DJI- the world leader of consumer and pro-level drone technology has released two new drones this year, the Phantom 4 Pro and the Inspire 2– Two of the most impressive quadcopters the market has to offer. Both are excellent devices that have their own pros and cons. The Phantom4 Pro is more of a consumer-friendly device, while the Inspire 2 is geared toward professionals.
Let’s take a look at what each drone offers to help you decide which one fits your needs best!
Phantom 4 Pro vs Inspire 2
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
The Phantom4 Pro is a smaller drone that has a fixed focal length of 24 mm and a 1″ sensor. It can shoot still photos at 20MP and 4K videos at 60fps. It also has a mechanical shutter that gives you more control over your lens. The drone can fly for up to 30 minutes and has sensors on the sides, bottom, and front of the aircraft. This makes it one of the most advanced sensor systems available. The Phantom 4 Pro drone is a great choice for professional drone photographers, and it comes in at around $1500
- Weight (Battery and Propellers Included), 1388g (3.0 lbs).
- Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded): 350mm (13.78 Inches).
- Camera: 20MP, 1″ CMOS sensor that can shoot up to 4K/60fps video
- Flight time: 30 minutes
- Flight Battery: 15.2V 586mAh 4S Li-Po
- Maximum Speed: S-mode 45 MPH (72 kph);A-mode 36 MPH (58 kph);P-mode 31 MPH (50 kph).
- Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level: 6000 meters (19685 ft)
- Operating Frequency: 2.400 to 2.483 GHz, 5.725 to 5.850 GHz
DJI upgraded Phantom 4’s camera, and now Phantom4 Pro has a professional-level camera. It features a 3-axis stabilized gimbal camera with a 20MP, 1″ CMOS sensor that can shoot up to 4K/60fps video as well as photo bursts up to 14fps.
This camera is an enormous upgrade over the previous model. Phantom4 Pro has H.265 video compression, which significantly improves video quality. There’s also an SD slot so you can record and transfer any videos that you have already recorded.
Pro Flight Autonomy
The Phantom4 Pro is equipped with dual sensors at the front and back, as well as infrared sensors. It is one of the safest drones available. The technology creates a 3D model in real-time of the environment that the drone is flying in, so you won’t need to worry about hitting anything. The Phantom4 Pro will automatically steer it away from danger and protect your drone wherever it flies.
The 3D obstacle avoidance sensors have a range of approximately 30 meters (98 feet). This is sufficient for a fast-moving aircraft. You will not be allowed to activate the Obstacle Avoidance System if you flying in Sports mode.
The new battery design is more efficient than the one used on the old model. Additionally, the Phantom4 Pro has a flight time of 30 minutes. Professional aerial photography benefits greatly from longer flight times. DJI GO calculates battery life and alerts you when it reaches a minimum safe amount for a safe return to the takeoff point.
The remote control design has remained the same for several years. The good news is that the controller has the ability to make changes. It comes with an integrated GPS, HDMI, and micro SD card slots for video backup. You can also choose between 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz channels for Lightbridge links.
This will ensure that you get the highest quality channel without interference. The most significant update to Phantom 4 Pro’s screen is its brighter, better-connected display. Important to note is that even in direct sunlight, the screen can still be clearly seen.
Phantom4 Pro Payload
The Phantom4 Pro has a 1 inch and 20MP camera that can record up to 4K at 60fps. It also features a Burst Mode of 14fps. The mechanical shutter reduces rolling image distortion when the camera lens is moved at high speeds.
The flight time of Phantom4 Pro is up to 30 minutes and has an Intelligent Flight Battery of 15.2V 5870mAh.
This is the Most Intelligent Drone Ever
Phantom4 Pro now has some amazing intelligent flight modes.
It can be difficult to track fast-moving objects. The Phantom4 Pro employs advanced image-recognition algorithms to identify and track objects while keeping them in the frame. These algorithms can recognize many subjects, including people, animals, and vehicles. They will also adjust the flight dynamics to ensure perfect shots.
The active track now offers 3 sub-modes
- Trace: The drone tracks behind or in front of a subject and avoids obstacles.
- Profile: The drone follows a subject at various angles so that profile shots can be taken.
- Spotlight: This mode allows the drone to fly almost anywhere while keeping the camera focused on one subject.
With a simple tap, you flying in any direction that is visible on-screen. Three TapFly modes are available now:
- TapFly Forward
- TapFly Backward
- TapFly is Free
Drawing mode lets you draw lines on the RC display, and the Phantom4 Pro will fly the route. It also locks its altitude. This allows the pilot’s attention to the camera and allows for more complicated shots. There are two draw modes.
- Standard: The drone moves at a constant speed along the route. This mode is where the camera faces in the direction of flight.
