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Attention aerial photography and drone enthusiasts! Does DJI have a brand spanking new product to get you all giddy. The premier drone-maker has announced the impending launch of the Zenmuse Z3, their first aerial zoom camera for drones that is tailor-made for aerial still photography. With the ability to zoom in up to a whopping 7x, thanks to both a 2x digital zoom and 3.5x optical zoom, and the ability to shoot 12 megapixel photos and 4K video at 30fps, Zenmuse Z3 packs a wallop for any camera, especially one that can be equipped to a drone. The Zenmuse Z3 zoom technology was made possible thanks to recent advancements in DJI’s stabilization tech, complementing a drone’s sparse movements and magnifying them when the camera zooms in on a subject.

DJI Zenmuse Z3

“The Zenmuse Z3 pushes the possibilities of use for industrial applications,” Paul Pan, DJI product manager said. “Before this camera, the only way to zoom in on a subject or object was to fly closer to it.” But now, thanks to Zenmuse Z3, drone pilots and photographers can maintain whatever distance they please and hone in on their subject to capture detailed, crisp images with the camera. To execute zooming capabilities, pilots can either use the drone’s remote control or swipe their phones while setting up shots in the DJI GO app. Compatible with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600 drone models, Zenmuse Z3 can capture and receive transmissions from a distance of three miles. Photographers and drone pilots won’t have to wait long to get their hands on Zenmuse Z3 – expect the camera to hit shelves on July 28 for $899.

To amp up your drone game even more, check out the DJI Phantom 4, The Explorer and The Flyby available through the Lumoid try-before-you-buy program.

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