DJI, is undoubtedly the leading drone manufacturer currently present in the world. Its dominance in the market is visible by the popularity of their products. The main motive behind Inspire 1 was to have the professionals acquire it in order to shoot at such high level. DJI already have a steady market for consumer drones but Inspire 1 definitely boosted the mindset of consumers to try out flying it as it was not that expensive to be completely ignored. Now the company has released the upgraded version of their Inspire series (Inspire 2) which is absolutely for the professional aerial filmmakers.
Inspire 2 is revamped and made in a way so that it lasts longer in terms of its durability as a product. It’s more tough supported by magnesium-aluminium body which DJI claims to increase stiffness while lowering height. Another feature which is crazy is its ability to reach 80kmph in just 4 seconds and can go up to 108kmph. It’s equipped with dual batteries which prolong the flight time to 27 minutes, while its technology to self-heat allows it to function properly in low temperatures as well.
Inspire 2 is upgraded with new image processing system which records up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more with an X4S. Alongside with the drone Zenmuse X$S and X5S cameras are launched as well. The exciting feature is it will be featuring not one but two cameras. The first camera is placed at similar position like the old one while another one is placed on the front which will allow the pilot to know where the drone is headed.
- New CineCore 2.0 embedded image processing system
- Captures 5.2K-resolution video at 4.2Gbps for Adobe CinemaDNG raw videos
- Supported formats include Adobe CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422 HQ (5.2K, 4K) and ProRes 4444 XQ (4K), H.264 and H.265
- Records 4K-resolution video in H.264 and H.265 with a bit rate up to 100Mbps
- Streams video at broadcast standards of 1080i50/720p60
- New propulsion system reaches 50 mph (kph) in 4 seconds
- Top speed of 67 mph (108 kph)
- Ascends at up to 23 feet per second (7 m/s)
- Descends at up to 30 feet per second (9 m/s)
- New master and slave controller range extends to 328 feet
- Users can switch between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies
- Optional DJI Crystalsky high-brightness IPS monitors available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes which reduce video transmission latency and have dual microSD
- Card slots for backups, transfers and playback.
The inspire 2 body starts at $2,999 which is approximately 2.5 lac rupees, to make it fully functional you need to buy accessories which will cost together around $6300. Now it will be very tricky to see if the aerial community will acquire the drone for their needs. Hope upcoming reviews will solve all our confusions but it’s exciting to see the progress we are having in terms of aerial film-making. For more head on to DJI’s website for in-depth analysis of other features.
Some Pros and Cons:
- Tougher, way faster and powerful
- Multi-camera support
- Efficient workflow
- Intelligent handling
- Increased reliability
- Excellent environment awareness system
- Too many accessories
- Cumbersome setup
- Not consumer friendly