DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter – 4K Video Lightbridge HD Dual Remote Operator Gimbal

Whoa. I got news of the latest DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter and my mind was blown when I read just a few of the specs. DJI is clearly miles ahead when it comes to offering advanced features for consumers looking to jump into aerial filming / photography.

Product Highlights
* Capture 4K Video and 12MP Stills
* 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
* Up to 1.2 Mile Radio Range
* GPS-Based Stabilization System
* Optical Flow Sensor for Indoor Flying
* Works with DJI Lightbridge Ground System
* Live 720p HD Monitoring with Lightbridge
* Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms
* Unobstructed 360° Shooting
* Dual Transmitter Operation Supported

Obviously I have no hands on experience with this thing of beauty so i'll let you just read the following announcement information.

DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter

DJI Inspire 1
The Inspire 1 is brand new quadcopter capable of capturing 4K video and transmitting in a HD video signal to multiple devices straight out of the box. With its transforming design, 4K camera integrated with enhanced version of Lightbridge HD downlink, DJI’s most advanced technology comes together in the Inspire 1, create an easy to use, all-in-one flying platform that empowers you to create the unforgettable.

DJI Inspire 1 4k Video

Key Features
Advanced, Ready-to-Fly DesignImagine holding the future in your hands. Designed to be powerful while lightweight, flexible while providing the stability you need, the Inspire 1 is DJI’s most advanced

Aerodynamic, Transforming Design
Carbon fiber arms give you the strength to maneuver in the air, and they transform, moving out of the camera’s way at the flick of a switch. So you now have a full 360⁰ unobstructed view, allowing you to capture shots independent of the direction you are flying.Every part, every component of the Inspire 1 was engineered to be durable and lightweight. The body’s aerodynamic design cuts through the sky and further enhances your control over the aircraft. This ensures long flight times and a long flight life.

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New 4K Camera and Gimbal System
Get crystal clear images with DJI’s most advanced camera to date. The Inspire 1 shoots 4K video at 24-30 fps, or 1080p at 24-60fps, and captures photographs at up to 12 megapixels. The 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor brings out the best of whatever you’re shooting, and the 94⁰ wide-angle FOV lens allows you to compose your shots perfectly.Holding your camera, DJI’s years of expertise in camera stabilization has been poured into the Inspire 1’s 360⁰, 3-axis rotating gimbal. This ensures your photos and video are clear and stable in almost any filming environment, even when performing daring maneuvers or flying in less-than-ideal conditions.

DJI Inspire Quadcopter Multicopter 4K camera gimbal indoor

Live HD View
A real-time feed from your Inspire 1’s camera is displayed in 720p HD on your mobile device, giving you a perfect view of what the camera sees to setup your shots.This is made possible by the revolutionary DJI Lightbridge system, which can transmit video from up to 2km away.

Powerful Remote Controller
Take absolute control of your Inspire 1 in the air with DJI’s most sophisticated remote controller to date. Featuring dedicated buttons for photo and video capture, a gimbal
control dial, an integrated rechargeable battery and more, it’s easy and intuitive to fly.For an even greater level of precision, use a second remote controller and fly with a friend. With two people controlling the same Inspire 1, one person pilots the flight path while the other aims the gimbal and camera. Each user can have their own screen to see exactly what is being shot in real-time. By working in tandem, you’re capturing shots that are more complex shots and artistic than ever before.

DJI Inspire 1 4k Video

Modular Gimbal and Camera
Inspire 1’s gimbal and camera can be removed from the aircraft for safe transport and future upgrades.

Fly Indoors and Without GPS
Indoor flight has always been a true test of skill for
all levels of pilots. DJI’s new Optical Flow technology uses a specially designed camera as well as sonic waves to bring simplicity to flying indoors. This technology allows the Inspire to hold its location, stop when the controls are released, and respond to your commands even when GPS is unavailable.

