DJI Introduces Drone Follow Focus for Inspire X5 RAW Drones and Ronin

For their new DJI Inspire 1 and X5 RAW quadcopters DJI introduces a new drone follow focus system that is also compatible with the DJI Ronin.

Just two weeks ago we reported about the new DJI Inspire 1 Pro, X5R Drone, one of the most advanced affordable camera drones that are equipped with a micro four thirds camera and RAW capabilities. Here’s DJI’s drone follow focus that integrates with their existing remotes and allows accurate focusing on Inspire drones and also the DJI Ronin and Ronin-M.

1441985749000_1186063The Focus features a handheld remote controller (transmitter) with a focussing knob to give you the feel of a traditional mechanical follow focus. The wireless system sports a range of up to 330′ line-of-sight with a delay of 14ms.

The DJI Wireless Follow Focus System uses the existing wireless connection of Zenmuse Z5 series of camera/gimbals systems, thus it is also compatible with the DJI Ronin and Ronin-M handheld gimbal stabilizers and comes a a kit with a motor for those.

The system including the motor is $1,999 and is said to be available in October (LINK)

The standalone drone follow focus (hand-unit only) will connect to the DJI Inspire 1 remote and cost $999 (LINK)

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Matthew Carmody
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Considering the crazy prices of most similar products, this is a breath of fresh air for many.

Sasha Bajac
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Way to expensive, compared the how much the Ronin costs….
Also DJI remotes looose connection on longer shoots at least once.
My Motion Dogs $3000 follow focus looks funny but was super reliable so far while used on my Ronin.

Sasha Bajac
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$300 I meant!

Tim Naylor
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If you’ve priced wireless follow focus units, this is an amazing deal. Also consider combining the motor with the receiver is brilliant and should’ve been done by the established players ages ago. Considering a Heden Carat runs 5000.00, Preson single channel 11,000, and Arri 15,0000, 2 grand for a single channel is a steal. I currently have one in my possession and will be running extensive tests this Sunday. More to report. I currently own Cinegears single channel which has many great aspects for the same price but has a bit too much mechanical play in the system (about 1/16th… Read more »

Ivan Verlaan
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Ivan Verlaan

If in fact this is a higher-quality unit, it seems to be a good deal. Not sure about “amazing” though :) Looking at budget wireless systems… my experience is only with gimbal work (commercial & narrative), for perspective: • The older Redrock system is ~ $2,500 and I’ve been quite happy with that performance. I like having the receiver on the bottom of the Ronin to help with balance, then a lighter motor unit up front. • Haven’t used the Cinegears unit yet, but heard there were connection issues. Great to hear your experience. • Used the Ikan (approx. $2k)… Read more »

William Malone
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One thing that is never mentioned in any review of wireless follow focus devices is “accuracy”. Can you put down marks and have the device reliably return the lens to exactly the same same mark? Personally, this is the most important thing a follow focus can do. I have purchased expensive ones and cheap ones and they have, so far, all failed miserably.

John Terendy
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John Terendy

Can this system be used as a stand-alone follow focus setup?

Tim Naylor
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First Impression: So I just finished testing it with my AC. It’s incredible. I put on a 90mm Leica Summicron and it passed all the tests with flying colors. Feathering back and forth (as if someone is rocking in a close up) it was super accurate with no noticeable delay. My AC said she’d take over the Heden Carat. For my uses, gimbals and primes, it’s perfect. The motor / receiver combination is genius. Cinegears were the first to do this. But DJI has taken it one step further by making it significantly smaller (a bit over a 1/4 pound).… Read more »

John Terendy
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John Terendy

This is fantastic news.

Ivan Verlaan
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Ivan Verlaan

This is great info, thanks!

Someone else has asked above – but is it possible to use this as stand-alone… not on the Ronin?

Thanks.

John Terendy
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John Terendy

Tim, did you use it as a stand alone unit?

 Paul Warsaw
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Tim, any further news on the DJI Focus post your movie shoot please?

John Terendy
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John Terendy

Tim just confirmed to me that the DJI Follow Focus will work as a stand-alone.

Oscar Goldman
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What does “RAW” stand for?

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