Take the ease of use, specs and functions of DJI’s renowned Phantom (specifically the Phantom 2 Vision +). Double the maximum frame rate of the on-board, Sony Exmor sensor-equipped, stabilized camera to 60fps in 1080p. Up the maximum resolution to 4K with frame rates up to 30p. Increase level flight speed without wind from 15m/s to 22 m/s and increase the range of motion for the camera both horizontally and vertically.
Finally, add a dollop of awesomeness like the ability to fly indoors without GPS courtesy of downward facing sensors – and landing struts which electronically rise out of the way allowing clearer views.
(I can practically hear my 7th grade English teacher screaming at me to distinguish between the Grand Canyon – truly awesome; and platform shoes, not so much. Mr. Lamm, forgive me.)
Yes, flight time is reduced by a few minutes relative to the Vision +, and yes, it’s more than twice as heavy (and twice as expensive).
This is a mouthwateringly, covetable piece of kit.
DJI Inspire 1 4K Video Camera Drone
DJI's new Inspire 1 camera drone has a 4K video camera with 12MP still capture, an unobstructed forward-facing view, and fascinating possibilities.
Note: The DJI Inspire 1 can be pre-ordered now from Adorama and will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until orders are shipped.
With interest in aerial photography and videography at an all-time high (the market for drones is predicted to be over $80 billion by 2025, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International), DJI has unveiled the DJI Inspire 1, a flying video and still photography platform that they're calling a “game changer.” The lightweight, durable flying machine carries a 4K video camera, and its carbon-fiber arms can be moved out of the way in flight to provide a 360-degree unobstructed view. A remote control unit offers a full array of auto and manual exposure, focus, and positioning options, and the unit is capable stable flight in both outdoor and indoor situations.
DJI Inspire 1 Key Features
- 4K video capture at 30/24fps, 1080p at 24, 30 or 60fps
- 12MP Still photography
- 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor
- 94-degree field of view
- 3-axis, 360-degree rotating gimbal
- Camera is removable for future upgrades
- Real-time Feed on mobile device
- Indoor flight capable
- Manual mode for all settings
- Live map, radar
- 18 minutes of flight time
- Auto Takeoff, Landing
- Flight telemetry
- Customizable remote control
Weighing in at a relatively lightweight 6 pounds, the DJI Inspire 1 is said to be more advanced than the DJU Phantom drone. It can fly as high as 300 meters, fly at speeds up to 45 miles per hour, and has a range of up to 700 meters from the operator. It is programmed to return to its takeoff location automatically if it loses its connection with the operator, if its battery is about to run out of power. The Inspire 1's flight time—18 minutes, is shorter than the Phantom's 25-minute limit.
The 4K video camera—DJI's first—can be rotated 360 degrees (see above). The carbon-fiber propeller arms can lift out of the way while the unit is in flight for an unobstructed view. HD video can be streamed back to a mobile device in real time using an App. An optional dual-operator control is available so one person can pilot the drone while another operates the camera. Also of interest: A new flight control system features a downward-facing camera (shown below) that helps stabilize the drone in situations where the GPS lock won't work. Called Optical Flow technology, the unit also uses sonic waves to hold position, stop and respond to commands when GPS is unavailable.
See full features and specifications of DJI Inspire 1 at Adorama
(cover photo credit: snap from Adorama)