Quadcopters are huge right now, and a good part of the reason is the work of pioneering company DJI, who were the first quad making company to produce a product which the ordinary Joe could understand and actually fly. The DJI Phantom Vision, which we reviewed back in March of this year, set the bar for flying cameras at the time, and now the company has done it again. Their newest product not only increases the specifications to almost professional videography levels, but also comes at a price which is still very aggressive for what you get.
The new DJI Inspire 1 4K Drone offers up a huge array of new and very cool features that take ‘copter cameras to a whole new level. For one thing the camera is a full 4K ultra high resolution unit, mounted on a stabilizing gimbal for clear steady footage, and now you can get a live feed of what’s being shot beamed to your phone or tablet from up to 2km away, which is amazing. The system also features twin controls, so you can couple up an additional controller to allow one person to fly and one to operate the camera, which should make for some great options on important shoots.
The team has also added an indoor flying option, which means you don’t need GPS to ensure steady easy to control flying inside a building, which again is brilliant if you want to focus on the camera work and not on the flying. The craft also features one button take off and landing, and a sophisticated dynamic home function which means the quad always knows where you are if it needs to return back to base, which is useful if you’re filming from a car or a boat which is in motion.
The really big deal about the kit though, is the fact that, like the Vision, the Inspire 1 comes ready to fly from the box. No having to configure hardware or spend time working out which components fit where. The starting price for the product is a lot higher than the original Phantom Vision, but we’re guessing that this will come down over time as the product matures. The DJI Inspire1 4K Drone is available for pre-order for $2899 via Amazon (or £2749 direct)