While its rival is falling out of the sky, DJI is hammering home its dominance in the consumer drone market with two truly stunning new devices — the DJI Inspire 2 and DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Get a handkerchief ready because you’re about to start drooling.
DJI Inspire 2
The Inspire is by far my favourite consumer drone ever. From its retractable legs to its badass design, I absolutely loved this drone. With the Inspire 2, DJI is improving what the drone can do without changing its killer aesthetic. Here are the highlights.
First up, it’s faster, with a top speed of 108 km/h. It can also accelerate from 0-80 km/h in just 4 seconds with a service ceiling of 16,400 feet above sea level.
To make sure you’re in control of the drone as you fly at these new breakneck speeds, the Inspire 2 also comes with obstacle avoidance and DJI’s flight autonomy system via two front-facing sensors and a pair of infrared sensors mounted to the top of the drone. Not only can it avoid obstacles in front of it, it can also detect if there’s a ceiling above it too.
With flight autonomy, the Inspire 2 can now utilise DJI’s computer vision system and automatic subject tracking features found on the company’s newer Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 drones. This feature is called spotlight and can be used to lock the camera onto a subject for smooth pans and follow shots.
Speaking of cameras, the Inspire 2 also comes with not one, but two cameras. The first is a dedicated 2-axis FPV camera that sits in front of the drone and can be used by the pilot to see where the drone is flying. The second camera is the Inspire 2’s moneymaker.
Customers can choose between the Zenmuse X4S or X5S camera when speccing their Inspire 2. The X5S is DJI’s micro four thirds camera that has interchangeable lenses with 10 different lenses to choose from (even zooms!).
What’s more, DJI’s Inspire 2 takes the video shooting game to the next level thanks to the drone’s new CineCore 2.0 image processing system. This system can capture up to 5.2K footage at 30fps at a 4.2Gbps bitrate. If you want juicy high-resolution slow-mo, the Inspire 2 will also shoot 4K in 60fps plus support for RAW video formats like CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes as well as compression formats like H.264 and H.265. It’ll also do 30-megapixel DNG RAW still images.
While shooting crisp high-resolution video is great, all that footage has to go somewhere and in the Inspire 2, it goes into a detachable PCIe SSD card with maximum read and write speeds of 6Gbps. It will still support microSD cards, though. The Inspire 2 can also stream smooth live broadcast footage at 1080i and 720p.
DJI has also managed to keep it in the air for longer with a new dual-battery system that bumps flight time up to 27 minutes. These two batteries also have battery redundancy and self-heating functionality so you can fly this drone even in extreme cold.
Want one? The Inspire 2 has prices starting from USD2,999 (around RM13,160) while the combo that includes the Zenmuse X5S and license keys for Adobe ProRes and CinemaDNG goes up to USD6,198 (around RM27,203).
For more info, check out the Inspire 2’s page on DJI’s website.