Within days of the Mavic Pro, DJI has revealed two of its most advanced drones to date: the cutting-edge Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro. Both models build upon the lauded design and performance of their predecessors, porting over the best of their features and refining them for an unrivaled aerial experience.
The new Inspire 2 features a body design similar to that of its forebear; however, this time it uses a magnesium-aluminum shell for improved rigidity. Like the Mavic Pro, the Inspire 2 is now equipped with obstacle-avoidance sensors that allow it to detect objects up to 98′ ahead and 16′ above, enabling protected flights indoors and out. Another design upgrade, as well as an added layer of security, is the new dual-battery system, which extends flight times to up to 27 minutes with the X4S camera, and acts as a safety valve in the event of battery failure. Further enhancements include a powerful new propulsion system, which allows the Inspire 2 to accelerate from 0 to 50 mph in only 4 seconds, and top out at 67mph.
DJI also equipped the Inspire 2 with an all-new image processing system: the CineCore 2.0, which can record up to 5.2K video in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes, and other formats. CineCore 2.0 is built into the quad’s nose and will support any camera connected through the dedicated gimbal port. A range of intelligent flight and shooting modes, including the powerful tracking mode Spotlight Pro, are available to support pilots and help them capture even the most complex shots. The Inspire 2 also features an upgraded video transmission system, which features an effective range of up to 4.3 miles, and can deliver both 1080p/720p video, as well as FPV view to pilot and camera operator.
Deciding top-of-the-line wasn’t quite top enough, DJI also unveiled an upgraded version of the Phantom 4. The new Pro model features an uprated camera equipped with a 1″ 20MP sensor capable of shooting 4K video at 60 fps. Despite the upgraded camera, the Pro is similar in weight to the original Phantom 4, thanks in part to its titanium-alloy and magnesium-alloy construction. The updated FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision and infrared sensors to Phantom 4’s existing obstacle-avoidance sensors, giving it a total of five directions of obstacle sensing and four directions of obstacle avoidance. The Phantom 4 Pro is available in two configurations: a standard version and a “Pro+” model. Both aircraft are identical; however, the Pro+’s controller features a fully optimized 5.5″ 1080p screen with DJI GO built in.
Phantom 4 Pro for $1499 or $1799 with Screen included.