DJI Ronin 4D and the High-Bright Remote Monitor will get (at least) two firmware updates in 2022. The first update in February 2022 adds mirror control mode and clean video output to the remote monitor as well as support for more manual lenses for the Zenmuse X9. The second update in June 2022 adds support for timecode, slow/fast motion of customizable frame rates, remote gyro control for the remote monitor, and more.
Back in October 2021, the Chinese tech giant DJI surprised many filmmakers by announcing the 4-axis stabilized camera system Ronin 4D. With impressive specs such as ProRes RAW internal recording, LiDAR focusing system, and a 4th stabilization axis, the Ronin 4D sure caught a lot of attention. Check out all our previous articles on this unique camera here:
Two versions of Zenmuse X9 and new firmware update roadmap
The Ronin 4D uses the newly developed Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera module which is interchangeable because the X9 will be available in two versions. The first one is the X9-6K, which is already available now (or will be very shortly) and can record video at up to 6K 60fps. The second version X9-8K is expected to be available in summer 2022 and will be capable of recording video in up to 8K 75fps.
Now DJI also announced a new firmware update roadmap for the Ronin 4D and for the High-Bright Remote Monitor. There will be (at least) two major firmware updates this year. The first one will come very soon in February 2022 (the exact date is not 100% fixed yet, but we will inform you as soon as possible). The other firmware update is scheduled to come in June 2022. Let’s take a closer look at what is coming.
DJI Ronin 4D – February 2022 firmware update
The first firmware update will bring two new features to the High-Bright Remote Monitor for the Ronin 4D:
- Mirror control mode – This mode will enable the High-Bright Remote Monitor to view the user interface of the main monitor so that users can control the DJI Ronin 4D remotely.
- Outputting clean video stream – The remote monitor will be able to output a clean video stream without any overlay information through the HDMI and SDI ports on the Remote Monitor Expansion Plate of the remote monitor.
This update will also bring support for more manual lenses for the Zenmuse X9. Newly, the lenses that have either clockwise or anti-clockwise focusing rings can be properly (manually) calibrated for all the autofocus functions with the LiDAR sensor.
DJI Ronin 4D – June 2022 firmware update
The second firmware update is planned to launch in June 2022 and will bring updates to both the main camera body and the remote monitor. The main body will get the following features:
- Support for timecode and other expansion ports – This will be available via the 4D Expansion Plate.
- Fast/slow motion of customizable frame rates – The camera will support fast or slow-motion modes with customizable frame rates of the sensor.
- Outputting clean video stream – Ronin 4D will be able to output a clean video stream without any overlays through the HDMI port of the main body.
The High-Bright Remote Monitor will get the following new features:
- Independent recording and playback – Supports internal recording of video and audio signals sent to remote monitor in H.264 to microSD card and the playback of internally recorded footage.
- Built-in motion control – Turns the remote monitor into an independent motion controller via the built-in gyro to control the gimbal of the Ronin 4D.
- HDMI signal input – Supports the input of standard HDMI 1.4 signals via HDMI input port on the remote monitor.
Price and availability
Both firmware updates will be available as free download links on the DJI support website (through the DJI Assistant 2 app). The February update seems to be imminent, but no exact date was confirmed to us yet.
The Ronin 4D with Zenmuse X9-6K can currently be preordered for $6,799 and the version with the Zenmuse X9-8K is expected to cost $11,499. After some initial delays, shipping seems to be starting soon.
Are you planning to use the DJI Ronin 4D for your productions? What do you think about the upcoming firmware updates? Let us know in the comments section below the article.