Inspire 2 – a professional drone for aerial footage
DJI, the leader of drones market has released Inspire 2, a drone with stunning flight capabilities and video processing, drone designed for professional aerial videography. In fact, there’s nothing more to expect from a DJI product, than performance and professionalism.
About Inspire 2
The Inspire 2 comes with the latest DJI technologies, but improved and updated, which are making this aircraft a very intelligent and advanced flying device. The most visible improvements comparing with Inspire 1 are the new aluminum alloy and magnesium case, the carbon fiber fuselage, the new CineCore 2.0 image processor (allowing to record videos in 4K), and a performant camera, Zenmuse X7 to capture perfect image quality ready to be used in big events or productions.
The H-fame carbon fiber pulls up after the drone’s take off allowing the camera to be able to make 360º rotations.
New sensors have been added, sensors that improve flying, detecting the obstacles in time, or maintaining the distance indoors to avoid crashing and delivering the best image quality. Let’s move along in detail and check the specifications, capabilities and experience flying an Inspire 2.
|Dimensions||605mm diagonal (without propellers).|
|Flight autonomy||Dual 25,600 mAh LiPo battery system, approx. 27 min.|
|Operating temperature||From -10º to 40ºC.|
|Control||With remote controller or mobile device ( iOS and Android ) with the DJI Go 4 application.|
|Vision system||Zenmuse X4S (one-inch sensor with 20MP resolution) and Zenmuse X5S (micro four-thirds with 20.8MP sensor) cameras FPV camera for FPV mode and Zenmuse X7 with 6K resolution|
|Additional features||Infrared sensors to improve positioning and obstacle detection. Also GPS as well as cameras for a smarter flight.|
|Prices||Inspire 2 – $3299, Inspire 2 X5S Standard Kit – $5299 and Inspire 2 X7 Advanced Kit – $9399|
With this weight, Inspire 2 has bigger autonomy than other drones have, thanks to the improved four engines and the dual TB50 battery system for energy supply. Also, being so compact, it is a drone which can be easy to carry in a backpack.
The flight time is based on the weather conditions and the actual flight. Used in smooth conditions, with a marked route, the Inspire 2 stays in air around 20 minutes. The flight time will decrease when suddenly accelerating or decelerating.
Inspire 2 camera specifications
The producer allows three cameras options – Zenmuse X4s, Zenmuse X5s and the Zenmuse X7. The last one has a light-sensitive Super 35mm sensor, providing optimal depth of field, which can grab in 6K resolution, with a 14bits color depth and can focus with great level of detail tiny objects impossible to focus with other lens model.
Apart of the 16mm lens used, Inspire 2 is also compatible with a series of DL mount lenses, developed by DJI.
Having a larger sensor than the previous model, X5s, the Zenmuse X7 has better results in light sensitivity, saving images in 5.2L Apple ProRes and CinemaDNG/RAW. Although it requires some training to achieve an optimal sequence while flying, the camera movements are very smooth.
The FPV camera
Regardless of the direction of the Zenmuse camera, the user can feel like in a video game while flying the drone. This option is very useful and eliminates a lot of issues like losing the vision of the drone because of obstacles, offering a much precise control over the aircraft.
How do you control an Inspire 2?
As a matter of fact, the Inspire 2 can be controlled by two pilots. One will control the aircraft and the other one will grab the footage.
The image is sent, from the drone to the CrystalSky screen equipped on the remote controller, trough the LightBridge System, delivering stable image video even when the aircraft is far away. This screen comes in two sizes with a 5.8.5″ or 7.85″ diagonals.
The remote controller follows the same line line like Phantom 4, being very accessible to get to the controls. After getting used to it, you will memorize the functions and you will have a more smoother flight.
Inspire 2 intelligent flying modes:
- ActiveTrack – the user can follow a defined subject
- TapFly – set the drone to fly in the direction of the point tapped on the display
- Spotlight Pro – the defined subject is followed regardless of the rotation or flight direction of the aircraft
Depending on the flight mode used, Inspire 2 can reach up to 94km/h remaining stable agile.
For real sensations and living the moments grabbed by Inspire 2, use it with DJI Goggles.
Without any doubts, the DJI Inspire 2 is a very important device to consider for any audiovisual producer, although it has been a few years since its release.