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.