The DJI Inspire 1 is now 2 years old.When DJI introduced the Inspire 1 back in November of 2014, the company said it was trying to bridge the gap between hobbyists and Hollywood. The Inspire 1 was expensive, but not totally out of reach for the average consumer.

DJI now has several very powerful drones you can purchase which sit below the Inspire in cost. The Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4 Pro both offer footage that would work for anything but really high-end movie making. So the company has recently launched the Inspire 2, a revamped version of its high-end model, now aimed squarely at professional filmmakers.

In this article we wanted to highlight the differences between the Inspire 2 vs Inspire 1. The Inspire 2 features a variety of improvements including:


Price is obviously one of the biggest, with $1,999 USD for the DJI Inspire 1 vs Inspire 2 at a much higher $3,300 USD.

Longer Battery Life

The DJI Inspire 2 has a much longer battery life compared to the original DJI Inspire 1, due to its capacity to carry two fully charged batteries at the same time. The Inspire 1 by comparison had a battery life of only 18 minutes, shorter than both the DJI Phantom 4 and DJI Mavic despite being over twice the price.

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The color of the body is a sleek space black in the latest DJI Inspire 2 compared to the DJI Inspire 1’s shiny white body. This matt black option is best for shooting higher end productions since the shiny surface does not reflect sunlight onto the set being filmed.

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The DJI Inspire 1 flew up to 49mph compared to 65mph that the DJI Inspire 2 can achieve. When launched the speed of the DJI Inspire 1 was quite impressive compared to the competition, however recently drones such as the Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro have been able to achieve similar speeds while costing a fraction of the price.

Obstacle Avoidance System

It is hard to believe the DJI Inspire 1 has no obstacle avoidance system when the last 2 iterations of DJI’s general consumer drones, the Phantom 4, and Mavic Pro, both have this feature. Obstacle avoidance ensures that the drone does not crash into obstacles such as people, buildings, or tree branches while flying. The DJI Inspire 2 however takes the obstacle avoidance system to a whole new level. The DJI Inspire 2 features 360 degree obstacle avoidance compared to DJI’s other drones which only have forward facing obstacle avoidance. This means no matter where you are flying whether it be forwards, backwards, or sideways, you can have peace of mind knowing the drone has obstacle detection all around.

DJI Goggles

One more thing the DJI Inspire 1 vs the DJI Inspire 2 is missing is the availability of the DJI Goggles. The DJI Goggles are similar to VR Goggles, that when worn give the impression of first person view, meaning you feel like you are sitting inside the drone flying it, as opposed to flying it in third person.

Other Features

The DJI Inspire 2 incorporates two batteries, which makes it possible to hot-swap them. Total operation time can reach 27 minutes, compared to 18 minutes on the Inspire 1.

There are two cameras on the DJI Inspire 2, so its operation can be split between a pilot and a camera operator. The two cameras have separate feeds, though one user can fly the drone and use the camera at the same time if needed. The secondary camera is mounted at the front of the drone – as opposed as the underslung principal camera – which should make it easier to pilot it.While the inspire 1 features one camera mainly for capturing footage slung underneath on a three-axis gimbal.

DJI has designed a new image processing system for the Inspire 2 meant to satisfy professional filmmakers. They call it CineCore 2.0, and it can capture 5.2K video at a whopping 4.2Gbps bitrate. To handle all that data, the Inspire 2 has added an onboard SSD. You can buy this drone with the new Zenmuse X4S or X5S camera. The latter feature a micro 4/3 sensor and supports 10 different lenses, including zooms. And the system supports video compression formats that matter to pros, like CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes. For photographers there is a DNG RAW mode that captures 30-megapixel still images. And it can stream video in broadcast-quality formats for local news crews who want live aerial video from the scene of an unfolding event.


The DJI Inspire 1 had lost a lot of its luster recently following the launch of the DJI Phantom 4, and DJI Mavic, both drones that had better features than the DJI Inspire and a lower price tag. The launch of the DJI Inspire 2 changes the equation, placing the DJI Inspire 2 back at the top and creating a compelling reason to buy it over DJI’s other offerings.