Drone enthusiasts were already aware that the Chinese Inspire 1 drone would be revealed around November 12. Some leaked photos and information made it clear for everybody that the drone existed and was ready to show its face to the world. As expected, the Inspire 1 drone made its official debut and all past speculations and hypothesis surrounding the machine also proved true.
The Inspire 1 drone is the product of Chinese company DJI, which also created the Phantom 2 drone, but in comparison to its brother, the Inspire 1 came with a handful of interesting features. First and foremost, this is a quadcopter and it is equipped with a 4K UHD camera, which is a lot for a quadrotor.
But it is not only the resolution of this particular mounted camera which makes the drone so spectacular, it is the fact that the camera can record at 24 to 30 frames per second or can shoot up a 1080p video at 24 to 60 fps. Moreover, it is able to perform a full 360-degree rotation for completely free recordings and it also sports a 3 – axis gimbal, a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 94-degree field of view and a 9 – elements lens.
This is cutting – edge drone technology and the Inspire 1 drone does not only boast a camera and powerful recording skills, but also a carbon fiber build – up, up to two controllers, a mobile app that can help the user remotely change the camera and flight settings while the drone is up in the air and many other more.
The Chinese company turned this drone into a veritable piece of art and for good reason: while the U.S. is still heavily regulating the use of commercial drones, allowing only the recreational ones to fly, other markets such as Canada or Germany are open to using commercial drones for commerce or even for search and rescue missions. These drones have won the hearts of filmmakers, obviously, who will probably find in the Inspire 1 drone a lot of answers to shooting movies dilemmas, especially since the Inspire 1 camera represents state of the art technology.
However, the rise of the commercial drones market is not limited to movie directors or hobbyists. Being seen as potential airborne products deliverers and reliable eyes and years in search and rescue missions, the next gen drones will begin to establish their position as everyday gadgets and this is the bet the Chinese company made.
The Inspire 1 drone costs around $3,000, being a lot more expensive than its predecessor, and it is said to start selling this month.