DJI Zenmuse X7 receives DxO’s 2nd highest rating ever for a mirrorless Super 35/APS-C camera


posted Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 12:10 PM EDT


The DJI Zenmuse X7 looked impressive on paper with its ability to shoot both 6K Cinema DNG and 5.2K Apple ProRes, with support for continuous RAW burst shooting at 20 frames per second and 24 megapixel stills. Oh, and its high readout speed supports RAW output at 6K/30 fps and 3.9K/59.94 fps. So on specs alone, it appeared to be a powerhouse. Well, DxO just completed their scoring of the camera, and it performed about as well as one could possibly hope: it received the second highest rating ever for any Super 35/APS-C camera they have ever tested, with a final score of 86.


DxO says that thanks to an increase in its size as much as to technological advancements, the DJI Zenmuse X7’s sensor takes a significant step up in performance from the Zenmuse X5S and Phantom 4 sensors and delivers results that compete closely with those from high-scoring APS-C format DSLRs.

"The Zenmuse X7 improves noticeably on previously-tested DJI cameras. It has an advantage of around 1.6EV over the Phantom 4 Pro in the Sport (Low-Light ISO) score, making it a great option for images taken among trees or even indoors. With a difference of 2.6 bits in the Portrait (Color Depth) score and a 1.4EV increase in dynamic range, the Zenmuse X7 will also produce images that have better colors and a wider tonal range than those from the Phantom 4 Pro." -DxO

In preliminary testing here at Imaging Resource, we were very impressed with the image quality at both 4K and 6K resolutions, and also how well it performed at high ISOs in both photo and video. Seeing this result from DxO, therefore, did not come as much of a surprise; DJI has something special here with the X7.

To read more about the X7, check out our first impressions here

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original publication of this article incorrectly classified the Zenmuse X7 as DxO's best performing camera in its category ever, per a DJI press release we received. They have since corrected their mistake and informed us, and this article has been updated as such.