Well, well. DJI have seriously outdone themselves this time around.. Announcing not one but two amazing drones as well as new cameras and accessories. Lets look at the Inspire 2.
The Inspire 2 looks almost the same as the now retired Inspire 1 ( not really retired, just in my use case, they still sell and support it 🙂 ). The airframe looks and functions the same but it’s made of magnesium-aluminum alloy that DJI say reduces weight and increases stiffness. The body of the aircraft is similar in shape but this time it’s gray/silver not white. The arms remain carbon fibre.
As was expected, DJI have shoved two object avoidance cameras upfront just like the Mavic and Phantom 4 as well as downward sensors. They have also added infrared sensors on top of the aircraft that will also allow you to safely fly in confined areas better.
The Inspire 2 now comes with dual battery support. This allows the Inspire 2 to fly for 27 minutes of flight time and a top speed of 67 mph. The dual battery configuration not only gives you more flight time but redundancy in case of battery failure. The batteries are self heating so no need to carrying external heaters when flying in cold environments with no loss of performance all the way down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit ( -20 celsius ).
The Inspire 2 has a new prop/motor design and with the “high altitude” props the Inspire can fly at 16,404 feet above sea level ( or 5 km).
Like the original, the Inspire 2 has an interchangeable camera mount so you can swap cameras for your needs. With the launch, DJI gave us the Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras. The former features a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor with an f2.8 24mm lens (35mm equivalent) and a mechanical shutter. The latter is an interchangeable lens camera with a 20-megapixel micro four thirds sensor.
DJI has designed a new image processing system for the Inspire 2 meant to satisfy professional filmmakers. They call it CineCore 2.0, and it can capture 5.2K video at a whopping 4.2Gbps bitrate. To handle all that data, the Inspire 2 has added an onboard SSD ( optional ). Professionals will love the X5S as it supports formats like CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes ( with separate license purchase ). It can also support DNG RAW that captures 30-megapixel still images. Streaming broadcast quality video is also possible.
Another cool feature of the Inspire 2 is its operator camera. This is a small camera in the nose with tilt support that allows an operator to view flight direction ( first-person-view ) whilst the camera operator can concentrate on getting the best footage possible. The operator camera view is available in single operator mode in the GO App via PiP ( Picture in Picture )
The Remote controller is similar in design to the previous one. It uses the latest Lightbridge technology. can control the Inspire 2 up to 4.3 miles. Supports dual operator and has an extension port ( DJI focus can connect here ), HEMI port and USB port.
Noteworthy new features:
1: New CineCore 2.0 embedded image processing system
2: Captures 5.2K-resolution video at 4.2Gbps for Adobe CinemaDNG raw videos
3: Supported formats include Adobe CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422 HQ (5.2K, 4K) and ProRes 4444 XQ (4K), H.264 and H.265
4: Records 4K-resolution video in H.264 and H.265 with a bitrate up to 100Mbps
5: Streams video at broadcast standards of 1080i50/720p60
6: New propulsion system reaches 50 mph (kph) in 4 seconds
7: Top speed of 67 mph (108 kph)
8: Ascends at up to 23 feet per second (7 m/s) and descends at up to 30 feet per second (9 m/s)
9: New master and slave controller range extends to 328 feet and users can switch between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies
10: 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.
11: 0-50mph in just 4 seconds. Top speed of 67mph
12: Max descent speed of 9m/s
13: All-new imaging processing system records up to 5.2K CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes & more
* Record simultaneously to DJI CINESSD and a microSD card
* FAT32/exFAT universal file system
* new image system currently supports X3S and X5S cameras
* Broadcast mode with 1080i50 and 720p60 transmission signal
14: Return-to-home detects obstacles as far as 200m in front
15: Multiple slave controllers supported, master and slave can be up to 100m apart. Master sends HD video to Slave controller.