DJI Phantom 4 Pro Versus DJI Inspire 2

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Versus DJI Inspire 2

Heliguy Insider compares the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 in the latest versus post looking appearance, performance and the cameras.

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DJI Phantom Pro Versus DJI Inspire 2 The Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 from DJI are some of the most impressive quadcopters on the consumer and professional market. With the release of the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian range and the Zenmuse X7 camera for the Inspire 2, Heliguy Insider have been comparing the two aircraft to see which drone is best for you. We are looking into the appearance, performance, the cameras available and which applications they are suited to. Keep reading for more information on of these remarkable aircraft.

Specifications

Take a look at the below specifications for each drone.
Phantom 4 Pro DJI Phantom 4 Pro Inspire 2 DJI Inspire 2

Aircraft

Weight

1388 g (Battery & Propellers Included) 3440 g (including propellers and two batteries, without gimbal and camera)

Max Takeoff Weight

N/A 4000 g

Diagonal Size

350 mm (Propellers Excluded) 605 mm (Propeller excluded, Landing Mode)

Max Ascent Speed

P-mode: 5 m/s; S-mode: 6 m/s P-mode/A-mode: 5 m/s; S-mode: 6 m/s

Max Descent Speed

P-mode: 3 m/s; S-mode: 4 m/s Vertical: 4 m/s; Tilt: 4-9 m/s

Max Speed

S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph); A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph); P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph) Sport mode: 58 mph (94 kph)

Max Tilt Angle

S-mode: 42°; A-mode: 35°; P-mode: 25° S-mode: 40°; A-mode: 35°; P-mode: 35° (Forward Vision System enabled: 25°)

Max Angular Speed

S-mode: 250°/s; A-mode: 150°/s Pitch: 300°/s; Yaw: 150°/s

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

6000 m 2500 m; 5000 m with specially-designed propeller

Max Wind Speed Resistance

10 m/s 10 m/s

Max Flight Time

Approx. 30 minutes Approx. 27 min (with Zenmuse X4S)

Operating Temperature Range

0° to 40°C -20° to 40°C

Hover Accuracy Range

Vertical: ±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning); ±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Horizontal: ±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning); ±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Vertical: ±0.5 m or ±0.1 m (Downward Vision System enabled)
Horizontal: ±1.5 m or ±0.3 m (Downward Vision System enabled)

Gimbal

Model

N/A ZENMUSE X4S (optional), ZENMUSE X5S (optional), ZENMUSE X7 (optional)

Stabilization

3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw) N/A

Controllable Range

Pitch: -90° to +30° Pitch: -130° to +40°; Roll: ±20°; Pan: ±320°

Max Controllable Angular Speed

Pitch: 90°/s Pitch: 180°/s; Roll: 180°/s; Pan: 270°/s

Angular Control Accuracy

±0.02° ±0.01°

Interface Type

N/A Detachable

Mechanical Range

N/A Pitch: -140° to +50°; Roll: -50° to +90°; Pan: ±330°

Camera

Sensor

1" CMOS; Effective pixels: 20M
Zenmuse X4S
1" CMOS; Effective Pixels: 20 MP
Zenmuse X5S
4/3" CMOS; Effective Pixels: 20.8MP
Zenmuse X7
Sensor Size (Still): 23.5 x 15.7 mm; Sensor Size (Max video recording area): 23.5 x 12.5 mm; Effective Pixels: 24 MP

