DJI RONIN 4D | 8K CINEMA CAMERA 🤯 Is this the future of filmmaking?
Four axis stabilization cinema camera rig. Now at a glance, we got raw video capabilities, a wireless focus system built in nds, lidar, focusing capabilities, long range, video transmission, a wireless transmission and control system. You can break it down to a smaller rig. It has audio jacks comes in 6k and will be available in 8k. You can switch out the mounts from dl to mn to even e mount and much more, which we will cover in this video. So ive had this camera for around two months. At this point, weve been testing super hard, both on youtube projects and commercial projects. I have a lot to say my cinematographer friends have a lot to say and share with you. Weve just been putting it through its paces, okay, so lets start off with the most obvious and best feature of this camera. In my opinion, is the z axis stabilization. Your traditional gimbals typically have roll tilt and pan well now were introducing the z, the lateral, the up and down movement that a gimbal would normally get rid of. So the goal of this is now youre going to be able to get super super smooth, dolly movements because youre getting rid of your footsteps, thats the whole thing with gimbals. You have to do the gimbal walk. Well now you dont have to do it as hard. So essentially, we have two sensors here on the front and we have two sensors on the bottom.
It also has a built in imu and barometer, and then it uses an algorithm to get you super steady, moving, thats, essentially all those things working together so that when you do dollies in then youre gon na get the most stabilized and fluid shots. So, just like your gimbal, you have a couple different modes that you can put it in. So starting off with the obvious one. You can actually use this camera, not with the stabilization, so you can just turn it off and you can actually lock all the different axes on the gimbal here and now you can actually just use the camera like you would use a normal video or cinema camera, While youre shooting – but you might want to use some of those features for stabilization, so lets go into some of those different modes here. So when you switch it to follow mode, it breaks off into three different modes that you can actually use. So you have pan follow, which means that you have no tilt so when im filming im getting the pan follow there, but if i try to tilt it its not going to tilt so you got pan follow, then you can easily move into pan tilt follow. So like by point it down, it goes down, and essentially you can kind of point the camera and youre getting smooth movement everywhere. You can also dial in how smooth it is in the menu system. If you want, like you, would a normal gimbal and then you also have fpv mode, and you could kind of do these crazy, like fpv shots, and then you have your lock mode.
So you can literally place the camera in the one spot that you want, and then it will always lock on that area. So if you go into the menu system, you actually can turn on push pan and you can turn on push tilt now. If you havent used this feature, it literally means you can turn the gimbal to the spot that you want, so you can quickly reframe. So on the handle, we have a hotkey. We have this little trigger right here that allows you to lock the gimbal. So, while youre doing a movement, you can literally like now press lock and now it will lock on that subject and then, when you release it will go back to following pan tilt whatever mode that youre in but having. That is really nice because it allows you to get more advanced gimbal movements in terms of the software theres. Something called active track pro, so you go on this touch screen monitor here. You literally highlight your subject and then it will track and follow your subject as well as keep it in focus in terms of balancing its pretty straightforward. You have tool less options up here to bring the zenmuse x9 over here forward and back, and then you have one more here on the bottom, where you can bring this back and forth. The one thing i did notice is that when you have this lidar unit here on the top, its pretty easy for the the gimbal to kind of just fall over if it isnt locked, but it does not impact the actual performance once you actually turn the gimbal On and then the motors are activated okay, so one of the things thats actually really nice about this setup is theres an interchangeable mounting system, not just for lenses.
You can literally change out what mount that you want to use. So it comes with a proprietary dl. Mount you can switch it out to the m mount and it also allows for e mount, which means that all the sony users out there can finally use some sony glass, but it is a bit limited. I have the 24 millimeter g master lens here that i can actually balance on this setup, but anything that is much bigger will not balance that nicely. But one of the things to keep in mind is that if you do use this camera as a traditional camera, just lock all the accesses accesses axises doesnt matter, you just lock the gimbal and then you can actually turn it into a normal camera. And then you can use bigger lenses on this setup. Okay, so lets talk about the image quality, so we have a full frame sensor. This is coming out of the zenmuse x9. I feel, like everybody has been waiting for this for the last little while, but most importantly, something that i noticed on this is that it is detachable which makes me think that potentially in the future inspire three, i cannot confirm or deny that nobody at dji will Tell me, but why is it detachable why, in terms of the codex we got prores raw, we got apple prores and we got h.264 which can all be recorded internally. This camera has dual native iso, so this is the 6k version, so its 805 000 iso and then the 8k version that you can also get is 804 000 iso now, in terms of frame rates, the 8k model theyre claiming that it can shoot 75 frames per.
Second, but this 6k unit and what weve been doing with our tests is that we can shoot 60 frames per second at 6k, as well as 48 frames per second and then in 4k. We can shoot 120 frames per second now, because this is a cinema, camera everyones going to be curious about the dynamic range now dji is claiming that it is 14 stops of dynamic range and to prove that here is a clip of my friend macy. That was shot on a super bright day and is shot backlit im just gon na quickly jump in here. So we are currently in the stages of color grading, a short film that we shot on this camera. If you guys want to go check out that video links are right, here also drop a link in the description below, because we spent a lot of time working on that. But i do want to show you a screenshot from the colorist quasi whos. Also, an amazing youtuber – and this is his first impression on the raw footage out of this camera. This is coming from someone who deals with multiple types of camera formats, whos dealing with color grading all the time, and he is stoked on the footage. It gives you a little insight from a pro there. Okay, now for the internets favorite topic, color science. In terms of this camera right here we have the dji cinema color system, now heres a quick example of a sony a7s mark 3 right beside the ronin 4d.
