This is Andrew from djibestdrones.com and I’m going to be comparing the DJI Inspire 2 and the Phantom 4 Pro.
|Spec||Inspire 2||Phantom 4 Pro|
|Size (L×W×H)||28,7 x 27,1 x 12,5 inches||13 inches (diagonal size)|
|Take off Weight||7.7 lbs||3.06 lbs|
|Camera||1″ CMOS; 28 MP; 5.2K RAW||1” CMOS; 20 MP; 4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50p|
|Gimbal||3 axis||3 axis|
|Hover Time||~27 minutes||30 minutes|
|Range||4,3 miles||up to 5-6 miles|
|Price||Check on Amazon.com||Check on Amazon.com|
If you plan on flying drones professionally I think by the end of this review you’re going to want the Inspire – it’s got interchangeable lenses, it’s sturdier and it’s just an overall better build. If you’re an enthusiast or just want a drone for fun I think that you’re going to prefer the Mavic Pro or the Phantom 4 Pro. They are more than enough drones for you so in that case.
Flying The Drones
I actually found the Phantom 4 Pro to be way easier to fly: it pushed less wind around which means it was creating less turbulence for itself and it was smaller which meant I could fit in smaller spaces and I had more flexibility. But the Inspire 2 here has a killer feature which is that: you can hook up separate controllers for the pilot and the cameraman.
So one of the biggest challenges I had was physically watching the drone fly make sure I wasn’t crashing into wall to ceilings and so I had to keep watching the drone and I couldn’t watch the screen to see what was going on. I definitely think the Inspire is a must if you get your props in the shot – the shot is ruined and that is a constant problem with the Mavic but even especially the entire phantom lineup and if you decide to tilt the camera upwards that just guarantees the props are going to be in the shot. I couldn’t get the props in the shot under any circumstances with the Inspire 2.
Nice thing about the Inspire is not only tilt up without getting props in the frame – it looks completely clean but I can pan all the way down and actually see behind me a little bit. It just gives more flexibility for catching one long continuous shot. The retracting landing gear isn’t just for show that moves the props and landing gear out of the way of the camera. With the Phantom I’m limited to splitting the horizon right in the middle of the frame so for things like sunsets where you want to show the sky that’s a really important feature.
First thing I wanna do is race our drones because speed does count not just for getting somewhere fast but also for fighting winds. Today we have maybe 25 mile an hour winds and with some of these smaller drones – especially that Mavic Pro – it can be tough to get it back upwind. If you downwind it’s easy to lose the drone so some extra power really helps.
As expected the Mavic was the slowest followed by the Phantom 4 Pro. The Inspire 2 won by a longshot because of its incredible acceleration which DJI says is zero to 50 miles an hour in five seconds. It’s top speed actually isn’t that impressive – it seems to be artificially limited to 52 miles an hour even flying downwind.
The Phantom 4 Pro actually gets a 60 miles an hour flying down wind but the Inspire was definitely fastest flying upwind which is good for getting it back home. I’m pretty disappointed because the Mavic is always my favorite.
Inspire 2 Camera Pros
My favorite thing about the DJI Inspire 2 is it has interchangeable cameras and one of the cameras the Zenmuse X5s has interchangeable lenses and that’s awesome because – especially with drones – you get up in the air and you have to do your scouting from the air you and can’t always anticipate what focal length you’re going to need to be able to put a zoom lenses. They have one power zoom lens you can put on it and it just adds so much versatility! I just wish you had a wider variety of supported lenses: it takes micro four-thirds lenses but not all of them. This is a very short list but there are good lenses on that list as well:
The Inspire 2 has dual batteries: in case one of them fails it can keep flying. This also means that they’re small enough that you can take them on an airplane. We generally get 20 or 25 minutes out of the Inspire battery so it didn’t seem noticeably longer than the Phantom but a pair of extra batteries for the Inspire will cost you 340 dollars. And you’ll definitely need a couple of pairs of batteries if you want to be sure you can get a shot!
I can zoom in and out which for real estate photography can be a lifesaver because you can’t always fly where you want to – sometimes you have to maintain some distance. You’re not flying over people or a highway so that can just make the difference of getting the shot or not. With my Inspire 2 I can – 42 zoom lens we used on the Inspire 2 Zenmuse X5s is versatile but it’s not nearly as sharp as the lens built into either the Phantom 4 Pro or the Mavic Pro. However you can – and should – choose sharper prime lenses.
When you need a longer lens – because it might be dangerous to fly closer to your subject, optically zooming with the Inspire X5s captured far more detail than cropping with the Phantom 4 Pro. The X5s zooms 4 times more that P4 Pro so when you can’t plan your focal length before takeoff you are going to get needed shots anyway.
The Inspire 2 camera rotates freely allowing you to film moving subjects from the side while flying forward. When using dual controllers the pilot can use forward obstacle avoidance and the dedicated forward facing camera for navigation; the cameraman can separately control all aspects of the camera while viewing the video feed in real time. Before I suffered from information overload trying to be both the pilot and the cameraman and the Inspire 2 dual operator setup is a must-have for serious productions. But it does require spending 550 bucks on a second controller.
The Mavic Pro small size drone makes it the least stable in these 20 mile-an-hour winds plus the gimbal is flaking out. The Phantom 4 Pro is significantly more stable than the Mavic whereas the Inspire 2 was much more stable than Phantom 4 Pro.
The bigger sensor of the Inspire 2 X5s showed better dynamic range than the Phantom 4 Pro. However you can always use bracketing on the Phantom 4 Pro to increase the dynamic range.
The Mavic nor the Phantom 4 Pro can compete with that so our conclusion is this: if you want to travel with your drone all of the time and having the best image quality is not the most important thing to you then your option is the Mavic Pro. If you want better image quality and something a little more reliable – then your option is Phantom 4 Pro, but at the same time it’s more cumbersome to travel with.
And if you don’t want any risk of having your props in your shot, if you want the best image quality you can get with a drone and also you care about interchangeable lenses and a great construction you’ve got with carbon-fiber then you’re going to want the DJI Inspire 2.
I hope this short comparison help you decide which drone you want to buy.