“Professional filmmakers and photographers always push to create images that have never been seen before, and DJI never stops trying to give them the tools to achieve their vision,” DJI CEO and Founder Frank Wang said in a statement. “Our newest flight platforms and stabilized aerial cameras are smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before.”
The DJI Inspire 2 is aimed at the professional and semi-professional filmmakers. Available in black or white, it has a stiffer but lighter magnesium-aluminum alloy body, a new redundant dual battery system which allows flight time up to 27 minutes. It also spot a dual-camera setup; a normal Zenmuse camera mounted on the main gimbal as well as a forward-facing FPV camera. This gives the best flight view for master controller while working with camera operator.
DJI includes a new image processing system, called CineCore 2.0, which improves file processing and supports 5.2K video at 4.2 Gbps for Adobe Cinema Raw video capture, as well as support for ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444 XQ, H.264, and H.265. With all the quality, supports for fast file transfer is also available in the shape of PCIe built-in storage on top of the normal SD card.
Additionally, DJI improves the speed on the new Inspire 2 with the drone now can flies horizontal up to 67 mph and vertical at 16 mph. Flight time has also increased to 27 minutes compared to 18 minutes on Inspire 1, thanks to the new self-heated dual-battery system.
Price wise, the Inspire 2 will costs $2,999 for an aircraft only package and $6,198 ($5,999 for orders received before January 1st, 2017) for the Inspire 2 Combo pack which includes the Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes license.
At these prices, Inspire 2 definitely not a drone for everyone. Those who are looking for a consumer grade drone should look at Phantom 4 Pro which was announced the same day as this Inspire 2.