Chinese drone-maker DJI has jumped aboard an interchangeable lens alliance, promising aerial photography enthusiasts greater flexibility when shooting from the sky. Pledging its support for the Micro Four Thirds System standard could see new DJI drones come equipped with a greater range of cameras and lens types, while also allowing pilots to slap on their own.
Fans of DJI will be well aware of the company's history of breaking new ground in drone photography. In a short space of time, it's hugely popular line of consumer-oriented Phantom quadcopters, from the GoPro-toting original to the HD camera-housing Phantom 2 Vision+, has changed what's possible for budding photographers without mountains of cash to spare.
So really, it doesn't comes as a big surprise that DJI is looking for opportunities to innovate anywhere and everywhere. The company hasn't provided specifics yet, but announcing support for the Micro Four Thirds standard carries some interesting possibilities for its future products.
Established by Panasonic and Olympus in 2008, the Micro Four Thirds standard accommodates all kinds of lens types including single focal length, wide angle and telephoto varieties. So yet-to-be announced DJI drones may well come with the opportunity to attach lightweight, quality lenses of your own to capture aerial footage in exciting new ways.
"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," Olympus said.