DJI Product History Timeline (Drones, Gimbals, Cameras, & More)
See also: DJI Drone Sensor Size Comparison Page
I was doing an internet search for a consolidated timeline of DJI product releases over the past few years because I was curious about how often they come out with new drones, gimbals, and cameras. I couldn't really find any page that had a consolidated list... all I could find with product release dates was their news archive. So, I went ahead and while I was "relaxing" and watching a movie one evening, compiled a list of (most of?) DJI's product releases of interest since July 2012 based on their press release archive. The dates in this list link to the corresponding announcements on DJI's website. If I missed any drones, cameras, or gimbals, feel free to email me and provide the corresponding link to their press release archive, and I will update the list. I'll try to keep this list up to date as new products are announced in the future.
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Jul 25, 2012 - S800
Jul 26, 2012 - Zenmuse Z15 Camera Gimbal
Jan 7, 2013 - Phantom
Jul 2, 2013 - S800 EVO
Sep 4, 2013 - A2 Multi-Rotor Flight Controller
Sep 13, 2013 - DJI Zenmuse Z15-GH3 3-axis Gimbal
Oct 28, 2013 - Phantom 2 Vision
Nov 22, 2013 - Zenmuse Z15-5D 3-axis Gimbal
Dec 16, 2013 - Phantom 2
Jan 20, 2014 - Phantom FC40
Feb 24, 2014 - S1000
Mar 24, 2014 - Zenmuse H3-3D for Drones
Apr 7, 2014 - Phantom 2 Vision+
May 9, 2014 - Zenmuse Z15-BMPCC
Jun 25, 2014 - Ronin
Jul 16, 2014 - Zenmuse Z15-GH4 (HD)
Aug 4, 2014 - S900
Sep 18, 2014 - Zenmuse Z15-5D III (HD)
Oct 23, 2014 - S1000+
Nov 13, 2014 - Inspire 1
Jan 7, 2015 - 3-axis gimbal for Sony A7 cameras
Jan 19, 2015 - H4-3D gimbal
Apr 9, 2015 - Phantom 3 (Professional & Advanced)
Aug 5, 2015 - Phantom 3 Standard
Oct 8, 2015 - Osmo
Nov 27, 2015 - Agras MG-1
Jan 5, 2016 - Phantom 3 4K
Mar 2, 2016 - Phantom 4
Apr 17, 2016 - Matrice 600
Jul 14, 2016 - Zenmuse Z3
From the DJI Press Release: "Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the world's leader in medium format photography, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world's first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera for outstanding image quality with superior light and color performance. Housing a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, the camera captures four times as many levels of color per channel compared to Mavic Pro to provide maximum flexibility for photo and video editing. The Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with utmost color accuracy using Hasselblad's unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, while an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-f/11 provides more control across a wide variety of lighting conditions. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the right color tones."
From the DJI Press Release: "Powered by a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI's first foldable consumer drone with zoom, providing a dynamic perspective that ushers in a new era of creative storytelling. With the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can get closer to your subject at a moment's notice by combining two-times optical zoom (24-48mm) with two-times digital zoom to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in full HD resolution. Hybrid auto-focus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% faster than before. Shoot vivid 12-megapixel photos or take advantage of the new Super Resolution feature that uses optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly detailed 48-megapixel image, making it an ideal option for landscape photography.
Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom, the new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode opens a new visual language for storytelling that was previously reserved for professional cinematographers. It creates an otherworldly warped perspective by automatically zooming in as it flies away from its subject, keeping the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed."
From the DJI Press Release: “At just over 4 inches tall, Osmo Pocket is DJI’s smallest three-axis stabilized camera. It redefines DJI’s family of handheld gimbals offering features never before seen in a product this compact. A 1/2.3-inch sensor records 12-megapixel photographs and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps in stunning detail. Osmo Pocket also uses built-in dual microphones and advanced noise-canceling algorithms to ensure you capture high quality audio to match your footage. Furthermore, a battery life of up to two hours shooting video in 4K, 30fps means you can always rely on Osmo Pocket to capture your story no matter where you are at the very best quality.”
From the DJI Press Release: “DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, building on its heritage of advanced image stabilization, takes a bold new direction with the Osmo Action camera. Using DJI’s unparalleled experience with capturing smooth and stable videos in the most demanding environments, Osmo Action is as rugged as it is sophisticated, opening worlds of creative potential for professionals and adventure seekers alike.”
From the DJI Press Release: “DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today takes a bold step into educational technology by launching the RoboMaster S1, the company’s first ground-based robot. The S1 was built to introduce new users to the fun and possibilities of robotic technology, with powerful brushless motors, a chassis that can move in all directions, a high-precision gimbal, and interactive modes for programming, play, and competition. S1 users can have fun while assembling designated and custom hardware, learning to maneuver the rover, programming with Python or Scratch and competing with friends in multiple modes.”
From the DJI Press Release: “DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today announced the latest addition to the renowned Ronin series, the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras. Using over a decade of experience creating aerial and handheld gimbals, the Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.
“The Ronin-SC took the powerful technology from the Ronin-S and put it in a lighter and smaller form factor,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. “Now users can pair their mirrorless system with a stabilizer that is easier to transport, easier to set up, easier to use yet still equipped with high-performance features and technology.”
From the DJI Press Release: “The most travel-friendly Osmo Mobile to date, Osmo Mobile 3 is the ideal lightweight companion for all of life’s adventures. Users can capture ultra-steady video footage and unique content using intelligent features programmed into the latest version of the DJI Mimo app. An intuitive design meets functionality with Osmo Mobile 3, featuring simplified operation and adjustments.”
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