Drone maker DJI has announced a new version of its popular Inspire quadrocopter. The new drone is faster, lighter, smarter, and flies for longer than the original, as well as boasts two cameras. But while DJI’s other drones, including the new Mavic Pro, are aimed at consumers, the Inspire 2 is designed for Hollywood filmmakers not hobbyists – and has been priced accordingly.
Fortunately, the Inspire 2’s specs are as sky high as it’s price tag.The drone has also been made out of a magnesium-aluminum alloy for increased stiffness while reducing its weight. The drone’s top speed has been boosted from 50 miles per hour (mph) to 67mph. It also can fly over three miles above sea level with added high altitude propellers. It can also reach those heights incredibly quickly – the Inspire 2 can climb 20 feet per second!
It’s flight time has been extended from 18 to 27 minutes thanks to a new dual battery system. Having two batteries ensures that if one fails during a flight, the other will be able to provide power for the Inspire 2 to return home safe. The batteries are also self-heating so the drone can film in even the coldest conditions – minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit) to be exact.
However, the Inspire 2’s main draw for filmmakers is it’s two cameras. The main one is slung underneath the drone on a three-axis gimbal. Just like the original Inspire, the drone’s legs lift up so they won’t block the cameras view, and the camera can also freely rotate 360 degrees. The second camera is simple forward-facing camera that offers the pilot the best flight view. This means that it is aimed at two users: a pilot whose job is to just fly the drone, and the director who will be able to use the drone’s main camera to capture and frame the action.
If you do find yourself flying solo, the drone has also been enhanced with the same autonomous navigation as DJI’s Phantom 4 and Maven Pro, so you focus on taking cinematic shots. Vision sensors are built into the front and bottom of the of the Inspire 2 to help it detect obstacles while upward-facing infrared sensors add protection when flying the drone indoors.
The Inspire 2 starts from £3,060/$3,000 and is available to preorder now with shipping in January. If that’s beyond your budget, DJI has also launched a Phantom 4 Pro with an improved camera, greater battery life and additional intelligent flight modes for £1,590.
For more information on the DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro, visit dji.com.