Lens

FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 - f/11 auto focus at 1 m -
Zenmuse X4S
F/2.8-11, 8.8 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 mm)
Zenmuse X5S
DJI MFT 15 mm / 1.7 ASPH (With Balancing Ring and Lens Hood); Panasonic Lumix 15 mm / 1.7 (With Balancing Ring and Lens Hood); Panasonic Lumix 14-42 mm / 3.5 - 5.6 HD; Olympus M.Zuiko 12 mm / 2.0 (With Balancing Ring); Olympus M.Zuiko 17 mm / 1.8 (With Balancing Ring); Olympus M.Zuiko 25 mm / 1.8; Olympus M.Zuiko 45 mm / 1.8; Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18 mm / 4.0-5.6
Zenmuse X7
DJI DL-S 16 mm F2.8 ND ASPH (with lens hood and balancing ring/filter); DJI DL 24 mm F2.8 LS ASPH (with lens hood and balancing ring/filter); DJI DL 35 mm F2.8 LS ASPH (with lens hood and balancing ring/filter); DJI DL 50 mm F2.8 LS ASPH (with lens hood and balancing ring/filter

ISO Range

Video: 100 - 3200 (Auto); 100 - 6400 (Manual)
Photo: 100 - 3200 (Auto); 100- 12800 (Manual)
Zenmuse X4S
Video: 100 - 6400
Stills: 100 - 12800
Zenmuse X5S
Video: 100 - 6400
Still: 100 - 25600
Zenmuse X7
Photo: 100 - 25600
Video: 100 - 1600 (EI mode on); 100 - 6400 (EI mode off)

Shutter Speed

Mechanical Shutter: 8 - 1/2000 s; Electronic Shutter: 8 - 1/8000 s
Zenmuse X4S
Mechanical Shutter: 8 – 1/2000s; Electronic Shutter: 1/2000 – 1/8000s
Zenmuse X5S
Electronic Shutter: 8-1/8000s
Zenmuse X7
Electronic Shutter Speed: 1/8000 - 8s; Mechanical Shutter Speed: 1/1000 - 8s (DJI DL-S 16mm F2.8 ND ASPH not supported)

Image Size

3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 x 3648; 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 x 3648; 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 x 3078
Zenmuse X4S
3:2, 5472 x 3648; 4:3, 4864 x 3648; 16:9, 5472 x 3078
Zenmuse X5S
4:3, 5280 x 3956; 16:9, 5280 x 2970
Zenmuse X7
3:2, 4:3, 16:9

PIV Image Size

4096 x 2160 (4096 x 2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50p); 3840 x 2160 (3840 x 2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p); 2720 x 1530 (2720 x 1530 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p); 1920 x 1080 (1920 x 1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p); 1280 x 720 (1280 x 720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p) N/A

Still Photography Modes

Single Shot; Burst Shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 frames; Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias; Interval: 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 60 s
Zenmuse X4S
Single shot; Burst shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 frames; Auto Exposure Bracketing; 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7EV bias; Interval
Zenmuse X5S
Micro SD: Single shot, Burst Shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 frames, Auto Exposure Bracketing, 3 / 5 bracketed frames at 0.7EV bias, Timelapse
SSD: RAW Burst Shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 / 20 / frames
Zenmuse X7
Micro SD: Single Shot, Burst Shooting (3 / 5 / 7 / 10 shots), Auto Exposure Bracketing (3 / 5 bracketed shots at 0.7 EV bias), Interval
SSD: RAW Burst (3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 / frames), up to 20 fps when using RAW Burst (exact quantity is determined by storage card capacity and battery power level)

