DJI Inspire 2 Quadcopter Test: Cutting-edge Technology for Extreme Demands

At IFA, we were allowed to fly outdoors in a particularly luxurious drone model: the DJI CP.BX.000167 Inspire 2. The biggest advantages and disadvantages of the new DJI Inspire are known to us.

DJI RC drones are very popular right now in terms of quality and reliability, and we’ve already tested a number of drones from the manufacturer.

Of course, the market leader’s products are slightly more expensive than competing models. The Inspire 2 is priced in the upper price bracket. At DJI, you can also find cheaper quadcopters ranging from € 500 to € 1000. The DJI Mavic Air only costs about 750 euros, while the Spark is already available for about 600 euros.

If you want to get the Inspire 2, you should carefully consider whether you really need this technically challenging video and speed monster. Many videographers will answer this with a resounding yes.

Inspire 2 in flight

And it is for these people that the Inspire 2 is the best fit, this is a real professional drone, which, in our opinion, is a little “clogged” for purely personal purposes. And we’ll tell you why in our test.

With the Inspire series, DJI launched the first drone for filmmaking. There was no such “Ready To Fly” model for professional videographers before. Many directors and filmmakers now use the Zenmuse X5, X7 and X5R cameras built into Inspired drones. So they have proven themselves in practice and are very popular.

In our test report, we’ll cover the most important facts and show you what to look for when buying.

Specifications

At an angle from above

Of course, the Inspire 2 is very popular, although it costs a lot of money, but it also has a lot of new technology! Among other things, it can be controlled simultaneously by 2 pilots / videographers using 2 controllers.

Camera and recording quality

camera

An M4 / 3 sensor with a 60-degree field of view is installed and another camera is fully responsible for the FPV mode.

There are 2 cameras in total, one for FPV transmission and one for filming. For videos and photos, of course, much higher quality.

We’ve never seen what this camera can do with any other drone model. We usually already note when the drone camera can produce about 4K recordings at 30 frames per second. That said, the Inspire 2 even manages 5280 x 2640 pixels at 30fps, which is significantly higher than 4K and is literally cinematic.

Photos can be taken at 20.8 megapixels. Pictures abound with tremendous color depth, sharpness and realism. When you look at the entries, you can see why.

The CineCore 2.1 integrated system is fairly new. It is a kind of image processing software. This allows you to create videos with a massive 4.44 Gbps data rate and thus up to 6K movies in CinemaDNG. There are also many other formats to choose from, with which, as mentioned, you can also record 5.2K video at 30fps.

Design and body

Side view

The design is very similar to the previous DJI Inspire 1. The wings can be folded down for takeoff and landing. Frame and uprights are made of durable aluminum or magnesium-aluminum composite.

The design changes are only noticeable in the details; at first glance, the two Inspire models 1 and 2 are almost impossible to distinguish.

Material handling

At 42.7 centimeters long, 31.7 centimeters high and 42.5 centimeters wide, the Inspire 2 also weighs 3,290 grams in transport mode. The maximum possible take-off weight is about 4 kg, so you can load up to three-quarters of a kilogram.

Speed, flight time and maximum range

Remote control

The Inspire 2 has a top speed of 94 km / h. The dual-battery system provides a maximum flight time of about 27 minutes, or almost half an hour. We have not found such a combination of long flight time and tremendous speed in any other model.

However, in terms of range, you only get 3500 meters.in the USA, however, the drone must fly within line of sight, so a maximum of a few 100 meters is allowed, which gives a perspective of 3.5 kilometers.

Obstacle sensing system and safety features

Of course, the Inspire 2 has a forward and downward-facing vision system. This incredible technical and sensory masterpiece can sense objects up to 30 meters away. This ensures that immediate avoidance maneuvers are carried out even at high speeds and at unfavorable approach angles.

There are also several upward-facing infrared sensors that reach distances of up to 5 meters and protect the quadcopter from damage to the rotor blades and collisions with other objects.

Battery system

A two-flight battery system is installed. This means that if one battery fails, the other will take over and the drone cannot crash. This feature should give the pilot a better sense of safety.

The TB50 battery has a total capacity of 4280mAh and weighs 515 grams. You can charge the system with a maximum charging current of 180W. During operation, the flight battery supplies 22.8 volts.

Operating temperature from -10 to +40 degrees Celsius. However, the TB50 battery has a built-in battery heater. This provides 70 watts of heating power, and thus the drone can also fly outdoors in subzero temperatures where other flight battery systems have already gotten rid of the ghost.

Of course, this requires a little battery power and therefore it is possible to turn the heating on or off.

All important parameters are clearly displayed in the DJI app.

Modes and flight characteristics

Thanks to its extensive sensors, the Inspire 2 is very stable in the air and can fly beautifully. Even beginners shouldn’t have major problems with the drone.

Disks

Powerful propeller drives provide maximum thrust and accelerate the quadcopter to 94 kilometers per hour in a few seconds.

There are many different flight modes available to further improve flight and movie viewing experience. Some of them are probably already known to many of you.

Spotlight Pro

Spotlight Pro mode is new, however. This is a powerful tracking mode that differs from other similar modes you’ve seen so far.

This allows the pilot to capture particularly complex footage that perfectly captures the drama of the film. For this, software with a complex and modern algorithm is used. This software uses visual cues to accurately pinpoint a target in flight. The whole system works much more reliably than the usual “Follow-Me-Mods” you usually know.

The previous model also had the same mode, but in this case it required 2 pilots in case the stabilizer reached its maximum rotation limit. This time DJI solved it in such a way that the Inspire 2 drone automatically rotates in the right direction so as not to lose sight of the target. This gives the videographer more freedom and at the same time does not negatively affect the recording of the film.

