The Inspire 1 was a revelation. The first filmmaking drone in the world to integrate an HD video transmission system, 360° rotating gimbal and a 4K camera, as well as the simplicity of app control. The launches of the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras further cemented the Inspire as a critical tool for filmmakers around the globe.
The Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 58mph (94kph) and has a max descent speed of 9m/s for unheard of speed and agility in an aircraft this size. A dual battery system prolongs the flight time to a maximum of 27 minutes (with an X4S), while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures.
FlightAutonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.
Vision sensing, 2-axis FPV camera, range of supported cameras.
8mph (94kph) max speed, 2kg thrust per rotor, 15in props, maximum 27min flight time (with X4S).
Dual battery, self-heating, battery redundancy and 98Wh.
Material and Design
The grey magnalium shell of the Inspire 2 is more elegant than the previous plastic shell and adds higher strength and lighter weight. “T” junction airframe connections are now made of carbon fiber, creating a more integrated design that reduces weight while adding visual refinement.
Image Processing and storage
5.2K@4.2Gbps RAW video recording, CineCore 2.0, integrated DJI CINESSD.
FAT32/exFAT universal file system.
CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes 5.2K video support, H.265 and H.264 video codec support, 4K video at 100Mbps.
*Recorded Video can be stored simultaneously on the DJI CINESSD and a Micro-SD card.
PROFESSIONAL IMAGE QUALITY
Integrated into the Inspire 2 is the brand new CineCore 2.0 image processing system, capable of recording 5.2K videos in CinemaDNG*1, Apple ProRes*2 and more. By placing these parts inside the airframe, image data can be stored and processed more readily, while the CINESSD storage system itself can be better protected.
It also means that the camera can be more lightweight, increasing aircraft agility and overall flight performance. CineCore 2.0 is compatible with the Zenmuse X4S and X5S for different shooting needs, and both cameras attach using a new gimbal port that is quicker to connect and more reliable.
(Currently compatible with X4S*3 and X5S).
5.2K (5280 x 2972, 16:9) 30fps 12bit, 4.2Gbps
4K (4096 x 2160, 17:9) 60fps 10bit, 4.0Gbps
5.2K (5280 x 2160, 2.4:1) 30fps (422 HQ)
4K (3840 x 2160, 16:9) 30fps (4444 XQ, no alpha)
*1*2 Additional licenses required. *3 X4S does not support DNG RAW or Apple ProRes. *4 Photos stored on Micro-SD card. *5 Photos stored on DJI CINESSD.
2-Axis FPV Camera
Added to the front of the Inspire 2 is a 2-axis gimbal stabilized global shutter FPV camera with a controllable pitch range of 0° to -60°. Combined with the stabilization of its brushless gimbal, it effectively eliminates picture shake, leaving only a clear view of the scene ahead.
Using Lightbridge HD video transmission technology, its video feed transmits along with the feed from the primary camera to the DJI GO 4 app, so both operator and camera operator can get the view they need to capture complex shots. DJI GO 4 can be used to switch between different views, while both master and slave controller feeds maintain the same video quality, giving both pilot and camera operator a better overall experience.
The Inspire 2 creative workflow has been completely optimized and is now capable of recording video in CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes, and other common formats for post-production in filmmaking. Also supported are FAT32/exFAT* file systems, which allow fast copying of files direct from the CINESSD without additional software.
CONTROL, SENSE AND AVOID
Forward and downward facing dual stereo vision systems have a sensing field of view of 60° and 54° respectively, allowing the Inspire 2 to sense obstacles up to 30m away. The combination of wide angle of view and long range, allows the Inspire 2 to accurately calculate the distance required for braking.
This offers flight at up to 34mph (54kph) with a 25° attitude without sacrificing obstacle avoidance protection. Infrared sensors on top of the aircraft provide upward obstacle sensing up to 16ft (5m), adding protection when flying in enclosed spaces. Obstacle sensing systems are active during normal flight, RTH and all Intelligent Flight Modes.
