Testing the 8K Hollywood Drone, DJI Inspire 3

Drones have gone from absurdly expensive, Hollywood-only devices, to consumer products, and now they comfortably straddle both. In this video, watch the first test by Peter Lindgren of the new DJI Inspire 3.

Some regular readers may know that I didn't think all that much of drones until I tried one and that was that. Not only are drones tremendously fun to fly, but the perspective they can give your work — whether photography or videography — adds a brilliant new dimension. Every time I get my DJI out of its case and take off, I like to pretend I'm an adult, professional photographer, but I'm really just a little boy who likes robots.

However, the robots have come a long way, even in the few years I've owned one. In this video, Peter Lindgren is trying the DJI Inspire 3 which is mind-warpingly impressive. It has 8K CinemaDNG or Apple ProRES, full frame sensor on a 3-axis gimbal, interchangeable lenses, nearly 60mph max speeds, subject tracking, an FPV camera, and a controller that has a damn-near full monitor drilled into it... truly absurd.

The catch — and there's always a catch — is that such cutting-edge features come at a premium, and that premium is $16,499. So, it's not really a consumer device (unless that consumer has very deep pockets,) but it isn't trying to be. This is a professional tool and a damned good one.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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