Unveiled: DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

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It seems like just yesterday that the first DJI quadcopter arrived at B&H—the Phantom 1. Well, things have come a long way. Cameras have gotten sharper, gimbals have gotten more precise, flight batteries have gotten easier to maintain and are more efficient, to mention just a few technological improvements.  

With the Inspire 1, DJI brings together all that has been learned from the Phantom, Phantom 2, and Phantom 2 Vision models, amalgamating them into what promises to be the ultimate aerial video and photography solution. Glancing at the specs, probably the first feature most people will notice is the dedicated camera with 4K video recording capability. The camera supports both DCI "Full" 4K (4096 x 2160) in 24 and 25p, as well as UltraHD 4K (3840 x 2160) in 24, 25, and 30p—making the Inspire camera the first dedicated flight camera with 4K capability. The camera also takes 12-megapixel stills in compressed JPEG and RAW DNG, and can record 1080p and 720p video at up to 60 fps.

Rigid-mounted FPV cameras don't do videographers—and often even photographers—any good since vibration from the props, plus wind turbulence, translate into camera shake. This makes a two- or three-axis gimbal an essential part of any aircraft-mounted camera. Two-axis gimbals are good for stabilization but, as the aircraft alters heading, the camera turns along with it; no good where you are trying to film a fixed point. The Inspire 1 uses a three-axis system with a full 360-degree pan range. This means the camera can maintain a more or less fixed angle on the subject no matter what the quadcopter does, so long as it doesn't flip upside down! In single-operator flights, a dial on the transmitter is used to control the gimbal tilt and pan. For extra control, two transmitters may be employed, one held by the pilot and one by a dedicated camera operator. A special 5.8GHz link is provided to tether the two transmitters together wirelessly.  

Taking cues from DJI's professional line, including the Spreading Winds S1000, available at B&H, the Inspire 1 features a retractable landing-gear design. Port and starboard motors are set in a “T” formation to the carbon fiber struts that sit low during takeoff and landing, with feet below the prop motors acting as landing skids. Once safely in the air, they raise, providing the camera with an unobstructed 360-degree panorama. Not only does this feature serve a very useful practical purpose, it gives the Inspire 1 a very unique look, indeed.

We don't have full details yet on the Inspire 1's flight controller. Most likely it will be similar to the Naza-M, A2, and Wookong-M systems that DJI currently has on the market for its own, and third-party, quad-, hex-, and octo-rotor platforms. Given the company’s track record, I would be very surprised if the Inspire 1's flight controller doesn't include staple features like IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control), POI (Point of Interest), and the return-home failsafe. We do know the Inspire 1 has GPS, but what's more interesting is a new feature dubbed "Optical Flow."

Optical Flow promises indoor flying where a GPS signal can't be received. While I don't condone flying a 6.5-pound, 23" diagonal quadcopter indoors, in a large enough space and in the hands of an experienced pilot, it is now possible to fly with the relatively safety of intelligent stabilization. Optical Flow appears to use a special camera that takes samples of the ground 50 times per second, combined with ultra-sonic waves to keep track of where the quadcopter is in 2D space—how far it has moved and how fast it is moving. This allows fixed hovering, by keying in on a specific spot, and means the Inspire 1 can stop pretty much on a dime.

Until recently, most aerial systems relied on analog composite video transmitters to relay video to the ground end. The DJI Lightbridge system, released earlier this year, changed that. Lightbridge is able to compress an HD signal and send it over distances comparable to analog. Previously, this required the installation of additional components alongside the flight control system, and was impractical in small aircraft such as quadcopters. With the Inspire 1, the Lightbridge electronics are integrated. With a mobile device running the Lightbridge app, you can monitor a real-time 720p signal, as well as view flight telemetry data. It features a line-of-sight range of up to 1.2 miles.

Initially, it looks like the Inspire 1 will ship as a "ready-to-fly" bundle. This means that a pre-bound transmitter, flight battery, and battery charger will be included. The battery used by the Inspire 1 incorporates smart circuitry much like the Phantom 2 and S1000 batteries with which you may be familiar. The advantage is simplified charger and battery maintenance compared to standard RC LiPo batteries, which require separate balancing leads and, in some cases, have to be timed when recharging to avoid overcharge. The drawback, at least to those coming from the hobbyist side, is that you are locked into DJI’s propriety battery system.

