DJI has finally revealed their latest camera-laden drone after only just announcing the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, that camera added the gimbal functionality as well as GPS tracking. The DJI Inspire 1 builds upon many of the innovations of the Phatom 2 Vision+ but completely abandons the overall body design of the drone and goes for a more professional look.
The new DJI Inspire 1 is the company’s first 4K drone and the first commercially available 4K drone, even though it does cost a hefty $2900, it is still fairly affordable when you think about the general price of 4K cameras (excluding the GoPro Hero4). Even if you do factor in the cost of a GoPro Hero4 you’re probably still looking at a drone + camera combination that will run you close to $1,500.
If you want to see some footage from the DJI Inspire 1, then you should watch the video below from DJI that introduced the DJI Inspire 1 and shows you all of the drone’s features and technologies.
And if you want to watch what you’re shooting in realtime, you can do so with the lightbridge feature of the DJI Inspire 1, which streams up to 720P footage to your tablet (iOS) via an application and will allow you to see what you’re shooting for up to 1 km away. In terms of storage, it supports up to 64GB (no 128GB support) SD/SDHC/SDXC Micro SD cards. It also supports the following video formats:
For anyone looking to stream to a larger display, the remote control as a whole host of connectivity including HDMI, allowing you to possibly display to a TV rather than a small screen directly affixed to the remote. ANd yes, it does have full-size powered USB and microUSB as well.
The drone itself comes with a 4500 mAh battery at 22.8V which translates to a capacity of 99.9Wh , but there is also an optional extended life battery which is 5700 mAh at 22.8V which translates to a capacity of 129.96Wh or 30% better battery life for the drone.
The DJI Inspire 1 4K drone will be available from retailers like B&H Photo starting December 1st, and you can already pre-order them if you’ve got $2,900 burning a hole in your pocket.