DJI Matrice 200 vs Inspire 2

The DJI Matrice 200 and Inspire 2 are some of the most impressive quadcopters released for industry professionals to date. Similar in some ways, however, their applications are very different and set them apart for specific industries.

Heliguy Insider is looking into both aircraft to help you decide which is better suited to your needs.

Let’s start by taking a look at the comparisons between the specifications of each aircraft.

 

Matrice 200
DJI Matrice 200
Inspire 2
DJI Inspire 2

Aircraft

Dimensions

887 x 880 x 378 mm (unfolded)

716 x 220 x 236 mm (folded)

427 x 317 x 425 mm (without propellers, landing mode)

Diagonal Distance

643 mm 605 mm (Landing Mode, Propeller Excluded)

Weight

Approx. 3.80 kg (TB50)

Approx. 4.53 kg (TB55)

3.44 kg (including propellers and two batteries, without gimbal and camera)

Max Takeoff Weight

6.14 kg 4 kg

Hovering Accuracy

P-mode with GPS
Vertical: ± 0.5m or ± 0.1m (Downward Vision System enabled)

Horizontal: ± 1.5m or ± 0.3m (Downward Vision System enabled)

GPS
Vertical: ± 0.5m or ± 0.1m (Downward Vision System enabled)

Horizontal: ± 1.5m or ± 0.3m (Downward Vision System enabled)

Max Angular Velocity

Pitch: 300°/s

Yaw: 150°/s

Pitch: 300°/s

Yaw: 150°/s

Max Tilt Angle

P-Mode: 35° (Forward Vision System enabled: 25°)
A-Mode: 35°

S-Mode: 35°

P-mode: 35° (Forward Vision System enabled: 25°)
A-mode: 35°

S-mode: 40°

Max Speed

S-Mode: 23 m/s
P-Mode: 17 m/s
A-Mode: 23 m/s
26 m/s (Flight forward in S-mode)

Max Ascent Speed

5 m/s
P-mode/A-mode: 5 m/s

S-mode: 6 m/s

Max Descent Speed

Vertical: 3 m/s
Vertical: 4 m/s

Tilt: 4-9 m/s

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

3000 m
2500 m

5000 m with specially-designed propeller

Max Wind Speed Resistance

12 m/s 10 m/s

Max Flight Time

27 min (No Payload, with TB50)
38 min (No Payload, with TB55)
13 min (Full Payload, with TB50)
24 min (Full Payload, with TB55)
Approx. 27 min (with Zenmuse X4S)

Motor Model

DJI 3515 DJI 3512

Propeller Model

DJI 1760S DJI 1550T

Operating Temperature

-20° to 45°C -20° to 40°C

IP Rating

IP43 N/A

Gimbal

Gimbal Installation

Downward Downward

Compatible Gimbal

Zenmuse X4S, Zenmuse X5S, Zenmuse Z30, Zenmuse XT Zenmuse X4S, Zenmuse X5S

Remote Controller

Model

GL6D10A GL6D10A

Operating Frequency

2.400 – 2.483 GHz

5.725 – 5.850 GHz

2.400 – 2.483 GHz

5.725 – 5.850 GHz

Max Transmitting Distance (unobstructed, free of interference)

2.4 GHz: 7 km (FCC); 3.5 km (CE); 4 km (SRRC)

5.8 GHz: 7 km (FCC); 2 km (CE); 5 km (SRRC)

2.4 GHz: 7 km (FCC); 3.5 km (CE); 4 km (SRRC)

5.8 GHz: 7 km (FCC); 2 km (CE); 5 km (SRRC)

EIRP

2.4 GHz: 26 dBm (FCC); 17 dBm (CE); 20 dBm (SRRC)

5.8 GHz: 28 dBm (FCC); 14 dBm (CE); 20 dBm (SRRC)

2.4 GHz: 26 dBm (FCC); 17 dBm (CE); 20 dBm (SRRC)

5.8 GHz: 28 dBm (FCC); 14 dBm (CE); 20 dBm (SRRC)

Video Output Ports

USB, HDMI USB, HDMI

Power Supply

Built-in battery Built-in battery

Charging

DJI charger DJI charger

Dual User Capability

Host-and-Slave connection Host-and-Slave connection

Mobile Device Holder

Tablet or Smart Phone Tablet or Smart Phone

Max Mobile Device Width

170 mm 170 mm

Output Power

9 W (Without supplying power to smart device) 9 W (Without supplying power to smart device)

Operating Temperature

-20° to 45°C -20° to 45°C

Storage Temperature

Less than 3 months: -20° to 45°C

More than 3 months: 22° to 28°C

Less than 3 months: -20° to 45°C

More than 3 months: 22° to 28°C

Charging Temperature

0° to 40°C 0° to 40°C

Battery

6000 mAh 2S LiPo 6000 mAh 2S LiPo

USB Supply Power

iOS: 1 A @ 5.2 V (Max)