For fliers looking for a turnkey solution that doesn't require complicated assembly and piecing together parts, the Inspire 1 looks as though it's set to be a serious contender. For more information as well as availability status, as it becomes available, please visit the B&H product page.

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I would like more information.  Chips,  Case,  controller?  Will FUTABA 14 work with it?

The New Inspire 1 is the model T600 and does not include a case at this time.  

The new controller now has  dedicated buttons for photo and video capture, a gimbal control dial, an integrated rechargeable battery and HDMI and USB port allowing you to connect mobile devices or compatible screens.  

The Futaba 14 channel remote would work with the Inspire however it is better to use the proprietary remote since it has the specially designed buttons and roll wheels for gimbal control.

Man does this look like a wonderful "toy", I live in the high country in Colorado where this would be really special such as flying up and down a water fall and many other things.

Interested

More bs  4k.....the little ones aren't HD either....***** to be converted to edit...lies

$k is 4 time more than 1080P . It's huge for go pro and fantastic for DJI.

Dude 4k is 4k. It's the number of pixels. Similar to the amount of grain when we shot film.

If you're a Phantom user, this is a wonderful upgrade.  If you're a "real" videographer, who ***** alternate lenses, filters, dual-camera system for the pilot and camera person, then this is still just a toy.  I applaud DJI for this, but for those of us capable of building our own, we have a lot more options and we can capture much more stunning work.

How do you capture much more stunning work with a lumbering 15,000.00 drone. You basically have no agility and no tolerance for risky shots because of the investment. I respectfully disagree and believe all drones have a place. This has a nimbal high quality imaging compared to the 5Dmk111 at 1080p. I'll gladly use this on a film set for stunt work or 2nd unit before I go with the Airbus.

This has a dual controller system. It's optional, and can be bought and bound at a later date.

What I'm interested to find out is if we can plug out own camera into it's lightbridge system. 12mpx stills just doesn't cut it for aerial photography, and I'm betting it's got the payload to carry a light APS-C camera and gimbal.

While the DJI Inspire 1 is built to be modular, this feature will only be used to change the camera for new proprietary cameras released by DJI. If you'd like to fly a small DSLR in the air, you will want to consider a 6 or 8 rotor UAV such as the DJI S900 (B&H # DJS900SWOCA2) or DJI S1000 (B&H # DJS100053M3).

I have to disgree. I hired two guys who run a local camera drone business in three ocassions now, they fly a gh3 on a DJI frame (I beleive s800 or similar), they claim to have spend aroun 15000 USD on their setup and it has been an absolute nightmare to work with them. The drone can't be piloted by a single operator and the pilot and operator seem unable to work in tandem, due to all the addons like fpv, gimbal etc their flight time is at less then 6 minutes, half of the time they didn't set up their stuff correctly and images where either under or over exposed and in one ocassion an entire shooting day was lost because the lens wasn't focused correctly and they didn't see it on the sd video feed. The owner / pilot is extremely nervous and reluctant to fly high because of fear of crashing and loosing his investment (this actually happend on the third day...), resulting in camera moves and angles that pretty much suck all the time... I could keep going! All in all the money I have paid them would have paid for one of these and I am very sure I could have achieved way better results, you actually can attach filters and if you think that attaching a 5D to a drone will allow you to change lenses you may be surprised to know that this will likely not work without sending your gimbal in for recalibrating each time. The only trade off to me is the low bitrate and if you shoot mindful of that there shouldn't be a problem!

Raul, sorry to hear about your bad experience with those "pseudo-expert" AP guys.  Amazing shots can be achieved if someone truly knows what they are doing.  For example, take a look at this demo reel.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmkOcWSPpc4

Don't give up on AP, as you just need the right people to work with.  If I can be of any further assistance, just let me know.

