When DJI released the original Inspire drone, it was an immediate hit for filmmakers and photographers. Until then, if you wanted a drone that could carry a decent camera, you had to build it yourself, but DJI came along and suddenly anyone with $ 3000 to spend could get their hands on a professional 4K camcorder ready. to take off in the air. That was almost three years ago. Drone technology has grown in leaps and bounds since then, and nowadays you can get a 4K camera drone for under $ 500. But DJI has not been idle in recent years. At the end of 2016, the company unveiled the second generation of the Inspire: the DJI Inspire 2 . We had the chance to test high-end drones. Now is the time to share with you our analysis and conclusions after many hours of testing of all kinds.
Characteristics of a Drone
A number of features make the Inspire 2 stand out from the rest of the pack, but overall it just has more material under the hood.
Arguably the biggest innovation is its dual battery configuration, which gives the Inspire 2 a number of key advantages. Not only does this provide the drone with more flight time, it also protects it from battery malfunction, and more importantly, provides sufficient power for auxiliary systems like cameras, stabilizers, sensors, and processors.
Speaking of the camera, not only does this drone have a detachable and easily expandable Zenmuse camera (our test model comes with the X5S), but it also has a front-facing FPV camera, which allows the pilot to keep an eye on the drone and simultaneously control the Zenmuse camera.
It is also equipped with two inertial motion sensors, two barometers and dedicated processors for various subsystems, including the new obstacle avoidance sensors.
Finally, you can even fly with two controllers at the same time.
In terms of design, the Inspire 2 isn’t much different from the original Inspire 1 model. It sports the same propeller setup, the same retractable landing gear system, and more or less the same body style. There are, however, a few small design improvements that make the Inspire 2 more versatile and perform better than its predecessors.
Without a doubt, the most notable design change is the Inspire 2’s new forward-facing FPV camera and obstacle avoidance system.
Both systems are housed in a nose-mounted detector bar, which contains a small optical lens and two laser rangefinders.
Aesthetically this is a fairly minor change, but in terms of functionality, these systems offer a huge advantage. Obstacle avoidance allows the drone to prevent accidents on its own, while the FPV camera allows the pilot (or pilots) to follow the Inspire 2’s course, regardless of where the Zenmuse X5S is. find.
The build quality is, as we would expect from DJI, no debate possible. Even for a DJI drone, the Inspire 2 is particularly well built. The accessories feature a new locking system that ensures they will never come loose during flight, while the arms are made from the same super tough carbon fiber tubing that previous generations had. If this drone breaks down (which is unlikely), the only components that are likely to suffer serious damage are the accessories and the camera. Overall, the design is a great achievement. Instead of a massive overhaul, DJI has taken a winning formula and made a few small improvements, which we appreciate.
Battery life and Recharge Time
Battery life is greatly improved in the new Inspire 2. While the original and Pro versions average around 15 minutes per charge, the Inspire 2 is rated at 27 minutes of flight time.
In a simple hover test, we had a little over 25 minutes of flight time before the drone went into emergency landing mode, but of course, that’s not really a good reflection of the actual use.
During our normal flight tests, where we flew and used the drone’s many systems, we averaged about 23 minutes of flight time. Like any other drone, if you use features that require more processing power (obstacle avoidance, Active Track, etc.) you can expect to see a corresponding drop in flight times. As for the recharging time, you will need to allow about an hour for the battery to be fully charged.
After our hover test (which lowered the battery to 10% and caused DJI’s automated emergency landing sequence), the battery took about an hour and 20 minutes to charge to 100%.
If you do what most people do and land soon after the first “low power warning” appears, you’ll end up with about an hour of waiting to recharge. The hour-long recharge times aren’t particularly great but one thing we do appreciate is DJI’s new charger. It is designed to accommodate up to four batteries at a time and charge them simultaneously. If your batteries are not paired, the hub will intelligently charge cells based on power levels, up and down. If your batteries are paired, the pair with more stored power will charge first which means you’ll get back into the air faster and spend less time waiting for your batteries to fill up with juice.
