Inspire 1 v2.0 vs Inspire 1 Pro
The DJI Inspire 1 is arguably the finest prosumer/professional drone money can buy. The Inspire 1 comes equipped with cutting-edge satellite navigation, 4K video recording, and long-range video streaming. But with two versions, the entry-level v2.0 and the higher grade Pro, how does a person decide which is best for him or her?
Let us explain.
Inspire 1 Basics
The Inspire 1 is a professional quadcopter that uses a detachable 4K video camera. It’s a step above DJI’s other popular drone, the Phantom 3, bearing more features and superior performance. The v2.0 is the base version of the Inspire 1. The Inspire 1 v2.0 and Pro sport retractable, carbon fiber legs; a 360⁰ camera and gimbal system; a Visual Positioning System (VPS) for indoor flight and maneuver; dual Global Positioning and GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GPS and GLONASS); and live 720p HD video streaming from over 3 miles away. The Inspire 1 can fly up to about 16,000 ft. and 50 MPH.
Both versions of the Inspire 1 support multiple remotes: one for a pilot and the other for a videographer. Each comes stock with one remote, unless you buy an Inspire 1 essentials kit.
The biggest difference between the two comes down to cameras: The v2.0 comes with a Zenmuse X3, while the Pro comes with a Zenmuse X5. The X3 uses an F/2.8 iris, 20mm lens, and yields up to 2160p (4K) resolution. The X5 uses an adjustable (F/1.7-F/16) iris, 30mm lens, and yields 4K UHD resolution. The X5's adjustable aperture and added frame-rate option give the videographer more flexibility for getting the optimal shot.
The real difference is in the inside the cameras. The DJI/Zenmuse X5 camera uses a micro-4/3 sensor, while the X3 uses a 1/2.3 sensor. Look at the chart above to illustrate the difference in scale.
Which is better for you?
The Inspire 1 v2.0 is more than enough for most commercial applications. The X3 camera and gimbal provide ample quality for the majority of prosumer needs. The Inspire 1 Pro is really for the professional pilot/videographer who needs the absolute best video quality, especially when capturing fast-moving subjects. The X5's dynamic range, wide aperture for low-light situations insure you get silky smooth and rich footage.
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