Michael Pehel

Nov 13, 2014 10:57:56 AM

Everyone knows the tale of Goldilocks. DJI’s Inspire 1 lives in the Goldilocks zone. It’s not too expensive, but not cheap. It’s not quite professional, but it is certainly not an amateur’s toy.

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Bridging the gap between DJI’s affordable Phantom Drone and its more modular S1000 series, the Inspire 1 ships stock with a 360-degree rotating 4k ready camera capable of capturing 12 megapixel still photos. The Inspire 1 still has modular capabilities, but out of the box it’s ready for high quality aerial photography and video.

The Inspire 1 comes packed with features designed to make aerial filmmaking easy. Lightbridge has been added to the controller systems, so flight footage can be viewed via an external monitor. Routes can be planned ahead of time with the packaged app, and the gimbal can be controlled separately from a second controller for increased control.

Adding to its ease of use, the transforming design can switch between shooting and traveling configurations. This along with its vision position system, make it functional for indoor shooting. It can hold a full stop when controls are released even if GPS positioning is unavailable.

DJI will also be releasing an SDK, which will give third-party developers the ability to add their programs to the Inspire 1’s camera and video software.

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