In the air, the DJI Inspire 2 is a beast. It’s big, tough, outrageously stable and more reliable than any drone we’ve ever flown. Despite being a bit heavier than its smaller siblings, the Phantom and Mavic Pro, it’s just as fast and nimble. The acceleration is a bit slower due to the beast’s added weight and inertia but once it kicks in it feels great. DJI rates the Inspire 2 at a top speed of 94km / h, but with a good tailwind, you can easily push it up to 100km / h or more. This top speed is especially useful when shooting something that moves quickly like a car, for example. On the other hand, if you need to use the Inspire 2’s obstacle avoidance feature, you’ll be limited to a top speed of 78 km / h. It remains very fast for a flight assisted by the sensor.
In addition, the DJI Inspire 2 has many intelligent piloting features. In addition to DJI’s standard suite of smart flight modes (TapFly, Waypoint, Point of Interest, Active Track, etc.), the Inspire 2 also comes equipped with DJI’s new Spotlight Pro mode, which is extremely useful for filming moving objects. Spotlight Pro uses DJI’s visual tracking algorithms to focus on a subject during flight, regardless of the Inspire 2’s direction, allowing a single pilot to capture footage that would otherwise require a dedicated camera operator. If the gimbal approaches its rotation limits, the Inspire 2 will turn in the same direction without affecting flight control to free up gimbal movement. In other words, you can literally fly the drone in a circle around a moving subject and the camera will stay focused on it regardless of how the drone rotates. And that’s really just the start. With all the sensors and processing power built into the Inspire 2, the drone can fly on its own. And he’s not a figure of speech. On my first drive out, something went very wrong. Towards the end of the flight (which eventually got me about 2 miles from the take-off point), the Inspire 2’s battery level reached 30%. Since the drone was still set to the factory default settings, the Inspire 2 triggered its automatic return home feature. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, you can stop it with a button in the app. But unfortunately, I did not have this opportunity. Just when the Inspire 2 activated Return to Home mode, my phone rang. The “incoming call” message popped up on the DJI Go app (Android | iOS), I panicked, and when I finished fumbling around on my phone, the drone had already flown out of range, directly overhead. ‘a swampy area with quite a few trees.
The first few minutes I was in a state of pure panic. I thought I just lost a $ 6,000 drone and was already dreading the call I had to make to DJI. But then I remembered that the Inspire 2 is not a drone-like any other. So I crossed my fingers, hopped in the car, and headed back to the take-off point.
Sure enough, the Inspire 2 was there. Somehow he had managed to fly through a thick thicket of trees and foliage, completely devoid of any assistance, and back to the exact point from which he had taken off.
If that doesn’t inspire confidence in the drone’s autonomous flight capabilities, then I don’t know what to say.
Camera and Accessories
DJI Inspire 2 doesn’t come with a camera, but it’s designed to work with a handful of cameras from DJI’s Zenmuse line. Our test unit comes with a top-of-the-line Zenmuse X5S: a Micro Four Thirds camera designed from the ground up to work with the Inspire 2. In terms of capabilities, the X5S is a big step up from its predecessors, the Zenmuse X4S and X5R. More specifically, it has a larger sensor. With a pixel size of 3.4 microns, the 20.8-megapixel sensor can capture more detail than previous generations, and also has better color sensitivity and higher signal-to-noise ratio. As for resolution, it is capable of shooting 5.2K at 30fps, 4K at 60fps, and goes down as low as 720p.
You can also swap between any of 8 different lenses, ranging from 18mm to 90mm. This gives you more creative freedom and lets you choose the lens that works best for the moment you are trying to capture. Of course, you will have to pay extra for these lenses as they are not included in the base X5S package but it is always nice to have options available. Speaking of options, DJI also offers a range of awesome accessories for the camera system such as a dedicated 480 GB SSD drive specially designed to store images from the X5S and a long-range remote control remote that gives you Faster, tactile control over camera focus settings. So between lenses, storage options, and specialist controllers, the Inspire 2 gives you a lot of flexibility in how you shoot. Whether you are a hobbyist or a pro, this platform has the equipment you need to do a clean and neat job.
