DJI Made a PRO Camera!?!? Meet Ronin 4D
I was completely caught off guard. It was not something i was expecting dji to put out, but the more i thought about it, the more i realized it actually kind of makes perfect sense up front. We have this full frame sensor, which is stabilized with this three axis gimbal, and we can also activate a fourth axis with this arm, which is partially mechanical, partially electronic. This is going to help reduce that z axis motion. You know if youre walking, stepping or youre sitting on a washing machine, something like that and also youll notice, that there are sensors along the front right here and also down here on the bottom, and these are the type of sensors that you can see on. Djis drones and thats also going to give it a little bit more feedback on its height and its positioning. To further give you better stabilization, pretty impressive right game changing. I know you guys hate it when i say that word, but i mean now, this one is the x96k, but theres also going to be an x98k if youre looking for that extra resolution, but i like the bigger pixels and 6k has plenty of resolution for me And this also has a dual native iso at 800 and 000, which you can switch to in lower lit environments and, interestingly enough, this whole thing can be detached, so im very curious to see what dji is going to do with this ecosystem.
Are we going to have different types of heads that we can attach onto here? Are we going to attach this camera onto different things? Like drones? Well see you can record an hd64 or prores 422hq or pro res raw, and we have your selection of color profiles from rec 709 to hlg to d log or your own custom. Look that looks like our backgrounds a bit blown out, but since were getting over 14 stops of dynamic range on the 6k sensor lets see if we can do some color grading magic and recover some of that now, when it comes to a camera like this, the Most important factor is image: quality right, so im going to be doing a follow up video, where i show more of the footage that i was able to get out of this camera ill. Give you a little teaser. I thought the footage looked really good. In my opinion, and especially that pro res raw gives you tons of flexibility, so if youre trying to match other cameras, i dont think youre gon na have too many issues, but in this video im gon na be focused more on the huge list of features that We are getting on this camera. One of the things i thought was really cool is if youre in a place like this and you dont have a fluid head tripod. You could always just set this camera down and use the joystick to try to get that nice.
Smooth shot and look at that shot of dylan sitting on a rock thinking, hes cool now the sensitivity and responsiveness of the joystick is fully customizable, so that took me a little bit to dial into my preferences, but now im feeling pretty good with it. Now me personally, the thing i find most impressive about this ronin 4d is the amount of features they were able to pack into this thing, and not only that, but just make it very easy to access, even if youre out hiking in the middle of nowhere or Youre a solo operator and speaking of convenience. When i first saw this, i was like ah theres – no way they could fit nd filters in here right but check it out. We have nd filters from one. Stop two stop three, four, five, six, seven, all the way up to nine every stop in between which is pretty awesome. Now i kind of want to get some slow mo shots, so lets look at our frame rate options, and this is a pretty big chart. So im gon na go ahead and throw it on the screen and with the 8k version it looks like you could get that 8k raw at 60 frames per second, but the asterisks on the 72 and 75 frames per second. That basically means it has to crop into an aspect ratio of 2′. By one now, looking at the 6k version, we can do 6k, full frame at 48 frames per.
Second, we can get 6k 60, but that is also going to require that 2′ by one aspect ratios. But if we crop into that super 35 mode, it looks like we could get 96 frames per second or 120 with that wider aspect ratio, but lets say i really want to shoot 120 frames per second, and i want to use the full sensor. Then im gon na have to drop down to 2k prores 42 hq, and it also looks like theres a few limitations, depending on what kind of media youre going to be recording onto now. This is the pro ssd, and this little thing here is actually an entire terabyte, which is pretty impressive, but this is going to give you no limitations, but you can actually remove this module and use a cfast express type b, which is going to give you a Majority of your options still and theres. Also, this usbc port right here, where you can plug in an external ssd and record straight onto that which is going to be the most budget friendly option, but its also going to have the most limitations due to limited, write, speed. Now, i think one of the big x factors is: what kind of lenses can you attach onto here, because the space up here and this gimbal is fairly limited so right now this is a dl mount, and this attaches and detaches kind of like an ef mount And these are the lenses ive been using so far, but the selection is pretty limited.