The Inspire 2 uses Visual Odometry (VO) technologies in its forward and downward stereo vision systems. When combined with data collected by the flight controller, it allows the Inspire 2 to hover accurately when flying indoors or without a satellite signal. Unlike a basic positioning system made up of a single optical flow sensor and dual ultrasonic sensors, the Inspire 2’s dual optical sensor system can capture the depth-of-field of the environment, making it more sensitive to the subtle movements of the aircraft.
VO technology also detects tiny changes in flight speed, records the flight path, and sends real-time position data to the flight controller. This creates high-precision flight and a hover accuracy that is more precise than when using satellite positioning alone. If GPS signal is lost when flying behind an obstacle, or when flying from indoors to outdoors, the Inspire 2 is able to hover in place when the control sticks are released, allowing filmmakers to shoot in a wider variety of locations.
Detect Landing Terrain
A vision positioning system made up of a single optical flow sensor – and ultrasonic sensors – can only collect altitude data using its ultrasonic systems, making it unable to generate accurate information about the terrain below. However, the Inspire 2’s stereo vision system will calculate the difference in height during auto-landing between the aircraft’s landing point, scanning the terrain in real time to ensure that the area is suitable for landing.
The QuickSpin function can be activated manually or automatically. In manual, set a custom button as QuickSpin in DJI GO 4, then when the gimbal comes close to reaching its rotation limit, press the button to spin the Inspire 2 360° in the same direction to free up gimbal movement. Automatic QuickSpin is easier to use, and when enabled, the Inspire 2 will automatically spin when the gimbal rotates over 270°. The Inspire 2 flies normally during a spin.
Precision Gimbal Control
Three damping balls and a damping board weighing just 40g – half the weight of previous damping boards – increase the damping capabilities of the Inspire 2 gimbal. Gimbal movement can now be customized through parameter settings built into DJI GO 4, giving operators the control they need to get the desired shot.
A new gimbal control system increases control precision up to 0.01°, and is also powerful enough to carry an equivalent 90mm long lens. The new attitude controlled design allows the gimbal to automatically keep level, significantly reducing the likelihood of tilted horizons. The gimbal also has a new Follow Mode, which links the direction of the gimbal to the master controller, giving it the same control experience as the slave controller.
Spotlight Pro is a powerful tracking mode that allows even single pilots to capture complex, dramatic images. It uses advanced visual tracking algorithms to lock onto a subject during flight, regardless of the direction that the Inspire 2 flies, creating shots that would once have required a dedicated camera operator. If the gimbal comes close to reaching its rotation limits, the Inspire 2 itself will rotate in the same direction without affecting flight control or the shot being captured to free up gimbal movement.
It has two shooting modes, Quick Mode and Composition Mode. In Quick Mode, select an object to begin tracking. In Composition Mode, select the subject and the tracking position. When the subject enters the preset tracking position, press the shortcut to begin tracking. The gimbal can be moved during shooting for composition adjustments. Spotlight Pro is available in Intelligent Flight Modes TapFly, Waypoint, and Point of Interest.
INTELLIGENT FLIGHT MODES
In addition to Spotlight Pro, a range of other intelligent flight and shooting modes are available. Obstacle avoidance is optimized when using Point of Interest* and Waypoint* modes, making complex shots simple and repeatable. Also available are QuickSpin, TapFly and ActiveTrack, to simplify challenging shots. *Coming soon.
The 2-axis onboard FPV camera separates the flight view from the main camera view, effectively giving the Inspire 2 a dedicated TapFly camera. Tap a point onscreen in the FPV view to set a flight route and the Inspire 2 will automatically fly along that route, leaving the pilot to focus on gimbal movement.
The ActiveTrack Mode allows the Inspire 2 to recognize a range of objects, from people to bikes to cars to boats. Tracking profiles that can be adjusted based on the subject being tracked means greater tracking precision.
SMART RETURN TO HOME
Forward and downward vision systems allow the Inspire 2 to create a real-time map of its flight route as it flies. If the video transmission system signal is lost and Smart Return Home is enabled, it is able to fly home along its original route, and change to a straight line when it regains a signal. As it returns, it will use the primary camera to identify obstacles as far as 200m in front, allowing it to plan a safe route home. It is also able to reconnect more quickly after losing connection.
