DJI forced to drop the price of the Ronin 4D 6K as it removes ProRes RAW

Feb 15, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

DJI forced to drop the price of the Ronin 4D 6K as it removes ProRes RAW

Feb 15, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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DJI has announced that its flagship cinema camera, the Ronin 4D 6K, has lost one of its biggest selling points; the ability to record ProRes RAW. Announced in October, the Ronin 4D 6K boasted internal recording of both ProRes and ProRes RAW, with frame rates up to 60fps. Now, though, that doesn’t appear to be happening.

Exactly why the ability is being removed is unclear. Y. M. Cinema suspects that it’s down to patents, however the DJI Ronin 4D (and the Zenmuse X7) are both still listed as official ProRes RAW products on the Apple website. Whatever the reason, it’s forced a $400 price reduction, reducing the Ronin 4D 6K combo down to $6,799.

DJI says that the “Ronin 4D will not support internal compressed RAW (Apple ProRes RAW) recording at launch”, which initially suggests that it’s still coming but that it’ll be in a future firmware update. But then they immediately follow it up with a statement that Apple ProRes 4444 XQ is coming in a firmware update at some point in 2022 instead. The price drop also suggests that ProRes RAW might never be coming to this camera, too.

There’s no mention of the Cinema 4D 8K model in the announcement, which also suggests that they may simply be reserving it for the higher-spec and more expensive camera. But apparently not. According to an updated description of the camera on B&H, the 8K model won’t be receiving ProRes RAW, either.

Interestingly, while the Ronin 4D 6K price has dropped from $7,199 to $6,799 along with the announcement that it won’t get ProRes RAW, the price of the Ronin 4D 8K model remains at the same $11,499 price that was announced in October.

It’s a shame, and it’s unclear why these two cameras won’t be able to shoot ProRes RAW, especially given that the Ronin 4D is still listed as an approved ProRes RAW product on the Apple website, but it’s definitely going to put off a few sales to people who would have otherwise purchased this camera. While most of us don’t need ProRes raw in a camera, many who have the budget to spend this kind of money on something like the Ronin 4D do.

The current prices for the Ronin 4D 6K and Ronin 4D 8K are $6,799 (reduced from $7,199) and $11,499 (the same as it always was). Shipping is expected to begin in March.

[via Y.M. Cinema]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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