Video Recording Modes

H.265
C4K: 4096 x 2160 24 / 25 / 30p @100Mbps
4K: 3840 x 2160 24 / 25 / 30p @100Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 24 / 25 / 30p @65Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 48 / 50 / 60p @80Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 24 / 25 / 30p @50Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 48 / 50 / 60p @65Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 120p @100Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720 24 / 25 / 30p @25Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720 48 / 50 / 60p @35Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720 120p @60Mbps
H.264
C4K: 4096 x 2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps
4K: 3840 x 2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 24 / 25 / 30p @80Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 24 / 25 / 30p @60Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 48 / 50 / 60 @80Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 120p @100Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720 24 / 25 / 30p @30Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720 48 / 50 / 60p @45Mbps
HD: 1280 x 720 120p @80Mbps
Zenmuse X4S
H.264
C4K: 4096 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @100Mbps
4K: 3840 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @100Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @80Mbps 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @100Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @60Mbps 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @80Mbps 119.88p @100Mbps
H.265
C4K: 4096 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @100Mbps
4K: 3840 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @100Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @65Mbps 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @80Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @50Mbps 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @65Mbps 119.88p @100Mbps
Zenmuse X5S
Aspect Ratio 17:9
CinemaDNG
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, up to 2.4Gbps; 50 / 59.94p, up to 4.0Gbps
H.264
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @100Mbps
H.265
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @100Mbps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
CinemaDNG
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, up to 2.4Gbps; 50 / 59.94p, up to 4.0Gbps
ProRes
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, 422 HQ @900Mbps; 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, 4444 XQ @2.0Gbps
H.264
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @100Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @80Mbps; 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @100Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @60Mbps; 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @80Mbps; 119.88p @100Mbps
H.265
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @100Mbps
2.7K: 2720 x 1530 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @65Mbps; 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @80Mbps
FHD: 1920 x 1080 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @50Mbps; 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p @65Mbps; 119.88p @100Mbps
Aspect Ratio 2.44:1
CinemaDNG
5.2K: 5280 x 2972 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, up to 4.2Gbps
ProRes
5.2K: 5280 x 2160 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, 422 HQ @1.3Gbps
H.264 / H.265
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 1572 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p @100Mbps
Zenmuse X7
Aspect Ratio 17:9
CinemaDNG
6K: 6016 x 3200, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30p, 12-bit, full FOV
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30p, 12-bit, full FOV
3.9K: 3944 x 2088, 47.95 / 50 / 59.94, 12-bit, narrow FOV
ProRes
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30p, 10-bit, HQ, full FOV
2K: 2048 x 1080, 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p, 10-bit, HQ / XQ, narrow FOV
H.264
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
H.265
4K DCI: 4096 x 2160, 24 / 25 / 30p
Aspect Ratio 16:9
CinemaDNG
6K: 5760 x 3240, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30p, 12-bit, full FOV
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30p, 12-bit, full FOV
3.7K: 3712 x 2088, 47.95 / 50 / 59.94, 12-bit, narrow FOV
ProRes
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97p, 10-bit, HQ / XQ, full FOV
2.7K: 2704 x 1520, 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p, 10-bit, HQ, narrow FOV
FHD:1920 x 1080, 47.95 / 50 / 59.94p, 10-bit, HQ / XQ, narrow FOV
H.264
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
2.7K: 2720 x 1530, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
FHD: 1920 x 1080, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
HD: 1280 x 720, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
H.265
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 2160, 24 / 25 / 30p
2.7K: 2720 x 1530, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
FHD: 1920 x 1080, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
HD: 1280 x 720, 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 59.94p
Aspect Ratio 2.44:1
ProRes
5.2K: 5280 x 2160, 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30p, 10-bit, HQ, full FOV
H.264 / H.265
4K Ultra HD: 3840 x 1572, 30p, full FOV
Refer to the User Manual for more information.

Photo Formats

JPEG, DNG (RAW), JPEG + DNG DNG, JPEG, DNG + JPEG

Video Formats

MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265)
Zenmuse X4S
MOV, MP4
Zenmuse X5S
RAW, ProRes, MOV, MP4
Zenmuse X7
CINESSD: CinemaDNG, ProRes; Micro SD: MOV, MP4

Operating Temperature Range

0° to 40°C
Zenmuse X4S and Zenmuse X5S
-10° to 40°C
Zenmuse X7
-20° to 40°C

Vision System

Vision System

Forward Vision System, Backward Vision System, Downward Vision System Forward Vision System, Downward Vision System

Velocity Range

≤31 mph (50 kph) at 2 m above ground <32.8 ft/s (10 m/s) at height of 2 m

Altitude Range

0 - 10 m < 10 m

Operating Range

0 - 10 m < 10 m

Obstacle Sensory Range

0.7 - 30 m 0.7 - 30 m (Forward Vision System)

