DJI Joins Micro Four-Thirds Alliance

Is MFT Drone Support On the Horizon?

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Joining with two other Asian lens manufacturers, JDC Optical and the Flovel Company, DJI Innovations, the essential driving force behind the quadcopter/drone revolution, has joined the Micro Four Thirds system standard group today. Though having no immediate plans to release products with Micro Four-Thirds lenses, format founder Olympus states in their press releease that all three companies “will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and will further increase the diversity and potential of the format.” What could DJI be planning?

“DJI is always exploring new avenues to push the boundaries of what is possible.” – DJI to DPReview

DJI InspireI’m guessing that DJI will be offering more Zenmuse-specific gimbal platforms with which to mount micro four-third cameras onto platforms like the Inspire 1 and Phantom 2. But what if they’re planning to add the ability to change out lenses in their on-board camera platform? That would surely add a bit of what Olympus calls “diversity and potential,” to the aerial platform since MFT lenses are smaller and lighter, and a mounted camera could benefit from adding that capability. And it could be that the other companies, which are lens manufacturers, could be the key to bringing DJI into the fold.

Phantom 2 Vision+DJI could also be doing so to explore and experiment with such possibilities without plans to release products in the future. Replying to inquiries by DPReview, an executive at DJI said just that in a non denial denial of information on any such product. But I’m guessing that perhaps down the road, it may be both, a Zenmuse system for MFT cameras (they already support the GH4) and a camera system that will have interchangeable lenses. Only time will tell.

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Press Release:

DJI(SZ DJI Technology CO., Ltd.),
JCD(GuangZhou) Optical Co.,Ltd., FLOVEL CO.,LTD.
join the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group

Olympus Imaging Corp. and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard. Now we are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

DJI(SZ DJI Technology CO., Ltd.), the leading company in the drone (multi-copter), JCD(GuangZhou) Optical Co.,,Ltd., a Chinese based optical company designing and producing the optics with the Japanese quality, FLOVEL CO.,LTD., a Japanese company designing the cutting-edge optical equipment, join the Micro Four Thirds System standard group.

With the addition of exciting new products from these companies, the Micro Four Thirds lineup will become much more diverse, further increasing the potential of this advanced digital imaging system.

As the company responsible for initiating both the Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System standards, Olympus Imaging Corp. will continue to develop and enhance the product line-up for both standards to meet the diverse needs of our customers.

DJI (SZ DJI Technology CO., Ltd.) :

A Chinese company established in 2006 that designs, produces and sells high performance flying platforms, flight controllers, aerial gimbals for cameras in addition to the most popular ready to fly quadcopters with built-in cameras and handheld gimbals for filmmaking professionals. The headquarters are located in Shenzhen.

DJI’s Website : http://www.dji.com/

JCD(GuangZhou) Optical Co.,Ltd. :

A Chinese company established in 1999 that designs and produces cameras and lenses for still cameras and camcorders. The headquarters are located in Guangzhou.

JCD Optic’s Website : http://www.jcdo.com/

FLOVEL CO.,LTD. :

A Japanese company established in 1968, that designs, produces and constructs the system for the super high sensitivity cameras and shooting system in the medical and bio-science field. The headquarters are located in Tokyo.

FLOVEL’s Website : http://en.flovel.co.jp/

The outlines of the standards can be checked at the Four Thirds website;

http://www.four-thirds.org/en/
http://www.four-thirds.org/en/microft/index.html

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