The Best Overall Drone for Aerial Videography
Oct 18, 2017 Admin
Best Overall Drone for Aerial Cinematography
Currently, the DJI Inspire 2 is the best overall drone for aerial cinematography. With an excellent camera and recording options, you also have a fast drone to capture shots that other drones are just not capable of. You also have the ability to separate the pilot flying the drone from the camera operator. DJI holds 80% of the drone market so quality-wise, you have the best right here.Let’s get into some of the specs.
The Inspire 2 has the ability to record in 4K in up to 60 frames per second. That’s crisp footage in simple terms. A 60 frames per second option gives you the ability to slow down your footage in post-production to give silky slow motion effects. You have the option to purchase a Cinema DNG / ProRes 422 license which gives you the ability to shoot in 5.2K at 30fps. However, there is a catch to that so just keep reading.
You have two camera options for the Inspire 2: the X4S and the X5S. The X4S has a 1 inch 20-megapixel sensor while the X5S has a 20.8-megapixel micro four thirds sensor. Between the 2, our advice is to get the X5S. If you ever decide to go for the Cinema DNG or ProRes option, those are only available on the X5S model. They will not work with the X4S.
How Fast is the DJI Inspire 2?
Now let’s talk about speed. The Inspire 2 has a top speed of 94kph an hour and that’s going to give you the ability to film some great race footage. Whether that be cars, boats or motorcycles, this is the drone for you. We will be honest though, when we looked into the specs of the Phantom 4 Pro we were a little surprised that the Phantom 4 Pro has a top speed of 72 km/h which is quite fast. So, the Inspire 2 is about 20km/h faster than the Phantom 4 Pro. That's definitely a huge plus.
Advantages of the DJI Inspire 2
Aside from being able to record in 5.2K, the other biggest advantage the Inspire 2 has is the ability to separate the pilot flying the drone and the camera operator by purchasing a second controller. With the all new FPV camera, the pilot now has the ability to see where he is flying at all times regardless of where the X5S camera is facing. This makes it a much safer drone to fly while allowing smooth cinematic shots from the camera operator. If we have one complaint about the Inspire 2, it is that the quality of the FPV camera needs to improve. Hopefully on the Inspire 3, it will be fixed.
Disadvantages of the DJI Inspire 2
Cinematic footage is possible by having a professional camera mounted on a heavy lifting drone. But the DJI can get you the same footage with the Cinema DNG or Pro Res Option. But like we said, there is a catch.
Because the data transfer is so fast, even the fastest SD cards are not able to keep up with amount of data being recorded. Therefore, DJI has incorporated on-board hard drives that are able to capture the high-rate data. How fast could it really be? We're sure you’re asking. Well, if you are recording at 5.2K Cinema DNG and using the 480GB hard drive which is the largest hard drive DJI sells currently, it will be full in 16 minutes. We did the math and for every minute of footage, you take up 30GB of data and every two seconds, 1GB of space. And the hard drives are not cheap. The 480 GB hard drive is 1,049 USD. We hope that DJI will come with more pocket-friendly options for all users. Sure, you pay the price for quality but not everybody can shell out benjamins in a snap.
This is no doubt in our mind that the Inspire 2 is the best overall drone for aerial videography. Nothing out there currently can give you such high-quality footage, with a decent price point and the safety that DJI brings to the game. You can take it a step further with a few more dollars but we know that's how it is now for the drone technology available.