To drone and aerial photography enthusiasts, DJI is a household name. And while the brand is best-known for its Phantom series of drones, the Inspire 1 may just be DJI’s new superstar. This is the brand’s most advanced drone yet, and it lets you capture the world around you in a whole new way.
When you take a closer look at the drone’s features, it’s easy to see why the Inspire 1 may just be a game changer in the civilian drone world.
Inspire 1 Features
The Inspire 1 features an advanced design, and it’s ready to fly out of the box. It’s super lightweight, flexible and stable. DJI really advanced the design and construction of this drone to improve the user’s experience.
But keep in mind here, this drone is designed for professionals. If you’re an amateur filmmaker with a small budget, the Inspire 1 may be out of your reach.
If you’re a professional, this drone comes with a laundry list of features that will have you ready to hit the “buy now” button halfway through.
Transforming Aerodynamic Design
The Inspire 1’s arms are made out of ultra-durable carbon fiber. Unlike other drones, this quadcopter’s arms actually transform, moving upward and out of the camera’s way with just one flick of a switch. This gives you a complete 360 degree, unobstructed view of the world around you.
It doesn’t matter what direction you’re flying in, you can tilt the camera any which way to capture the action as it happens.
The Inspire 1 was designed to be customizable and upgradable. Remove the camera anytime you want to transport your drone safely, or to upgrade to better technology.
New and Improved Gimbal
DJI is already well-known for its superior gimbal technology. The new and improved gimbal on the Inspire 1 further improves stabilization, so you can capture crystal clear images and video no matter what the flight conditions are.
The Inspire 1 features DJI’s most advanced camera yet.
- 12MP still photos
- Video capture at 4K @ 24-30fps and 1080p @ 24-60fps
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
- 360 degree rotating, 3-axis gimbal
- 94 degree FOV
- Advanced lens with 9 elements in 9 groups
Live HD Feed
The Inspire 1 is an all-in-one system that gives you everything you need to capture professional quality video.
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Forget having to use third party equipment and hardware to preview your footage; you can view a live HD stream of your camera right on your mobile device.
And thanks to DJI’s Lightbridge technology, you can transfer video from up to 2km away.
For more precise shots and angles, a second controller can be used by another person to control just the flight path or the camera. Each user will have their own screen, so they can see exactly what the camera sees or where the drone is flying.
The new Inspire 1 doesn’t limit your creativity. You can use the drone indoors or outdoors. And when you’re flying indoors, you can use the vision positioning system instead of the GPS to find the perfect angle for your shot.
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DJI incorporates its Optical Flow technology into this drone to simplify indoor flight. Even if GPS is unavailable, the drone will hold its position, listen to your commands and stop when you release the controls.
Advanced Battery Management
Battery management can be a challenge with most drones, but the Inspire 1 changes the game with an intelligent management system. Not only will it let you know how much time you have left, but the Inspire will also calculate how long it takes to return home to let you know when it’s time to head back home.
View live reports of each cell’s voltage, the health of the battery and how many times the battery has been charged and discharged.
DJI’s smartphone app gives you complete control over your flight experience and your camera. Inside the app, you’ll find manual controls, a live map and radar, auto take-off and landing options, flight details (like distance, altitude and speed) and dynamic home point.
The Inspire 1’s controller is DJI’s most advanced. It features dedicated buttons for easy video and photo capture as well as a dial that controls the gimbal. The USB and HDMI ports allow you to connect your controller to your mobile devices and view a live HD stream of your camera.
- Flight time: About 18 minutes
- DJI 3510 motor
- DJI 1345 propellers
- Weight (with battery): 2935g
- Max ascent: 5m/s
- Max tilt angle: 35 degrees
- ZENMUSE X3 Gimbal
What Others Are Saying
The DJI Inspire 1 just started its second round of pre-orders, so not too many people have really been able to review or test this drone first-hand.
Of course, there have been some people in the media who’ve had the pleasure of piloting the Inspire 1, like the folks at Make:. As you can see, the quality of the raw footage is really impressive.
It’s hard not to get excited about any drone DJI releases because they’re a leader in the industry. And the Inspire 1 definitely doesn’t disappoint.
But here’s the thing: this drone is really designed for professional users. I say this not because it’s hard to fly or a complicated piece of equipment; I say this because of the price tag and the advanced imaging technology the drone uses. With just one single remote (there is a dual remote option), the Inspire 1 costs $2,899. That’s a steep price for hobbyists and amateur filmmakers.
For professionals, this is actually a great price, and the drone itself will let you capture unique and interesting shots like never before. The Inspire 1 means you don’t have to rent a helicopter just to get those really great aerial shots. And precise flight path controls mean that you can plan your shots with precision. If you’re serious about aerial photography or videography, the Inspire 1 is one of – if not the – best drones on the market today.
- Meet the DJI Inspire 1, the Most Advanced 4K Prosumer Drone to Date – on NoFilmSchool.com
- DJI Inspire 1 Hands-On: A Badass Drone That Shoots Lovely 4K Video – on Gizmodo.com.au
- DJI Introduces The $2,800 Inspire 1 Transforming Drone – on TechCrunch.com
- DJI Inspire 1 Real World Preview with 4k DRONE Footage – on YouTube.com
- 7 Factors to Consider When Buying a New Drone or Quadcopter