CONFIRMED! DJI announces first aerial 6K camera

Without a lot of hooplas, DJI has announced the first ever 6K 30fps aerial compact camera.
It has a larger sensor than its predecessor and fulfills many filmmakers dreams.
The all-new DJI Zenmuse X7 camera allows filming cinematic aerials with a compact allrounder drone. That is a milestone in the industry.
The X7 is compatible with DJIs professional Inspire 2 drone that is small and lightweight and can be brought everywhere.
In the future, the new DJI X7 is supposed to be compatible with other DJI drones and platforms as well.

One of the major highlights of the new camera is its cinematic 35 mm sensor (23.5 x 15.7 mm), which provides up to 14 stops dynamic range, offering the editor tons of possibilities in post-production.
The camera records RAW footage in 6K at up to 30fps, while if recording in 3.9K you can choose a maximum of 59.95fps for real slow-motion recordings.
The photo specs sound promising as well: the all-new DJI Zenmuse X7 has a resolution of 24MP.
A major highlight is the new 35 mm sensor,
offering 14 stops dynamic range
Like it’s predecessor the Zenmuse X7 camera uses a CineCore 2.1 processor to write DNG RAW or Apple ProRes files.
The 6K clips are being saved to a particular DJI CineSSD card that has to be purchased separately, as well as the license keys for both formats.

Pilots and filmmakers who don’t see the need of recording in 6K RAW can always use a fast MicroSD card to record standard H.264 or H.265 (for videos) or JPEGS or DNG (for photos).
The DJI Zenmuse X7 camera is three-axis stabilized and has a DL lens mount. It currently works with four prime lenses: 16, 24, 35 and 50 mm.
The 16 mm F2.8 wide-angle lens comes with an inbuilt ND filter.
Not only is it more comfortable, but it saves a lot of time, as there is no further need to balance a lens after applying a filter.
Worth mentioning is the lenses leaf shutter that minimizes the ugly rolling shutter effect, simplifies indoor shootings with artificial light and prevents scattered light from entering the lens.
The Zenmuse X7 currently supports four
prime lenses: 16, 24, 35 and 50 mm.
You can check out the current pricing of the DJI Zenmuse X7 right here.
Conclusion: the all-new DJI Zenmuse X7 camera is the go-to solution for professional filmmakers who need a small and easy-to-handle aerial setup.
It’s 6K RAW camera offers a ton of creative options.
If you own a DJI Inspire 2 drone, you might think of purchasing an X7 camera to raise your production level drastically.

How to recognize a good drone pilot | 6 characteristics and skills

How can you recognize a good drone pilot in times of GPS, Glonass, anticollision, VPS and many other sensors that take a lot of work off our hands?
I have summarized three crucial daily-life skills that every ambitious and professional drone pilot needs to master – and three behavior patterns, that show a good pilots knowledge and professionalism in every situation.

Flight without GPS + Glonass
If you want to be able to maneuver your drone in an emergency situation safely, you really should have some knowledge of how to use the ATTI flight mode.
It only uses the drones air pressure sensors, while not holding the position with the help of GPS and Glonass as usually.
That finally means that if a wind gust hits the drone, it will drift with the wind – or if you let go of your remote controller’s stick, the drone won’t immediately come to rest, but fly on for many meters.
No worries, using the ATTI mode is quite easy – here you find an entire guide plus a video tutorial of mine.
Manual PoIs
Pilots who can circle objects manually while always keeping them in the center of the frame, usually are more experienced.
Most pilots just go ahead and choose DJIs Point of Interest mode to get steady and smooth circles done, but with only a bit of practice, you can do it manually, which is a lot more precise.
It is pretty simple: start flying your drone f.e. to the right, smoothly, steadily and consistently (usually you use the right stick of your remote controller).
Now start rotating the drone slowly around its axis, but the other way around, in this example to the left.
Once both movements are consistent, your drone will fly a perfect point of interest.
Fly a straight line
Have you ever tried to fly a straight line while rotating your drone – without using the
Course Lock mode?
This easy sounding task has put many drone pilots to their limits.
Try to fly at a constant speed and not too slow and start rotating your drone, while adjusting the drones course.
It is not easy, but once the lump is cracked (as we say in German “Der Knoten ist geplatzt”) your overall flight performance will be a lot more precise, as you have carved out a genuine feeling of controlling your drone.

