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DJI announces 4K-shooting, landing-gear-raising Inspire 1 drone

DJI announces 4K-shooting, lan...
The DJI Inspire 1, with its landing gear and prop arms raised for flight
The DJI Inspire 1, with its landing gear and prop arms raised for flight
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The DJI Inspire 1, with its landing gear and prop arms raised for flight
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The DJI Inspire 1, with its landing gear and prop arms raised for flight
The arms lower for landing
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The arms lower for landing
Power is provided by a new 6-cell 4,500mAh battery, that provides approximately 18 minutes of flight time
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Power is provided by a new 6-cell 4,500mAh battery, that provides approximately 18 minutes of flight time
The 4K/30fps video camera
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The 4K/30fps video camera
The radio remote control unit
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The radio remote control unit
Camera controls on the remote
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Camera controls on the remote
The remote's various ports
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The remote's various ports
The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically
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The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically
Like the Phantom, the Inspire 1 uses an onboard GPS unit to maintain its positioning outdoors
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Like the Phantom, the Inspire 1 uses an onboard GPS unit to maintain its positioning outdoors
It also features a downwards-facing ultrasonic sensor and stereoscopic camera, which allow it to maintain its positioning while indoors
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It also features a downwards-facing ultrasonic sensor and stereoscopic camera, which allow it to maintain its positioning while indoors
The DJI Inspire 1, with its landing gear and prop arms raised for flight
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The DJI Inspire 1, with its landing gear and prop arms raised for flight
The arms lower for landing
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The arms lower for landing
Power is provided by a new 6-cell 4,500mAh battery, that provides approximately 18 minutes of flight time
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Power is provided by a new 6-cell 4,500mAh battery, that provides approximately 18 minutes of flight time
The 4K/30fps video camera
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The 4K/30fps video camera
The radio remote control unit
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The radio remote control unit
Camera controls on the remote
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Camera controls on the remote
The remote's various ports
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The remote's various ports
The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically
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The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically
Like the Phantom, the Inspire 1 uses an onboard GPS unit to maintain its positioning outdoors
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Like the Phantom, the Inspire 1 uses an onboard GPS unit to maintain its positioning outdoors
It also features a downwards-facing ultrasonic sensor and stereoscopic camera, which allow it to maintain its positioning while indoors
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It also features a downwards-facing ultrasonic sensor and stereoscopic camera, which allow it to maintain its positioning while indoors
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Although DJI Innovations is best-known for its line of "prosumer" Phantom quadcopters, it also makes a professional-use multicopter called the Spreading Wings. Among other things, that model features landing gear that folds up while the aircraft is in flight, so it won't get in the shot of the user's undercarriage-mounted video camera. Now, DJI has announced its new Inspire 1 quadcopter, which combines aspects of both the Phantom and the Spreading Wings.

The Inspire 1 has its own 4K/30fps video camera (it also shoots at 1080p and gets 12MP stills), which is attached to a 3-axis gimbal mount. This allows it to pan 360 degrees and tilt 135 degrees, which would certainly result in a lot of shots of the landing gear – if that gear didn't raise on command. Unlike the Spreading Wings, in which the landing struts move independently of the propeller arms, the Inspire 1 raises both together, as they're attached to one another.

While the full-resolution video is recorded onboard, a 720p video feed is transmitted from the camera up to a distance of 1.7 km (one mile), and can be viewed in real time on an app on the user's iOS or Android mobile device. That app also allows them to start and stop recording, and manually adjust the camera's settings. The camera can also be controlled via dials on the radio remote-control unit that's used to control the aircraft itself. If users wish, an optional second controller can be used by another person, just to run the camera – this means one operator won't have to concentrate both on flying the quadcopter, and on panning and tilting its camera.

The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically
The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically

Like the Phantom, the Inspire 1 uses an onboard GPS unit to maintain its positioning outdoors. More like Parrot's AR.Drone, however, it also features a downwards-facing ultrasonic sensor and stereoscopic camera, which allow it to maintain its positioning while indoors.

Power is provided by a new 6-cell 4,500mAh battery, that provides approximately 18 minutes of flight time – this is actually a little shorter than the newer Phantom models, which manage around 25.

The Inspire 1 weighs 2.9 kg (6.5 lb), has a maximum horizontal flight speed of almost 50 mph (80 km/h), and can take off and land automatically. It was officially announced late yesterday and is available now for pre-order, with prices starting at US$2,899 – that's definitely more than any of the Phantom models, but still below the cost of most multicopters designed specifically for use by film and television professionals.

You can see footage shot with it, in the video below.

Source: DJI

DJI – Introducing the Inspire 1

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2 comments
James Hrenak
Yum! I want one.
Larry The Stable Guy
Now this is something I need to get my hands on (if only it wasn't so expensive). I have used my friends smaller toy drone before (he only paid about $80 for it and it didn't really do anything and crashed frequently, but it was fun) and that’s it. I have wanted to own a professional one for taking images from the air, and this would be perfect for someone like me. For the price though, I could use that money to put a down payment on a car or something. I was reading about it the other day on my phone’s news app. PN had an interview with them when they reviewed it. Made me want to reach through the screen and steal it from them lol (ref: http://pocinc.net/blog/technology-news/the-new-dji-inpire-1-quadcopter-drone-review-with-interview/ ). I hope it comes down in price a little. Either that or one of the other ones they wrote about. I remember reading about another one they covered that could fly itself without any controller (that was cool).