DJI, a renowned manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), has again taken cinematography to new heights. The Shenzhen-based tech giant introduced one of its latest releases, the Ronin 4D Flex. The 4D Flex is a new way to use the Ronin 4D camera platform.
According to DJI’s senior product line manager Paul Pan, they reworked Ronin 4D to achieve better versatility, quality, and stability.
“Ronin 4D reimagined what a single cinema camera can do by achieving a new standard of versatility, cinema quality, and image stability in one piece of equipment. 4D Flex and the DL PZ 17-28mm Lens show the expansive capabilities of this platform to allow cinematographers to capture footage in completely new ways. With these products, we want to express that when it comes to what’s possible with DJI Pro, we’re only getting started,” said Paul Pan.
Convenient Both for Multiple and Lone Creators
DJI Ronin 4D Flex offers a more flexible and efficient camera movement system to users, be they solo or in groups. For lone users, separating the X9 gimbal camera from the main body helps reduce the handling weight of the Ronin 4D to about 1.8 kgs. This lets them shoot and produce more efficiently and for long durations, even in challenging terrains. Furthermore, 4D Flex makes the professional X9 gimbal usable with several other rigs and allows creators to shoot scenes previously proved difficult through shots and dynamic camera interior.
Unimaginable Resolution and Processing Power.
Initially, the Ronin 4D was equipped with DJI’S flagship full-frame camera, the Zenmuse X9. So, in addition to this, Flex features a different image processing system, CineCore 3.0. The CineCore uses a chip to provide better processing architecture, thus providing extremely high computing power in a compact cinema camera. Also, it offers multiple options for multiple video creation from 8k/75fps to 4k/120fps. 8K(8192 x 4320)/60fps video provides every detail from the onset to the moment you hit stop. It can accurately capture every drop of sand or strand of hair accurately and qualitatively. And for creators who would love to output in 4k, recording in 8k still gives you a plethora of options like cropping, recomposing, etc.
Functions Like a Pro
Ronin 4D Flex has just been introduced, yet it already knows the ins and outs of the Ronin ecosystem. That means it was designed with the ever-growing Ronin ecosystem of cinematography solutions in mind. It’s compatible with Ronin 4D’S Hand Grips and features the main monitor, which offers creators a whole lot of solutions like 3-axis stabilization, LiDAR focusing, and cinematic imaging. As a result, users get unmatched creative experiences that are not easy to come by in the industry. Still, Flex offers a lot of versatility as switching to other integrated configurations on set is very easy, and no exceptional tools are required to effect this.
Price and Availability
Ronin 4S Flex is already available on the parent company's website and several other retail outlets. It goes for $929 without shipping costs included. In the box are the Ronin 4D Flex, one Pan Axis Quick-Lock, two Ronin 4D Hand Grip Adapters, and 2 Hand Grip Adapter Cables.
Main Body Ports and Remote Monitor Ports
- Main monitor port - connect to the main monitor via a designated cable.
- 3.5mm stereo jack - connects to the time code generator
- Microphone jack - for microphone or line input
- HDMI Type-A Output - Supports output of 1080p/60fps
- MicroSD card slot - for internal recording
- USB Type C port - for firmware updates and live streaming.