My review of the DJI Inspire II with some RAW footage at the end after borrowing an SSD. I shot h.264, ProRes 422 and Cinema DNG of the same building under difficult lighting conditions to give the X5S a real test.
Inspire II Review Video Transcript
Ok it’s been relatively windy here in St. Louis so I’ve taken it to the park and flown the Inspire II around. However, the total cost as it sits right here is $4898 so while I would fly in ten to fifteen mile an hour winds for a paid gig I haven’t really felt comfortable flying it just for review purposes. I’ve also borrowed it from someone so I don’t want to crash it just to film a review.
I shot an episode of Agnes eating with it just sitting on the table here the camera looks good. In h.264 mode it’s indistinguishable from the GH4. I wouldn’t say it’s better quality or worse quality but without the SSD and the ability to shoot it ProRes or RAW we’re not really getting the full capability out of it.
What else, flight characteristics, it flies awesome. I don’t know if I would say flies better than the Inspire I, it’s the same airframe it has a little bit better computer and processing in there.
It does fly quite a bit faster than the Inspire I or the Phantom or TBS Discovery. The QAV 250, I think it’s still a little bit faster but you know, with a like 250 quad you really don’t care about crashing it because you just put new propellers on and it’s fine crashing. The Inspire II is a little bit more costly.
While it’s still windy here in St. Louis I’m going to take it out and compare it to the s900, which is a hexacopter so and it has a little bit more inertial mass. I’m wondering if this will be smoother in the wind and get blown around less just because it’s larger and has a a larger–it’s called disk space on a regular helicopter–I don’t know if this thing at almost a meter wide since the rotors are further out and there’s two extra rotors if it’ll be more stable and get blown around less than the Inspire II.
My s900 has the older A2 processor in it so maybe the telemetry and everything and the Inspire II to will be able to keep it stable and shooting stable solid footage. I’ve always noticed that the s900 compared to the old Inspire or the Phantom or anything shoots smoother. It looks like a dolly track instead of a drone shot as it maintains altitude and the inertia to helps smooth things out.
We’re going to test that out I will say this the s900 gives in a huge case really can’t go into the middle of the woods or anywhere. The Inspire II packs down pretty small into a normal sized Pelican Case, well not a larger than a normal sized Pelican case but is definitely something that’s easy to get to the location. Whether it’s schlepping it through the wilderness pulling it out of the back seat of your car or any of those sorts of things.
The S900 has to go either in the back of my pickup truck or the hatchback of a Subaru Outback. You can’t just fit it in the backseat of a car while it’s in its Pelican Case. Getting to location may be easier with the Inspire II. Certainly if you want something really easy to get to location get with Phantom 4 or even the Mavic Pro. There’s obvious compromises with image quality but getting the shot in having the drone with you may be more important than super high quality RAW image files. Or, hire an assistant to carry it–if I had an assistant all the time I would bring the s900 on on every shoot and have them carry it through the woods.
The collision avoidance. I usually fly in such a way that I’m not going to collide into something. The the guy who owns this drone tested it and flew it towards a wall and it starts blinking at you and gets angry and doesn’t let you crash it into a wall. I guess that’s good it has sensors on the top the bottom left right and forward.
Okay we’re out in the field testing the new inspire to versus the old DJI S900; we forgot a memory card, we forgot an extra battery for the GH4 and then we ran out of batteries on the s900. So we completely failed to get the shot. On the other hand we had the Inspire II in the air for over 25 minutes getting shots of me messing around with the s900 and surprise we got the shot.
Is it worth the investment?
Yeah, I’d say so. I’m giving it two thumbs up and I’m saying it’s definitely worth the investment. Buy the Inspire II especially with the SSD and ProRes.