VIDEO TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
The latest update to DJI Lightbridge technology has an effective transmission distance of up to 4.3mi (7km)* and is capable of delivering both 1080p/720p video as well as the FPV view to pilot and camera operator. Users can also switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz** control frequencies to cut through noise for greater signal stability.
*Unobstructed, free of interference, FCC compliant. **5.8GHz transmission is not available in some regions due to local regulations.
2.4/5.8GHz Control Frequencies
Selectable 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies are supported by the Inspire 2. Generally speaking, a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi video transmission system is used with a 5.8GHz remote control link providing aircraft control. This is because if the video transmission and the remote control links use the same frequency, interference between the two may cause signal loss. This same rationale is why interference may be caused by other users of radio frequencies in surrounding areas. The Inspire 2’s new Lightbridge HD video transmission system uses a Time-division multiplexing mechanism to transmit both video feed and remote control signals on the same frequency.
In urban areas, the 2.4GHz frequency band may suffer from high levels of signal interference from sources such as Wi-Fi routers and 4G base stations. As an option, the 5.8GHz frequency provides a broader communication bandwidth and has more available channels for transmission, making it more suitable for stable signal transmission in these types of environments. After powering on, the Inspire 2 automatically scans the environment and selects the band with the least amount of interference, ensuring optimum video feed quality and remote control reliability.
Master and Slave Controllers
A new wireless HD image transmission technology sends video information from the master controller to the slave controller and the two controllers can be up to 100m apart without loss of image quality.
Broadcasters can broadcast direct from the Inspire 2 using its dedicated 1080i50 and 720p60 transmission signal. Aerial live-streaming direct to TV is as simple as connecting the Inspire 2 remote controller to the satellite truck. Once connected to broadcasting equipment, footage can be sent live on-air without signal conversion. Additionally, while pilots maintain a real-time view of the flight, a short delay has been added to the optimized HDMI output, offering smoother playback and more stable frame rates.
POWERFUL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
A new propulsion system optimized for power creates a new level of flight performance. The Inspire 2 flies at up to 58mph (94kph) descends at 9m/s and climbs at 6m/s. It can accelerate from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 5 seconds and flies at a max attitude angle of 40°. The two controller sticks are tuned for more sensitivity, making delicate maneuvers easier. More power also allows the Inspire 2 to fly in more extreme conditions, including over 2500-5000m above sea level (using optional dedicated propellers), and in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) using self-heating Intelligent Flight Batteries.
Agility and Maneuverability
The Inspire 2’s H-shaped frame arms hold 15-inch propellers that form part of a two horsepower propulsion system, significantly enhancing top speed and acceleration. As every increment in speed creates new challenges, many technological hurdles were overcome to realize the Inspire 2’s 58mph (94kph) top speed. This required the creation of a finely tuned propulsion system, redesigned motors with a 3° camber angle for more stable pitch, roll and yaw as well as an advanced flight control system, air resistance reduction, and stability enhancement. Additionally, its advanced fast-acting flight control system allows the Inspire 2 to descend at a rapid 9m/s.
Attitude algorithms have been comprehensively improved, increasing the sensitivity of the control sticks, so that pilots can fly with greater precision. Flight parameters can now also be adjusted in the DJI GO 4 app, giving pilots the ability to tune the Inspire 2 to fly the way they need it to. Tripod Mode also comes to the Inspire 2, for ultra-fine flying or slow graceful movements.
Extreme Weather Durability
The Inspire 2’s extremely robust attitude control algorithm allows it to fly in more types of extreme weather. It can fly at up to 2500m above sea level using standard propellers. This is increased to a maximum of 5000m when using the optional high altitude propellers. Self-heating technology is built into its Intelligent Flight Batteries, allowing it to fly in temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C).
