DJI Inspire 2 Drone Review – Best Professional Drone for Sale
There is no better way to put a camera in the air, for professional photos than by using the DJI Inspire 2 Drone. Let’s face it, DJI is one of the best names in the drones industry. One edition after another of small hobbyist and big commercial drones and… they have never disappointed.
Just like its brother the first Inspire that was made for professional filmmakers, this one too is incredibly equipped with everything that you will need to take your photography and filmography to a higher level. It is called the Inspire 2 because it is equipped with almost 2 of everything, as you will see in this DJI Inspire 2 drone review.
DJI Inspire 2 Features & Technical Details
One thing that you will notice about the Inspire 2 if you used the first Inspire is that in place of the plastic body, the 2 now comes with a magnesium aluminum alloy body. This tough body makes the drone hardy enough to withstand a few abuses, crashes and drops here and there.
In addition, the four arms that hold the rotors are made of high quality carbon fiber, which also can withstand a lot of outdoor abuse. The propellers have been designed with a locking mechanism that ensures they will never come off accidentally. Clearly, this drone will get through a crash without a scathe mark showing on its body.
The tough body notwithstanding, DJI has also gone ahead to include some incredible measures in the drone. For example, they have installed an advanced crash avoidance system that can detect obstacles 30 meters ahead! This is very commendable especially since this fast drone can do a speed of 93km/h.
With infrared scanners and sensors positioned in an upward-facing position and able to sense obstacles/objects that are 5 meters above the drone, terrain sensors at the bottom, the DJI Inspire 2 is without doubt one of the safest drones in the market.
When it comes to the camera, you will see why we said this drone is called the Inspire 2 because it packs almost everything in twos. For example, it has two cameras. The first camera is a forward facing FPV – first person view camera that is positioned between the two front sensors.
This one allows the pilot flying the drone to see what is ahead of them through their smartphone. The second camera is a detachable Zenmuse camera that you can upgrade if you want. This is a good thing because certain jobs may require different types of lenses.
Since this drone is sold with the Zenmuse X5S camera, which packs quite a punch, you will find it very good for professional photography and filmography. It has a bigger sensor so it can capture more color and other details.
While many other drones only do 4K videos, this one can do 5.2K at 30 fps, but it can also do 4K at 60 fps. This is a power combination that can make Steven Spielberg go woozy. The 20 megapixel stills are incredible.
The first camera is integrated with 2-axis gimbal while the second detachable camera is integrated with a 3-axis gimbal that allows it to shoot stable images and videos even at high speed without affecting the quality. The second camera can also rotate at 360 degrees, giving you not only the widest angle of view, but all angles of view.
For storage of your video footage, the DJI Inspire 2 will use the DJI CINESSD and/or a microSD card.
Please note: This drone is not sold with any standard camera. There are different Zenmuse cameras for different prices.
You must be wondering what kind of batteries this drone comes with, enough to power all these sensors, cameras and the fast flight speed. Well, you will not be disappointed because this baby is sold with two batteries.
You will get 27 minutes of flight time, but mostly when you are flying around obstacles, with all the countermeasures engaged, you can expect 23 to 25 minutes of flight time. When the battery drains to 10 percent, the drone is going to engage emergency landing procedures and start returning home.
The charging time is about 2 hours, quite long, but you should love the charging dock that can take four batteries and charge them at once. You can buy extra batteries to increase your flight time tremendously, and you will enjoy every moment of it.
The top speed for the DJI Inspire 2 drone is 58mph/93kmh. That is quite high and impressive, and that is why professional filmmakers use this drone to film fast moving objects like cars and animals. In addition to high speed flights, this drone also packs many flight features and modes which include Active Track, WayPoint, TapFly and Point of Interest to name but just a few of them.
We could rattle on and on about it features, but it would not be possible to discuss all of them here. We sought the thoughts of other users and here is what they had to say:
Short Summary of Feedback From Existing Owners
I love this drone. If you ask me, it really looks burly, rugged, masculine and handsome. I believe my thousands of dollars were not wasted. It’s big! Kendall Q.
I had a little problem that I wanted assistance for from the manufacturer, but their customer support sucks. I gave up after three emails went unanswered and my husband fixed the problem. I wonder how someone could make such a good drone, give a warranty on it and fail to respond to customer inquiries. Apart from that, I would not give this baby up for anything. Isabella W.
I am a professional documentary maker and this drone was the game changer for me. The ability to shoot 5.2K videos sold it to me. I love the quality of its videos, but I am a bit disappointed with the flight time. William K.
I upgraded to the Inspire 2 from the first one late 2016. Two years later, I think this is the best gift that I ever gave myself for my YouTube channel. It has been an awesome two years without experiencing a problem. Mason T.
Pros of DJI Inspire 2 Drone
- Fastest mass production drone in the market
- Incredible camera work
- Charging dock can take four batteries
- Automatic return to home for when the battery drains down
- Drone itself rotates when the gimbal reaches its widest angle
- High quality build for durability
Cons of DJI Inspire 2 Drone
- No built-in LCD screen, you still have to attach your smartphone to the controller
- It’s a pricey drone
Who Should Buy the DJI Inspire 2 Drone?
It is too advanced and too pricey for a hobbyist drone, therefore we would recommend this one for professional users alone. They will get the full value of their money fast and let’s face it, to buy such power and feature package and not use everything is almost the same as caging a beast. If you are a car or motorbike reviewer on YouTube or for your blog, this is the perfect drone for you to cover high-speed chases. At a speed of 93km/h, you know they do not come any faster than that.
Conclusion and Recommendation
The incredible camera, power features, flight modes, speed and good flight time make this expensive drone worth every penny that you can pay for it. You will be pleased with the many countermeasures included in this ruggedly handsome drone. You will never lose it, thanks to the return to home automatic mode, which turns on as soon as the battery drains to a certain percentage. If you are a professional user, buy this drone and you will be a long time before you go back to the market to buy another one.