Can i ask you a question: why are you putting googly eyes on the ronin, its not a ronin? This is rhonda and she was very supportive. Last night, rhonda okay, just hand over the camera; slowly, jordan, you dont just hand over a person thats, not how people work. Chris welcome back dp review tv viewers, its a slightly delirious jordan here to talk about the very interesting new dji ronin 4d. I want to take you on a bit of a history lesson because a while back dji introduced the ronin now it wasnt the first three axis handheld gimbal to hit the market, but it was by far the least expensive at the time, and it opened up just A ton of really cool creative possibilities for moving the camera. It was a really interesting device and changed how i shoot video quite a bit, but then a little while after that, dji had another creative idea. They created the osmo, which was a little handheld stabilizer with a camera built right into it. Now the quality wasnt great, like your phone, would probably shoot better video. But in a pinch when you need a little movement in the shot, it was a really cool tool to have so now we have the dji ronin 4d and you could look at it as either a full sized ronin with a camera built into it or is Like a really big ass, osmo, but either way it opens up a lot of really interesting creative possibilities, theres both 6k and 8k models out there.

We were sent the 6k model to test time for quick, spec rundown. We have a full frame: 6k sensor, interchangeable, dji, dl, mount lidar for auto focus and focus, assist and four axes of stabilization all for 71.99 usd im not trying to be insulting, but rhonda here is pretty hefty and were talking five kilos thats two and a half Nicore knocked for a more accessible weight unit. Now one thing that really helps with that weight is with the old ronins. They were kind of underslung, so youd have to get your arms up really high in order to get them to eye level. Here the handles are kind of underneath the camera, so when youre shooting eye level its actually quite comfortable, you can just push it right into your chest. However, if i was doing a full day of shooting, i would definitely buy something like an easy rig. Theres, a 3 8 bolt right on the top to attach that to, and just make your shooting a lot more comfortable all that weights. Not for nothing, though. For starters, we have a beautiful five and a half inch touchscreen. That also has a lot of physical controls on it. I really love that it means you can still operate it in the cold. Weve also got very solid feeling, locks and controls for balancing the gimbal feels just like a full size ronin, but the focus ring is the main thing i want to focus on right now for jordan, rhonda thought it was funny.

So what weve got here is a very smooth focus ring when youre rotating it to manually pull focus, but you can use this for other settings, so i can use it for iso or nd and then itll get very resistant. Click stops as i cycle through. All of those exposure settings theres also something called automated manual focus and its auto focus, but i can feel the manual focus ring moving as the camera is changing. Focus any moment put my thumb on it and override it. It sounds confusing, but its actually really intuitive. In use – and i absolutely love this feature – im – not usually a fan of wearing camo, but i really like this new color, this uh urban canvas, camo uh. I think its really popping for me im really worried about you uh, where were history of the ronin, so there was a ronin one, ronin two and now weve got the ronin 4d. Why did they go right to four well its because of the new fourth axes? And this is my favorite party trick on this? Camera push the 4d button boy. Suddenly we are compensating for any kind of bounce, while youre walking with the camera, which is something that three axis gimbals really cant help you with at all weve got very little bounce in the footage it is very stable while were walking with this now i do Want to mention you really want to make sure that you fine tune the balance on it.

If your balance is off its actually going to look worse than not having the fourth axes enabled at all, but when its working properly, you can see its a really cool. Look and its pretty amazing having this built right on without having to add a separate accessory, okay, chris im, going to let you handle ronda, but you treat her well. Okay, lets talk about prores because thats one of the coolest things on this camera. It is the first non drone camera that can record prores raw internally. Now this is really editable within final cut gives you tons of control over white balance and exposure, and you can get plug ins if you want to edit these files in premiere and avid. However, it is not supported in davinci resolve, which is one of the most popular grading programs out there. So what that means is you got two other options. We have the industry standard, prores 422 hq. These are enormous files, but very editable, very well supported throughout the industry. We also get a very small h.264 compressed 10 bit 420 still fairly flexible in the grade, but these are very tiny files. It gives you a lot of flexibility to play with these in a variety of different editing programs as far as the actual image quality. I do think that this is the same or a very similar sensor to the one that we saw in the panasonic s1h. Its native sensitivities are very similar if youre shooting d log, its 805 000 iso.