FOV

Forward: 60°(Horizontal), ±27°(Vertical); Backward: 60°(Horizontal), ±27°(Vertical); Downward: 70°(Front and Rear), 50°(Left and Right) Forward: 60° (Horizontal); 54° (Vertical)

Measuring Frequency

Forward: 10 Hz; Backward: 10 Hz; Downward: 20 Hz N/A

Operating Environment

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

Ultrasonic Sensor Operating Range

N/A 10-500 cm (Downward)

Ultrasonic Sensor Operating Environment

N/A Non-absorbing material, rigid surface (thick indoor carpeting will reduce performance) (Downward)

Infrared Sensing System

Obstacle Sensory Range

0.2 - 7 m 0 - 5 m (Upward Infrared Sensor)

FOV

70° (Horizontal), ±10° (Vertical) ±5° (Upward Infrared Sensor)

Measuring Frequency

10 Hz N/A

Operating Environment

Surface with diffuse reflection material, and reflectivity > 8% (such as wall, trees, humans, etc.) Large-size non-reflective obstacles

Charger

Voltage

17.4 V 26.1 V

Rated Power

100 W 180 W

Remote Controller

Operating Frequency

2.400 - 2.483 GHz and 5.725 - 5.825 GHz 2.400 - 2.483 GHz and 5.725 - 5.850 GHz

Max Transmission Distance (Unobstructed, free of interference)

2.400 - 2.483 GHz
FCC: 7 km; CE: 3.5 km; SRRC: 4 km
5.725 - 5.825 GHz
FCC: 7 km; CE: 2 km; SRRC: 5 km
2.4 GHz
FCC: 4.3 miles (7 km); CE: 2.2 miles (3.5 km); SRRC: 2.5 miles (4 km); MIC: 2.5 miles (4 km);
5.8 GHz
FCC: 4.3 miles (7 km); CE: 1.2 miles (2 km); SRRC: 3.1 miles (5 km); MIC: -

Operating Temperature Range

0° to 40°C -20° to 40° C

Battery

6000 mAh LiPo 2S 6000 mAh LiPo 2S

Transmitter Power (EIRP)

2.400 - 2.483 GHz
FCC: 26 dBm; CE: 17 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm; MIC: 17 dBm
5.725 - 5.825 GHz
FCC: 28 dBm; CE: 14 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm; MIC: -
2.4 GHz
FCC: 26 dBm; CE: 17 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm; MIC: 17dBm;
5.8 GHz
FCC: 28 dBm; CE:14 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm; MIC: -

Operating Current / Voltage

1.2 A @ 7.4 V
USB Supply Power
iOS: 1 A @ 5.2 V (Max); Android: 1.5 A @ 5.2 V (Max)

Video Output Port

GL300E: HDMI; GL300F: USB USB, HDMI

Mobile Device Holder

GL300E: Built-in display device (5.5 inch screen, 1920x1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM+16 GB ROM)
GL300F: Tablets and smart phones
Tablet or Smart Phone; Max Mobile Device Width: 170 mm

Intelligent Flight Battery

Capacity

5870 mAh 4280 mAh (Standard TB50)

Voltage

15.2 V 22.8 V (Standard TB50)

Battery Type

LiPo 4S LiPo 6S (Standard TB50)

Energy

89.2 Wh 97.58 Wh (Standard TB50)

Net Weight

468 g 515 g (Standard TB50)

Charging Temperature Range

5° to 40°C 5° to 40°C (Standard TB50)

Max Charging Power

100 W 180 W (Standard TB50)


What’s Included?

Now you know the specifications, take a look at what's included with each aircraft.

What's Included?

Phantom 4 Pro DJI Phantom 4 Pro
  • Aircraft Body
  • Remote Controller
  • Propellers
  • Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Power Cable
  • Gimbal Clamp
  • USB OTG Cable
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Micro SD Card (16 GB)
  • Carrying Case
  • Aircraft Body
  • Remote Controller
  • Propellers (Pair)
  • Intelligent Flight Battery (TB50)
  • Battery Charger
  • Charging Hub
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable (with Double-A Ports)
  • Micro SD Card (16 GB)
  • Vision System Calibration Plate
  • Gimbal Damper
  • Propeller Mounting Plates
  • Carrying Case
  • Battery Insulation Sticker
Inspire 2 DJI Inspire 2
  As you can see, there’s very little difference between the standard versions of the aircraft. Each aircraft comes with a carry case which gives you storage and transport options. It’s worth noting, the Phantom 4 Pro is also available in the Phantom 4 Pro+ which comes with a built-in 1,000nit display on the remote controller.

Appearance

Versus Appearance The Phantom 4 Pro has built on the design of the Phantom range, in particular, the Phantom 4. The Phantom 4 Pro is available in its original version, the standard white and the new Obsidian grey. Despite the colour differences, the two models are almost identical. The only other difference between the two versions is the gimbal coating. The Obsidian has an anti-fingerprint coating likely due to the new colouring. The Phantom 4 Pro weighs in at 1388g and is compact in size at 20 cm tall and around 60 cm across with props fully extended. This makes for easy transportation, especially when using the included carry case. The Phantom 4 Pro has a  sturdy and reliable design that has been developed across the Phantom range. The Inspire 2 has a magnesium-aluminium alloy shell with carbon fibre arms. In flying mode, the Inspire 2 is 31 cm tall and 20 cm in its travelling mode. The length is just over 100 cm in both modes, nearly double that of the Phantom 4 Pro. It weighs in at 3440 g without the camera or gimbal. The Inspire 2 comes in a travel case to help with transport however, a vehicle would ideally be necessary for transport as opposed to the Phantom 4 Pro which could be carried. Keep reading for details on the performance of each aircraft.

Performance

Versus Performance The Phantom 4 Pro is packed full of impressive functionality to give a great pilot experience. There is 5-direction obstacle sensing and 4-direction obstacle avoidance on the Phantom. This makes flying both indoors and outdoors significantly safer even when travelling at speeds of up to 31mph. Also featured on the Phantom 4 Pro is dual compass modules and dual IMU increasing the drones reliability and precision. The Phantom 4 Pro can reach speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph) in its Sport Mode. Additionally, the Phantom 4 Pro has access to DJI's Intelligent Flight Modes. ActiveTrack, TapFly, Draw and others are available to give pilots more creative freedom and extensive control over their aircraft. Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 in Flight The Inspire 2 built on the success of the Inspire 1 to create an incredible aircraft capable of a wide range of tasks. Firstly, the Inspire 2 has forward and downward vision systems that are able to sense obstacles at up to 34mph (54kph) from up to 30 meters away; and upward facing infrared sensors that can detect obstacles at up to 5 meters away. The Inspire 2 has a top speed of a huge 58mph (94 kph) and can go from  0 to 50mph (80kph) in just five seconds. The Inspire 2 has a number of dual redundancy modules such as the IMU and barometer helping the aircraft receive the most accurate flight data. Like the Phantom 4 Pro, the Inspire 2 has access to a wide range of DJI's Intelligent Flight Modes. TapFly, ActiveTrack, Intelligent Return to Home and more modes can be accessed. The Inspire 2 also has a CineCore image processing system, as well as the ability to be used with the DJI CINESSD Station and DJI's Broadcast Mode. Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Both the Inspire 2 and Phanom 4 Pro use DJI's Lightbridge remote controllers. They have access to 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies in order to reduce interference. However, the Inspire 2 can be controlled using master and slave controllers for separate aircraft and gimbal control. This is a beneficial function for use as part of a team which gives pilots a huge amount of control as well as camera operators. Keep reading for more information on the cameras on both the Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro.

