DJI Zenmuse X5S

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Updated Micro 4/3 Sensor

5.2K Video

20.8 Megapixel Stills

Dynamic Range of 12.8 Stops

Array of Compatible Lenses

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     DJI Zenmuse X5S

Equipped with an updated Micro 4/3 sensor, the Zenmuse X5S has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops with a much improved signal to noise ratio and color sensitivity than the X5R. It supports up to eight standard M4/3 lenses (including zoom lenses) with focal lengths ranging from 9mm-45mm (equivalent to 18mm-90mm on a 35mm camera), allowing more creative flexibility. The new CineCore 2.0 image processing system on the Inspire 2 makes the Zenmuse X5S capable of capturing 5.2K 30fps CinemaDNG video and Apple ProRes video as well as 4K 60fps using H.264 and 4K 30fps using H.265 (both at 100Mbps). Continuous DNG burst shooting at 20fps with 20.8MP images is also supported. The Zenmuse X5S was designed to keep pace with the rigors of high-end professional aerial imaging.


The onboard Micro 4/3 sensor has been upgraded, significantly improving image quality. With a pixel size of 3.4μm, this 20.8-megapixel sensor captures more detail than the previous sensor. It has 12.8 stops of dynamic range as well as a better signal to noise ratio and color sensitivity than the X5R, allowing it to create clear, low noise images in low light environments.


Since it uses a standard Micro 4/3 mount, the Zenmuse X5S now supports up to eight professional lenses* with focal lengths ranging from 9mm-45mm (equivalent to 18mm-90mm on a 35mm camera), providing more creative control over the final look of a shot.

Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm/2.0

DJI MFT 15mm/1.7 ASPH

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm/1.8

Panasonic Lumix 15mm/1.7

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm/1.8

Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm/3.5-5.6 HD

Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm/4.0-5.6

*A balancing ring is needed for some lenses. More compatible lenses will be available.


Using CineCore 2.0, the Zenmuse X5S records video at a maximum resolution of 5.2K/30fps in CinemaDNG 12bit¹, 5.2K 30fps Apple ProRes 422 HQ and 4K 30fps Apple ProRes 4444 XQ (no alpha)². Additional recording options include video in 4K/60fps using H.264 or oversampling video in 4K/30fps using H.264/H.265, both with a bitrate of 100Mbps.

¹ ²Additional licenses required




The DJI CINESSD card (PCIe3.0 NVMe SSD support) and a highly optimized FAT32/exFAT file system, allows Zenmuse X5S footage to be transferred directly through the DJI CINESSD STATION card reader to a computer at high speeds without any additional software. Footage also supports the DIT standard. CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes workflows can be used for post-processing.





Using only the Micro SD card, 20.8MP stills can be captured at 14fps in Burst Mode in JPEG+DNG. Using the DJI CINESSD opens up 20fps continuous DNG Burst Mode with a maximum image resolution of 20.8 megapixels. Stills can also be taken during video recording without interruption. 


Stabilizing the Zenmuse X5S is a highly optimized 3-axis gimbal with pinpoint-precise motor rotation with a control accuracy of ±0.01° powered by a dedicated processor. Rather than rely on electrical slip rings — as is common with many gimbals — the Zenmuse X5S uses a unique mechanically limited design and concealed wires to ensure more stable data transmission and greater durability. Vibration is eliminated using three damping balls and a lightweight damping board, creating seamlessly smooth video. 360° rotation remains possible through gimbal rotation and smooth aircraft yaw. Stable, smooth footage¹ can be captured even when using a 90mm² lens.

¹ Equivalent to 35mm camera’s standard focal length ² Exposure time must be equal to or longer than 1/60 in GPS mode



Take control over every camera setting from afar, including focus, aperture, and format, directly in the DJI GO 4 app. Precision control also extends to focus, with DJI GO 4 and the optional DJI Focus, offering focus control across the entire transmission range. Using DJI Focus, no additional cables or motors are needed and new Lightbridge technology sends all signals as far as 4.3mi (7km) away*.

* Unobstructed, free of interference, when FCC compliant.