Smart Power Management System
A fully integrated smart battery powers your Inspire 1 and virtually manages itself. When in flight, your remaining battery power is shown live, letting you know how long you can continue to fly. Advanced algorithms calculate the distance of your aircraft and estimated time to return home, letting you know when it’s time to come back.The battery tracks the voltage of each cell, the total lifetime charges and discharges, and the overall health and battery status. All this helps you keep your Inspire 1 in the air and flying for years to come.

Full-Featured App
Download the free mobile app to your phone or tablet, and you’ll see what your Inspire 1 sees while taking control of its camera and flight settings.Everything from manual camera controls to flight telemetry and even auto takeoff and landing are just a tap away, with more functions and updates coming soon.

The new DJI Inspire 1 is available with a single remote or dual remotes and you can find more information or order the product (here).

find-price-button DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter 4K Video via B&HPhoto

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[Is it me or does it look like they added Props to the head of a Battle Droid?..]

35 thoughts on “DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter – 4K Video Lightbridge HD Dual Remote Operator Gimbal

  1. @emm / @ apostolos - you don't have to worry about panning with either the Phantom or the Inspire 1 when using a single operator setup. Using the Assistant software, switch the Phantom to Naza Mode and turn on IOC. You can then use Course Lock Mode to fly the platform in one direction whilst using the yaw channel to 'pan' or track your subject.

    Also, for those who are concerned at the apparent 'jerkiness' of the tilt/pan of the i1 gimbal; As per the H3-3D and P2V+ Gimbal, you can adjust the damping and speed of travel in the Assistant Software which really helps! 🙂

    Hope that helps play some concerns/fears but if anyone has any questions, feel free to give me a shout - we have a pre-release i1 and have got a bunch of them on pre-order for first day delivery to our customers...

    [email protected]

  2. Damon

    The Ronin came with it's own case that looked very similar to that, only it was red instead of blue. It was included in the purchase price of $3k so I wouldn't be surprised if the same were the case with the Inspire.

  3. Emm

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    @Bob - I don't think it will be carry-on size, but one company revealed a new case at the live event: Looks huge:

  4. Bob

    Is there any indication if this can disassemble for travel? I noticed from the dimensions that it won't fit in a pelican 1560, which is about as large as I want to travel with. This is quite a bit bigger than a phantom, which fit in a pelican with the props on with room to spare.

  5. Damon

    Word on the street is that they actually licensed the EXACT same sensor from Sony that is in the GoPro Hero4 Black. Sensors are sensors, and lenses are lenses. Not to mention firmware. So we don't know how it will compare to a GoPro exactly, but I wouldn't expect there to be a noticeable difference. Hopefully. The camera built into the Vision+ was a total turd but this one might actually be alright.

    Aside from that, every time I look at this thing all I can think of are the sentry turrets from the game Portal. 🙂

  6. Emm

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    @GearVista - I see that but that's still based on the landing gears which i'm guessing you shouldn't be doing while filming anyhow. We'll know more when it's out.

  7. ronn

    Not sure I'm hip enough, attractive enough, or quite enough of the lady's man to get one of these. "Here baby, hold onto my joystick..."). Product is interesting but I wanted to gag at the Napa Nerd demo video.

  8. Yes, GearVista, I saw jello as well. I know there was a lot of wind there, but the video was also pretty shaky and jumpy even after downloading. Wonder if you can put an nd filter on the cam to help with the shaky (to slow down the shutter speed).

  9. Emm

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    @GearVista - I wouldn't base everything from that FroKnows video. Here's one from another guy says it's raw 4K from the copter 30p. We're just going to have to see more as time goes on and as more people test it out.

  10. VillageBoi

    @Southerndude & @alloutprodux - My thoughts exactly. Next year I should be going somewhere a bit dangerous and I really love the Inspire 1. Since watching the 'release show' live yesterday I've put a lot of thought into it and will be settling for a Phanthom 2 v2 + GoPro 4, however, since I'm keeping off buying until next year there (wishful thinking) could be a Phanthom 3 with tech that has trickled down.

    They main reason is I'll be doing a lot of solo stuff and portability is more important than all the goodies in the Inspire - I doubt it can be taken as carry on as it's large(er) and the extra weight when lugging over rough terrain and up hills, cliffs and things.

