DJI announced two new drones recently. They are both updates of drones that are already industry standards in their own right. The Inspire 2 is an update to the Inspire 1 and is used by high-end film and video creators. The Phantom 4 Pro is an update to the regular Phantom 4 used by professionals and hobbyists alike due partially to its ease of use.
The DJI Inspire 2 features a magnesium-alloy body and a top speed of 67 mph. It now features a dual battery systems that increases flight time to 27 minutes while only taking 4 seconds to accelerate to a speed of 50mph. There are two camera feeds now- one that is dedicated just for the pilot via a forward facing camera and the feed from the professional Zenmuse camera mounted on the main gimbal. The Inspire 2 supports the brand new Zenmuse X4S and X5s cameras.
One the inside, the Inspire 2 has a new image processing system called Cinecore 2.0 that allows processing of larger files faster. The Inspire 2 can capture 5.2k video at 4.2Gpbs and uses a new, fast CineSSD storage for faster workflow. If you are recording 4k video in H264 or H265 video compression; the bitrate is up to 100mpbs. The Inspire 2 can reach some amazing altitudes. If you install optional high altitude propellers; the inspire can reach a maximum of 16,000 feet above sea level. Wow, talk about some ups!!
The dual battery system helps to ensure that if one battery dies during flight the aircraft will have sufficient power to land. Dual vision sensors for obstacle detection are included, while upward facing infrared sensors have been added for indoor flights.
There are several intelligent flight mode options on the Inspire 2. Spotlight Pro Mode is an very interesting feature that locks on to a subject during flight while the aircraft flies freely in another direction. TapFly is a feature for the forward facing camera that takes the Inspire to any point on the screen while avoiding obstacles along the way. Finally there is the familiar ActiveTrack that recognizes and follows familiar objects when directed to- such as people, animals or cars. The Inspire can be directed to ActiveTrack in front of, behind, along-side, or circle above an object.
Finally, there will be several interchangeable Zenmuse cameras that can be used with the Inspire 2. Both the Zenmuse X4s and X5s will be adaptable to the Inspire 2. In addition there will a litany of accessories and upgrades available for the Inspire 2. Stay tuned for more information as it is available.
Phantom 4 Pro
The Phantom 4 Pro has made some nice upgrades to their base level model with the Pro version. The camera has been upgraded and now features a 1-inch, 20 megapixel sensor. In addition, it has almost 12 stops of dynamic range that offers an unparalleled level of detail and low light performance for a drone in this price range. The Phantom 4 Pro can capture slow-motion 4k video up to 60fps and can shoot 14 photos per second in burst mode. In addition, you can also control the lens aperture allowing you to have control over the depth of field of your image. Finally, the Phantom 4 Pro offers H.265 compression for better video quality at the same bit rate.
The Phantom 4 Pro has updated their obstacle avoidance system with Flight Autonomy- a series of 3 visual systems that creates sensors on all 4 sides. Essentially, the drone can avoid objects in all directions now. The Phantom 4 Pro also has a higher performance battery that now provides up to 30 minutes of flight time compared with the 28 (or even 23 that some reported on the regular Phantom 4).
The Phantom 4 Pro has added several new features like the inspire when it comes to tracking objects. Its also easier for it to fly through tight spaces autonomously. These intelligent flight modes make the Phantom 4 one of the smartest in its price range. Draw mode allows the user to draw lines on the display that direct the Phantom 4 to that route. ActiveTrack functions the same way it does on the Inspire- tracking common objects when directed to. However, ActiveTrack does include three new modes- Spotlight, Profile, and New Circle. Another new feature is a built in safety feature takes place if the drone loses GPS signal. The Phantom 4 Pro will return to its last connected position, hover there and wait for direction.
One of the most obvious upgrades to the Phantom 4 Pro is the addition of a new remote controller. However, the new controller does not come with the base level package (the standard controller does). The new controller is smaller, has a high luminance display, which provides “clear and vivid live HD view from the main camera as well as essential telemetry data, even in direct sunlight.” In addition, the drone chooses between 2.4 and 5.8GhZ once active to gain a clear signal in any area. The upgraded controller has an HDMI port, Micro-SD card slot, and built in GPS.