k and 2.7k. This is due to a slower SoC that is incapable of processing the full sensor readout at adequate speeds for filming. While this is annoying as we purchased the camera for the MFT sensor, it's not the end of the world as after all, the GH4 is similar. However, in practical application this results in a FOV that is much smaller than what you get with the X3 camera. Almost like the image is too zoomed in. What this means is that with the stock 15mm Leica lens, the camera in follow-mode is very, very difficult to control smoothly. The flight characteristics were not addressed in the Pro firmware to compensate for the extra weight and narrower field of view, so operators who have yaw and arc movements on the X3 down to a fine art will now have to find a new way to capture those shots. This is very frustrating to me and it is my number one gripe with this product. It's like they thought through the camera and drone extensively, but not how they would act together. Now I must use the finger drag on screen trick to move the camera, which is not ideal for a number of reasons. To mitigate this issue slightly I have exchanged the 15mm Leica for the widest compatible lens, the Olympus 12mm test footage I have seen shows slight improvement, but with the weight being the same I predict the same issues. Overall, it is clear that the image this camera is capable of producing is better than the X3 (while still being crippled by a painfully low 60 mbps bitrate). Whether or not it is $$better, I probably wouldn't say so at this point, but DJI has never been known for their outstanding imaging products. The main issue I have is the completely new flight characteristics that make it near impossible to get the same level of movement and complexity of shots as before without having a second operator. Currently the X5 is on it's second FW version, with another supposedly coming out next week. It is difficult to give this camera a positive review considering the gripes I mentioned above, but, I suppose if there is a positive it is that each problem I have found with the X5 can likely be fixed or improved upon with a firmware update. In conclusion, I would recommend the widest possible lens (Olympus 12mm) and make sure you do your homework on this product before purchasing. There is lots of info available online and in forums so I would read through that and other reviews before deciding if the product is right for you.
Date published: 2015-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspire 1 platform is serious now Start stockpiling micro 4/3 lenses now. This is a serious upgrade and worth the investment. Photos are spot on with dslr and video footage cuts so much better than the x3 camera.
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional This camera produces some great video and stills in a small package. I Have direct comparisons to the X3 and the X5 wins hand's down. Where it really shines is in low light.
Date published: 2016-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid upgrade for the DJI Inspire 1 This is a solid upgrade for the DJI Inspire 1 from the stock X3. If you're running a two-person flight op (pilot and camera operator) then you'll be set. For a lone pilot, controlling the aircraft, focus, composition and such at the same time can be a lot and may reduce your useable video. Lens choice can help a bit; make sure you use the proper balancing ring for your lens(es).
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Recommend over the X3 camera! Purchased this because I needed to shoot at dusk and dawn. X3 camera doesn't hold up after 100 iso. I would say even though it is overpriced it was definitely worth the buy. Clean images even up to 400 iso. I would also recommend the olympus 45mm lens with this. If you have a second operator for the camera, the shots you can get with that lens are amazing.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent but pricey This micro 4/3 camera works perfectly on my Inspire 1 Pro drone. Takes photos and video. The image is sharp, the colors are beautiful, and the DJI gimbal does incredible job smoothing out the shot. 4K image is stunning. The only downside is the price, but with so much technology packed into it... what can you do?
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best for a documentary film making It's a compact, very well made unit! Personally I think it's a best camera for documentary film making! Very good stabilization and video quality! And so compact! Love it!
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome gimbal! Little bit of a learning curve - but awesome tool!
Date published: 2016-09-22
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