The Best Gets Even Better: DJI Announces the Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro


Hot on the heels of the Mavic Pro, DJI has unveiled two of its most advanced drones to date: the cutting-edge Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro. Both models build upon the lauded design and performance of their predecessors, porting over the best of their features and refining them for an unrivaled aerial experience.

The new Inspire 2 features a body design similar to that of its forebear; however, this time it uses a magnesium-aluminum shell for improved rigidity. Like the Mavic Pro, the Inspire 2 is now equipped with obstacle-avoidance sensors that allow it to detect objects up to 98' ahead and 16' above, enabling protected flights indoors and out. Another design upgrade, as well as an added layer of security, is the new dual-battery system, which extends flight times to up to 27 minutes with the X4S camera, and acts as a safety valve in the event of battery failure. Further enhancements include a powerful new propulsion system, which allows the Inspire 2 to accelerate from 0 to 50 mph in only 4 seconds, and top out at 67mph.

DJI Inspire 2 Quadcopter

DJI also equipped the Inspire 2 with an all-new image processing system: the CineCore 2.0, which can record up to 5.2K video in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes, and other formats. CineCore 2.0 is built into the quad’s nose and will support any camera connected through the dedicated gimbal port. A range of intelligent flight and shooting modes, including the powerful tracking mode Spotlight Pro, are available to support pilots and help them capture even the most complex shots. The Inspire 2 also features an upgraded video transmission system, which features an effective range of up to 4.3 miles, and can deliver both 1080p/720p video, as well as FPV view to pilot and camera operator. 

Obstacle Avoidance

Deciding top-of-the-line wasn’t quite top enough, DJI also unveiled an upgraded version of the Phantom 4. The new Pro model features an uprated camera equipped with a 1" 20MP sensor capable of shooting 4K video at 60 fps. Despite the upgraded camera, the Pro is similar in weight to the original Phantom 4, thanks in part to its titanium-alloy and magnesium-alloy construction. The updated FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision and infrared sensors to Phantom 4’s existing obstacle-avoidance sensors, giving it a total of five directions of obstacle sensing and four directions of obstacle avoidance. The Phantom 4 Pro is available in two configurations: a standard version and a “Pro+” model. Both aircraft are identical; however, the Pro+’s controller features a fully optimized 5.5" 1080p screen with DJI GO built in.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter

The Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro are available to order at B&H. Accessories for these state-of-the-art drones are also available, including replacement props, flight batteries, filters, and more. You can purchase the Pro and Pro+ as RTF kits or as individual components, including drones-only and either radio transmitter

DJI also announced two powerful cameras for the new Inspire 2, the Zenmuse X4S and Zenmuse X5S. Highly upgraded over the previous model, these powerful cameras are ideal complements to CineCore 2.0 image processing system of the new copter. The Zenmuse X4S features a relatively huge 20MP 1" sensor with large, 2.4µm pixels. Combined with CineCore 2.0, it uses enough of its 20MP sensor to capture 5.2K resolution video and then samples it into a sharp DCI 4K video at 60 fps in H.264, and at 30 fps in H.265, at 100Mbps in either case. It also has a high dynamic range of 11.6 stops, maximum ISO of 12,800, and improvements across many other areas over the preceding model. The X4S has a built-in 8.8mm, f/2.8-11 lens with an 84° angle of view.

The Zenmuse X5S is an even more advanced model. It supports interchangeable lenses via a Micro Four Thirds mount, and is capable of capturing 5.2K resolution at 30 fps and 4K at 60 fps. The X5S is built with a 20.8MP Four Thirds sensor with 3.4µm pixels, and has 12.8 stops of dynamic range. It currently supports eight different lenses from Olympus, DJI, and Panasonic, ranging in focal length from 9-45mm (35mm equivalent of 18-90mm). Both of these cameras are also capable of capturing still images at various burst rates, and have an integrated 3-axis gimbal ready for attachment to the Inspire 2.