    Oh and @Southerndude - I saw a video today that made me think of the kind of shot you were talking about. On YT, type in 'The Appointment - a mother's choice' - the very last shot of the short is pretty epic.
    Sorry we can't post yt links, had to type this twice.

  11. Emm

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    @Apostolos - No you can't pan the camera. The landing gears will be in the shot, so you have to rotate the whole copter. Which means if you are flying behind and subject and then want to fly to the side of the subject you have to rotate the camera and also change the direction of your flight from forward to sideways.

  12. Again, newbie question, but on the Phantom 2+ with the HD-D3 Zenmuse gimbal, you can't pan the camera? In other words have the copter fly in one direction and have the gimbal pan in sort of the opposite direction?

  13. alloutprodux

    @southerndude -- i'm a fellow one-man-bandit, & am thinking exactly what you're thinking. I'm done humping a jib arm! definitely replacing it in the near future with a gimbal, just gotta decide which one (probably the came).
    also thinking about either an airdog or a hexo+ for the aerial shots, which are both onemanbandit dream tools in my book! limited to gopro image quality, so depends what your clients demand as emm mentioned above….

  14. Emm

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    @Southerndude - Well I can't say that a gimbal will 'exactly' replace a jib or a slider. What you can do is get 'similar' types of smooth camera movements with one tool. Especially when you add slo-mo then that movement looks epic. It won't be as precise but a nice camera move is a nice camera move, if you're not nit picky about the linear tracking being precise. Drones from DJI with smooth gimbals on the other hand can recreate these smooth linear shots like a jib, slider, or track dolly but it's limited to where you can use it and to fly the best quality cameras will take even more of an investment.

    I fly the Original DJI Phantom with my GoPro cameras which has better quality than the Vision Plus, but the Vision Plus was the easiest to learn on. Once I started flying with FPV, I got more comfortable and am now ready to upgrade myself to the Inspire1. It still may not be as good as a HERO4, or another compact camera, but the simplicity of the entire system and fast setup for me outweighs any cons of camera quality.

    I have no plans to to shoot a hollywood movie anytime soon, mostly working with businesses that share their videos on the Internet and Social Media, which end up just being watched on people's iPhones and Tablets. The clients aren't major pixel peepers like some of us tend to focus on too much about. As long as they are happy and I don't have to charge them a ton of money, it's a win win.

  15. @Emm-I have been really thinking a lot about how many different tools I have to get different shots of video, Small jib, Tripod, Rail Slider, and Dolly System. Most of my shots are created using my Tripod, Rail Slider,and Jib.

    But a problem for me is setting up a jib, setting up my Rail Slider, tripod, I'm an older guy and I love to do Video Landscapes, I have already excepted that having the tools and setting them up is 75% of getting the shot.

    I have been thinking that maybe, maybe by having a Drone like this Inspire-1 and a hand-held gimbal like the Came-7800 I could use these tools to replace a lot of tools and setup and carrying to locations to shoot, I'm a One-Man-Band, It almost gets a little discouraging when I get some place I want to shoot, and then have to carry a lot of equipment in. I guess I need a full time helper, that I can't afford.

    Sorry for the long dissertation on this. This comment is for everyone to chime in, not just Emm. Do you think that a Came 7800 can get decent jib shots with out a jib, doing handheld from the ground up, and maybe get some higher jib shots using the Inspire-1 from the ground upward to say about 15-20 feet in the air? Would the video be smooth like a jib shot. Can you achieve slider shots using a Came7800 and a drone like the Inspire-1, I know that I will be able to create a lot of additional shots with these two tools that I could not get with the tools that I already have. I'm just wanting to know that you can get and maybe replace a lot of standard shots that I would use in a shoot, with my existing tools.

    It sure would be nice to have just a couple of tools and a tripod to achieve 90% of the shots, except for time laps and motorized slider. I'm just trying to simplify things and allow myself to be a lot more mobile because I travel and shoot a lot outside and not in a studio, or city location.

    The most important thing for me out of both of these tools, is video quality is Paramount! If not then I would have to wait till they can produce good video, (Not the cameras video) but both the gimbals video operations, and it's effects on the video shot.

