DJI Launches Inspire 2 & Phantom 4 Pro

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During their highly anticipated ‘Control / Create’ event in LA, DJI has announced the Inspire 2 / Phantom 4 Pro and Pro+ quadcopters. Here’s everything we know about these exciting new products so far.

NOTE: We will continue to update this blog across the week to ensure it remains up to date and features everything you need to know about the new product including Specs, Images and Insights from our team.


What You Need to Know

Here’s everything you need to know about these three awesome quadcopters:

DJI Inspire 2

The Inspire 2 is more powerful than its predecessor. It has a new magnesium-aluminum body which increases robustness while reducing weight. It has a top speed of 67 mph, and its battery life is enough for 25 of flight time. The Inspire 2 has a self-heating dual-battery system that can keep the drone flying even in frigid temperatures and can reach 16,400ft above sea level, although, there isn’t much chance of that with current regulations.

What’s most impressive though, is that the Inspire 2 is DJI’s first drone to feature two cameras. There’s the main camera for capturing footage, which is held underneath on a three-axis gimbal. The Inspire 2’s legs lift up just like the Inspire 1’s, so they won’t get in the way of your footage, and it’s free to rotate 360 degrees. In addition, there is also a front-mounted two-axis camera, allowing the pilot to always see where the drone is facing. The system is designed for dual operators: one to fly and one to frame the action, each with their own live video feed.

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If you’re choosing to fly alone, the Inspire 2 helps achieve some tougher shots through computer vision and autonomous navigation. Like the Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro, the Inspire 2 now has obstacle avoidance. Vision sensors are located on the front and bottom of the aircraft, and infrared sensors are sat on top. There’s also the computer vision system and automatic subject tracking you’ll recognise from the Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro. This means you can lock onto a subject and the camera will rotate to keep them in frame.

DJI has designed the Inspire 2 to satisfy professional filmmakers. They call it CineCore 2.0, and it captures 5.2K video at a 4.2Gbps bitrate. To handle all that data, the Inspire 2 has added an onboard SSD.

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The Inspire 2 is available with the new Zenmuse X4S or X5S camera. The latter features a micro 4/3 sensor and supports 10 different lenses, including zoom. And the system supports pro video compression formats including CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes. For photographers there is also DNG RAW mode for 30MP stills. It’s also able to stream video in broadcast-quality formats which is handy for users such as news crews.

Phantom 4 Pro (and Pro+)

It’s official, the next generation of the Phantom range is here.

First off, let’s take a look at the camera specs. Stills are recorded at 20MP in JPG or Raw DNG, with video available up to 4K quality at 60fps. 30 and 24fps shooting rates are also available. The camera also adds aperture control and features a mechanical shutter, eliminating the rolling shutter effect. Footage is compressed at 100Mbps using H.265 compression, up from the H.264 60Mbps format offered by the Phantom 4.

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The twist-and-lock rotors are still here and the battery capacity has increased. You’ll get an extra 2 minutes of flight time from the Pro, giving you approx 30 minutes. Realistically, expect the Pro to fly for 24 or 25mins.

The front obstacle avoidance sensors have been replicated on the rear, and now there are both Vision and infrared sensors on the sides. The downward-facing VPS is still included, which means that the the Phantom 4 Pro has almost 360 degrees of obstacle avoidance and enhanced positioning. Front and rear sensors can detect obstacles 98ft, and the side sensors at 23ft.

The Phantom 4 Pro can fly at up to 31mph with obstacle avoidance enabled, so you can benefit from high-speed shots in any direction, without worrying that you’ll crash your drone. You can switch to Sport mode for faster flight, but you’ll need to be very careful as there’s no sort of obstacle detection available when pushing the throttle to 45mph.

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The standard remote control is very similar to that of the Phantom 4, with a clip to hold your smartphone or tablet. But now there’s an option for pilots who prefer not to use their mobile device. The Pro+ comes with a remote featuring an integrated tablet which has been preloaded with the DJI Go app which the company claim is suitable for use even in sunny conditions. The Pro+ remote features a microSD card slot, as well as a GPS and a mini HDMI output port for live broadcasting.

While the Phantom 4 Pro has all the modes you’ll recognise from its predecessor, there are also some new and enhanced features. Narrow Sensing makes it possible to fly through tight environments and there’s also a ‘Draw’ mode, which lets you draw a line path on a map for the Pro to follow.

Active Track has also been enhanced so that it can work backward or sideways. Likewise, TapFly lets you fly backwards and supports ‘Free’ mode, which rotates the aircraft as it moves along its path, without changing flight direction.


Key Features

See below for what we consider to be the key information from DJI’s Inspire 2 / Phantom 4 Pro product launch.

DJI Inspire 2

  • Flight time: 25-27mins
  • Control range: 7km
  • Speed: 30M/S
  • Video resolution 5.2K/4K
  • Sensory range: 30M
  • Live view: 1080p

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

  • 1″ 20MP sensor capable of 4K/60fps & 14fps Stills
  • Mechanical Shutter
  • H.264 and H.265 Encoding
  • FlightAutonomy
  • Infrared sensing system
  • 4.3mi/7km transmission range
  • 30min flight time
  • “Draw” waypoint control
  • Active Track
    • Trace
    • Profile
    • Spotlight

Phantom 4 Pro+

  • Dual Frequencies from Phantom 4 Pro and:
  • Included 5.5″ 1080P Display with 1000 cd/m2 brightness (twice that of normal smartphones
  • Integration of Tx, Display & App allow for an even greater reduction in Video Lag
  • Built-in HDMI Port, microSD card slot, microphone, embedded loudspeaker and Wifi connection allow images to be edited and shared on the go almost instantly
  • Five-hour battery life on the TX with display

 


Gallery

See below for a comprehensive Inspire 2 / Phantom 4 Pro gallery that will be added to as more images are released: