06 Sep Drone Reviews
Drone Reviews – Phantom 4, Inspire 1 Pro and Inspire 1
The drone market is becoming saturated more and more each day. Still, DJI drones remain very popular and in high demand. Their superior design and outstanding performance are attracting many customers. DJI drones are still valued more than the average drone and it is wise to remain cautious when making your purchasing decision. We have compared three of the most popular DJI drones, Inspire 1 Pro, Inspire 1 and Phantom 4, so that you can make an informed decision.
DJI’s online store provides free shipping for customers who make their purchases on their website. Inspire 1 Pro still remains one of the most expensive drones out there. It is priced at 3,399.00 USD dollars. Inspire 1 is available at a price of 1,999.00 USD dollars. The most affordable one is Phantom 4. You can get your hands on this one for 1,199.00 USD dollars.
All these drones are classified as RC quadcopters (they come with four rotors). They are designed to be used by people who are professionals in the field of aerial videos and photography. While the Inspire 1 and Phantom 4 will be enough if you plan on using them for various commercial applications, the Inspire 1 PRO’s design will serve better for people who need the absolute best video quality; particularly in situations when you need to shoot fast-moving objects.
The range of the controller for the Phantom 4 and Inspire 1 Pro is the same, up to 5 km, while Inspire 1’s operating range is limited to 2 km. But, the payload capacity is different. Some people find this very useful. Inspire 1 one can carry up to 1,700 grams, Phantom 4 can fly with 462 grams, and Inspire 1 Pro with 630 grams. Keep in mind that Phantom 4 is made for more speed and lift.
The top speed of the Inspire 1 Pro is 40 mph, while Inspire 1 glides at a fantastic 49 mph, followed by Phantom 4, with a 45 mph max speed. The maximum flying altitude for Inspire 1 is 4,500 meters. Phantom 4 can go up to 6,000 meters. While Inspire 1 Pro can go as high as 120 meters.
All these drone models have a Vision Positioning System (VPS). VPS is a camera mounted underneath the drone that faces downward and monitors height above the ground. You can use them to fly indoors or in an obstacle filled environment as long as you keep in mind that Inspire 1 Pro’s VPS works until the drone is 5 meters above the ground and 3 meters away from the controller. The VPS values for Phantom 4 are 10 meters in both cases, while Inspire 1 has a working VPS at a 5 meters altitude, 2.5 meters within the controller range. The Phantom 4 is defiantly the most secure one for operating in the aforementioned areas.
Size and Weight
Inspire 1 Pro is made of plastic and carbon fiber materials. It weighs 2,870 grams. Phantom 4 has a body made out of magnesium and it weighs only 1,380 grams. The Inspire 1 is the heaviest one, at 2,935 grams with a body made out of carbon fiber. Their dimensions are as follows: Phantom 4 – 221 x 381 x 325 mm, Inspire 1 – 438 x 451 x 301 mm and Inspire 1 Pro – 120 x 135 x 140 mm.
Inspire 1 Pro is packing the amazing Zenmuse X5, an interchangeable Micro Four Thirds mount with a 16 MP sensor which is capable of capturing UHD 4K videos. Included, you’ll find a 15mm f/1.7 DJI brand lens, which can be swapped with any other lenses compatible with the Micro Four Thirds mounting system. The Zenmuse stabilization system is what excels this drone for professional usage. The older version of the same system, X3, is built in the Inspire 1. Inspire 1 and Phantom 4 have 12 MP built in cams. These also allow capturing high quality images and high video recording quality – 4K. The price and potential of the Phantom 4 are what makes it very popular for both professionals and people who just enjoy taking aerial shots.
The 5,350 mAh battery that the Phantom 4 packs allows it to fly for an amazing 28 minutes, which is 20 minutes longer than the average drone. Inspire 1 has a 4,500 mAh battery, the same as Inspire 1 Pro, with a maximum flight time of 18 minutes, while the Inspire Pro can stay in the air 3 minutes shorter.
As you can see, Inspire 1 and Inspire 1 Pro are not for casual fliers. Keeping in mind the prices of both these models and the altitude limit of Inspire 1 Pro, it’s easy to say that Phantom 4 is the best buy for non-professional use at this moment. It looks great and is very easy to use.