On that now, rolling shutter is still going to be a very big concern if youre using the full width of the sensor, just like the s1h and youre going to have to deal with the crop. If you want to use the 60 frames per second record modes, so yes, there are a variety of crop factors on this camera, but it does it in a really interesting way. So what it can do is 6k 60 using the full width of the sensor, but then it actually lops the top and bottom of the frame off. It gives you a two three: nine to one kind of a scope aspect: ratio for shooting that way. Now you can also go down to 4k 60. It can go into a super 35 mode at 17 by nine, just like the s1h or a lot of the other cameras will do all right. So how are you going to get all of your footage stored on this camera? They actually give you a lot of flexibility there. You can use a standard, cf express type b card, theyre fairly expensive, but really reliable or dji has their own proprietary ssd format. Its really cool, because it actually locks into the camera, feels very secure and has a little usb plug on it, so its really easy to transfer off of it. But if you want more affordable storage, you can just plug a like samsung, t5 or t7 ssd right into the usb port on this and itll write right to it.

Just like the black magic cameras. Do i mean youll need some double sided velcro to stick it to the side of the camera, or do some kind of rig thing who knows, but it does give you some affordable storage. The only real drawback with this camera is theres no option to do backup. Recording simultaneously having it go to two formats, which seems weird, since it can record out to three different media types. Ah, look at that beautiful calgary skyline at infinity focus there. I can just stare at it forever unless someone incredibly charismatic, just exploded into the frame and started walking towards the camera in those situations. Im gon na need chris to pull focus, and i think he might have just done an incredibly good job, because hes got a really cool new focus assist tool. Now this uses the lidar its called their focus waveform and its like a video game, its super cool, its like rainbow six old school, like the planning i never played rainbow six, but apparently its very similar gives you, like an overhead view of your subjects in the Frame and it makes it very easy for you to pull focus from one to the other and see exactly where youre focused and how far away you are from your subject now, the focus waveform does take a little bit of practice to get used to, because you Always want to focus on the front of the object say if its a person – and you put your focus right in the middle, its going to be focused on their ears kind of back focus.

So you always want to remember that. But if youre having trouble with it, it is nice that they still include your traditional focus, assist tools like focus, peaking and focus magnification. Now, as far as the actual manual focus experience, if youre using electronic lenses, then that focus ring is just beautiful and responsive. You dont need any kind of mechanical system hooked up, but if youre using adapted lenses or cinema lenses, old manual focus glass, then youve got a mechanical motorized follow focus rig, which is included right in the box with this, and this mechanical focus motor means that you Actually get auto focus with manual focus lenses, with some real quirks im going to talk about that later now, the 4d isnt perfect, this foul smelling back alley seems like the perfect place to talk about a couple things that really piss me off, starting with the battery Life on this, i find generally im getting about 80 minutes now. That might not seem like a huge problem, but the other issue comes into play, which is the incredibly long shutdown and startup time, because of that, i dont want to turn the camera off in between takes so in a practical situation. Youre going to be needing to charge this battery all the time or just have a few spares with you, if youre doing a full day of shooting. So i want to go out and test that huge variety of lenses and get some footage for you.

But before i do any of that, i want to go sleep, so chris is going to beautifully pull focus on me as i walk away and ill catch up with you guys. A little bit later, okay, were back after ive, had a chance to try a whole bunch of different lenses on this and thats one of the coolest things with the dji ronin 4d. Is it has interchangeable lens mounts it? Ships with dji zone dl lens mount theyve got a few small lenses for that, but you can also get right now. An e mount or an m mount and whats great about those is theyre very short, flange distances. So you can adapt other lens mounts on top of that, but there are some real limitations. So for starters, when i use e mount lenses with this, there is electronic communication. So i can use my follow. Focus ring control the focus i can adjust aperture on the lens electronically. However, it doesnt actually know how far away its focused so the lidar doesnt work properly. Now this camera has an option called lens calibration and you focus at a bunch of different distances to tell the electronics how far it should be, focusing at different distances, and that does kind of work. But its not super precise and you have to do a ton of calibrations to make it function properly. It can store profiles for a whole bunch of different lenses, but it means on set youre not going to grab a lens out of your bag and have autofocus with it as well.

