In September, Chinese drone maker DJI unveiled its new Zenmuse X5R, the world’s first Micro Four Thirds camera designed for use with UAVs. In a statement on Wednesday, DJI announced the camera is now available to pre-order and will begin shipping to buyers in March 2016. In addition, DJI anticipates its’ Inspire 1 RAW drone with a built-in X5R camera will also start shipping in March.
Both the Inspire 1 RAW and Zenmuse X5R can be pre-ordered starting today through “local dealers,” says DJI. The Zenmuse’s price depends on whether it comes with an SSD and lens — with both of those, the camera costs $3,599 USD. If you don’t get those two optional components, though, it is slightly lower at $3,199 USD.
The Inspire 1 RAW, which includes both the Zenmuse X5R camera and the drone, costs $5,999 USD. Regions in which the models are available isn’t clear. The Zenmuse X5 drone camera, meanwhile, is already available at various price points; it costs $2,199 USD at B & H Photo, for example.
The Zenmuse X5R camera has an interchangeable lens design alongside an SSD onto which lossless 4K footage is recorded. The models records videos at a 1.7Gbps bitrate (it maxes out at 2.4Gbps) in CinemaDNG. The camera can be remotely controlled, and includes a D-LOG mode.