 CP.ZM.000496 - UPC190021284807

  • Manufacturer
  • MFR
  • Compatible
    DJI Inspire 2, DJI Matrice 200


Name    Zenmuse X5S

Dimensions     140×98×132 mm

Weight  461 g



Supported Lens   DJI MFT 15mm/1.7 ASPH (With Balancing Ring and Lens Hood)

                               Panasonic Lumix 15mm/1.7 (With Balancing Ring and Lens Hood)

                               Panasonic Lumix 14-42mm/3.5-5.6 HD

                               Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm/2.0 (With Balancing Ring)

                               Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm/1.8 (With Balancing Ring)

                               Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm/1.8

                               Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm/1.8

                               Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm/4.0-5.6

Sensor   CMOS, 4/3”

               Effective Pixels: 20.8MP

FOV        72° (with DJI MFT 15mm/1.7 ASPH )

Photo Resolutions        4:3, 5280×3956

                                       16:9, 5280×2970

Video Resolutions            H.264

                                           C4K: 4096×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97/47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps

                                           4K: 3840×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97/47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps

                                           4K: 3840×1572

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @100Mbps

                                           2.7K: 2720×1530 23.976/24/25/29.97p @80Mbps

                                           47.95/50/59.94p @100Mbps

                                           FHD: 1920×1080

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @60Mbps

                                           47.95/50/59.94p @80Mbps

                                           119.88p @100Mbps



                                           C4K: 4096×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @100Mbps

                                           4K: 3840×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @100Mbps

                                           4K: 3840×1572

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @100Mbps

                                           2.7K: 2720×1530

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @65Mbps

                                           47.95/50/59.94p @80Mbps

                                           FHD: 1920×1080

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p @50Mbps

                                           47.95/50/59.94p @65Mbps

                                           119.88p @100Mbps


                                           C-DNG RAW

                                           5.2K: 5280×2972

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p, up to 4.2Gbps

                                           4K: 4096×2160, 3840×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p, up to 2.4Gbps

                                           4K: 4096×2160, 3840×2160

                                           50/59.94p, up to 4.0Gbps


                                           Apple ProRes

                                           5.2K: 5280×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p, 422 HQ @1.3Gbps

                                           4K: 3840×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p, 422 HQ @900Mbps

                                           4K: 3840×2160

                                           23.976/24/25/29.97p, 4444 XQ @2.0Gbps

Photo Formats   DNG,JPEG,DNG+JEPG

Video Formats   RAW,ProRes,MOV,MP4

Operation Modes             Capture, Record, Playback

Still Photography Modes               Micro SD: Single shot, Burst Shooting:

                                                         3/5/7/10/14 frames, Auto Exposure Bracketing, 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7EV bias, Timelapse

                                                         SSD: RAW Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14/20/∞ frames

Exposure Mode    Auto, Manual, Shutter, Aperture

Exposure Compensation               ±3.0 (1/3 increments)

Metering Mode    Center-weighted metering,

                            Spot metering (area option 12x8)

AE Lock    Supported

Electronic Shutter Speed               8-1/8000s

White Balance   Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent,

                             Neon Custom (2000K–10000K)

ISO Range           100 – 6400 (Video)

                             100 – 25600 (Stills)

Video Captions     Supported

Anti-Flicker          Auto, 50Hz, 60Hz

PAL/NTSC            Supported



Angular Vibration Range               ±0.01°

Mount   Detachable

Controllable Range          Tilt: +30°to -90°, Pan: ±320°

Mechanical Range           Tilt: +50°to -140°, Pan: ±330°, Roll: +90° to +30°

Max Controllable Speed    Tilt: 90°/s, Pan: 90°/s



Operating Temperature  14°–104°F (-10 to 40℃)

Storage Temperature      -4°–140°F (-20 to 60℃)

1. How is the Zenmuse X5S different from the Zenmuse X4S?

While both cameras capture 20 megapixel photos, the X4S features a 1-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor and a fixed prime lens specially designed to fit the sensor and the imaging engine. Additionally, the X4S captures 4K video in the H.264 and H.265 formats.