Regards, papajeff43@aol.com

No offence Papajeff, but you sound like someone trying to justify the large investment you made.  From the opening scene, I noticed jitter.  Your demo is nice, but better than this, taken with a simple, light and cheap Phantom? https://vimeo.com/71384206

Look, I have been a senior tech for a major DJI repair facility for a long while.

Listen when I say...Let the excitement pass and

the crowd insanity die down then decide if it's worth buying.

DJI does have great products and are industry leaders. However, I always encourage people to stay away from knee jerk buys especially where drones are concerned.

thats my 2 cents...

Dosnt matter now trick it looks...Its all about image quality. Lets wait and see. I wana know if it comes with a GoPro mount option too

Great stuff for those who don't have much understanding of RC equipment and have enough money to get something in the air fast. For us that understand RC (and video/photography) stuff, a similar system (probably with better capabilities) can be put together for lot less (maybe half the price).

Alex O wrote:

Great stuff for those who don't have much understanding of RC equipment and have enough money to get something in the air fast. For us that understand RC (and video/photography) stuff, a similar system (probably with better capabilities) can be put together for lot less (maybe half the price).

Would be nice if you can point to examples on the web for half price custom build video-drone.

  this is fantastic   i would like  how many time  the fly   and what altitude maxi .

  i would like receive one catalog the  products  dji in my office in miami  donw tonw   

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With the new DJI Inspire 1, you have 18 minutes of flight time per battery and the control range of up to 2 Km (6561.7 feet).

The camera can be removed so other cameras can be used but this is replacing the gopro. DJI and Gopro had a falling out that is why DJI created their own 4k camera with no fisheye. This can be used as a dual operator setup similar to the pro grade drones out now where you need a pilot and cam op. They will also make mini ronins for it as well.

What do you mean they had a falling out?  What happned?

What are the flight time estimates

Also will they ever come up with a camera with a modest or better zoom capability controled from the transmitter

 I watched the unveiling of the Inspire 1 earlier this evening, flight time is 17 mins, 8 mins less then the Phantom 2 vision + I own, one really cool thing is that the rotors/landing gear automtically raise and lower on lift off and landing, so the camera can swing 360 degrees, it can fly 1km out with a improved return to operator feature, as far as altitude goes the FAA limits flights to 400' (I took my Phantom up to 1200' before I knew of the imit).

 I watched the unveiling of the Inspire 1 earlier this evening, flight time is 17 mins, 8 mins less then the Phantom 2 vision + I own, one really cool thing is that the rotors/landing gear automtically raise and lower on lift off and landing, so the camera can swing 360 degrees, it can fly 1km out with a improved return to operator feature, as far as altitude goes the FAA limits flights to 400' (I took my Phantom up a bit higher than that before I knew of the imit).

Any information yet on whether the lightbridge system on the aircraft will be accessible for other cameras?

While the DJI Inspire 1 is built to be modular, this feature will only be used to change the camera for new proprietary cameras released by DJI. If you'd like to fly a small DSLR in the air, you will want to consider a 6 or 8 rotor UAV such as the DJI S900 (B&H # DJS900SWOCA2) or DJI S1000 (B&H # DJS100053M3).

The DJI Inspire 1 can only currently be used with the built in camera. It is a modular system, so as new proprietary cameras are released by DJI, this will be able to be upgraded. For other DJI platforms (Such as the Phantom 2, S900, or S1000) the DJI Lightbridge transmission system (B&H # DJLIGHTBRIDG) can be purchased separately and installed into the UAV for the transmission of high definition video and the ability to monitor FPV via a mobile device, however, this does not interface into the remote controller as the new Inspire 1 does.

I have not been a fan of the DJI or its toy like controller - but the Inspire 1 looks pretty cool - however the controller looks even worse.
A power button rather than slide switch looks like a recipe for disaster.

I have X350pro and after about 5 hours flying as complete novice and crashing many times it was finally smashed into pieces.
A complete new shell and 1 speed controller later its as good as new for just 65 dollars!

To move to lightweight 4K I would contemplate fitting a Panasonic HX-A500.
Fiited to a X350 Pro and it would be 1/3 the cost of the Inspire.

Does this come equipped with missiles?