We now want to focus on three characteristics that often indicate a professional level.
Again, I don’t want to look at a made-up situation, but at daily-life behavior only.
Stay calm!
It might sound too simple, but being a self-controlled and calm pilot often avoids crashes from happening and situations from escalating.
Always think of the bigger picture before you make decisions in complicated situations: are all four propellers still attached and is the power level high enough to land in a safe zone, even if it’s not the home point – hey, it’s not too that bad then. It could be way worse, and there is an excellent chance of saving the bird.
But staying calm does not only apply to in-air situations: can you stay calm and act professionally if someone bothers you while you are flying your drone? Maybe even threatens or swears at you? You will be able to de-escalate if you stay calm. And never forget about the bigger pictures!
Stay quiet!
Real drone pilots want to enjoy a safe and pleasant flight and not attract attention at all cost. The more you focus on flying the drone instead of yelling around or just trying to show the world that you bought the nicest drone of all times, the fewer problems you will have to face.
And yes, some pilots enjoy presenting themselves better than focussing on the actual flight.
It’s weird for sure, and no, it does not look very professional.
Talking about volumes: have you taken a look at DJIs low noise propellers already?
Leave your funny sweaters at home!
If you are joining a drone pilots meeting or flying with family only, wearing a sweatshirt that answers some basic questions might be fun. But if you want to be seen as a professional drone pilot, leave the sweater at home – at least when flying in public.
You don’t have to talk to spectators all the time, but you can kindly ask them to wait with their questions until you have landed.
Especially these days it has become essential that we, the drone pilots community, not only stand together but talk openly about our hobby/job.
It is crucial that we represent it well, as we all are pioneers still and laws are strict enough already now.
If you want to purchase DJIs safest drone, you need to take a look at this model that can even circle you while autonomously tracking you without the risk of crashing into a tree when flying backward.

Why I am offline and how you can change it!

Dear subscribers and followers,
I am trying to stay connected: on my Facebook-Site, in a drone group on Facebook, on my two main homepages in English and German and of course on YouTube – and sometimes even on Instagram (yet though I’m not really into posting pictures only).
Over the last days, I have received dozens of messages.
I, over and over, received the question why I was not producing new videos, why I am not visible these days.

Due to personal reasons, I am moving from Paderborn, a town in mid-Germany back to a city in Germany’s southwest, Mainz (many of you know Frankfurt, which is about half an hour away).
Because all of this hit me very unpredictable, I do not have my flat yet, meaning that most of my drones and equipment are still in Paderborn, including my room for filmmaking (which I often call “small studio”).
I am looking forward to producing many new and exciting videos for you, but it might take a while until things are settled – I am giving my best, but sometimes our private life needs our full attention.
Until then though, I will keep on writing blog articles, maybe even film one or two videos, but I will be around on Facebook just as usual if you want to stay connected.

How can you make me create new videos?
1) Feel free to send in a video question (you can record and submit it right here) today. I might be able to answer some of your questions, may they be personal or about a specific topic, as I do have one of my cameras here and maybe a Q&A video would be cool. Feel free to share the link on Facebook (to collect some questions): www.tomstechtime.com/myquestion.
2) Feel free to check out the new areas of my website, for example, this page I set up lately.
Pretty exciting stuff, especially for beginners and advanced pilots.
Seeing traffic hitting my site always motivates me a lot.
3) I would be more than happy if you would support my work for free at www.tomstechtime.com/support. It is straightforward and has an enormous impact.
Due to people like you, I will already very soon be able to continue filming tutorials, reviews and more. Therefore let me thank you.
Stay tuned and fly safe!
P.S.: I thought to make a video about the whole matter and sharing it with approximately 125.000 people would be too much. 😉

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