Camera

Versus Cameras The Phantom 4 Pro comes with a built-in 1 inch, 20 MP camera capable of up to 4K at 60fps and Burst Mode at 14 fps. The camera lens is comprised of eight elements in seven groups with a mechanical shutter to reduce rolling image distortion at high speeds. 11.6 stops of dynamic range are also available giving great image quality in high and low light situations. An ISO range of 100 to 6400 is available for video and 100 to 12800 for images. Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian   The Inspire 2 has three compatible cameras available, Zenmuse X4S, X5S and the brand new X7. Each of the cameras on the Inspire 2 has access to the CineCore image processing unit. Let's start by looking at the Zenmuse X4S camera, the camera closest to that on the Phantom 4 Pro. The X4S has a 1-inch sensor capable of capturing video in up to 4K at 60fps as well as images at 20 MP in single shot mode and burst shot at 14 fps. Like the Phantom 4 Pro camera, the X4S has 11.6 stops of dynamic range available and an ISO range of 100 to 6400 for video and 100 to 12800 for images. The X4S has a 6.6mm lens with an equivalent focal length of a 35mm camera. Zenmuse X4S The Zenmuse X5S is the mid-level camera available for the Inspire 2. It features a Micro 4/3 sensor capable of 5.2K at 30fps CinemaDNG video and Apple ProRes video as well as 4K at 60fps, however, a licence is required to access these capabilities. Additionally, 20.8MP stills and burst shots can be captured on the X5S. 12.8 stops of dynamic range are available giving high-quality results in high and low light situations. Eight lenses are available for the X5S from DJI, Panasonic and Olympus. The lenses offer varying focal lengths from 9mm-45mm which is proportionate to 18mm-90mm on a 35mm camera. Zenmuse X5S Finally, we have the new Zenmuse X7 Super 35 camera designed for high-end cinema-style filmmaking. The X7 is DJI highest performing aerial camera to date, capable of 6K CinemaDNG and 5.2K Apple ProRes as well as 20MP images as stills and bursts. Like the X5S, a licence is required to access the CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes. A huge dynamic range of 14 stops is available on the X7 giving remarkable results in most light conditions. Furthermore, the X7 has access to a new version of the CineCore processer, version 2.1 and the new DJI Cinema Colour System. These features allow pilots to capture the best results with limited noise and use the new D-Log curve and D-Gamut RGB. Four lenses are available for use with the X7 with focal lengths between 16 and 50 mm. This gives users even more creative control over this fantastic camera. Zenmuse X7 For more information on these cameras and to see our previous Insider Versus post, head here.

Battery Life

Battery Versus The Phantom 4 Pro has a maximum flight time of approximately 30 minutes from its 15.2V 5870 mAh Intelligent Flight Battery. The Inspire 2 uses two TB50 Intelligent Flight Batteries for dual battery redundancy for increased safety and reliability. The batteries offer a self-heating function to allow use in colder conditions. Flight times vary dependent on payload, with an estimated flight time of 27 minutes with the X4S, its lightest camera. The X7, the heaviest payload, is around 23 minutes. Further information on battery care and maintenance can be found here.

Summary

It's clear to see reasons why the Phantom 4 Pro and the Inspire 2 are at the top of the consumer and professional drone markets. They are both exceptional aircraft capable of producing extremely high-quality images and video. However, there are aspects that do set the aircraft apart. The Inspire 2 offers more flexibility over the cameras, lenses and the CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes licence capabilities. These features do come at an increased price, especially when buying the cameras, separate lenses and licences, which can be expensive than the Phantom 4 Pro. If you're wanting an aircraft for high-end, cinema-level video and image production, the Inspire 2 is likely to be the best aircraft for your line of work. If you're a photographer or videographer who doesn't need the capabilities of the Inspire 2, the Phantom 4 Pro is an ideal aircraft for you. It is also better suited to individuals so if you're working by yourself, controlling the Phantom 4 Pro may be easier. Whichever aircraft you choose, you're not going to be unhappy as they're some of the best drones from DJI to date.
For any questions about any of the above information or DJI or Freefly products, please contact a member of the Heliguy Team on 0191 249 4695 or email us at info@heliguy.com.
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