FroKnowsPhoto's own Jared Polin recently got his hands on the previously unannounced DJI Inspire 1 to get some test flights in with DJI's upcoming new drone. The new system shows off 4K video, larger, more powerful carbon fiber body, and an affordable $3K price tag. Fro was able to get an inside look at this new drone system, and pull some footage from his test flight.
The most impressive feature of the new Inspire 1 is of course the 4K video capabilities within the new camera equipped. With capabilities of 4K video at both 24 and 30fps, the Inspire 1 also supports 1080 at 60 fps, all saved to a removable Micro SD card. In terms of file support, the Inspire 1 is able to record in either MOV or MP4 file formats for video, and DNG for photos.
Also worth noting is the new DJI Inspire 1 no longer has the fisheye lens that many have grown accustomed to with the GoPro systems. Instead, DJI has built their own camera, removing the fish eye view and replacing it with a wide angle with less distortion. Pairing that with their modular 3 axis gimbal system (meaning eventually, you should be able to swap the camera out for a GoPro or other action camera) means footage that is far easier to work with for productions both amateur and professional.
The new system also comes with a new remote sporting a rechargeable battery. It has also gone ahead and added buttons for shutters, and iris controls as well. With the HDMI, USB and other video ports on the back of the remote, you're able to pair the system to monitors, goggles, or iPads to get full 1080 downlink previews of your flight. You're no longer limited to one remote either, the Inspire 1 allows for two remotes to be connected, so one person can fly the unit, while the other controls the camera.
Flight time comes in at around 18 minutes on a full charge, but replaceable batteries will also be available for the unit. At this time, the price is reported at $2,899, and the unit should begin shipping in December.
For more information on the DJI Inspire 1, check out Fro's exclusive look into the system on his website.