So you can see the color science with your own eyes all the mounts that i was talking about earlier here. We got the mount the e mount as well as the dl mount all allow for wireless lens control and auto focusing, and it even works with the e mount glass so heres an example with an e mount g master lens mounted to it. So we can control the f stop and we can even control the auto focusing as well so one of the best features of the cinema camera is, it has nine stops of built in physical nd, so were gon na go from nd2 all the way up to Nd512 and its so easy to switch the nd just by pressing some of the hotkeys here, okay, so during this entire review, you might have noticed this monitor chilling here on the side. One of the best parts about this entire system is that its built in wireless video transmission, so this little unit right here communicates with this monitor. Okay, im just gon na call it out ive, said best feature a few times, but this next part like actually blew my mind. The first time i saw it so check this out. You can literally take off the handles and then connect them to the monitor, and i know what youre thinking right now: does it control it? Does it control it? It controls the camera and you can pick the movement and you can also pull focus.
You can also change all the settings on the camera here. You can go into the nds and you can press record this right here. Is the new dji hybrid remote monitor, so its the seven inch monitor is also super bright were talking 1500 nits and the reason why this is beneficial is that you can give this to a client, so they can review your shots. While you are shooting and composing them saves you time in post production, you can give this to an ac, so they can control and pull focus. So you have more coordination while youre on set its also got all the features that an ac would want. So you have like rec 709, you can load, your own looks, you can also go in and we can turn on lidar. You can turn on your zebra stripes. Here you can do waveforms, false color peak, focusing change the color that you want and then the last thing thats really nice, especially when youre, shooting and or with the monitors. You can just press this little hotkey here and you can position the joysticks to your liking. Now, in terms of the wireless transmission range and the control of the camera, dji is claiming that its 20 000 feet or six kilometers. Now this is most likely in an ideal scenario where youre probably like in a field now. Dji is also claiming that you get a 1080p signal with 60 frames per second, as your output and your wireless transmission.
So, essentially, you can have three total monitors that have control functions so one on the camera and two additional also an additional monitor can then also be used in audience mode. So, moving on to the focusing system, weve talked a lot about this lidar attachment here, but one of the coolest features here. This is a the zenmuse x9 focus motor that you can attach to the front and when the focus motor and the lidar work together, you can turn manual lenses into auto focus lenses. So if you go into your menu, you can turn on lidar waveform and while youre shooting you have the option to see all the different focus points on the side. So it makes it a bit easier to focus. But my favorite part in terms of that system is that when you highlight your subject, it will highlight it green on the waveform. So then, essentially, you can just follow the color to make sure that youre actually nailing the focus now in terms of the autofocus theres. A mode called automated manual focus mode, which is a combination between auto focus and the ability to have manual focus at the exact same time. So to show you this heres an example of phil, so the autofocus is working right now it is locked on phils face, but, as you can see, i can actually start to pull by just rotating the focus knob here and pulls of the red bull logo.
But then, if i literally let go of that focus wheel, it will actually automatically go back and you can see it in real time, so thats very helpful in terms of being a one man band when shooting okay. So, moving on to some of the last important details in terms of storage, you can actually use a cf express type b, but right now we actually have the dji pro ssd. And what i really like about this is that, when youre shooting onto the ssd, you can literally use a usb type c, plug it directly into computer and start reviewing all the footage and even edit off of it. So this is awesome all right. So, in terms of the battery system, we have the dji tb50s, the exact batteries they use on the inspire 2 right now, which is an awesome move by dgi, because if they had their own proprietary batteries, just one of those things youre like now, i had to Buy like 10 other batteries like if you already own an inspired too, you might just have the batteries with you. So thats, like really nice. Plus these batteries kick ass. They are awesome. You get about 2.5 hours of shooting time they charge in one hour, and they also have this whole like heat system, where they recognize if its cold and they start to auto heat. So you get better performance. Okay, so in terms of audio, you got two built in microphones that allow for 24 bit audio recording in terms of some of the ports that are available.
Youve got a 3.5 millimeter jack right there and a headphone jack, and it also allows for xlrs with the expansion plate on the back okay, so final thoughts on the ronin 4d, in my personal opinion, the best part about this camera after using it for so long Is the workflow and the ecosystem? Now, typically, if i wanted something like this, i would have to buy a gimbal a camera, a lens, a wireless focus, motor, a wireless focus, monitor another monitor for my client, and then i would have to try to make all that work together and all those are Usually made by different companies that are not talking to each other, so theres usually a lot of compatibility issues, so you spend hours troubleshooting the fact that dji makes all this themselves and it just works, is the best part about this camera. If you guys, like this review, please press like it actually makes a difference, subscribe and hit the bell to be notified for future videos, and we will catch you guys in the next one and to answer this comment from a few weeks ago, i will bring the Cat outros back lets see what lets see what bear thinks of the camera and shes also gotten so much bigger since the last time you guys have seen her one second. Here we go to the outro. Okay bear. This is the wrong 4d. Look, look, wait! Wait! This is fun. Youll, like this itll, be like a friend itll, be like you had a little friend here, hello, hello, its saying hi, its saying its sniffing.
You is that all it gets four seconds of attention. What about the monitor? Look: its 1500 nits 1500 nits.