The DJI Inspire 2 is a total remake of the original professional and connoisseur-ready DJI Inspire 1. And DJI did go pleasantly overboard in radically improving its latest baby across all parameters, enabling it therefore to stand toe-to-toe with the best out there and confidently slug it out for supremacy and bragging rights.
Image-wise, both generations are difficult to tell apart, and are seemingly alien-looking crafts requiring only rocket pods and missile launchers to complete their sinister look. But the latter sibling additionally comes Spartan-armored in a magnesium-aluminum alloy for both increased stiffness and lighter weight. It also sports dual sensors on the belly to avoid obstacles and presumably do gymnastic hurdles, as well as infrared sensors on top so you won’t bang it up when flying it indoors.
Not to worry, it lasts pretty long between the sheets as dual batteries provide up to 27 minutes of flight time. Why 2 batteries you might ask? Well, in case one fails, the other assumes the posish. You wouldn’t want your pricey gizmo to fall out of the sky like a rock would you? The batteries are additionally and conveniently self-heated, making it possible to utilize the drone in conditions of up to -4 Degrees Fahrenheit.
If you want to go higher and possibly pull God’s beard, all you have to do is to swap the Inspire 2’s normal propellers with high altitude versions that can go up a dizzy 16, 404 feet, way up the wide blue beyond. Top speed is a Lamborghini-fast 67 MPH, and it can drag-accelerate to 50 MPH in just 4 crazy seconds.
On the camera frontier, the new kid on the block sports interchangeable dual cameras. These are the rather creatively named Zenmuse X4S and the X5S shooters. While the first sports a 1-inch 20-MP sensor with an f2.8 24mm lens and a mechanical shutter, the second has an interchangeable lens camera with a 20-MP micro four thirds sensor. The main camera which can freely rotate 360- degrees to catch all the action is slung underneath on a three-axis gimbal. While the secondary shooter is out front for the pilot to see with. The cameras can additionally stream video at broadcast standards of 1080i50/720p60. It additionally comes equipped with a new image processing system called the CineCore 2 which enables capturing of 5.2K resolution video at a positively awesome 4.2Gbps for Adobe CinemaDNG . It also records 4K-resolution video in H.264 and H.265 with a bitrate up to 100Mbps. For storing all these, an SSD is conveniently available in the drone.
Inspires have traditionally had the capability of permitting two individuals -camera operator and pilot- to simultaneously utilize its magics on dual screens, and this one is no different. The Inspire 2 eminently makes this possible and adds a frontal camera that enables the pilot to see exactly where he/she is going and confidently fly his craft. All while the camera operator is shooting hopefully award-winning pictures and video.
Availability is from January next year. But sadly, all these isn’t going to come cheap and you might have to start raiding the college fund to get one. Price starts at $3,000 to up to $6,200 with the Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG, and the Apple ProRes license key thrown in. Pricing may vary on different models and peripherals.
- Weight: 7.25 lbs
- Max Forward Speed: 67 MPH
- Max Ascent Speed: P-mode/A-mode: 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s); S-mode: 19.7 ft/s (6 m/s)
- Max Descent Speed: Vertical: 13.1 ft/s (4 m/s); Tilt: 13.1-29.5 ft/s (4-9 m/s) Default tilt is 13.1 ft/s (4 m/s).
- Max Ceiling: 1.55 mi (2500 m); 3.1 mi (5000 m with specially-designed propeller)
- Max Flight Time: 27 min
- Operating Temp: -4° to 104° F
- Satellite Systems: GPS & GLONASS
- Obstacle Sensory Range: 2.3 – 98.4 feet
- Gimbal Control Range: -90° – +30°
- Lens FOV: Horizontal: 60°; Vertical: 54°
- Max Image Size: 4000×3000
- Max Video Size: 4096×2160
- Max Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
- File Systems: FAT32, exFAT
- Photo Formats: JPEG, DNG
- Video Formats: MP4, MOV, MPEG
- Remote Frequency: 2.400-2.483 GHz; 5.725-5.850 GHz
- Max Transmission Range: 2.4 GHz: 4.3 miles
- Charger: 26.1 v, 180 w
- Battery: LiPo 6S, 4280 mAh, 22.8v
Get the DJI Inspire 2 from the official website.