DJI has since released the Zenmuse X7 camera, the company’s first dedicated aerial camera to use a large Super35 sensor, the standard format of professional cinema cameras like Arri, Red, Blackmagic Conception, and Canon.
The Inspire 2 is, without a doubt, one of the best drones we’ve ever had the pleasure of flying.
The specs and features are top-notch but what makes this drone so special is its reliability. Usually, flying a $ 3,000 drone with a $ 3,000 camera would be a nerve-racking experience. It’s a lot of money lying precariously in the air. But DJI has gone the extra mile with the Inspire 2 to make sure it’s fundamentally foolproof and it’s a payoff. It’s one thing to build a drone that can carry a high-end camera, but it’s quite different to build one that’s safe and stable enough to be able to fly without having sweaty hands. If you buy this drone, you won’t just get a premium cinema quadcopter, you also get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your drone is safe from malfunctions. You can order it online.
Are there better options available?
Despite being an excellent drone, the Inspire 2 occupies a middle position between high-end drones and super-expensive elite cinematic drones. It is therefore clearly not within the reach of all budgets.
If you’re just an amateur pilot looking to capture some nice 4K videos that you can share on your YouTube channel, you probably don’t need an Inspire 2. DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro has the same flight modes, has a camera with a slightly smaller image sensor in its camera, and costs less than a quarter the price of the Inspire 2. The Phantom 4 is certainly not as rugged in its video capture capabilities, but for the average user, the Phantom 4 Pro is probably a better choice. If you’re a pro filmmaker and want something even more powerful, you’d be wise to explore the Matrice 600 drone from DJI. It’s even beefier than the Inspire 2 and can carry cutting-edge digital cinema cameras like the Red Epic and the Hasselblad A5D. But of course, it’s also more expensive. The drone itself costs $ 5,000, and that doesn’t take into account the gimbal and camera. A fully equipped Matrice 600 can cost up to $ 30,000. If what you’re looking for is a high-end drone like the Inspire 2, but with a lower price tag, you should check out Yuneec’s Tornado H920. This is a hexacopter with a suite of similar features and functionality, but it only costs $ 4,000 with the camera included. The drone’s properties are not as robust as those of DJI, and Yuneec’s CGO4 camera is a bit weaker than the Zenmuse X5S but Yuneec’s package offers better value for money.
What is the lifespan of the DJI Inspire 2?
Thanks to DJI’s evolutionary design and high-end specs, the Inspire 2 will likely remain at the top of its class for years to come. Of course, it will be dethroned by competitors and newer releases from DJI, but given the Inspire line’s slow launch cycle and future-oriented design, we could bet the Inspire 2 won’t go obsolete for at least four or five years.
Should you buy it?
Yes. If you’ve got $ 6,000 to spend and are looking for a drone to do some professional aerial kinematics out of the box, the Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X5S should obviously be on your radar.
DJI Goggles HDMI for DJI Inspire 2
Very high definition HD finally available with DJI which launches its 1920 × 1080 HD FPV immersion headphones at the end of May.
The video stream can be retrieved via an HDMI socket and the glasses have a control function with a head movement sensor that will allow you to direct and frame your camera in a very simple way and to benefit from a gaze on the world at the highest.
The incredible novelty comes from the fact that beyond the camera, in the case of the Mavic and the Phantom 4, Head Tracking makes it possible to “control both the yaw of the device and the vertical inclination of the gimbal with the head movements ”.
By turning the head we generate a lace to the right or to the left which stops by straightening the head.
The integrated HDMI socket and SD card allow you to directly watch TV or movies in your DJI Goggles headphones, it is even possible to play a video game with it!
With a design very studied to be comfortable to wear, these glasses will be the ideal companion for the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Adv or Pro, or the Inspire 2, those who wear glasses can keep them using the Goggles.
The latency of these FPV glasses is excellent with only 110ms, which is extremely efficient for full HD 1080p feedback. The DJI Goggles know how to communicate with different drones and devices thanks to the sockets integrated into the glasses. The Mavic Pro will use the OcuSync transmission in DJI mode, drones from previous generations (Phantom 4, Phantom 4 Advanced, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2) will connect via the USB port on the remote controller.
