DJI Zenmuse Z3 4K Gimbal Camera

DJI Zenmuse Z3 4K Gimbal Camera

DJI Zenmuse Z3 4K Gimbal Camera

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Product Highlights

  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Stills
  • 7x Total Zoom Range (3.5x Optical)
  • Sony EXMOR 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • Gimbal Control Accuracy: ±0.02°
  • Panning: Full 360°
  • Tilt: +30 to -90°
  • JPEG and DNG RAW Photo Capture
  • Records to microSD Cards
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Zoom Range: 3.5x Optical

3.5x Optical Fixed


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DJI CP.ZM.000424 overview

  • 1Description

Thanks to a 3.5x optical zoom, you'll be able to capture close-ups from the air with the Zenmuse Z3 Gimbal Camera from DJI. The camera features 4K video and 12MP photo capability for crisp imagery in motion or stills and an FOV range of 92° to 35°. It is compatible with DJI aircraft, including the DJI Inspire 1, Matrice 100, or Matrice 600. When connected, it integrates with the aircraft's Lightbridge system for live HD monitoring as well as control via the GO app or dedicated controls on the Remote Controller, with a range of up to 3.1 miles.

Note: For use on compatible DJI multi-rotor aircraft only. Not compatible with Osmo handheld device.

4K Camera
The camera shoots 4K video at 24p and 30p, and can shoot HD video frame rates from 24p to 60p. It features a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor with a 3.5x optical (7x digital) zoom lens. This field of view works out to about 22 to 77mm in 35mm equivalent
Real-Time Zoom View
When shooting at the highest possible resolution – i.e. 4K video or 12 MP photos – optical zoom can be used, and the zoomed image is instantly visible in the DJI GO live feed. If shooting in 1080p, lossless zoom allows the full 7× of zoom without sacrificing full-HD image quality
3-Axis Brushless Motor Gimbal
The camera is mounted via an integrated 3-axis gimbal which uses brushless servo motors to keep the shot stable and the horizon level. The camera pans a full 360-degrees so that no matter which way the quadcopter turns, the camera can remain locked on the subject. Manual panning and tilting can be affected using controls on the transmitter
Rapid Setup
Flying with the Zenmuse Z3 is as simple as attaching it to the DJI Inspire 1, Matrice 100, or Matrice 600. Once connected, it works seamlessly with the integrated DJI Lightbridge and Lightbridge 2 found on these platforms to provide 3.1 miles of HD transmission range
DJI GO Mobile App
DJI's GO app is tightly integrated with the Z3, acting as both a live feed to see the camera's image and the primary control system for the camera. It can be used to change camera settings, swipe to zoom in and out, capture photo or video, and activate Intelligent Flight Modes. Photo and video capture as well as zoom can also be controlled through dedicated controls on the aircraft's Remote Controller
UPC: 190021014428
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DJI CP.ZM.000424 specs

Sensor Sony EXMOR 1/2.3" CMOS
Resolution 12.0 MP
Lens Optical Zoom: 3.5x
Focal Length: 22 to 77 mm equivalent
Aperture: f/2.8 (wide) to f/5.2 (tele)
FOV: 92° (wide) to 35° (tele)
Video Recording UHD (4K):
4096 x 2160: 24p, 25p
3840 x 2160: 24p, 25p, 30p

