The DJI Inspire 2.0 Review

Hey Guys

It’s time to review the DJI Inspire 2, we are going to cover all from people who have tried and tested both drones, we will talk about the Pro’s and Con’s and give you an honest option on this very high market Drone.

DJI keeps impressing me with technology specifications, the Drones are top quality and are rate number one in the world with Parrot following in second place.

Well you might be wondering why am i reviewing these Drones (well it is the best Drone that DJI has to offer on the market today so it is worth while for me review and compare).

This review also covers a lot of video so scroll down and watch them also (you will find they very interesting and full of information).

Inspire 2 vs. Inspire 1

The Inspire 1 was a revelation and still is a very popular drone. The first film making drone in the world to integrate an HD video transmission system, 360° rotating gimbal and a 4K camera, as well as the simplicity of app control. The launches of the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras further cemented the Inspire as a critical tool for filmmakers around the globe unfortunatly the Inspire 1 has a 18 minute battery time which restricted the film time.

The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it (this is what DJI do continue to impress). The image processing system Cine Core 2.0 has been upgraded to Cine Core 2.1,recording video at up to 6K in Cinema DNG/RAW and 5.2K in Apple Pro Res when used with Zenmuse X7 camera.

It goes from 0 to 50 mph (80 kph) in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58 mph (94 kph) and has a max descent speed of 9m/s for unheard of speed and agility in an aircraft this size.

A dual battery system prolongs the flight times to a maximum of 27 minutes (with an X4S), while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures.

Flight Autonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy.

Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots.

An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an on board FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.

 

INCREASED RELIABILITY

Reliability has been further enhanced through dual redundancy of key modules such as the IMU and barometer. The intelligent flight control system monitors the redundancy system, giving it accurate flight data.

The new obstacle sensing system helps the Inspire 2 sense and avoid obstacles, minimizing the risk of collision.

Dual batteries mean that if a problem occurs on one battery the other is able to continue flight long enough for a safe landing. At the same time, the Inspire 2 propulsion system is driven a PWM signal with serial port signal redundancy so that if PWM signals are lost, transmission will continue through the serial port.

This propulsion system has been tested for thousands of hours to ensure reliability, when combined with key sensors and a dual-battery design, overall flight reliability is significantly enhanced.

 

As expected, the Inspire 2 can fly for a longer period of time, reaching 27 minutes of flight compared to 18 minutes for the Inspire 1.

Important to note here is that DJI offers two different sized batteries for the Inspire 1: a 4500 mAh unit that provides 18 minutes of flight time, and a 5700 mAh battery that provides 22 minutes. Additionally, the Inspire 2 utilizes dual battery redundancy, a useful features that allows the drones to pull power from both batteries, but run off one in case of failure. (If this happens, it will force the drone into landing mode, but that is 100% better than having an Inspire 2 fall helplessly from the sky!)

Another neat advantage the Inspire 2 has over the Inspire 1 is the cold weather performance.

Say you’re flying early in the morning, or even on a cool evening, but your batteries are too cold to function. If you fly an Inspire 1, you have no choice but to wait for warmer conditions, while the Inspire 2 includes a battery warming function that brings them up the required operating temperature. This difference is reflected in the operating temperature for each drone – Inspire 1: 14°-104° Fahrenheit and Inspire 2: -4°-104° Fahrenheit. (you read that right, that’s negative 4!)

The Inspire 2 utilizes 2 onboard batteries that can be hot-swapped to maximize flight time. This provides it with 9 more minutes of flight time, a welcome addition for any drone pilot.

 

 

Size/Weight/Appearance

Inspire 1: 6.27 pounds

Inspire 2: 7.58 pounds

DJI Inspire 2

Looking at both drones, it’s not easy to recognize how they differ in size and weight, especially because the differences are slight. The Inspire 2 is slightly bigger and slightly heavier than its Inspire 1 counterpart, weighing in at a stout 7.58 pounds, with the Inspire 1 tipping the scale at 6.27 pounds.

In terms of size, the diagonal distance of the Inspire 2 is just 1 inch more than the Inspire 1, at 23.8 inches. Finally, perhaps the most noticeable difference in these two drones is their color.

