A few days ago we took a good look at the latest teaser video from DJI and tried to distill what kind of product DJI is about to launch on 10/11/2017. It was obvious that it had to do with a high-quality, low-light lens. The question that remained open was whether it would be just a lens/camera or whether it would include a handheld gimbal or even a completely new kind of drone a la the GoPro Karma, where the handheld gimbal is integrated into the design. Well, it seems that the answer has been leaked in a video on the website Kanzhaji.com.
On Kanzhaji.com there is a video published of two Porsches racing towards each other on the Stelvio Pass in Italy. Some of the footage in this new video seems the be exactly the same as the footage in the teaser video we have seen a few days ago. The interesting part is at the end of the video, a drone comes into view. It appears to be a DJI Inspire 2 but the camera seems to be entirely new and it might well be what DJI calls: “The next stage in cinematic vision”, i.e. the new DJI Zenmuse X7.
Another interesting detail is that the name DJI Zenmuse X7 was registered only a month ago.
To zoom or not to zoom?
To zoom or not to zoom? That’s the question. The new “Zenmuse X7′ camera appears to be significantly larger than the current X5 model. Also the various shots in the teaser video hint at a zoom lens offering various fields of view. The screenshots from the video seem to confirm that as the camera has the typical long-lens design with optical zoom capabilities.
Will it work with the DJI Osmo?
Lastly, the teaser video clearly showcases two kinds of shots: drone footage and hand-held gimbal shots. Could this mean that the new DJI Zenmuse X7 is compatible with the DJI Osmo? The DJI Inspire 2 and the DJI Osmo both capable of working with the new Zenmuse X7. Now that would be something to look forward to!
Keep in mind, we are speculating here, as we do not know for sure what DJI will have in store for us. But it will not be long now as the release is planned on 10/11/2017 at 5pm PST.
The original teaser video