The DJI Inspire 2 Is Ready To Fly
DJI’s Inspire One was and still is a huge success; sure, it cost a few extra bucks than most of us would pay, but it was well worth the effort. The reason why I’m talking about the drone in a past tense is because its sibling, the DJI Inspire 2, is now flying high in the sky – so to speak.
DJI Inspire 2 Specifications & Features
The Inspire 2 is in a league of its own, focused on industrial grade professional cinematography. Let’s not forget about the 67 mph (108 km/h) top speed, or the Spotlight Pro feature which automatically tracks a subject even beyond the rotation range of the 360-degree camera gimbal without interrupting flight.
Furthermore, ‘amateurs’ might also appreciate that Composition mode allows the drone to optically track a subject while keeping it locked to a non-central point of the screen, making for interesting shots.
Some of the obstacle avoidance gear is reminiscent of the Phantom 4 Pro, which means limited forward facing sensors will prevent the drone from crashing into objects while flying at speeds of up to 34 mph (55 km/h).
Upward facing sensors assist with indoor flight, downward facing sensors assist in stable hovering, all work together to create a 3D map of the area thus allowing the drone a safe return home. But, as I said: this thing is meant to cater to professionals.
As such, this flying camera platform benefits from an FPV camera with 2-axis stabilization, allowing the pilot to see straight ahead while the cinema camera is filming anything else. Backed-up by dual batteries, delivering 98 watt-hours of capacity and as much as 27 minutes of flight time, the drone will satisfy all needs.
Moreover, these batteries will even self-heat to compensate for high-altitude winter shoots. Dual inertial measurement units (IMUs), compasses and barometers are constantly looking out for the drone’s safety.
Advanced features allow the Inspire 2 to handle 5.2K RAW video recording at 4.2 Gbps, which means 4K ultra HD images are a breeze. Built-in CINESSD allows super-quick data transfer while on set, while professionals also have the option of recording straight into CinemaDNG or ProRes 5.2K – for an extra cost, of course.
Packing an upgraded version of the Lightbridge video transmission system, this drone is now capable of sending high-quality 1080p feeds from both the FPV and cinema camera, over a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km).
The Broadcast mode allows live-stream in 1080i or 720p direct to TV, which will make for some fun live videos.
DJI’s latest drone can be had for US $2,999, if you pre-order it, and that’s just the airframe.
A premium package includes the X5S camera and the CinemaDNG and Prores license keys, which will cost you $5,999. 480G CINESSD cards are another $899, and the quick CINESSD reader for your PC will add $149 to your bill. More accessories you can find in this article.
As you’d expect, not everyone is going to afford or need one of these, but the results will be amazing.