DJI has opted for a metallic finish for the Inspire 2, which photographers and videographers will appreciate over the stark white color of the Inspire 1, as it helps to minimize reflection in sunlight.

 

Speed and Range

Inspire 1 Top Speed: 49 mph

Inspire 2 Top Speed: 65 mph

Inspire 1 Range: 3.1 miles

Inspire 2 Range: 4.3 miles

POWERFUL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE

A new propulsion system optimized for power creates a new level of flight performance. The Inspire 2 flies at up to 58mph (94kph) descends at 9m/s and ascends at 6m/s. It can accelerate from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and flies at a max attitude angle of 40°. The two controller sticks are tuned for more sensitivity, making delicate maneuvers easier.

More power also allows the Inspire 2 to fly in more extreme conditions, including over 2500-5000m above sea level (using optional dedicated propellers),and in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) using self-heating Intelligent Flight Batteries.

 

 

When choosing between the Inspire 2 or Inspire 1, speed is a huge component, as the Inspire 2 really shows its muscles, vastly improving upon the 49mph top speed of the Inspire 1 with a blistering 65 mph.

A new propulsion system optimized for power creates a new level of flight performance. The Inspire 2 flies at up to 58mph (94kph) descends at 9m/s and ascends at 6m/s. It can accelerate from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and flies at a max attitude angle of 40°. The two controller sticks are tuned for more sensitivity, making delicate maneuvers easier.

More power also allows the Inspire 2 to fly in more extreme conditions, including over 2500-5000m above sea level (using optional dedicated propellers),and in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) using self-heating Intelligent Flight Batteries.

65 mph is an impressive top speed, and will afford filmmakers unprecented action sequences as they zoom around their subject. DJI also improved on the range, boosting the 3.1 mile flight capability to 4.3 miles. Once again, DJI has taken their original iteration and made dramatic improvements, to the joy of all DJI fans worldwide.

VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

The latest update to DJI Light bridge technology has an effective transmission distance of up to 4.3mi (7km)* and is capable of delivering both 1080p/720p video as well as the FPV view to pilot and camera operator. Users can also switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz** control frequencies to cut through noise for greater signal stability.

PROFESSIONAL IMAGE QUALITY

Integrated into the Inspire 2 is the brand new Cine Core 2.1 image processing system, which is capable of recording video in 6K @4.44Gbps CinemaDNG*1, 5.2K @2.08Gbps Apple ProRes*2, and H.265/H.264 @100Mbps. Cine Core 2.1 supports burst shots, capturing 10 JPEG + DNG bursts and continuous DNG bursts*3 at 20fps (24MP per shot) when the Zenmuse X7 is mounted. (Currently compatible with the X7, X5S and X4S*4. Please refer to Specs for the supported video formats of each camera).

Master and Slave Controllers

A new wireless HD image transmission technology sends video information from the master controller to the slave controller and the two controllers can be up to 100m apart without loss of image quality.

*Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant.
**5.8GHz transmission is not available in some regions due to local regulations.

Spotlight Pro is a powerful tracking mode that allows even single pilots to capture complex, dramatic images. It uses advanced visual tracking algorithms to lock onto a subject during flight,regardless of the direction that the Inspire 2 flies, creating shots that would once have required a dedicated camera operator. If the gimbal comes close to reaching its rotation limits,the Inspire 2 itself will rotate in the same direction without affecting flight control or the shot being captured to free up gimbal movement.

SENSE AND AVOID

Inspire 1: None

Inspire 2: 360°

Forward and downward vision systems enable the Inspire 2 to detect obstacles up to 30 meters ahead, allowing for protected flight at up to 34mph (54kph)at a controllable attitude angle of 25°. Upward facing infrared sensors scan obstacles 16ft (5m) above, adding protection when flying in enclosed spaces.Obstacle sensing systems are active during normal flight, RTH and all Intelligent Flight Modes.These sensors are core components of the DJI Flight Autonomy system, which brings the below intelligent features to the Inspire 2:

Upward obstacle avoidance

Obstacle avoidance Accurate indoor hovering and positioning

Automatic obstacle avoidance during RTH

Terrain detection

Accurate indoor hovering and positioning

 

Plain and simply (not to mention surprisingly), the Inspire 1 does not have any kind of obstacle avoidance.