Reliability has been further enhanced through dual redundancy of key modules such as the IMU and barometer. The intelligent flight control system monitors the redundancy system, giving it accurate flight data.The new obstacle sensing system helps the Inspire 2 sense and avoid obstacles, minimizing the risk of collision.
Dual-Signal Propulsion System
Dual-signal ESCs bring an extra layer of redundancy to the Inspire 2. In normal use, ESC commands are sent using PWM signals. If this is lost, however, commands will be sent through the serial port. The ESC also inherits the Inspire 1’s advanced patented algorithms, offering functional and propulsion redundancy. Combined together, these systems significantly increase the Inspire 2’s reliability.
A transforming structure and dual battery design make the Inspire 2 easy to travel with. Simply press the Power Button five times and the system will cut power to the gimbal. Once the camera is removed, the aircraft will automatically enter Travel Mode. Simply place the aircraft in its carrying case and it is ready to go. To move back into Landing Mode, press the Power Button five times and the landing gear will extend. Additionally, the camera can be attached without switching off the aircraft, minimizing setup time.
The standard Carrying Case is designed to hold everything needed for an outdoor shoot, including a Battery Charging Station, 180W Battery Charger, camera and more, all in an efficient and easy to carry form. Both Inspire 2 batteries are 98Wh and are compliant with the requirements of civil aviation regulators.
Dual Battery Design
A dual-battery design using a pair of 98Wh batteries gives the Inspire 2 an extended flight time as well as battery redundancy. As the two batteries connect in parallel, if one fails during a flight, the other will be able to provide power for a safe return to home.
To ensure the batteries are properly installed, the battery release button is made up of a center button and a ring button. When the battery is installed correctly, both buttons will pop out. A sensor in the battery compartment also checks that the batteries are properly installed. A notification will appear in DJI GO 4 if it detects a problem.
Upgraded Intelligent Flight Battery
The new Inspire 2 battery uses higher performance and a higher density battery cell with an overall larger capacity as well as an updated management unit. Its performance in low temperature environments has been optimized with a built-in 70W self-heating system capable of heating itself to 41°F (5°C) every minute.
This self-heating function can be enabled either automatically or manually. The management unit constantly monitors battery status, making all information, including battery level and battery temperature, easily visible in DJI GO 4.
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES TO ENHANCE PERFORMANCE
A series of powerful DJI accessories help improve work efficiency and give filmmakers more creative opportunities.
DJI CINESSD Station
The DJI CINESSD Station is used to connect the DJI CINESSD into a computer for fast, efficient file transfer.
DJI CINESSD uses an NVMe logical device interface specification, features four PCI Express* ports and supports FAT32/exFAT** file formats. It comes in 120GB，240GB and 480GB. When using a 240GB or 480GB CINESSD, the Inspire 2 can record videos at write speeds of up to 4.2Gbps, providing enough data to meet demanding filmmaking needs. *PCI Express 3.0
Inspire 2 Activation Key of RAW & Apple ProRes
Inspire 2 Activation Key of RAW & Apple ProRes allow CineCore 2.0 to record in CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes. These are available for purchase separately and allow the Zenmuse X5S camera to produce the exact file type needed for individual post-production requirements.
<*Maximum video resolution is subject to DJI CINESSD capacity.
A 5.5inch, 1000 cd/m² display, a 7.85inch 1000 cd/m² display and a 7.85inch 2000 cd/m² display, are all designed by DJI to offer the brightness and clarity needed when shooting outdoors. A powerful video decoder integrated in these displays create smooth video and integrated image enhancement increases performance in bright environments. All these displays are operational from -4°F (-20°C) to 104°F (40°C) and are made to work with a replaceable external battery.
DJI Focus adds remote focus control to the Zenmuse X4S and X5S.
Battery Charging Station**
An 800W Battery Charging Station charges up to eight Inspire 2 batteries. With additional space for storing four Intelligent Flight Batteries and a standard battery charger. The Battery Charging Station is also equipped with two USB charging ports.
4G-LTE Network Connection**
The Inspire 2 supports control over 4G. This high bandwidth allows the Inspire 2 to transmit high quality videos to a network server or can be used for ultra-long distance control. It also cuts video transmission latency to 500ms.