In general, the recording mode is split into two additional subroutines: fast mode and song mode.

The quickest way to follow an object is to choose the quick mode, which is pretty much the same as the typical Follow Me mode. You simply select an object and tracking can begin after the drone has targeted the object.

Composition mode is more suitable for professionals. Here, both the object and the tracking position are selected.

TapFly

TapFly is also known for other DJI flight mode
ls such as the DJI Mavic Pro. To do this, you just need to touch the screen in FPV mode and determine the flight route. The drone will then automatically fly your route without you having to actively interfere with the flight. At the same time, the pilot can control the 2-axis FPV camera and thus make aerial photographs more vivid.

This feature is especially important if there is no co-pilot to fly the Inspire 2.

ActiveTrack

In this mode, objects are recognized automatically.This ranges from people to cars, trucks, and ships. Here you can create custom profiles that further personalize the tracking for the pilot.

Smart home function

Compared to other Return to Home modes, the Inspire 2’s mode is much more flexible. Thanks to the advanced sensory system, he finds his way and flies around obstacles.

A special case could be the loss of signal for the Inspire 2, in which case the drone simply flies on the route back to the starting point, because the route you flew earlier was saved. This is a significant difference from conventional modes.

In the event of a loss of PWM signals, the Inspire 2 drive system has various redundant PWM signals. This means that in this case transmission continues via the serial interface.

In the meantime, DJI has overhauled the entire transmission system so that the drone can recover the signal fairly quickly even in the event of a complete loss of signal.

Other features

The Inspire 2 has an incredible number of special features that will go beyond the scope of this report here, but we’ve put together the most unusual ones for you.

2 pilots can fly the Inspire 2 (master-slave principle)

Remote control

Users can not only choose between two frequencies (2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz), but there is also the option of having 2 pilots flying the Inspire 2 at the same time. One pilot flies the Inspire 2 (flight) and the other pilot uses the camera to create video footage.

Master and slave remote control are indicated. With the latest Wi-Fi image transmission technology, HD video images are transmitted in real time from the master remote controller to the slave remote controller.

Remote controls can be located up to 100 meters apart to be able to interact with each other or so that images can be transmitted without loss of quality.

4G LTE

4G-LTE interface is an exceptional way to send high quality video.

The system uses a 4G network, which is usually only available for smartphones, to send video to a server at full bandwidth. This enables live streaming even to very remote locations. You should expect a delay of up to half a second.

Assembling the license plate

Since the takeoff weight of 250 grams is significantly exceeded, you will need a license plate with your details, which you must attach securely and fireproof.

However, this becomes a problem if the license plate is installed in important places and the sensors can no longer work properly or individual sensors are even covered.

So some time ago DJI published a report or instruction on where and how to attach the label.

The Inspire 2 drone has specific instructions for attaching a license plate on the manufacturer’s website. We recommend that you follow this. According to the instructions, the license plate must be mounted under the hood, on the side, relatively in the center.

Drone license

From 1st October 2017, you will need a drone driver’s license or proof of knowledge in the USA as soon as you want to take off in a drone with a takeoff weight of over 2 kg.

To do this, you must be at least 16 years old if you want to obtain a license from the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt. Alternatively, you can take a certified instruction in the sports club of model making, this is possible from the age of 14.

We also recommend taking out drone liability insurance.

Scope of delivery and accessories

scope of delivery

The delivery set is very large, and this model has a number of features. However, this depends on where you buy the Inspire 2. Therefore, it is not possible to make a general statement as to whether an accessory is included or not. Ask in the store, you may need to buy some parts (optional). We have shown you the most important accessories at a glance:

  • DJI Inspire 2 drone
  • DJI Zenmuse X5S CAMERA
  • Main remote control
  • Remote control of a slave device
  • CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes license key
  • Charging station
  • DJI Charging Dock / Battery Case
  • DJI CrystalSky 7.85 ″ 2000cd Ultra Brightness Android Monitor with GO App
  • DJI Focus Handheld Transmitter
  • DJI Inspire 2 CineSSD (480GB)

Of course there are other accessories and not all of them will be included, so ask the store. Many of the details are again quite expensive.

Pros and cons

When listing the benefits of the Inspire 2, you probably won’t get to the end as quickly, which is why we’ve listed the most important facts that caught our attention.

Privileges:

  • Designed specifically for professionals
  • Incredibly high quality footage up to 6K
  • Ideal for videographers and film recording – predecessor model has proven itself in the past
  • Many different flight modes (Sportlight Pro, Active Track, Smart Home function, etc.)
  • Can also be used in very low temperatures (battery may become hot)
  • Various accessories can be used to access the 4G network, and data can be transferred directly to the server.
  • 2 pilots can fly the Inspire 2 at the same time
  • Dual battery system for greater flight safety
  • Up to 27 minutes flight

Disadvantage:

  • Quadcopter price
  • Expensive accessories
  • Drone license required

Conclusion

Inspire 2 conclusion

Our opinion in a nutshell: For beginners and purely private users, the Inspire 2 can be a little overwhelming and “powerful”. An incredible amount of technology, safety and high reliability combined with enormous aeronautical and video performance make the Inspire 2 a true professional device.

Many directors have already shot breathtaking films with the previous model. All we can do is make a clear purchase recommendation for the Inspire 2. Of course, you have to consider the price and expense of the accessories. A drone license is also required. However, this is absolutely justified with this technological monster.

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Overall rating 5/5