I mean theres a 24 35 and 50. theres, also a 16 mil prime, but that is not a full frame lens now i did ask dji if theyre planning on expanding on this lens lineup, but they havent been able to tell me much so well have to Wait and see for that, but to switch out the mount is actually really easy. You dont have to use any screws or anything like that. Theres, a locking ring right here and the whole mount actually just came off, and this is a e mount and theres. Also, a m mount that ive seen so far and an m mount actually does sound pretty interesting, because, if youre looking into some pretty compact lenses, there seems to be some good options there. Now this is sony 16 to 35 f4 and its a fairly compact lens, and i can go ahead and slide that lidar back on and to balance it. We get to skip a few steps because its pretty symmetrical so im gon na go ahead and start with the tilt and were gon na slide. This all the way back – and this just tells me that this is pretty much as big of a lens. I can throw on it. It is a little bit top heavy because i have this lidar in here and usually, if you put a focus system down here, it will help balance out the top heaviness. But the motors can compensate for this.
So if i tilt the camera to the left, i can see that its front heavy, so lets go ahead. Slide that back a little bit – and i think right around there, so now im going to go ahead and get this fired up, and i was actually surprised that im able to control the lens already electronically, it doesnt require the focus, gears and motor if youre, trying To run some manual lenses, you just mount this down here and plug it in so its pretty straightforward. Now lets go ahead and try to balance the fourth axis and tells me i just have to turn this top knob counterclockwise and once i get it centered i should be all balanced, and this will also tell me if i need to adjust my tilt or pan As well so pretty straightforward process balancing this, so i like that – and now we are officially switched over to the sony e mount now. Dji just gave me this list of lenses that are compatible and im sure theyre going to add to it as they test out more lenses, but its interesting to see that there are some lenses that you should use. A counterbalance with so im curious to see how that all works in, but whats cool about this lidar system is, you can kind of turn any lens into an autofocus system and programming it in is pretty straightforward, and one thing i would love to see is some Sort of rig or brace that will hold this nice and securely on there in case.
You want to attach a big old lens on here, and that probably means you cant use it in gimbal mode. But if youre an owner operator, not every single project, youre ever going to shoot, is going to be shot from a gimbal. So maybe if you want to throw a new zoom lens on here, that would be an option if there was a nice way to support it, and that would be also a good way to use it in handheld mode. Now, yeah. You can go ahead and turn off all the stabilization and lock everything in place to get more of that handheld type of feel. But i dont know how much i trust putting a ton of weight on this gimbal and there is also a little bit of play. Even when things are locked in now, most tripod plates also seem to cover the bottom sensors, but the z axis seems to still be pretty stable, even with that sensor covered. So i dont think its a big deal, but maybe someone can design a plate that will leave an opening for those sensors or maybe like a vct style plate where you know, part of the mounting happens up front and part of it happens in the back, and You can just drop it in now. Let me go ahead and show you super cool feature number 38.. These handles come off and then i could go ahead. Attach that onto this external monitor and i have full camera control so lets pan it over to us hello.
Over there i told you theres a lot of cool features in here. You know you show up. You have a long day of shooting out in the sun and youre secretly hung over. You know you just set the camera up on a tripod. Go back to your car and just operate this thing remotely and its a pretty serious, monitor too 1500 nits. So you can brighten this thing up and up to 20 000 feet of transmission. Now, of course, thats gon na be completely unobstructed, but still thats like over three and a half miles, love that this is integrated into the whole system. Now i definitely want to get myself a force pro thats, the thing that makes it so you can literally move around and the camera gimbal will match that motion. They made it for the ronin 2, but it also works on here and also, if youre super fancy. You can get the master wheels for the ronin 2, which is also compatible with this, so many ways to control this thing now. My biggest question is: how much is this thing going to cost now as of right now, i have no idea, but they have told me that theyre gon na try to make it competitive all right so now that were filming at night lets try to take advantage Of this dual native iso, so right now were at iso 800 or exposure index, but you can kind of think of them as the same thing lets bring it up to 2000, not enough lets pop it up to 5000, where that higher iso base starts.
Now, personally, im a huge fan of a nice clean user interface. Last thing i want to be doing on set is digging through the menu trying to figure out how to do something, and i think this is as clean and simple as it gets. For example, if you want to change the nd filter right here, i can press the touchscreen and scroll through it that way, or if youre, not a fan of touch screen, you could always press the corresponding button, so notice that theres eight buttons four on the top Four on the bottom and then lets say i want to adjust the aperture. I can go ahead and just hit that. But then i could also set it to auto, and that will just allow me to set the exposure value. But lets go ahead and go back to manual and leave it at f28. Then we have the shutter speed now im personally, not a huge fan of shutter speed. I prefer shutter angle if im filming videos, so you can long press it and you can change that. Shutter unit over to angle mode, and now i can dial this into 180 degrees and im going to leave it right there. So when i change my frame rates, my shutter speed is going to change accordingly and if we go into the menu here, we have our image area so were on full frame. But if you have some super 35 lenses, we can hop into super 35 mode and, of course, theres certain frame rates that are only accessible at super 35 mode.