DJI stepped up its game with the Inspire 2, offering 360° obstacle avoidance for complete protection from any collision. Its Forward Vision System is capable of sensing objects up to 30 meters away while traveling up to 34 mph. Upward facing infrared sensors on the Inspire 2 sense obstacles within a 5 meter range.

Plus, sensors on the underside of the Inspire 2 provide terrain detection. Both drones can hover in place without GPS thanks to DJI’s Vision Positioning System (which also allows pilots to take off and land at the press of a button). It’s unfortunate that the Inspire 1 doesn’t utilize any obstacle sensing technology, the result of which is a drone that is not as safe and could be poorly suited for new drone pilots.

DJI Goggles

Inspire 1: Not Compatible

Inspire 2: Compatible

DJI Goggles

This category is a simple one to understand: the Inspire 2 is compatible with the transformative DJI Goggles, while the Inspire 1 is not, unfortunately.

DJI Goggles give pilots a truly transformative experience, putting them inside the Inspire 2 for a flight that is absolutely breathtaking. Imbued with Head Tracking Technology, the DJI Goggles will turn in the direction the pilot turns their head, providing complete control over the aircraft’s movement.

A USB cable connects the Inspire 2 to the DJI Goggles, which operate up to the same transmission distance of the drone. If experiencing FPV flight is important to you, this compatibility is a huge factor when picking the Inspire 2 or the Inspire 1.

Camera

Although DJI thought ahead when designing the Inspire 1 by creating a gimbal capable of changing cameras, the Inspire 1 does not have an FPV camera like the newer model. The FPV camera allows for the pilot to see where they are flying while simultaneously relying on a camera operator to capture all the photos and videos.

Inspire 1 (X3)Inspire 2 (X5S)Sensor Size1/2.3″4/3″Film Rate12.76 MP, 20.8 MP, 5.2K at 30 FPS & 4K at 60 FPS Shutter Type Electronic Electronic Aperture F/2.8F/1.7-F/16FOV94°72°Video Formats MOV, MP4RAW, ProRes, MOV, MP4Camera Image

It has two shooting modes, Quick Mode and Composition Mode. In Quick Mode, select an object to begin tracking. In Composition Mode, select the subject and the tracking position.When the subject enters the preset tracking position, press the shortcut to begin tracking. The gimbal can be moved during shooting for composition adjustments.Spotlight Pro is available in Intelligent Flight Modes TapFly, Waypoint, and Point of Interest.

CinemaDNG

6K (6016 × 3200, 16:9) 30 fps 12-bit, 4.44 Gbps

3.9K (3944 × 2088, 16:9) 60 fps 10-bit, 3.86 Gbps

H.264/H.265

Built-in 3D noise reduction, 3DLUT color management technology, advanced sensor correction.

H.264/AVC BP/MP/HP Level 5.1: 4K 60 fps, 100 Mbps;H.265 MP Level 5.1: 4K 30 fps, 100 Mbps;

Apple ProRes

5.2K (5280 × 2160, 2.4:1) 30fps (422 HQ)

4K (3840 × 2160, 16:9) 30fps (4444 XQ, no alpha)

Stills

JPEG/DNG/JPEG+DNG 10 fps in burst 24 MP*5

DNG 20 fps continuous burst 24 MP*6

SMART RETURN TO HOME

Forward and downward vision systems allow the Inspire 2 to createa real-time map of its flight route as it flies. If the video transmission system signal is lost and Smart Return Home is enabled, it is able to fly home along its original route, and change to a straight line when it regains a signal. As it returns, it will use the primary camera to identify obstacles as far as 200m in front, allowing it to plan a safe route home. It is also able to reconnect more quickly after losing connection.

