DJI Inspire 2 Technology Review | Why You Need a Dual Operator Drone | 317 Aerials
When it comes to performance and specifications, the DJI Inspire 2 is truly in a league of its own. Dubbed the “Lamborghini of Drones” this rig is everything you desire in cinematic drone rig. Featuring a magnesium alloy body, carbon fiber accents, dual operator setup, forward & upward collision avoidance, the Zenmuse X5s (lens swappable micro 4/3rds), and a 0-50 time in under 5 seconds; this is one of the most powerful drones on the market and an ideal candidate for those involved in drone videography.
The standout feature is the dual operator mode on a DJI Inspire 2. It enables one user to fly the drone while the other is responsible for framing the action. At the same time, this is one of the most impressive drones with a solid construction, high-speed recording functionality, an excellent level of responsiveness, and the capabilities to carry two separate cameras. One FPV camera for the pilot and a 360-spinning cinema camera at the bottom
Simply put, the DJI Inspire 2 is the best dual operator drone available but let us take a closer look at the range of features and specifications:
DJI Inspire 2 Review - Specifications
• Maximum Speed – 67 mph..scratch that- 58 mph after DJI update :(
• Max Distance of 4.3 miles or 7 km
• Flight Time of 27 minutes
• 0 to 50 mph Acceleration in 5 Seconds
• Optional Camera: Zenmuse X4S 8.22mm Lens with 1-inch sensor
• Optional Camera: Zenmuse X5S - Interchangeable Lenses
(We use a 12mm & 45mm lens)
• Optional Camera: Zenmuse X7 Swappable Lens
(Way too expensive to review at the moment….)
• CinemaDNG & ProRes Recording
• 5.2K Gimbal Camera Compatibility
• CineCore 2.0 Image Processing
• Dual Battery Packs (expensive but worth every penny)
• Crystal Sky Monitors..AMAZING
• Focus Handwheel for Precision Manual Focus
• New Intelligent Flight Modes such as Spotlight Pro and Smart Return-to-Home
DJI Inspire 2 - Features
The high-end quality of a DJI Inspire 2 is apparent from the outset. It's massive four rotors are powerful and provide the best in speed, power, and stability. You definitely tell the difference in agility between the Mavic, Phantom 4, and the Inspire 2. The Inspire 2 is planted and stops on a dime with precision and minimal drift.
The real weight comes the dual battery setup. I love this feature because it offers 2 full size batteries to operate the drone. The combined power offers roughly 30 minutes of flying. Another advantage is if one battery were to fail, the 2nd one will get the drone back safely. With my older Phantom 4, the battery failed midflight and came crashing down from the sky. This could’ve been avoided if a safety backup was installed. The batteries can also “hot swap” meaning when you need to change out dead packs with fresh batteries, you no longer have to shut down and restart your drone. The first battery keeps the drone powered on while the second is being replaced.
You will find the landing gear carries clever engineering and this retracts once airborne which grants the cameras an unobstructed view. As for the magnesium alloy body, this is a vast improvement over the plastic shell used by most drones, while the landing gear is comprised of solid carbon fiber.
Camera Functionality - Zenmuse X4S
Zenmuse X4S works in conjunction with the Inspire 2's integrated forward-facing camera which has an inbuilt 2-axis gimbal stabilization. As a result, this provides a constant forward video feed, in addition to the under hanging 3-axis gimbal camera used for video capture.
This camera is very similar to the 1 inch sensor on the DJI Phantom 4 PRO. The color and resolution are better than most lower end DSLR cameras. Overall this is a very capable camera however its lack of interchangeable lenses make it the least expensive of the three cameras
Zenmuse X5S - Camera Quality
The DJI Inspire 2 utilizes the CineCore 2.0 engine which captures video at 5.2K video resolution at a massive bitrate of 4.2GBps. This excellent drone even has an on-board SSD to handle the high-resolution video capture. Furthermore, the Zenmuse X5S is a 20-megapixel digital camera with a 1-inch sensor and a massive maximum ISO rating of 12,800.
What does this mean? Essentially, your videos are crystal clear with 4K/60 H.264 4K/30 H.265 and 1080p/120 FPS recording, while the 5.2K video is oversampled to 4K in real-time. Regarding the lens, the 8.2mm/F28-11 has low distortion and excellent radial dispersion. This lens also has a leaf shutter capable of 1/2000 shutter speed, which guarantees perfect shots no matter what speed the user, or the target, is moving.
Note - Photographers will love the DNG RAW mode which allows still images of up to 30-megapixels.
DJI Inspire 2 - Advantages
• Self-Heating Dual Battery – Capable of Flying in Cold Weather
• Capability to House Two Extra Batteries HOT SWAP CAPABLE
• Magnesium-Aluminum Body
• Quick & Accurate GPS
• Obstacle Avoidance
• Image Stabilization
• Follow-Me Mode
• Video Downlink
• Wi-Fi Enabled
• Hefty Firmware Updates
• Heavy Bulky Carry Case
(Pain in the butt to take on flights and cram into a trunk)
• Price…….$hit is EXPENSIVE
• Still no X5S OSMO Handle....
• No FLIR attachment
Comparison to DJI Inspire 1
When compared to the first incarnation, the DJI Inspire 2 is significantly huge improvement. The Inspire 1 did not include Dual cameras, dual batteries, or any form of collision avoidance. These safety advancements alone is worth the upgrade from the Inspire 1. It also suffered from video break up over long distances, while the video recording of the Inspire 2 is almost flawless.
While you may be able to purchase this model cheaper or even used. We wouldn't recommend using the DJI Inspire 1. While it still is a capable drone over most; the advancements of Inspire 2 make this model feel like the Beta Tested verison from DJI. The Inspire 2 is well sorted out.
Whether you are a local photographer, video producer, someone who flies for fun, a professional hollywood set, or avid drone nerd, the DJI Inspire 2 is the perfect drone for you. That is to say; there is no better option for drone videography, while the high-quality craftsmanship ensures reliable service every time. It is a highly responsive drone due to the weight, intelligent software, and powerful motors
Overall, this impressive drone is capable of producing outstanding results and while outright beginners may find the DJI Inspire 2 a slight learning curve, rest assured this is likely the best drone on the market for any level of experience.
317 Aerials highly recommends 9/10
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