So you may need to toggle that for some technical reasons and we have progress 422, raw or h.264 and then recording light, i have it on d log, which is generally what i prefer and then lets go into audio, and you can see that there is an Internal microphone built into here, which is great for reference, and you can always attach a separate type of microphone and fix that in right. There so love that, and then we have our display here. I have my false color set. So, every time i hit my exposure button, it will activate the false color, but if you prefer waveform lets do that and every time i hit the exposure now it just pops up that waveform. So i love that its given us all the tools that i want, but this right here, lidar waveform, one of the coolest things ive seen in a really long time. So here on the right you can see where im focused, so i can pull it all the way to infinity so im focused on the background and then i can also pull it close to me. But dylan is right there in the middle and go ahead and move left to right, dylan and you can actually see right now, dylans at the left of frame so thats there, and this is the rider frame. So you can generally get an idea of where he is in focus now dont take a few steps back and youll see that the focus moves back here.
So if i want to track him, i can just follow my wheel over to him and then dylan go ahead and take a few steps closer to me and see how he moves up. If i want to chase him, i just bring that yellow one right up to here, and this is such a nice focus, assist tool. And now that i have it on autofocus, you can literally see the focus chasing dylans lidar and since all the focus data is coming out of this lidar, you can be focusing in really dimly lit environments. And if you look right here, i can also hit track. So this is going to activate the active track, so not only is it focusing on dylan, but its also following him now get out of my way. Dylan here im going to go ahead and highlight myself now and now i can just vlog, like this whats going on everybody. Welcome to another video from the best channel on planet earth, potato gin, im just gon na walk over here and guess what im still in frame and im in focus. This lidar goes out to 10 meters and lets say im, not a huge fan of this composition. I want to go more this way and i can shift that over and it will hold my position generally this way now its not hard to lose this active track. If i move fast, then i can and also i noticed, that its pretty good at sticking to my face, even if i turn around and hold the back of my head im, actually curious.
What a higher iso is lets try 12, 800 and lets see how this looks. How much noise are we seeing at 12? 800 800.. I dont know what im doing guys all right now lets take a close up. Look at the camera, starting here at the 5.5 inch display, which is huge compared to a lot of other monitors. I love it its nice and sharp its bright at a thousand nits, so you can see it outside one of the best onboard monitors ive seen on a camera. You like what im doing here by the way, with the reflection im so clever. Sometimes, oh my gosh wow potato jet. You should run for president. I would vote for myself so fat. Can you vote for yourself. You run for president right now. I have it mounted to the top handle with this cold shoe and its got some good swivel action going on, and also three buttons back here, one for peaking, one for the lut and one for exposure. So i have this set to false color, then going around to the side. Here we have our menu, a scroll wheel, which we can click in and we also have playback. Now. What i like about this playback is: when you press it, it automatically just starts playing the most recent clip, which is what im trying to do most of the time anyways, and then we also have buttons lined up on the top and bottom, which will help us Navigate the menu when coming up front, we have the lidar which can be removed very easily if needed, and its attached with a usb type c cable right here, but theres also a second slot right here.
If you want to plug in the follow focus which would plug in just right there, but this is djis lens, so its all done electronically. Internally and right now the gimbals turned off and its locked into place, and you can tell because of these little red indicators. But as i switch them to release the axis, i can go ahead, loosen everything up and now im going to go ahead and activate the gimbal and to turn the gimbal on and off. Is this switch right here so ill turn it back off ill? Put it back in follow, and here you can adjust the follow mode, so pan follow pan tilt or fpv mode right here and if you just want to completely lock off the direction you just put it in lock mode, then of course we have the power button And then a lock switch which locks all the buttons, as well as the touch screen. This button im not quite sure what it does, but i dont think its important, but this is what you need to know. This is how you activate the fourth dimension, or the z axis, and then tuck down here is how you re center, the gimbal and also the z mode, which gets toggled between lock. If you want it to have the same height, consistently or follow, which will adapt to your height smoothly, like if youre on a staircase and then, of course, we want our most commonly used features right here, on the hand, grips where our hands are naturally going to Rest and we can also lock it if we dont – want to accidentally bump it and if we double tap, we re center the frame and we can also press and hold to lock the direction of the gimbal.
