DJI outs Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro drones for professional use
Professional filmmakers and photographers now have two new powerful tools to create aerial content – the Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro.
First up is the Inspire 2 which features a new magnesium-aluminum alloy body which increases stiffness while lowering weight. It has a top speed of 67 mph and takes only 4 seconds to accelerate to 50 mph, a maximum service ceiling of 16,404 feet above sea level, and a flight time of up to 27 minutes.
It currently supports the new Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras. The former sports a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor with 11.6 stops of dynamic range and a 24 mm equivalent focal length, while the latter has a Micro Four Thirds sensor with 20.8 megapixels and an incredible 12.8 stops of dynamic range.
Under the hood are the new image processing system, called CineCore 2.0, enabling it to capture 5.2K video at 4.2 Gbps for Adobe CinemaDNG RAW videos, and support formats such as Adobe CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422 HQ (5.2K, 4K) and ProRes 4444 XQ (4K), H.264, and H.265.
Next is the Phantom 4 Pro. Its camera packs a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor and almost 12 stops of dynamic range. It can capture slow-motion 4K video up to 60 fps at a maximum bitrate of 100 Mbps and offers H.265 video compression.
As for its aerial prowess, it flies at 31 mph in P mode with obstacle avoidance in effect and has a 45 mph top speed in sports mode. Its battery, on the other hand, can provide 30 minutes of flight time. Other features include the ActiveTrack which recognizes common subjects such as people and bikes, then follows them from any angle while maintaining camera focus, and includes three new modes – New Circle, Profile and Spotlight.
The Inspire 2 starts at $2,999. There’s the Inspire 2 Combo, which includes one Inspire 2 aircraft, one Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes License Key, is available for $6,198. The Phantom 4 Pro, on the other hand, costs $1,499 with a standard controller and $1,799 with a high luminance display remote controller. Both are now available for pre-order.