Anyone know the camera specs? Bit rate recording - any manual exposure control? That's the killer with the Hero 4 to auto exposure, iris opening & closing ruining exposure.

Add to new security system
Ehst accessories are avsilsble
Bob

     Has DJI addressed the fly-away problem with this new model??  My Phantom 2 Vision+ took on a mind of its own, flew away and crashed, rendering it nothing more than a $1,200 peice of junk.  Anyone contemplating purchasing this DJI product ***** to address this, as it was only after mine 'flew away' AND CRASHED that I had researched MANY, and I mean VERY MANY other instances of this same type of occurance.  DJI has a problem that ***** to be addressed so that others like myself don't experience this.  I wouldn't like to see anyone on the ground get hurt, and unless this problem has been FIXED, it is only a matter of time.  I had a lot of fun with my Phantom 2 vision+ until the fly-away, then it wasn't fun anymore.  Buyer Beware!!

So this new system is not $2899, its $4600, probably more after you buy all the products advertised in the DJI video.

I need the meat and potatoes.... What is the controllable range, how long will it stay in the air, and does it have battery strength monitering on the controller.  Does it have GPS auto return to launch pad capability ?

Please keep me informed.  I am interested.

Hi Mark -

For more information about the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter, you could click on the image of the quadcopter above.  It would bring you to the Quadcopter’s page on our site, where you can find an overview and specs.  If you have specific questions about the quadcopter, you could send us an email.  askbh@bandh.com

Is brochure available?   cost.  

We currently do not have any brochures to provide you with beyond the information on this article and the product links on our website for the copter.  You could contact DJI directly and they perhaps could provide you with brochures on it if they have.  See the following link to the Quadcopter on our website where it will feature details on each bundle as well as pricing.  http://bhpho.to/1u6COPn

Hello,

I've been looking for an aerial system for some time and have a few questions:

-what is the range and wind tolerance?

-how long will it fly on the batteries?  what are the charge times and cost for extra batteries?

-how complicated is it to become competent flying this system?  is there a simulator to practice with?

-what kind of media storage system is there?  what is the maximum flying time shooting at Ultra 4K?

-what is the warranty and availability of spare parts?

Thank you for taking the time to provide more information.

Andrew.

The max altitude is 4500meters, and the transmitter range is 1.7kilometers.  
The flight time on a single charge is 18 minutes and the charge time of the battery is about 1.5 hours.  At this time the batteries are not sold separately but will be available at a later date.  
Currently there is no simulator for the Inspire however the flight system is extremely user friendly and has many features like Auto-Landing that will help to make learning to fly easy and fast.  
The Remote control for the Inspire 1 has HDMI and USB output controls that you can use with external recorders.  You caneven use the ATOMOS Shogun for 4K recording and monitoring.  The camera recording 4K will not affect flight time so you can still record at 4K and fly the full 18 minutes if you need to.
The Inspire 1 will have a 1 year warranty standard from DJI, but at this time there are not spare parts listed separately.

What is the endurance (flight time) of this model, under various conditions?

Hi Steve -

Maximum flight time is about 18 minutes.  This may vary widely depending upon the prevailing wind conditions, temperature, and maneuvers.

If you have specific questions about the quadcopter,  please send us an email.  askbh@bandh.com

I would like to know more about this camera and all its functions and the price

You can find more information about the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter on its page on our site by clicking the image of the quadcopter above.  On the Inspire’s page you can find an overview, specifications, and the current price.  If you have specific questions about the quadcopter, you could send us an email.  askbh@bandh.com

Sent more information to my email.

For more information about the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter, you could click on the image of the quadcopter above.  It would bring you to the Quadcopter’s page on our site, where you can find an overview and specs.  If you have specific questions about the quadcopter, you could send us an email.  askbh@bandh.com

Favor informa as condiçõe de venda e técnicas do produto drone para entrega no Brasil. 

Olá Pedro -

Consulte o seguinte link para o Quadcopter em nosso site , onde contará com detalhes sobre cada pacote , bem como os preços. http://bhpho.to/1u6COPn

Por favor nos contate no email vendas@bhphoto.com