An all-new handheld camera mount is compatible with the Zenmuse X4S and the Zenmuse X5S, bringing these cameras down to the ground for more flexible filmmaking.
Remote Controller GPS Module
A GPS Module for the Remote Controller improves the accuracy of the remote controller’s positioning. Used with the Inspire 2’s Dynamic Home point function which constantly updates the latest location of the remote controller as its Home point, it allows accurate Return to Home when moving around an environment.
ZENMUSE | X7
Cinematic Vision Rising
Super 35 Sensor | 6K CinemaDNG | 5.2K Apple ProRes | 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
The Zenmuse X7 is a compact Super 35 camera with an integrated gimbal made for high-end filmmaking that delivers stunning resolution and image quality. Its compatibility with the Inspire 2 offers the best in next-level professional aerial cinematography. A 24 MP CMOS sensor rated at 14 stops of dynamic range preserves astonishing detail and offers both 6K CinemaDNG and 5.2K Apple ProRes with support for continuous RAW burst shooting at 20 fps and 24 MP stills.
The X7 also introduces the DL-Mount, the world’s first integrated aerial lens mount that allows switching between four available prime lenses quickly. For seamless editing, a new DJI Cinema Color System preserves accurate colors for easier post-processing. These latest innovations allow filmmakers to reach new heights and capture scenes as they imagine them with the DJI Zenmuse X7.
Engineered for Excellence
The X7 uses a Super 35 sensor, and its high readout speed supports RAW output at 6K/30 fps and 3.9K/59.94 fps. The pixel size reaches 3.91 µm and the diagonal length of the sensor is 26.6 mm when recording. A sensor this size offers a higher sensitivity to light and 14 stops of dynamic range — much wider than the 12.8 stops featured on the Zenmuse X5S.
Furthermore, the SNR of the X7 is 46 dB, 8 dB higher than the X5S, and the tonal range is as high as 9.41 bits. All of these features offer unlimited creative options for a better workflow in the most demanding situations on set.
DJI DL-Mount System
Diameter: 58 mm Flange Focal Distance: 16.84 mm Weight: 449g
Taking advantage of new FSI-Cu technology, the X7’s sensor features thinner interconnection, allowing light to reach the sensing area via a larger incident angle for increased photosensitivity. This enables a more compact lens mount to be used on this sensor while maintaining excellent image quality.
The flange focal distance of the DL-Mount is less than 17 mm – roughly 1/3 of the size of a PL-Mount. Such a compact mount means that the X7 weighs only about 630 g with a lens included. Together, the X7 and Inspire 2 weigh around just 4 kg with the ability to capture the same challenging shots as more heavy-duty setups weighing up to 40 kg.
DJI offers four prime lenses for the DL-Mount system, with focal lengths ranging from 16-50 mm and resolutions of up to 8K. Made of lightweight carbon fiber and designed by world-leading optics teams, the four lenses have been embedded with advanced technologies crafted specifically for the X7’s high-end image sensor.
More Creative Flexibility
To unleash the X7’s full potential, the CineCore image processing system on the Inspire 2 has been fully upgraded to CineCore 2.1. It is capable of recording 6K/30fps CinemaDNG and 5.2K/30fps Apple ProRes, leaving more creative options in post-production.
A brand new EI Mode has been integrated into CineCore 2.1, which can record high-quality footage at various levels of sensitivity. Additionally, the upgraded image processing system further reduces image artifacts and noise, preserving more details while adopting an improved dark level correction system for pro-level cinematic images.Apart from improved image processing performance, CineCore 2.1 also features a new color system, giving professional filmmakers more creative flexibility in post-production.
A Game Changer from Shoot to Finish
To unlock the wide-ranging possibilities of DJI professional imaging systems and open more room for post-processing aerial photography in filmmaking, DJI is proud to introduce the brand new DJI Cinema Color System.
