The Inspire 2 is possibly the most excellent flagship-level drone in existence nowadays and offers market-leading security functions, unbelievable manufacture quality, great app functionality and surprising optics – the latter of which can be upgraded as time goes on, protecting your early investment. However, the cost of that investment is the major sticking point. Read Dji Inspire 2 Review
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Astonishing manufacture quality
Excellent battery life
Abundance of features
Price is high compared to further consumer-oriented drones
The DJI Inspire 1 made relatively a splash when it first launched, offering a raft of cutting-edge features and the capability to swap out the camera lens depending on your shooting goals. It’s still one of the most excellent drones around, but the market is growing – and that’s where the Inspire 2 comes in.
While it looks incredibly much similar to the previous Inspire model, this new drone is packing a wide range of enhancements under its hood. It’s even better at avoiding obstacles, and ships alongside a new Zenmuse camera, the X5S. It as well as a double battery setup for greater than before stamina.
DJI’s competitors have upped their game in recent years, but the Inspire 2 is a diverse scheme exclusively, and comfortably leads the manufacturer’s range of flagship, professional-spec drones; the more frugal amongst you will be disappointed to learn that it costs a lot more than the company’s more consumer-focused Spark, Mavic, and Phantom lines.
Design – Dji Inspire 2
If you’re familiar with the DJI Inspire 1 then the Inspire 2 won’t come as too much of an astonishing, at least in terms of looks. It keeps hold of the same quad-prop layout as its forerunner, and once again utilizes super-tough carbon fiber matter for the arms, giving the drone inspiring strength.
DJI has revised the framework, too; gone is the white plastic of the previous model, and in its place, we have somewhat fetching magnesium aluminum composite. An added major change is the introduction of a new forward-facing FPV camera and obstacle-avoidance system, mounted in a bar on the front of the drone, and there’s also a dual-battery setup for greater than before stamina.
The net result is that the Inspire 2 looks even more like something that Skynet has sent back in time to kill John Connor than its predecessor.
The drone itself doesn’t have a camera attached, but you can pick one from DJI’s range of Zenmuse cameras (the one shipped with our review unit is the X5S). It’s promising to swap the camera out so that you have the right lens for the job at hand, making this the ideal machine for professional photographers and video creators who need entire control over their shooting setup.
Build and Handling – Dji Inspire 2
The original Inspire 1 was built like a tank, but the Inspire 2 is even tougher thanks to its revised aluminum shell. The carbon fiber arms mean bumps and bashes won’t damage the unit, with the only weak spots being the synthetic, quick-release propellers – which are simply replaceable should they get damaged – and the camera itself, which is also replaceable, though at a much greater cost.
The manufacturing quality is approximately irrelevant, however, because of the sheer number of countermeasures DJI has included in the Inspire 2. The aforementioned FPV camera and obstacle-avoidance system track for inward objects 30 meters ahead, while the upward-facing infrared sensors scan for matter five meters above the drone, which is useful when you’re flying in enclosed spaces. Terrain detection sensors fitted to the bottom of the Inspire 2 round off the package.
The upshot of all this tech is a drone which is (nearly) impossible to crash; it’s clever sufficient to avoid bumping into trees or smashing into the ground, though it’s worth noting that with the full suite of object avoidance features enabled you’re limited to a top speed of 45mph – should you feel sure enough, you can disable these to achieve speeds of around 58mph.
If your passion gets the better of you and you permit the drone to fly out of sight, the come back to home’ function means you won’t end up flushing your £6,000 investment down the toilet by misfortune.
All these features notwithstanding, it’s worth noting that the Inspire 2 is one of the most agile drones we’ve had the gratification to test. Not only is it lightning-fast, but it’s also fast to respond to user input and – when in the air – is as rock-steady as they come, even in the modest wind.
Performance – Dji Inspire 2
As was the case with the Inspire 1, the Inspire 2 is controlled with a dedicated remote that links to the drone via a powerful couple of antennae. There’s no screen, so you have to attach your Android and iOS Smartphone to the remote via a wired connection – you also need to install DJI’s GO 4 app, and not the DJI GO app used with the Inspire 1 and other, older DJI models.
