The Zenmuse Z3 has a lot of stand out features, but the one that everyone is excited about is the Zoom capabilities. Allowing you a 3.5 optical zoom and 2x digital zoom, this camera and gimbal is one of a kind. CMOS sensor will support 4K Video recording and 12MP still photographs. Like the other DJI 3-Axis Gimbals, the Z3 can also be mounted on a DJI aircraft and stream live video feed through to the app.
The Zenmuse Z3 has an integrated aerial zoom camera which is mainly based on the Zenmuse X3 and optimised for still photography. A 7x zoom which is then made up of 3.5x optical and 2x digital lossless zoom creates a 22mm to 77mm equivalent focal length range, ideal for industrial applications. The zoom ability is also available in real time so you can see the real time image through your DJI GO app, if you shoot in 1080p, it will allow you to not loose image quality if you do zoom in.
Enhanced Yaw Stability
When the camera is zoomed, the smallest of movements are magnified. The Z3 prevents this with by having an additional layer of stability to the yaw control, this will work with the normal yaw motor to allow a more refined movement.
The Z3 gives you the ability to zoom in which will create so many more opportunity's for industrial and commercial drone use, anywhere from agricultural to search and rescue, but this will also help the users who want to use the Z3 for photographs because it has greater control over composition.
High Quality Images
Featuring the same highly refined Sony 1/2.3 inch sensor found on the DJI Inspire 1 2.0 and DJI Phantom 4, image quality is class leading. Still images can be captured at a resolution of 12 megapixels, but the Adobe RAW file allows for advanced image editing. Video can be captured at up to 30 frames per second in crisp 4K.
Quick Setup and + Flight Time
Flying with the Z3 is very simple, all you have to do is attach the Z3 to the Inspire/Matrice Series. Once you have connected the Z3 it should work well with the integrated DJI Lightbridge and Lightbridge 2, providing you with 3.1 mile(5km) of HD transmission range. Flight times with the Z3 attached can range form 19 minutes to 39 minutes depending on the aircraft you have chosen to go with. Longer flight times will increase the efficiency of either industrial or commercial projects, also allowing photographers to stay in the air longer to get that perfect shot that they wish for.
In the Box
Note: Video shot at 7x zoom could be shaky. This is the result of the extended focal length, which magnifies the image, reducing the performance of stabilization systems. This shake does not affect still image capture. Still image capture is recommended when zoomed in.