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November 2016

DJI Inspire 2 Hovershotz new drones

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To ensure we are one step ahead of our competitors, Hovershotz are upgrading our fleet of drones and we have placed an advanced order for a a pair of DJI Inspire 2 drones. This will enable us to have to most advanced drone camera system available so our clients get the best images and video possible.

The Inspire 2 looks essentially the same as the first-generation model, but this time it’s made from magnesium-aluminum alloy, which DJI says increases stiffness while reducing weight. It has dual sensors in front for obstacle avoidance (there’s a set on the bottom as well), but it also has infrared sensors on top of the aircraft to help keep you from crashing when flying in enclosed spaces.

Dual batteries provide up to 27 minutes of flight time as well as redundancy just in case one of the batteries fails in flight. The battery system is also self-heating, so you won’t lose performance even in temperatures down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit. And with optional high-altitude propellers, Hovershotz be able to fly it up to 16,404 feet above sea level (5 km).

Like the original, the Inspire 2 has an interchangeable camera mount so you can swap cameras for your needs. With the launch, DJI introduced the Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras. The former features a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor with an f2.8 24mm lens (35mm equivalent) and a mechanical shutter. The latter is an interchangeable lens camera with a 20-megapixel micro four thirds sensor.

One of the key benefits of the Inspire is the capability to have both a pilot and a camera operator work simultaneously with separate master and slave controllers. On the Inspire 1 this requires the pilot to navigate using the live video from the camera, which might not always be pointed forward. The Inspire 2 adds a second first-person-view camera giving the pilot the best view for flying, while allowing the camera operator to set the ideal shot. This is invaluable for our film & production clients and something our competitors are simply unable to offer. Another reason to choose Hovershotz.

  • New CineCore 2.0 embedded image processing system
  • Captures 5.2K-resolution video at 4.2Gbps for Adobe CinemaDNG raw videos
  • Supported formats include Adobe CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422 HQ (5.2K, 4K) and ProRes 4444 XQ (4K), H.264 and H.265
  • Records 4K-resolution video in H.264 and H.265 with a bit rate up to 100Mbps
  • Streams video at broadcast standards of 1080i50/720p60
  • New propulsion system reaches 50 mph (kph) in 4 seconds
  • Top speed of 67 mph (108 kph)
  • Ascends at up to 23 feet per second (7 m/s) and descends at up to 30 feet per second (9 m/s)
  • New master and slave controller range extends to 328 feet and users can switch between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies
  • Optional DJI Crystalsky high-brightness IPS monitors available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes which reduce video transmission latency and have dual microSD Card slots for backups, transfers and playback.

The DJI Inspire 2 is £2,400 and we hope to have ours in early January 2017.


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Professional Thermal Flir Infrared Aerial Drone Inspections & Surveys in Cumbria & Lancashire

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Hovershotz  Offer aerial Drone Inspection & Thermal Photography Capabilities across Cumbria & Lancashire

Thermal mapping and inspection workflow offer new opportunities for utilities, insurance and other industries.

Inspection is poised to be one of the primary industries to adopt drones — and it’s no wonder. Traditional means of inspecting buildings, utilities and other infrastructure are time consuming, labour intensive, and susceptible to human error and accident. By contrast, drones can capture data for inspection purposes in minutes or hours, rather than days, while at the same time reducing the need to put humans in potentially dangerous environments.

Here at Hovershotz, we are currently evaluating the DJI Zenmuse XT thermal camera (designed by Flir). We have been vetted and approved by DJI & Flir, to offer thermal surveys in Cumbria & Lancashire (to our knowledge Hovershotz are the only drone operator approved in Cumbria & Lancashire). We are now starting training on how to use the Zenmuse XT and having one of our DJI Inspire professional drones upgraded to have FPV (so that the drone pilot can see what the drone sees, while the camera operator can see & control what the thermal imaging camera sees).

Zenmuse XT thermal camera

Thermal imaging from the air has never been as easy as it is with the DJI Zenmuse XT. By combining DJI’s unrivaled expertise in gimbal technology and image transmission with the industry leading thermal imaging technology of FLIR, the Zenmuse XT is the ultimate solution for rapid and reliable aerial thermal imaging. Capture faster, with pinpoint precision, over large areas, then save them for analysis and reporting.

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