Today we are going to talk about the best overall drone for aerial videography
Well here it is the DJI Inspire 2. Currently right now today this is the best overall drone for aerial cinematography. Not only do you have an excellent camera and recording options, you have a really fast drone that is going to be able to capture shots that other drones just are not going to be able to do, that along with the ability to separate the pilot flying from the camera operator, and the fact that this is a DJI product who holds about 80 percent of the drone market makes it the best choice as of today. But 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 going to give you really nice-looking footage, while shooting in 60 frames per second gives you the ability to slow down your footage in post-production to give some really nice slow-motion effect. You do 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 are some catches to that, we’ll talk about those later.
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. We say there are two options but there is really only 1 option. You need to get the X5S, the reason being is that 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.
Now let’s talk about speed. The inspire 2 has a top speed of 94kph an hour, that’s going to give you the ability to film some really great race footage. Whether that be cars, boats or motorcycles this is the drone for you. I will be honest though when I looked into the specs of the Phantom 4Pro I was 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.
Besides 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. Making it a much safer drone to fly while allowing smooth cinematic shots from the camera operator. If there is one complaint about the inspire 2 I have is that the quality of the FPV camera needs to improve. Hopefully on the inspire 3 they will fix that.
Besides having a high end professional camera mounted on a heavy lifting drone the only way to get real cinematic quality footage is with the Cinema DNG or ProResoption on the inspire 2. It’s going to give the you the best footage possible, but that does come with some catches. 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 I’m sure you’re asking. Well if you are recording at 5.2K Cinema DNG the 480GB hard, the largest hard drive DJI sells currently it will be full in 16 minutes. I 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. To have the best you have to pay.
This is no doubt 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.