When i use manual focus nikkor ai lenses, those actually focus in a different direction. From most lenses and theres no way in the menu system, for me to say, oh, i need to switch my focus direction, so it would always be confused trying to focus at minimum and its going to infinity youll run into the same issue. If youre using pentax k mount lenses – and i couldnt find a work around now, the good news is im sure thats, something they could easily address in firmware. The other thing i was really worried about is what, if you adapt larger lenses to it, but the gimbal can actually support a fair amount of weight. I used a pretty chunky, sigma 35 millimeter f14, and it was able to balance that now you can use zoom lenses on this, but just remember, like all other gimbals, every time you change the focal length youll need to re float the gimbal. So i just think primes make a lot more sense. Nice small, easy to balance its the way to go. The other thing i really wanted to test more extensively was the auto focus on this, because its very different from what weve seen before, with contrast, detect or phase detect on the sensor, it actually uses a separate lidar unit. Now whats really interesting about that is light levels. Dont really affect your autofocus performance, so it does a really good job like you can see here in very low light, but you also have to understand how the lidar works is its always looking for the front of a subject.

So i do run into situations like this, where chris is wearing a hat, its always focusing on the brim instead of his eye, which is a little bit further back. So when you run into issues like that, this is where i love that focus mode. I mentioned before the automated manual focus just give a nudge on the focus ring, and you can quickly correct the focus when it acts up in those situations. Theres also a really interesting optional accessory for this. It gives you a big 7 inch display that can wirelessly communicate with the camera. It uses the same technology dji do in their drone, so its got huge range and it lets you operate the camera remotely. Now you can actually clip the handles off the side of the camera, attach them to the monitor. So it feels just like youre actually operating the camera and gives you access to focus exposure controls all of those kind of things, and i can see it just being brilliant if youre doing like a car, cam setup or even if you just have an ac on Set instead of spending all the money to get a wireless video transmission system and wireless system for the follow focus unit, all of that is included in this rig. I mean its not cheap, but its way less than those and its not going to be great. If youre a one man band, but if youre on set this is going to be invaluable and quite reasonable.

So when the dji 4d was first announced, it made a lot of very lofty promises and now that ive spent a few weeks with it. How many of those does it actually live up to so theres? Some features that actually lived up to, or, i would even say, surpassed my expectations like the focus waveform is one of the best focused systems i have ever used. The manual focus wheel on this with that haptic feedback feels absolutely fantastic and the assisted manual focus is my new favorite way for autofocus to work. I want this on all kinds of cameras. The whole system is really really intuitive, but there are some real limitations in this. Like the long startup time and short battery life mean its not going to be great for like fly on the wall documentary stuff as well. I do wish there was an option for maybe a sensor with a little less resolution, but a faster readout speed for doing high speed work or, if youre, doing a lot of action, which i expect youll do with this kind of gimbal camera where you dont want. The rolling shutter in the image well have to test out the 8k sensor in the future and see how that performs, but id love to see something like the sony. A7 s3 lower resolution sensor available for this, and the other thing is even after multiple calibrations using things like e mount lenses or manual focus lenses with the autofocus motor, its just not very consistent.

If you want a good autofocus experience, youre really limited to using those dji lenses and theres, not a lot of options right now, so hopefully well see better firmware for e mount or a whole pile of new dji lenses in the future. So yes, there are some limitations, but i cant get away from the fact this is the most innovative new video product that ive seen in maybe a decade just a lot of really cool new technology. Here i cant wait to see what dji does as a camera manufacturer in the future and if you want to see my opinion on some of that youre going to want to subscribe to the channel. Dont forget check out dpreview.com for some great articles on photo and video tools and we will see you all again with more dp review tv.

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