The Zenmuse X5S features a M4/3 sensor and an interchangeable lens mount for M4/3 lenses. Combined with the Inspire 2’s internal CineCore 2.0 image processing system, the Zenmuse X5S can capture video H.264 and H.265 formats as well as CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes and is suitable for a wide range of professional filmmaking and television production applications.

2. How is the Zenmuse X5S different from the Zenmuse X5R?

The Zenmuse X5R was DJI’s first M4/3 camera dedicated to aerial photography. With a 16-megapixel sensor it is capable of recording 4K/30 in CinemaDNG RAW at an average bitrate of 1.7Gbps. The Zenmuse X5S is a major upgrade over this camera. New features include:

a. A new quick-release connector to connect the Inspire 2 and the Zenmuse X5S. As it has been separated from its image processing system, the camera sensor is protected from magnetic interference and thermal noise.

b. An uprated 20.8-megapixel sensor has a better signal to noise ratio and improved color sensitivity. Working with advanced oversampling technology, it creates clear, low noise images.

c. When used with the CineCore 2.0 image processing system on the Inspire 2, the Zenmuse X5S is able to record 4k/30 oversampling video in both H.264 and H.265 codecs, with a maximum bitrate of 100Mbps. When DJI Inspire 2 License Keys are used and the DJI CINESSD is equipped, the Zenmuse X5S can record 5.2K/30 or 4K/60 video in CinemaDNG, 5.2K/30 in Apple ProRes 422 HQ, and 4K/30 in Apple ProRes 4444 XQ video (no alpha). When shooting at 5.2K, the Zenmuse X5S has a maximum bitrate of 4.2Gbps.

3. Can I use the Zenmuse X5S seperately as a stand-alone camera?

No. The Zenmuse X5S must be used with the Inspire 2 and Matrice 200. It will be supported on additional products in future.

4. How is Apple ProRes video recorded by the Zenmuse X5S different from the ProRes recorded using the Zenmuse X5R?

The Zenmuse X5R records CinemaDNG video, which then needs processing in DJI CINELIGHT to create Apple ProRes video. Through the new CineCore 2.0 Image Processing System on the Inspire 2, the Zenmuse X5S can directly export Apple ProRes video when using an appropriate DJI Inspire 2 License Key and when equipped with the DJI CINESSD.

5. What storage devices does the Zenmuse X5S support?

Micro SD card and DJI CINESSD. A Micro SD card is required for image capture, while the CINESSD is necessary only for high-end productions requiring specific video formats.

6. How are the X5S camera, Inspire 2, DJI Inspire 2 License Key and CINESSD related?

The Zenmuse X5S is a professional aerial camera that is compatible with the Inspire 2. Videos recorded by the Zenmuse X5S are processed by the CineCore 2.0 Image Processing System. A DJI Inspire 2 License Key unlocks CinemaDNG and/or Apple ProRes processing capabilities in CineCore 2.0. These files are then saved in the CINESSD. Video quality is dependent on whether the 120G CINESSD or 480G CINESSD is used.

7. Where are Zenmuse X5S images stored?

JPEG and DNG pictures (not including RAW images captured in Burst Mode) and videos recorded in H.264 and H.265 codecs are saved to the Micro SD card, while RAW images captured in Burst Mode are stored in the DJI CINESSD. After unlocking using a DJI Inspire 2 License Key, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes videos will be saved in the DJI CINESSD.

8. How does the Zenmuse X5S record CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes video?

CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes videos are only available when these formats are unlocked using a DJI Inspire 2 License Key and the Zenmuse X5S is used with a DJI CINESSD. Video quality is dependent on whether the 120G CINESSD or 480G CINESSD is used. The Zenmuse X5S can also generate H.264 or H.265 video while recording in CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes.

9. How is the H.265 codec superior to H.264

H.265 is the new video compression standard that follows H.264. H.265 has 50% more information, better compression performance and a lower bandwidth utilization ratio. Please be aware that you will need an upgraded device to play or decode H.265 video.

10. What will the focal length of lenses be when used with the Zenmuse X5S?

Equivalent focal length will be approximately double the lens’ actual focal length.