( Video via DJI by Inspire 2 )
The Inspire 2 has a fixed, built-in camera that faces forward. It’s stabilized by a 2-axis gimbal, and its sole purpose is to provide a forward video feed to the pilot at all times. It is nestled in the front, in between the forward obstacle sensors. The camera that is actually used for video capture hangs underneath the body and is stabilized using a 3-axis gimbal.
The DJI Inspire 2 comes with a completely new generation of cameras, with both of them shooting at a resolution of 5.2K but featuring different sensor types.
The Zenmuse X4S is the standard camera attached to the drone.It uses the same 1-inch 20MP image sensor, 24mm f/2.8-11 lens, and mechanical shutter as the integrated camera used by the Phantom 4 Pro. Its fixed field of view covers about the same angle as a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera system.
The Zenmuse X5S is an optional add-on. It has a Micro Four Thirds sensor with 20.8 megapixels and a claimed dynamic range of 12.8 stops. The Zenmuse X5S supports 10 different lenses.
In the future, there will be a DJI Osmo handheld device that these cameras will be compatible with, to be used on the ground. The Zenmuse X5S, is available for videographers who require the flexibility of interchangeable lenses. The Micro Four Thirds format camera features a 20MP sensor and supports a total of 10 lenses, including some compact zoom options. Going with that configuration, which DJI has dubbed the Inspire 2 Combo, ups the price to $6,198, although there is a $5,999 promotional price that’s valid through the end of 2016. The Combo bundle also includes licenses for CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes.
Still images are supported in Raw DNG forma with either camera. Both pack about 20MP of resolution; it’s just the physical sensor size that differs. The X4S can be set to ISO 100 through 12800, while the X5S can be pushed further, to ISO 25600, a plus for video and imaging in very challenging light.
There is no question about it, the DJI Inspire 2 is an impressive drone and a testament to the irritatingly fast pace at which DJI is advancing drone technology way beyond the competition.