DJI announces interchangeable-lens cameras for the Inspire 1


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DJI makes some of the most intuitive drones out there. The new DJI Phantom 3 Standard (initial impressions) is a prime example of how you can take some stunning video and photos from the drone without being an experienced pilot.

A little more higher-end than the Phantom 3 is the Inspire 1. Again primarily an aerial filming solution, the Inspire 1 is a lot more powerful and offers much more. DJI had been teasing a launch earlier today, and it turns out it was for a camera.

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A couple of cameras, to be precise. The DJI Zenmuse X5 and X5R are what DJI announced today; both are cameras which are capable of working with multiple lenses. So if you aren’t happy with what you see from a stock lens, you can go ahead and swap it for what suits you best.

At the time of launch, the Zenmuse X5 will support 4 interchangeable lenses, including the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, Panasonic Lumix 15mm G Leica DG Summilux f/1.7 ASPH lens, Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm f/2.0 lens, and Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 lens. While the Zenmuse X5 is in flight, pilots can adjust both focus and aperture via the DJI GO app or through DJI’s previously-announced Follow Focus system.

Both cameras feature 16 mega-pixel sensors and mft mounts so you can swap lenses where and when you like. Both also shoot 4k video at either 24 or 30 fps.

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