Now i got ta say i love this lever right here, which is a quick way to adjust the angle of the handle and it locks into place. And we also have a button to check our exposure and this is to select the target for active track or autofocus theres. Also, another lever down here which you can release – and this is another safety release right here which will completely take off the handle and then on the inside here theres another button where you can press and hold to quickly activate sport mode and then lets flip over To the right handle same type of deal with the lever to position the handle, we have a record button right, where your thumb would rest now top instead of having the joystick. I have this focus wheel. This is really cool because i have it on autofocus right now. So if i put my hand out front, you could actually see this dial turning right, but if it focuses on the wrong thing, i can actually stop it and force it and shift it into a different position if needed, and then once you let go, it goes Back into autofocus really cool stuff, and then here we also have focus peaking. Now i did once mess up and try to activate the peaking and accidentally cut a shot mid, take during a job, so that was embarrassing. I had to go sorry: everybody. Can we um reset, i cut the camera and get the slate back in there and just dont be an idiot like me and try not to mix these up and the mode button.
This will toggle you between your nd filters, your iso or your aperture, and you can use the wheel to adjust those settings and one of the little things thats kind of cool. When youre switching the nd filters with this wheel is, you can actually feel it. Click into place as youre switching the filters, so this can be something thats smooth or it moves on its own or has a little tactile clicking feel into it, so pretty cool stuff and on this side, if we double press the trigger it will activate the z Axis and this side also can be removed the same way the other side can, and this button right here will be to toggle the autofocus on and off. So i think they did a really good job, placing all the most important buttons right here on the grip. So we dont really have to let go of it. So much and right side of the body is pretty straightforward. You have the port, where you attach the display. You have the mic and headphone jack 3.5 belt and hdmi, which is a full size and dc in for power. Then this right here with the antennas is the wireless video transmitter. So this will allow me to see the video feed on that wireless monitor and i love how clean it is and how its just integrated and sandwiched in between the battery and the body it doesnt really get in the way with cables and all these things dangling Off the camera, so i love that and dji also told us theres going to be another optional module which will give us xlr inputs and sdi outputs.
So that may be interesting for some of us, and all of this is going to be powered off of one tb50 battery. You may have some of these laying around like, if you have a ronin 2, that just slides in like that now this charging hub is pretty cool. It just opens up like that. You drop in a battery to charge. It also has three other slots, so you can have four charging and also whats cool. Is that these charge way faster than they drain as long as youve got one on the charger and one on the camera, you could just flip flop them, and you could literally leave your camera on as long as you need to. The same also goes for the batteries for the external wireless monitor and between this and the tb50 you can pretty much power all the things that weve talked about and this all gets charged off. One outlet now dji did. Let me take this pre production camera out to one of my jobs, which is really nice because usually prepping and packing for one of those shoots can be such a nightmare. I mean you got your big old gimbal with its own battery and its own charger and a camera with its own battery and its charger and memory cards. And then you got your focus unit, which has its own batteries and the monitor that needs its own battery and then a d tap to power, the transmitter and the receiver, its just.
You forget one thing and youre totally screwed, but this was just grabbing the camera wireless monitor. If you need it and the chargers and thats pretty much it. You know i used to do a lot of these jobs where i had to do a lot of traveling for and they required a camera with a lot of resolution, a good codec, good colors that was stabilized on the gimbal, and if this was around back, then I would have totally used it because we had to lug around so much gear and every time we had to move to the next city, we had to pack everything up and travel with it and unpack and reset everything up. This would have definitely made my life. A whole lot easier now, of course, any professional camera needs to be able to record for hours straight without overheating. And, yes, i did do my incubator test at 103 degrees fahrenheit. It did totally fine now i got ta hand it to dji for their first pro camera of this type, theyre really coming out of the gate, hot and theyre really not holding much back but anyways. Let me know if you have any questions about this ronin 4d down there in the comments and ill try to respond to a bunch of them in the follow up video, but for now im gon na try to go get in the shade, because i am definitely Getting some sun burnt, i should have worn sunscreen, which is yeah.
I have like such the worst tan look at.