2704 x 1520: 24p, 25p, 30p

FHD (1080p):
1920 x 1080: 24p, 25p, 30p, 48p, 50p, 60p

Maximum Bitrate: 60 Mb/s
File Format Photo: JPEG, DNG
Video: MP4 in a .MOV wrapper (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Recording Media Type: microSD/SDHC/SDXC up to 64 GB
Speed: Class 10 / UHS-1 or faster
Format: FAT32/exFAT
Photography Modes Single shot
Burst: 3, 5, 7 frames per second (AEB: 3/5 frames per second; 0.7 EV bias)
Exposure Modes Auto, Manual, Shutter
Exposure Compensation ±3.0 (1/3 increments)
Metering Modes Center-weighted metering
Average metering
Spot metering (area option 12 x 8)
AE Lock Supported
Shutter Speeds 8 to 1/8000 sec
White Balance Auto
Custom (2000 to 10,000K)
ISO Range 100 to 3200 (video)
100 to 1600 (photo)
Video Effects Captions
Anti-Flicker (Auto, 50 Hz, 60 Hz)
Signal System PAL/NTSC selectable
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature 14 to 140°F / -10 to 60°C
Model Zenmuse X3
Number of Axes 3
Control Accuracy ±0.03°
Maximum Controlled Rotation Speed 120°/s
Controlled Rotation Range Tilt: -90° to +30°
Pan: ±320°
Roll: ±15°
Mechanical Range Tilt: -140° to +50°
Pan: ±330°
Roll: +90° to -50°
Angular Vibration Range ±0.02°
Mounting Detachable
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.8 x 6.3 x 5.6"