- Free: The drone will only move along the route if it is instructed. The camera can be oriented in any direction during the flight.
- Gesture Mode
The Phantom4 Pro can use computer vision technology to interpret gestures. With this mode, selfies can be taken using just a few gestures.
Return to Home
The Phantom 4 Pro tracks its flight path and can determine the best route home based on environmental conditions. If the control signal is lost, the drone will continue on the same route as before. This allows it to avoid obstacles and avoid any obstructions. This feature can be used for up to 300m (984 feet).
Three modes of flight are available on the Phantom4 Pro: Attitude Mode, Sport Modes, and Position Mode. Different productions require different flight characteristics. Pilots can switch between the three flight modes to achieve the control they desire, regardless of whether they are looking for speed, smoothness, intelligent navigation, or simplicity.
Attitude Mode (A), which disables satellite stabilization and maintains the drone’s altitude, is for experienced pilots who want to capture smoother footage. Sport Mode (S) adds agility and speed. The Phantom 4 Pro can reach 45 mph (72 km/h) in this mode. Position Mode (P) offers ActiveTrack, obstacle sensory range, TapFly, and positioning features. Tripod Mode allows for precise control of indoor and fine framing. It limits speed to 4 MPH (6 Kph).
DJI Inspire 2
- Weight: 3290g (7.25 lbs with two batteries, but no camera or gimbal).
- Diagonal Distance: 605 mm (187 inches, propeller excluded)
- Camera: The camera can shoot in 4k or 5.2k
- Maximum Speed: 108 km/h (67 mph).
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 4000g (8.82 lbs).
- Maximum Takeoff Sea Level: 2500m (1.55 mi); 5000m (3.1 mi) with specially-designed propeller
- Maximum Flight Time: 27 minutes (with ZenmuseX4S).
The Inspire2 is ideal for professional photographers and videographers looking to take their art to the next level. The drone’s body is made from magnesium-aluminum, carbon and is lightweight. Although the DJI Inspire2 is very similar to its predecessor, several important improvements were made to improve its efficiency and make it easier to handle.
The Inspire2 is compatible with the brand new X4S or X5S cameras. The new front-facing camera allows the pilot to concentrate on the flight, and the main camera can be used for stunning images in all directions. This drone will be able to support additional cameras in the future.
CineCore 2.0 is a new method of image processing in Inspire2. It can process large files much faster than ever before thanks to this image processing. It can capture 5.2K video at 4.2 Gbps RAW for an advanced and technologically advanced video streaming experience. You can also store your videos to the newly redesigned CineSSD with an SD slot on DJI Inspire 2. The drone can stream 1080p video at 50fps or 720p at 60fps. The image quality is remarkably similar, with the Inspire 2 however you can upgrade the filming capabilities to 5.2K RAW with Cinema DNG and Apple ProRes 4444.
The DJI Inspire2 has a dual-battery system. This is a very useful feature because it makes sure that the drone doesn’t go down if the first battery goes dead while it’s in flight. Dual batteries allow the drone to remain in the air for up to 27 minutes. A self-heating battery is another innovation that allows the drone to be safely used in extreme temperatures up to -20° Celsius.
Maximum Flight time
The Inspire2 flying at an incredible 67 miles per hour and only 5 seconds to reach 50. It flying faster than any other city traffic, except taxi cabs. With special high-altitude propellers, the drone can fly up to 5000m (16400 feet) above sea level. This means Inspire 2 can be used for many different scenarios that other drones cannot. These amazing features allow Inspire2 to follow fast-moving subjects to capture action and dramatic sports footage.
Zenmuse X4S, a new camera designed for Inspire2, is now available. It features a 1-inch 20MP sensor and nearly 12 stops of dynamic range. X5S features a Micro 4/3 20.8MP sensor. You can fit up to 10 lenses, including zoom lenses and wide-angle lenses. The Inspire 2 can be easily changed out of its lenses. To get the perfect shot every time, you may need to swap out lenses at different times of the day.
DJI Inspire2 comes with two cameras. The cinematography camera is the first. This camera lets you take wide-angle views of the drone’s surroundings. These are the shots that you want when a drone is flying high in the air. This camera, which is smaller and first-person mounted on the drone’s back, allows you to see out from where you are flying. It can also be controlled independently, and the video feed is shown on the controller’s monitor.
Safety and reliability
The Inspire 2 also offers advanced obstacle avoidance. This feature is part of DJI’s FlightAutonomy software and is implemented by dual front cameras that face both upwards and downwards, as well as infrared sensors for safe flight in enclosed areas.
It can detect obstacles up to 30m ahead with a forward and downward vision system. This feature allows protected flight up to 34 mph with a controlled attitude angle of 25deg. These top sensors may not be used very often. You’ll still be grateful that you have them, even if you flying them indoors to avoid hitting the ceiling.
