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Head to Head: DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Inspire 2

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April 10, 2018


    One of the biggest battles that rages on in the world of commercial drones, DJI’s Inspire 2 vs the Phantom 4 Pro. Two of the most impressive quadcopters the market has to offer, we here at COPTRZ have compared the two to see which is best for you!

    The Spec

    Phantom 4 Pro

    The Phantom 4 Pro is the smaller of the two and comes fitted with a 24mm fixed focal length and 1″ sensor. It shoots still images at 20MP and can record 4k videos at up to 60fps.

    This drone comes with sensors on the bottom, front and sides, and has one of the most advanced sensor systems on the market. The Phantom 4 comes with a FlightAutonomy system, featuring dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems. This gives it a total of 5 directions of obstacle sensing, and 4 directions of obstacle avoidance.

    The Phantom 4 Pro drone is ideal for any professional photographers/videographers, and will only excel your creativity beyond its bounds.

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    Phantom 4 Pro Payload:

    The Phantom 4 Pro comes with a built in 1 inch and 20MP camera, that is capable of filming up to 4K at 60fps and has a Burst Mode pf 14fps. The camera lense comes equipped with a mechanical shutter that helps to reduce the rolling image distortion at high speeds.

    Phantom 4 Pro Battery Life:

    The Phantom 4 Pro has a maximum flight time of around 30 minutes, and uses a 15.2V 5870 mAh Intelligent Flight Battery.

    Inspire 2

    The Inspire 2 is the far bigger of the two and has the capability to hold a micro 4/3 camera. It has a CineCore 2.1 system, an upgrade from the 2.0 system in the original Inspire 1. It also records video at up to 5.2k in DNG/RAW and Apple ProRes when used with Zenmuse X7. An announcement was made recently with the Zenmuse X7 cameras now able to support Apple ProRes RAW, which will be available towards the end of April 2018.

    The image quality is remarkably similar, with the Inspire 2 however you can upgrade the filming capabilities to 5.2K RAW with Cinema DNG and Apple ProRes 4444. The Inspire 2 is ideal for professional photographers and videographers looking to take their art to the next level.

    Inspire 2 payloads:

    The Inspire 2 has the capability to change camera, and in turn can seriously improve the quality of your image. You can either fit the Zenmuse X4S, the Zenmuse X5S or the Zenmuse X7. These all come with varying levels of quality, with the X7 the far superior of the 3.

    Inspire 2 battery life:

    The Inspire 2 uses two TB50 Intelligent Flight Batteries, providing dual battery redundancy for extra safety and reliability. The batteries also offer a self heating function which allows them to operate smoothly in cold conditions.

    The flight time can vary depending on the payload, and their is an estimated flight time of around 27 minutes using the X4S, the lightest of the three. The X7, the heaviest, has an average battery life of around 23 minutes.

    What’s the right choice for your business?

    The biggest factors that separate these two drones is the size, their choice of lens, and the image quality. Both drones would definitely satisfy any professional and their client, and the choice solely comes down to the purpose of your purchase, and how much you’re willing to spend. For example, if you’re wanting a drone with the ability to interchange cameras for higher quality photography, you should look towards the Inspire 2.

    The Inspire 2 will definitely open up more options for you, however, the Phantom 4 Pro is far more budget friendly. If you are looking for a drone for travel & lifestyle, for real estate or for personal use then the Phantom 4 Pro would be ideal for you. If it’s a more high-end commercial or production type work, then the Inspire 2 is ideal. There are always upgrade and improvement options, and can become a dedicated photo or cinema camera.

    It’s always important that you seriously consider your budget and the future use you have in mind. You always need to consider the cost of convenience and travel ability. For the Inspire 2, you’re looking at a 50lb case, as opposed to the Phantom 4 Pro fitting easily into a 20lb shoulder bag. It really does come down to the use and needs you have for your drone.

    Regardless, both the Phantom 4 Pro and the Inspire 2 are fantastic professional products, and will easily fit your needs. So with all that in mind, good luck making your decision!

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