Once you’re in the app you can perform tasks such as calibrating the camera, toggling beginner mode on and off (which limits the distance the drone can travel from its initial point) and much more besides. It’s also feasible to access the drone’s automated flight modes, one of which – Spotlight Pro – permits you to track moving objects with uncomforting accurateness.
While other drones have boasted this capability, Spotlight Pro is an actual step above anything else on the market. According to DJI, it utilizes “advanced visual tracking algorithms” to stick to moving objects like glue, offering up the type of images and footage that would, in usual circumstances, need a second camera operator to capture (which, incidentally, is also an choice with the Inspire 2 – it’s feasible to have one remote controlling the drone while a second ‘slave’ distant controls the camera).
Spotlight Pro is accessible in the TapFly, Waypoint, and Point of Interest intellectual flight’ modes, and is an amazingly potent addition to the Inspire 2’s already inspiring arsenal of features.
Battery life is always anxiety with drones, and when you consider all of the added techs that have been thrown into the Inspire 2, you’d be forgiven for fretting about the impact on stamina. However, DJI has thought of this and has included a dual-battery setup which boosts your flying time to around 25 minutes.
Naturally, this figure will differ depending on how hard you’re pushing the drone – we got over 25 minutes all through a mild flight – but it’s a solid benchmark to work to. Charging both batteries simultaneously is simple using the bundled charger – this has four slots in total, so you be able to purchase more batteries and keep them topped up at all times.
Video and photo capture
DJI’s Zenmuse line of cameras has grown-up alongside its range of drones, and the latest offering – the X5S – has been designed with the Inspire 2 in mind. A Micro Four Thirds snapper, it has a bigger sensor than previous iterations, which means extra detail and further vibrant colors. It actually is like having a high-end professional stills camera in the air, enabling you to take some truthfully awe-inspiring static images.
When it comes to video, the Inspire 2 – when twinned with the X5S – creates a setup which most industry experts would be envious of. 4K might be big news with other drones, but this bad boy can record in 5.2K, albeit at 30 frames per second. 4K is possible at 60 frames per second, and you can scale down to 720p if you wish – though when the footage is this good, heaven knows why you’d want to.
The Inspire 2 is a joyfulness to fly, with great responsiveness, unbelievable speed (even with the object avoidance systems switched on) and excellent stamina, thanks to its twin battery configuration. The DJI GO 4 app is packed with features, including some outstanding automated flying modes, and if you purchase the Inspire 2 alongside the Zenmuse X5S camera you’ve got one of the most excellent aerial images and video capture devices money can purchase.
We grumbled a bit at the cost of the Inspire 1, but the Inspire 2 is a whole new world of pricey. You’ll need to spend around £6,000 / $6,200 / AU$10, 70 to get the setup we’ve reviewed here, and when you consider that various people might not even spend that much on a car, DJI’s flagship offering is going to be completely out of reach for most casual users, making it a drone aimed almost exclusively at manufacturing professionals who will see a return on that investment.
The original Inspire 1 was an inspiring piece of kit, but the Inspire 2 outperforms it in practically every respect. The design has been improved, with cheap-looking synthetic being replaced by metal composite bodywork, while the vastly superior object avoidance tech means you can breathe a little easier as your luxurious investment takes to the skies.
A twin-battery arrangement gives more than 25 minutes of flight time, while the capability to swap camera lenses to suit your shooting goals will make this very eye-catching to serious photographers and video creators – it also ensures the drone is future-proofed to a degree. Add in an unbelievable and fully-featured Smartphone app and dedicated remote control and you’ve got a truthfully epic piece of kit – but the price tag for the most excellent package will put it out of the price range for casual drone users.
If you’re not too concerned with the enhanced object avoidance tech and 5.2K video footage, it might be wiser to consider the aging (but still great) Inspire 1 or the DJI Phantom 4, both of which can be purchased for a fraction of the price with no sacrificing too much essential functionality.