    Since both of these tools are a pretty serious investment, I want to get the best bang for my dollar, in these tools for both the durability, and capability, knowing that firmware can also help in cutting back obsolescence. One can get a little confused by the marketing that both these tool MFg's use, and then you hear the out in the field reports from end users.

    Sorry for the length, just thinking about how to accomplish all this gets a little mind boggling right now, with video tools that are just exploding in the market. What do you all think?

    Love coming here every day to see and read the future!

  16. Emm

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    @Apostolos - They actually did live switching using the Inspire1 as part of their multicam shoot at the live event. Very cool, but the dual operator is HUGE for tracking subjects. With a Phantom you have to rotate the whole copter so the front is always pointing to subject, but this means you have change your flight orientation too. It gets confusing fast flying sideways, backwards, left or right (or totally inverted). Now you just fly straight and the cam can rotate full 360. This means a lot more usable shots in a short amount of time. Worth every penny and the HD stream is bonus for framing.

  17. Emm

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    @apostolos - A Phantom 2 with gimbal and decent FPV is about 2300. Lets not forget a 4K gopro is another $500 to equal about $2800. That still won't give you 720 HD video stream FPV, control up to 1 mile away, dual operator mode, full 360 panning, and not to mention now fly indoors. That's just a small feature set. The new app is crazy too. I know guys who build custom copters and putting all the parts together and tweaking still say there is a lot going on in here for the money.

  18. Emm

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    @MN - This new drone has their LIghtBridge built in. The stream comes in at 720p and is supposed to look like real video. I've only heard good things about this so i'm excited to try this out.

  19. Emm

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    @Dez - I know what you mean about a better camera with slo-mo, but the great thing about this unit is that the camera can be detached. So it's fully upgradeable and I'm guessing in just a few weeks they'll have a gimbal for GoPro HERO4 too (maybe aftermarket).

  20. Emm

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    @kelly - Of course! Already in motion, and already pre-ordered. I've been flying mine quite a bit, but this is really everything in one package.

  21. Dez

    @Emm I'm always glad when you get excited about a product. Cause it let's us know that our investment will be well spent. Been looking at the DJI drones after my purchase of the CAME 7800. Can't wait to fly one of these. Just hope in the future (via firmware updates!) that they'll have higher frame rates for slowmo.

  22. MN

    I like DJI. I own a Vision+. Here's the deal though. The pone spec I haven't seen (did I miss it?) anywhere yet: What's the data rate on their video?

    I speak from experience when I say the Vision+ shoots practically unusable footage because of this limitation. Any video with too much detail in it artifacts like crazy and falls apart like wet tissue paper.

    So, they can make cool drones all they like. And it is cool...but without delivering better video I'm not flying this thing.

    A cheap older model DJI with a GoPro, light bridge, and gimbal is also 1K less, BTW.

  23. Liang

    Beautiful product indeed! I love the design! The price point would be better if it was at least half of their other units that can handle more professional cameras.

    My biggest gripe with these is the messiness of the pan and tilt. As evidenced in these videos, they are shaky, or more correctly, you see the sharp movement and halt whenever they do a pan or tilt motion. DJI is doing a great job, but they really need to dumb down the sensitivity on their motor and controller so that there aren't these jerky movements during tilting and panning. If they could somehow balance these units so that the responsiveness isn't sacrificed, that would be great! It maybe great to have some kind of option available to adjust the sensitivity in the controller and, so that when you do start a pan, or stop a pan, it's not so sudden that it's noticeable when you're filming and watching your footage. I would suggest using a slower motor with more torque, because the speed of the motor that they're using right now is just too fast for any operator. You need practice, yet sometimes practice isn't enough if your tools are holding you back from precision in your execution.

    When not tilting or panning, the shots look amazing, but we need to track subjects, and sometimes we need to change angle, and smooth aerial movement is not enough. I do hope that these units at least go a few hundred less than what their current asking price is, and that the prices drop like how the prices on the Ronin dropped at launch. Otherwise, another great post!

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