Android: 1.5 A @ 5.2 V (Max)

iOS: 1 A @ 5.2 V (Max)

Android: 1.5 A @ 5.2 V (Max)

Battery

Model

TB50 (Standard)

TB55 (Optional)

TB50 (Standard)

Number of Batteries

2 2

Capacity

4280 mAh (Standard TB50)

7660 mAh (Optional TB55)

4280 mAh

Voltage

22.8V 22.8V

Battery Type

LiPo 6S LiPo 6S

Energy

97.58 Wh (Standard TB50)

176.93 Wh (Optional TB55)

97.58 Wh

Net Weight

Approx. 520 g (Standard TB50)

Approx. 885 g (Optional TB55)

Approx. 520 g

Operating Temperature

-20° to 45°C -20° to 45°C

Storage Temperature

Less than 3 months: -20° to 45°C

More than 3 months: 22° to 28°C

Less than 3 months: -20° to 45°C

More than 3 months: 22° to 28°C

Charging Temperature

5° to 40°C 5° to 40°C

Max Charging Power

180 W 180 W

Charger

Model

IN2C180 IN2C180

Voltage

26.1 V 26.1 V

Rated Power

180 W 180 W

Forward Vision System

Obstacle Sensing Range

0.7 – 30 m 0.7 – 30 m

FOV

Horizontal 60°

Vertical 54°

Horizontal 60°

Vertical 54°

Operating Environment

Surfaces with clear patterns and adequate lighting (> 15 lux) Surfaces with clear patterns and adequate lighting (> 15 lux)

Downward Vision System

Velocity Range

< 10 m/s at the height of 2 m < 10 m/s at the height of 2 m

Altitude Range

< 10 m < 10 m

Operating Range

< 10 m < 10 m

Operating Environment

Surfaces with clear patterns and adequate lighting (> 15 lux) Surfaces with clear patterns and adequate lighting (> 15 lux)

Ultrasonic Sensor Operating Range

10-500 cm 10-500 cm

Ultrasonic Sensor Operating Environment

Non-absorbing material, rigid surface (thick indoor carpeting will reduce performance) Non-absorbing material, rigid surface (thick indoor carpeting will reduce performance)

Upward Infrared Sensor

Obstacle Sensing Range

0 – 5 m 0 – 5 m

FOV

±5° ±5°

Operating Environment

Large-sized object with diffuse relecting surface or high relective rate (>10%) Large-size non-reflective obstacles

APP

Name

DJI GO 4 DJI GO 4

Mobile Device System Requirements

iOS 9.0 or later

Android 4.4.0 or later

iOS 9.0 or later

Android 4.4.0 or later


Looking at both aircraft, it’s clear the capabilities of each are impressive and ideal for use in many professional industries. The camera and gimbal compatibility, working temperature range and near pinpoint accuracy are just some of the features that make the aircraft so remarkable.

Keep reading to see which aircraft is right for you and your industry.


What’s in the Box?

Below you’ll see what comes with each aircraft:

Matrice 200

DJI Matrice 200
  • Aircraft Body x 1
  • Remote Controller x 1
  • Propellers (Pair) x 4
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB50) x 2
  • Battery Charger x 1
  • Charging Hub x 1
  • Power Cable x 1
  • USB Cable (with double A ports) x 1
  • Micro SD Card (16GB) x 1
  • Vision System Calibration Plate x 1
  • Gimbal Damper x 3
  • Propeller Mounting Plates x 1
  • Carrying Case x 1
  • Battery Insulation Sticker x 4
  • Aircraft Body x 1
  • Remote Controller x 1
  • Propellers (Pair) x 4
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB50) x 2
  • Battery Charger x 1
  • Charging Hub x 1
  • Power Cable x 1
  • USB Cable (with Double A Ports) x 1
  • Micro SD Card (16GB) x 1
  • Vision System Calibration Plate x 1
  • Gimbal Damper x 3
  • Propeller Mounting Plates x 1
  • Carrying Case x 1
  • Battery Insulation Sticker x 4
Inspire 2

DJI Inspire 2

The additional contents of each aircraft are very similar as the remote controller, chargers and batteries that come as standard are all the same. Both come with a carry case that is great for transport, however, the M200‘s case is slightly superior due to its design. It’s easier to access the aircraft and the shape makes it more portable.


Appearance

 

The M200 series has been dubbed by DJI as ‘ALWAYS READY’. They are all designed for quick setup and pack up. The foldable arms and handy carry case make the setup process significantly faster than that of any others in the Matrice range, allowing pilots be ready to go in minutes.

The M200 has a tough and rugged appearance which clearly matches the specifications of the aircraft. Its dark colour makes it easy to spot in the sky, helping you keep it within your line of sight.

The Inspire 2 kept its design close to the Inspire 1 as it was initially a very successful design that required little moderation. The aircraft was however given a metallic colour which makes it easy to spot during flight, similarly to the M200.

