The Inspire 3 – a new drone from DJI starting at $16,499
The DJI range has a large number of drones that are suitable for both beginners and professionals. The new Inspire 3 model is intended for the second category of users and is positioned for use in commercial projects.
The aerodynamics of the Inspire 3 have improved by 20% compared to its predecessor, the Inspire 2, which was released in 2016. The flight time also increased a little – from 25 to 28 minutes. The RC Plus control panel is included with the drone. Dual control mode is supported: one user controls the drone, and the second controls the camera. The FPV camera has a viewing angle of 161 degrees, a 1/1.8″ sensor and can transmit images to the RC Plus controller with a delay of only 90 ms.
The Inspire 3 uses O3 Pro image transmission technology. It allows you to stream a picture in 1080p/60fps mode at a distance of up to 15 km. There is also a 4K/30fps mode at a distance of up to 5 km.
The main cinematographic camera is the Zenmuse X9-8K Air. This is the company’s lightest full-frame system. It uses the new CineCore 3.0 image processing system, which allows you to record 8K CinemaDNG video at a frequency of 25 fps.
In addition, for the first time for a DJI drone, the Inspire 3 is capable of recording video in the Apple ProRes RAW format with a resolution of 8K and a frequency of 75 fps. DJI also has a Mavic 3 Cine model, but it only supports ProRes 422 LT. However, to unlock CinemaDNG and ProRes RAW modes, you need to purchase a license key costing $979.
The X9-8K Air can also record ProRes RAW at 4K/120fps without the need for cropping. The module has dual ISO: 800 / 4000 for 30 fps and below and 320 / 1600 for higher frequency. The stabilizer allows the camera to tilt 80 degrees and rotate 360 degrees. Interchangeable lenses are also provided, including 18mm, 24mm, 35mm and 50mm options. Plus, it will be possible to install Sony E-mount lenses.
DJI Waypoint Pro technology allows you to adjust the drone’s route up to a centimeter and repeat it. This should come in handy during filming, as it will allow you to take several takes and be sure that the shot will look the same every time.
The cost of DJI Inspire 3 is $16,499. The package includes a 1 TB SSD, spare battery and other accessories. Interchangeable lenses will cost an additional $1,199.