DJI Product History Timeline (Drones, Gimbals & Cameras)
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
Oct 24, 2016 - Zenmuse Z30
From the DJI Press Release: "Ronin-S is DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. Available in two frame sizes for either camera type, DJI’s powerful three-axis gimbal technology delivers smooth, shake-free video and crisp photos, adding a cinematic and professional look to your work.
Powerful high-torque motors support the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems. Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology.
Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. A new Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process so you can spend more time filming and less time prepping your gear. Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic curved design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots.
Dedicated control buttons for the camera and gimbal let you toggle between SmoothTrack settings, record and stop the camera, and the high-precision joystick changes the camera position to help frame your shot perfectly. A new Sport mode allows for fast movements with tight and quick subject following speed.
Harness intelligent shooting modes on Ronin-S through the DJI Ronin mobile app to create complex camera moves automatically like Panorama, Hyperlapse, Track and CamAnchor that lets you designate specific camera positions in a scene and rotate between them on demand. Directly customize SmoothTrack settings with dedicated controls for responsiveness of each axis. Camera settings can be directly adjusted as well.
Ronin-S is compatible with a variety of DJI Pro Accessories to capture any scene and expand your creative freedom on set or location. Supported accessories include a Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen allowing advanced gimbal and focus control without a mobile device, a vehicle mount solution, DJI Master Force, DJI Master Wheels, an external focus motor, and a cheese plate adapter so you can use your favorite third-party accessories. A dual-handle support will also be available for when an added level of comfort and stability is required."
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."