 

 

 

Flight Modes

Both the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 feature the standard intelligent flight modes synonymous with DJI Drones:

DJI Follow Me Flight ModeFollow Me – Aircraft follows you and captures your every move from a unique aerial perspective.DJI Course Lock Flight ModeCourse Lock – Controls are set relative to your aircraft’s current path. Fly in a set direction while soaring alongside moving objects or fixed objects.DJI Waypoints Flight ModeWay points – Set multiple GPS points, or Way points, and the aircraft will automatically fly to them while you focus on controlling the camera.DJI Home Lock Flight ModeHome Lock – fix your controls to be relative to the Home Pilot. Easily pull back on the control stick to bring the aircraft back home, or push forward to fly farther away, no matter which way it is facing. DJI Point of Interest Flight ModePoint of Interest – Set a specific building, object or location as the Point of Interest and the aircraft will continuously circle around it while you record the perfect photos and video.

New to the Inspire 2 is Spotlight Pro, a powerful tracking mode that allows even single pilots to capture complex, dramatic imagery. Visual tracking algorithms lock onto a subject during flight, regardless of the aircraft’s direction. The result: jaw-dropping photos that would have once required a dedicated camera operator. The design is so intricate that if the gimbal nears its rotation limits, the Inspire 2 will rotate itself in the same direction without affecting flight control. Spotlight is marked by two shooting modes: a) Quick Mode – Simple. Select an object to begin tracking, b) Composition – select the subject and tracking position. When the subject enters the preset tracking position, press the shortcut to begin tracking. (Spotlight Pro is available in Tap Fly, Way point, and Point of Interest)

One other new feature is Quick Spin, DJI’s solution to not including continuous panning. When activated, Quick Spin rotates the aircraft 360°, working seamlessly with GPS, ATTI, Sport, and all Intelligent Flight Modes.

In addition to Spotlight Pro, a range of other intelligent flight and shooting modes are available. Obstacle avoidance is optimized when using Point of Interest*and Way point* modes, making complex shots simple and repeatable. Also available are Quick Spin, Tap Fly and Active Track, to simplify challenging shots.

*Coming soon.

In addition to Spotlight Pro, a range of other intelligent flight and shooting modes are available. Obstacle avoidance is optimized when using Point of Interest*and Way point* modes, making complex shots simple and repeatable. Also available are Quick Spin, Tap Fly and Active Track, to simplify challenging shots.

*Coming soon.

 


  • TapFly

    The 2-axis on board FPV camera separates the flight view from the main camera view, effectively giving the Inspire 2 a dedicated Tap Fly camera. Tap a point onscreen in the FPV view to set a flight route and the Inspire 2 will automatically fly along that route, leaving the pilot to focus on gimbal movement.


  • ActiveTrack

    The Active Track Mode allows the Inspire 2 to recognize a range of objects, from people to bikes to cars to boats. Tracking profiles that can be adjusted based on the subject being tracked means greater tracking precision.

 

INCREASED RELIABILITY

Reliability has been further enhanced through dual redundancy of key modules such as the IMU and barometer. The intelligent flight control system monitors the redundancy system, giving it accurate flight data.

The new obstacle sensing system helps the Inspire 2 sense and avoid obstacles, minimizing the risk of collision.

Dual batteries mean that if a problem occurs on one battery the other is able to continue flight long enough for a safe landing. At the same time, the Inspire 2 propulsion system is driven a PWM signal with serial port signal redundancy so that if PWM signals are lost, transmission will continue through the serial port.

This propulsion system has been tested for thousands of hours to ensure reliability, when combined with key sensors and a dual-battery design, overall flight reliability is significantly enhanced.

 

 

  • Conclusion

Ultimately, the DJI Inspire 2 blows all competition out the water. It really isn’t a fair fight. It crushes the competition with a combination of blinding speed, an assortment of great features, and beefy battery life. Plus, compatibility with DJI Goggles and a sleek new color result in the Inspire 2 cementing its place as the ultimate commercial drone. DJI has taken all of the wonderful features of their Inspire 1 and capitalized on them, making the Inspire 2 a truly valuable upgrade, in every sense of the word.

Reviews

Below I have added some other independent reviews for you to read before you Buy, these people took the times to operate and review the DJI Inspire 2

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “The DJI Inspire 2.0 Review

  1. Samuel has covered all the bases, product, pricing, weight, size, distance the drones travel, battery usage, I feel very comfortable that this sight has had a lot of time spent on learning about drones and what they can be used for from the learners to the pros, pricing is very affordable and I’m am looking for this as my teenage child is into filming his and mates bicycle riding tricks and adventures

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