Inspire two can also make a live map of its flight path as it flys using forward or downward vision systems. This feature is very useful as it allows the drone to fly back along its original route and then change to straight lines if it receives a signal. As it returns, the drone will use its primary camera to locate obstacles up to 200m away. This allows the drone to plan a safe return route.
The double battery system means that even if one battery fails, the other can continue to fly long enough to ensure a safe landing.
The DJI Inspire 2’s propulsion system has been completely redesigned. It can propel the Inspire2 at 58 mph. The drone can also descend at a speed of 30ft (10 m/s) or climb at 20ft/second (7 m/s). The master and slave controller ranges now reach 328 feet (100 m). You can also choose between frequencies 2.4 GHz or 5.8GHz to avoid interference and increase signal stability.
DJI is a company known for offering a variety of accessories for drones. Inspire2 is no exception. The DJI Focus, a battery charger station, DJI CINESSD, and CINESSD station will all be available. You can also purchase additional accessories such as a new transmitter controller, additional propellers, and a carrying case for everything.
The optional DJI Crystalsky monitor, available in sizes 5.5-inch or 7.85-inch, is another bonus. The dedicated system lowers video transmission latency, and the monitor has the highest brightness of 1000 cd/m2 or 2000 cd/m2, respectively.
Inspire 2 payloads
The Inspire2 can change the camera and improve the quality of your images. The Zenmuse X4S can be fitted to the Zenmuse X5S, Zenmuse X7 or Zenmuse X7. All three models have varying quality levels, with the X7 being the best.
Two TB50 Intelligent Flight Batteries are used in the Inspire2. They provide dual battery redundancy to ensure safety and reliability. They also have a self-heating function that allows them to work in cold environments.
The payload can affect the flight time. For example, the X4S is the lightest and estimated flight time of around 27 minutes. The average battery life for the X7 (heaviest) is around 23 minutes.
Performance The Phantom 4 Pro’s impressive functionality is sure to provide a great pilot experience. It has 5-direction obstacle detection and 4-direction obstruction avoidance. This makes indoor and outdoor flying safer, even at speeds up to 31 mph. The Phantom4 Pro also features dual compass modules as well as a dual IMU, increasing precision and reliability. In Sport Mode, the Phantom 4 Pro can reach speeds up to 45 mph (72 km/h). The Phantom 4 Pro also has DJI’s Intelligent flight modes. Pilots have more control and creativity with ActiveTrack, TapFly, and Draw.
Inspire2 and Phantom 4 Pro in Flight. The Inspire2 builds on the success of Inspire 1 to create an amazing aircraft that can perform a variety of tasks. The Inspire 2’s forward and downward vision systems can obstacle sensing up to 34 mph (54kph) from as far away as 30 meters. Additionally, upward-facing infrared sensors can detect subjects up to 5 m away.
The Inspire2 can reach a top speed of up to 58mph (94 km/h) and can accelerate from 0-60mph (80kph) in five seconds. Dual redundancy modules, such as the IMU or barometer, help the aircraft to receive accurate flight data. The Inspire2 can access a variety of DJI Intelligent Flight Modes, just like the Phantom 4 Pro. TapFly, ActiveTrack, and Intelligent Return to Home are all available. Inspire2 also features a CineCore image processor system and the ability to use the DJI CINESSDStation or DJI’s Broadcast mode.
Which is the best choice for you?
Two drones are distinguished by their size, lens choice, and image quality. Both drones will satisfy professionals and clients. The decision is up to you and your budget. The Inspire 2 is a good choice if you want a drone that can interchange with other cameras to produce better-quality photos.
While the Inspire 2 may open up more options, the Phantom 4 Pro will be more affordable. The Phantom 4 Pro is the best choice if you’re looking for a drone to travel, lifestyle, real estate, or personal use. The Inspire 2 is the best choice if you are looking for a drone to do high-end production or commercial work. You can upgrade or improve the camera, making it a dedicated photo or cinema camera.
It is important to consider your budget and future plans. It is important to weigh the convenience and travel ability of your purchase. The Inspire 2 is a 50 lb bag, while the Phantom 4 Profits easily in a 20 lb shoulder bag. It all comes down to what you need from your drone.
The Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro are excellent professional products that will suit your needs. With all this in mind, we wish you every success with your decision.
With the release of two drones is Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Inspire 2, there is a lot to think about. The main points that we wanted you to take away from this article are as follows: price point, camera quality, flight time per battery charge (25 minutes), and obstacle avoidance sensors (front and rear).
If any of these criteria stand out more than others for your needs or preferences in drones, then it might be worth considering one over the other. LucidCam hope you found this blog post helpful!