 


Performance

The Matrice 200 is an impressive aircraft with many features that make it a fantastic choice for many commercial industries.

The aircraft can be flown in high winds due to its powerful 17-inch propellers that have been paired with its motors for advanced performance, the batteries have a built in heating system allowing flight in the more temperatures than any other DJI product, from -20° to 45° C and the aircraft is water and weather resistant due to its encased design. All of these make the aircraft stand out, especially if pilots don’t want to be restricted by the elements.

A huge flight time of 38 minutes is available when using the TB55 battery without a payload and an operational range of up to 7km.

The M200 also has some remarkable safety features. The usual DJI Obstacle Avoidance is included however, the M200 has 20 different internal sensors to make the aircraft super reliable. The temperature of the aircraft and batteries are monitored,  proximity to obstacles from the front, bottom and above, three barometers along with many more.

The M200 also has the new DJI AirSense feature which uses an ADS-B receiver to real-time information on the position, altitude, and velocity of other aircraft within the drone’s location. This a great feature and shows DJI’s focus on improving the safety of their aircraft.

Modular expansion ports allow for custom hardware builds on the M200. This adds to the aircraft’s versatility and allows custom data to be recorded to suit the needs of the pilot.

One improvement of the M200 would for retractable legs as they are sometimes visible through the camera on the gimbal.

DJI Matrice 200

 

The Inspire 2 built on the success on the Inspire 1, adding new features for increased safety, image quality and its overall functionality.

Like the M200, the Inspire 2 is designed to work in conditions of extreme cold to hot weather, -20° to 40° C, removing limitations of some aircraft.

A flight time of up to 27 minutes is available and an amazing 0 to 50mph can be reached in five seconds, with a top speed of 58mph.

The Inspire 2 has intelligent flight modes such as SpotlightPro, TapFly and Smart Return Home, using the aircraft’s obstacle avoidance system to sense objects from the front, bottom and above.

The most notable feature of the Inspire 2 is its image processing system, capable of recording in 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW and Apple ProRes, giving near perfect image quality. The data can be recorded on both SD cards and the DJI CINESSD simultaneously. There is also a Broadcast mode for direct broadcasting from the Inspire 2 to a dedicated 1080i50and 720p60 signal, and aerial live-streaming direct to TV is as possible.

An added benefit is the Inspire 2 can be used as a handheld camera if required.

 


Battery Life

Both the M200 and Inspire 2 use dual batteries for flying in order to give the aircraft added reliability and increase flight time.

The Inspire 2 is compatible with the TB55 Intelligent Flight Battery. The battery offers a maximum flight time of 27 minutes when used with the Zenmuse X4S.

The M200 can also be used with the TB50 however, upgrades to the TB55 Intelligent Flight Battery is possible. All batteries used with the M200 are water and weather proof to meet the specifications of the aircraft. They also have built in self-heating which make use possible in temperature from -20° to 45°C.

When using the TB55, an amazing 38 minutes flight time can be received is a payload is not included.


Camera

Both the M200 and Inspire 2 are compatible with the following:

Zenmuse X4S  – The X4S is a 20MP, 4K camera, capable of capturing photos in DNG, JPEG, DNG+JPEG and videos in MOV and MP4. Its ISO range is 100 – 6400 for video and  100 – 12800 for images.

Zenmuse X5S –  The X5S is a 20.8MP, 5.2K camera, capable of capturing photos in DNG, JPEG, DNG+JPEG and videos in MOV and MP4 as well as RAW A ProRes on the Inspire 2. The x5S has an ISO range of 100 – 6400 for video and 100 – 25600 for images.

Although both cameras can be used on the M200 and Inspire 2, the Inspire’s internal image processing makes allows for footage to be recorded in ProRes and RAW, ideal for professional film makers.

The M200 can also be used with the following:

Zenmuse Z30 – The Z30 is a 21.3MP camera with a 30 times optical zoom and additional 6 times digital zoom. The Z30 is compatible with TapZoom for precise image capture which autofocuses to give results in seconds. It’s the perfect camera for industrial use.

Zenmuse XTThe XT is a thermal imaging camera with a Uncooled VOx Microbolometer imager. The camera provides high-sensitivity imaging and accurate temperature measurements.


Summary

Both aircraft are some of the most outstanding products from DJI to date but which one would fit in with your needs betters?

In Heliguy’s opinion, the  Matrice 200 is the ideal aircraft for industrial use. Its adaptability with cameras, quick setup and weatherproof design make it a versatile aircraft that can be used for industrial inspections, search and rescue and disaster relief, as well as many other sectors.

The Inspire series was built for film makers, especially the Inspire 2. Its image capturing and processing quality are exceptional, giving brilliant results every time.

It’s fair to say you won’t be disappointed by the performance of either aircraft.


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