DJI CP.ZM.000424 reviews

Zenmuse Z3 4K Gimbal Camera is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The useless zoom lens to not buy This is a very disapointing product. They change the way the data are transfered to the DJI Go App and the approved tab from the website can't barely keep up with the work to do. A samsung Tab S will show a 5 second delay! This is impossible to fly per view this way. If you are doing picture, this is still possible, but for video, there are others flaws in the design: The lens do not focus when zooming ?! So when you do a zoom, being on focu wide, for example, and decide to zoom. the picture start to be blurry during your zoom. A soon as you release the zoom button, a innaceptable pump in the focus to get a new focussed picture. Everytime you zoom or unzoom, you will have this focus pumping effect! I do not recommend this product at all
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits my needs This is the first 3 series camera that I have owned from DJI. I have been flying DJI for a while. My main camera is the X5 and I use multiple lens. Obviously the Z3 and the X3 cameras are not in the same class as the X5 but they are pretty good cameras. I teach and demo UAS equipment to law enforcement and other emergency services groups. This camera works very well and has a very good zoom. Again its not in the same class as the $9000 Z30 but most departments or individuals do not have that kind of money to spend on a single purposed camera. I have had no trouble with the operation of the camera and the firmware updates where only needed on the M600. I have tested on the Osmo and had no problems. The Z3 like the X3 has some trouble in low light but thats to be expected. Someone said they had trouble with the camera trying to focus when zooming the lens. This is normal because most lens will require you to focus again when you change the focal length. If you dont want the auto focus to hunt while zooming you can switch to manual focus and then zoom but you will have to manually focus the camera at some point. Totally normal for most cameras. Also most tablets cannot run the Go App smoothly especially when they get hot. About the only ones that I know of are the Mini 4 or Ipad Pro and had the Mini have issues in the summer time with no shade. The Invidia Shield does a pretty good job from what some friends are telling me. The video was rock solid using max zoom when mounted on the M600 and Inspire 1 Pro. I would buy a couple of ND filters along with the camera. Maybe a ND8 and ND16 should cover most of your needs. Because all my cameras and equipment are black I had to paint it. The white just didn't look right. I used Rustoleum Peel Coat and it worked just fine. Looks like it came from the factory like that. Real easy to get off and it won't hurt the surface you are painting. You do need to mask of some parts. Overall Im satisfied with the camera. I know that there are several one star reviews on this camera. I respect any reviewer but at least write the review and spell out what your issues are. If you dont do that how is anyone to know whats wrong with it. Whats the point in writing a review?
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The solution I've been looking for I ordered this just before it was officially released, it was the first film-making product I ever ordered before watching or reading a review. I drive an 18-wheeler, I have driven across all 48 states of the contiguous United States and I use the camera to capture aerial views from so many places. I am a hobbyist user. I ordered mine from the DJI store site though most my other purchases are from this site. I flew a Phantom 3 Professional for about a year then upgraded to the Inspire 1 v2.0. I stayed with the Zenmuse X3 for several months and contemplated getting the Zenmuse X5 or even X5R as I have a Panasonic GH4 with Speedbooster and Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 setup, so that combination would be really good. The X5 is a great camera if you want to get better low light shots, but it also means more money in the air, and if you want to change your focal length you'll have to land the aircraft and switch a lens. Also, less battery life with the X5, yes I know you can attach zoom lenses with the X5 but I still felt it's too much liability for me considering I don't make money with my drone shots yet. The X5R gives the best possible output from the sensor but the amount of data management and processing time to convert the RAW files is not ideal for an enthusiast who may not have a lot of time. I did download the RAW sequences from the DJI site and edited them and made a short video but it takes too much time but that's not DJI's fault it's just the nature of shooting in RAW video. So I just stayed with the X3 and even considered buying another and swapping the m12 mount lens in it to get the 30mm look of 35mm full frame equivalent. Then DJI made the Zenmuse Z3 which basically offers a great solution and gives me what I want. It's not perfect but I've been using it for a month now and I love it. I always wanted a drone camera that can go from 20mm to 40mm at least in video and this camera does it. At 2X zoom, this camera goes to 44mm (35mm equivalent), and it still very smooth, almost no noticeable vibration in the gimbal. The buyer must realize that as you zoom in, you will magnify the vibrations and the footage just won't be as stable. Get some neutral density filters, the 8X and 16X, and shoot close to 1/60 of a second if at 30fps to mimic 180 degree shutter angle. That will help. To stabilize photos you just increase your shutter speed, but to stabilize footage, you lower your shutter speed which will help blend the shakiness. I get acceptable shots at 2X zoom, even a little further than that. Obviously you can go up to 3.5X zoom (77mm at 35mm equivalent) but the footage will be a little shaky; not bad but not really professional. DJI never marketed this as a video camera they said it's good for industrial and photography use, but it does excel at video too and the 40mm look in video, even that nifty 50 look, is very good! I understood when I bought this camera that the gimbal is not capable of giving perfect smoothness and accuracy at such a high focal length beyond 40mm, and I'm okay with that! The camera has a variable aperture which I'm fine with, just be aware that means less light gets in as you progress through the zoom range, kind of like most kit lenses and zoom lenses out there. I do not zoom in videos. I simply set my zoom (focal length), then hit record for the clip. You can zoom by using the C2 and the gimbal wheel which is really cool. Focusing is easy with your finger and is very accurate, haven't had any trouble there. I also sometimes use the Autopilot app from FlightLogic on Apple iPad Mini 4 with Cellular (no plan), the app doesn't recognize the video feed with Z3, so that app needs an update to use the Z3 with it. As always, I shoot with -2 on contrast, -2 on sharpness, -2 on saturation, D-Log, and manual color balance, manual settings. I edit the footage in the freely available Davinci Resolve 12.5. I shoot a lot of sunsets and sunrises, so it's essential you view the histogram and maximize what will be recorded. Just as with the X3, this camera has the same dynamic range, just different focal lengths which is great. This is expected as it uses the same sensor as the X3, same bitrate of 60mbps which gets the job done nicely. Issues: Yes I've encountered some lag. The camera was pretty laggy at first, almost unusable but it didn't bother me much because I knew it was a software issue. DJI just recently released 2.9 version of the DJI Go app. Now I don't experience lag other than when I'm about a mile out. With the X3 I could go a mile out and get a consistent lag of about half a second, same as Phantom 3 Pro. With the Z3 sometimes I go a mile out and the lag is like 2 seconds and the lag decreases back to half a second when I'm about half a mile out, and I'm okay with that because I get the focal length I always wanted without having to spend a fortune. I believe DJI will continue to improve the Z3 with firmware updates. For the money it allows you to get that 40mm look in video which is very cinematic and attractive to me. I love it! I get a good 14 minutes of flight time with a fully charged TB48 until the battery reaches 30 percent remaining, which is great. The Inspire feels slightly less agile, but it's worth it. So while it was a rough start, the Z3 is a great little camera. It comes in the same case as the X5, but my Inspire 1 backpack by GPC accommodated the upgrade. I still have the X3 and will sell it eventually I think. I never felt the Inspire 1 was the perfect drone due to having a camera with a prime lens, but with the Z3, I'm satisfied. If you have an Inspire 1 and the original X3 camera, this is a worthy upgrade in my opinion!
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Z3 doesn't work Major issues In need of a fw fix Paper weight
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money don't waist your money, should have never been released.
Date published: 2016-12-08
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