DJI has debuted the DJI Inspire 1, their new 4K drone, which offers midair transformation, as well as a built-in wireless HD video transmitter, stabilization indoors without GPS and more camera control than ever. In addition to incorporating a 4K aerial camera, the Inspire 1 camera maintains stability even in strong wind conditions via an integrated 3-axis gimbal.
The Inspire 1 integrates DJI’s patented wireless HD transmitter, Lightbridge, and comes with a fully redesigned mobile app that runs across both iOS and Android devices, broadcasting 1080p video at a distance of 1.7km.
With the touch of a button, the Inspire 1 takes off and will transform itself into a “V position,” allowing pilots to capture images from any angle. Similarly, the revamped Dynamic Home Point function enables pilots to ensure their unit always knows where they are and can return to them safely. During flight, the platform stabilizes itself using a downward facing Optical Flow camera that uses a stereoscopic image of the ground to ensure it does not drift, even when flying indoors or without GPS.
The DJI Inspire 1 also comes with a brand new 6-cell battery, enabling it to spend up to 18 minutes in the air. Pilots will be able to monitor each cell’s strength through the app to ensure safe flight, in addition to DJI’s signature automatic landing function in the case of low battery.
» 12MP 4K camera – 4K video at 24/25/30p
» Full HD 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60fps
» Midair transformation for obstruction-free 360 degree camera movement
» Lightbridge HD wireless transmitter
» 1080p HD live feed up to 1 mile/1.7km
» Dual operator control
» Gimbal and camera settings control integrated into the remote controller
» CinemaDNG Raw stills
» 94-degree field of view camera limits lens distortion
» Larger, more versatile sensor which allows for better low light performance
» Improved motors, propeller design, flight controller and electronic speed controllers (ESC) to provide more finely tuned flight controls.
DJI’s Inspire 1 is available for pre-order through the DJI website and is expected to be released in early December for $2899.
The Future: In addition to the Inspire 1, DJI also announced a Software Development Kit (SDK) for their Phantom range allowing app developers to create their own apps and unleash your creativity.