DJI Crystalsky 7.9 inch LCD Display
The crystal sky accessory incorporates a 7.85 ”screen
Compatible with Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 series, inspire series, Phantom 3 Osmo, Osmo Plusa, Osmo Pro, Osmo RAW
DJI crystal sky 7.85
Support for DJI CrystalSky
The Start RC Spray Casting Monitor Mounting Kit was designed for the DJI Crystalsky monitor. It adopts several stable structure designs and is compatible with most DJI devices, including DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Mavic Platinum, DJI Spark, DJI Phantom 4 series, Phantom 3 series, Inspire series and OSMO series.
It can also repair the phone or other Pads by changing some spare parts except the 5.5inch or 7.85inch Crystalsky Monitor.
With a bike holder can be attached remote control to the above bike, very perfect for fast cycling and cross-country, always illuminate your handsome or handsome.
The support assembly is also the fission structure design. The remote control holder is separate. It is easy to install and will not scratch the remote control.
Easy to install and remove, save time
Smart battery for DJI Inspire 2
Capacity: 4280 mAh
Battery type: 6S LiPo
Energy: 97.58 Wh
Net Weight: 515g
Charging temperature: 5 to 40 ° C
Operating temperature: From -10 to 40 ° C
Max charging power: 180W
480GB CineSSD for DJI Inspire 2
available 240 GB And 120 Gb
Solid State Drive (SSD) capacity: 480 GB Product
Solid State Drive (SSD) interface: PCI Express 3.0
NVM Express (NVMe) supported: Yes
Data transfer rate: 4.2 Gbit / s
DJI Zen Muse X5 for DJI Inspire 2
DJI Zenmuse X5. HD type: 4K Ultra HD
Maximum video resolution: 4608 x 3456 pixels
Video resolutions: 1920 x 1080,3840 x 2160,4096 x 2160 pixels. Supported image formats: DNG
JPG. A maximum number of openings: 1.7. Black color
Support variation range: -90 – 30 °
Support rotation range: 0 – 320 °. Compatible memory cards: MicroSD (TransFlash)
Maximum memory card size: 64 GB
DJI Zenmuse X7 for DJI Inspire 2
Designed for excellence
The X7 uses a Super 35 sensor, and its high-speed display supports RAW at 6K / 30fps and 3.9K / 59.94 FPS. The pixel size reaches 3.91 µm and the sensor diagonal length is 26.6 mm when recording. A sensor of this size offers greater light sensitivity and 14 stops of dynamic range – much wider than the 12.8 is listed on the Zenmuse x5s.
Also, the school ratio is 46dB, 8dB higher than x5s, and the tonal range is as high as 9.41 bits. Together, these features provide an unlimited number of creative possibilities for better workflow in the most demanding situations on the lot.
DJI dl-mount system
Taking advantage of new fsi-cu technologies, the X7 features finer light sensor interconnect, allowing the detection area to be reached via an incident from the widest angle to enhance photosensitivity. This allows for a more compact mount to be used on this sensor while maintaining excellent image quality.
DJI ZENMUSE X5s Camera for Drone Inspire 2
The Zenmuse X5S is the new high-end camera gimbal for the DJI Inspire 2 drone! Designed for professional aerial photography, it has a 20.8 MP micro 4/3 sensor that can shoot in 5.2K at 30 frames/second. The Cinecore 2.0 image processing system being integrated into the Inspire 2 drone, the X5S gimbal is now more agile and lighter!
Car charger for DJI Inspire 2 battery and controller
Suitable for batteries and DJI Inspire 2 controller.
2 port: 1 * battery chargers port and 1 * remote control charging port.
Input: 12-16v 10A. Output: 26.1V 4A 105 W.
Durable, faster and safer. Charging time: approx. 75 minutes.
Package: 1 * Charger for DJI 2 Inspire. Battery and controller are not included.
Suitcase Transport case for DJI Inspire 2
Carry your DJI Inspire 2 drone with this HPRC double case.
It has an additional side compartment that will allow you to store many accessories in addition to the radio controls and batteries already stored near the drone.
Classified IP67, it will resist water and dust, thus protecting the Inspire 2 and all its accessories.