The new color system consists of a new D-Log curve and a D-Gamut RGB color space. With professional cinematography in mind, the D-Log can encode 15 stops of dynamic range, two stops higher than the Zenmuse X5S. Even in poor light conditions, the X7 can still preserve stunning detail in shadows and highlights, leaving more room for post-production creativity.
D-Gamut covers the entire DCI-P3 color space commonly used in filmmaking. Tailored for aerial cinematography and stills photography, D-Gamut provides larger green tone coverage, delivering beautiful green gradation for your shoots
D-Gamut also offers optimized skin tone adjustment by moving these tones to their most suitable chromaticity, ensuring vivid colors are reflected from every inch of skin. By applying the dedicated 3D-LUT in color grading, skin tones will softly transition, even with wide exposure differences. When designing D-Gamut, we considered manual color grading, preventing skin tones from turning yellow when editing without 3D-LUT or color management.
Extended Dynamic Range
Wider dynamic range under similar settings.
Natural Highlight Roll Off
When adjusting image brightness during color grading, colors will fade out simultaneously with brightness.
Balanced Color: Easier Grading
>Saturation on R/G/B color is carefully balanced.
Soft Skin Tones
Softer skin tones leave more room for post-editing.
More Creative Possibilities
In addition to official LUTs from DJI, many widely-available LUTs can also be used.
The Cendence remote controller is a professional-grade, customizable remote controller designed for full integration with other advanced DJI products like the Inspire 2 and CrystalSky monitor.
Cendence offers modular components and controls that realize the full potential of Inspire 2 applications. It provides up to five analog control channels with over ten customizable buttons, improving overall control efficiency. Its design offers antenna interchangeability where a high-gain antenna can augment the power of DJI Lightbridge technology, significantly increasing overall anti-interference and image quality. Cendence comes with the fully integrated Cendence Monitor Mounting Bracket and HDMI, SDI, USB, and CAN ports provide robust expansion capabilities.
Dials, Levers and Knobs
The two knobs on the front panel control gimbal pitch and yaw, and the right/left levers and Focus Adjustment Knob
For quick camera adjustments, you can customize several shortcut buttons for particular groups of settings, or save frequently used settings.
Customizable buttons can quickly enable or disable frequently used functions like focus peaking, color waveform, obstacle avoidance, and home point resetting. They can also close warnings and tips mid-flight, all without using an app.
Rotate the dials or toggle the right/left levers while holding certain buttons to control gimbal roll, shutter speed, or ISO.
Detachable Design & CrystalSky Compatibility
The CrystalSky monitor mounts to the Cendence remote controller via the Cendence Monitor Mounting Bracket. The Cendence remote controller’s antennas, PCB, mounting bracket, and battery are all detachable, making its hardware easily upgradable, allowing you to customize the controller for compatibility with future DJI aircraft.
Dual Operator Control
When precision camera control is required, Cendence can connect either as a Master or Slave controller with the Inspire 2’s remote controller or another Cendence remote controller.
Dual-Frequency Directional Antennas
Cendence’s redesigned planar antennas significantly increase gain, ensuring high-quality video transmission at up to 10 Mbps within 4 km. Higher gain also extends the max transmission distance from 7 km to 10 km. Moreover, the antennas transmit signal in a specific direction, which effectively reduces interference from other directions and makes transmission even more stable and reliable.
The Cendence remote controller uses a detachable battery that operates for up to four hours. If you run out of power, just swap in a charged battery or charge Cendence via the power port. Cendence uses the same batteries as CrystalSky monitor for enhanced product synergy.
SDI and HDMI ports support broadcasting at 1080i 50 fps and 720p 60 fps.
Connect DJI Focus, or other compatible accessories via the CAN port.
The USBA port supports connectivity with other mobile devices
Practical accessories make using Cendence easy.The Cendence Support Rig handles part of the controller’s weight, making it easier to hold for extended periods of time.Control Stick Covers prevent dirt and dust from entering both sticks, ensuring smooth and reliable control.The Interchangeable Mobile Device Holder lets you attach a phone or tablet instead of a CrystalSky monitor.
Cendence is currently compatible with Inspire 2 and Matrice 200 series aircraft.