DJI Zenmuse Z3

The Zenmuse Z3 gimbal and camera features an optical zoom lens. It provides a 3.5 optical zoom and 2x digital zoom. The Type 1/2.3 CMOS sensor supports 4K video recording and 12MP still photos. As with other DJI 3-axis gimbal systems, the Zenmuse Z3 can be mounted onto a DJI aircraft* and stream live HD video to the DJI GO app.
* Currently supports the Inspire 1 series, Inspire 1 v2.0, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600.

When shooting aerial, getting closer to your subject meant flying nearer, but no more. The DJI Zenmuse Z3 is an integrated aerial zoom camera based on DJI’s class leading Zenmuse X3 and optimized for still photography. A 7× zoom, made up of 3.5× optical and 2× digital lossless zoom, gives it a focal length ranging from 22mm to 77mm, making it ideal for industrial applications.
Real-Time Zoom View
When shooting at the highest possible resolution, i.e. 4K video or 12 megapixel photos, optical zoom can be used, and the zoomed image is instantly visible in the DJI GO live feed. If shooting in 1080p, lossless zoom allows the full 7× of zoom without without sacrificing full-HD image quality.
Enhanced Yaw Stability
When a camera is zoomed in the smallest movements are magnified. Adding an additional layer of control to the Z3’s yaw is a custom designed reaction wheel. This works in tandem with the normal yaw motor to allow for more refined and controlled movement.
High Quality Imaging
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, while Adobe DNG RAW support allows for advanced image editing. Video can be captured at up to 30 frames per second in crisp 4K.
The ability to zoom in the air creates many new opportunities to streamline and enhance industrial and commercial drone use, from power line inspection to search and rescue. It also provides aerial photographers with greater control over composition.
Rapid Setup
Flying with the Zenmuse Z3 is as simple as attaching it to the DJI Inspire 1, Matrice 100 or Matrice 600. Once connected, it works seamlessly with the integrated DJI Lightbridge and Lightbridge 2 found on these platforms to provide 3.1mi (5km) of HD transmission range. Aircraft setup can be further accelerated using the DJI SDK to create industry specific aircraft automation protocols that maximize aircraft efficiency.
Flight times when used with a DJI Inspire 1 reach up to 19 minutes, and can even reach 30 minutes when flying a dual-battery equipped Matrice 100 and 39 minutes using the Matrice 600. Longer flight times maximize airtime, increasing the efficiency of industrial and commercial projects while providing photographers with additional time to wait for the right light, compose and capture the perfect shot.
All flight times vary based on payload and flight conditions.
Maximum flight times are tested with maximum capacity batteries and no additional payload.
Powerful App Control
DJI’s GO app is tightly integrated with the Z3, acting as both a live feed to see the camera’s image and the primary control system for the camera. It can be used to change camera settings, swipe to zoom in and out, capture photo or video, and activate Intelligent Flight Modes. Photo and video capture as well as zoom can also be controlled through dedicated controls on the Remote Controller.

What are the Zenmuse Z3’s zoom specs? What type of zoom does it have?

3.5x optical zoom and 2x lossless digital zoom for a total focal range equivalent to 22mm to 77mm. Optical zoom and digital zoom create a combined zoom range of 7x. Lossless zoom requires a maximum recording resolution of 1080p.

Does the DJI Osmo support the Zenmuse Z3?


What industry applications are suitable for the Zenmuse Z3? What specific usage scenarios are there?

The Zenmuse Z3 is designed for industry applications including equipment inspection, fire control, search and rescue and building inspection. Specific usage scenarios are as follows:
-Inspection of electrical equipment such as power lines and towers.
-Allow rescue workers in search and rescue scenarios to zoom in and identify possible survivors.
-Better inspect issues found during building inspections by zooming in on the subject.

Is the Zenmuse Z3 sold with compatible flight platforms?

No. The Zenmuse Z3 will be sold independently on the DJI Online Store and at DJI dealers.

What is the difference between the Zenmuse Z3 and Zenmuse X3?

The Zenmuse Z3 features a real-time 3.5x optical zoom and a 2x digital zoom for a focal range of 22mm to 77mm, an adjustable field of view and an adjustable focus point. The Zenmuse X3 is a 22mm prime lens.

Why is video shot at 7x zoom shaky?

Video shot at 7x zoom will 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.

Can I adjust focus point during shooting? If yes, how?

Yes. Auto-focus can be used to focus on any area on the display. In auto-focus mode, tap the display to select the area of focus.

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  1. Phil

    Cool camera, I frequently use it and must confess, it does its job perfectly. Why I chose it? I
    just needed an additional camera for my Inspire 1 and I don’t regret that I choose this tool. It
    comes with an optical zoom lens and supports 4k video recording. The image quality is
    pretty cool now! I bought my Inspire 1 a few years ago and thanks to this camera, the quality
    of my footage changed for the better. I’m not sure whether it is compatible with other drones,
    but if you doubt you can get in touch with their support desk. Before I made a purchase, I
    talked to their support team. They helped me make my choice. Good job, guys!



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