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DJI’s Inspire 1 May Not Be their Top Drone

DJI’s Inspire 1 May Not Be their Top Drone

DJI, the top drone maker in the world, is known for its consumer friendly drones, with the Phantom series being the bestsellers since their release. Last year, DJI entered the prosumer market with its Inspire 1, a 4K capable drone that retails for $2,899. Early this year, DJI also introduced 1080p and 4K models of

DJI, the top drone maker in the world, is known for its consumer friendly drones, with the Phantom series being the bestsellers since their release. Last year, DJI entered the prosumer market with its Inspire 1, a 4K capable drone that retails for $2,899. Early this year, DJI also introduced 1080p and 4K models of the Phantom 3, which retail for $999 and $1,259 respectively.

So, would an upgrade to an Inspire 1 be justified, given that you can purchase two Phantom 3 Professional drones with 4K for the same price?

The Inspire 1 has all the Professional Drone Features

If you are a professional videographer who works or aims to work on high budget projects, the Inspire 1 has several high end features to woo you over. It has a completely retractable landing gear, which means that 360° unobstructed aerial videos are possible. Have you ever noticed the propellers sometimes appearing in the top of the frame in videos shot with the Phantom? The Inspire 1 does not face this problem.

Another major advantage of the Inspire 1 over the Phantom is the dual-remote technology which allows the camera operator to be independent of the drone operator. This opens up a whole new world of video direction as the camera operator can focus on getting the best shots. Also, the Inspire 1 has the ability to output video over HDMI, which is not possible with the Phantom.

The Phantom 3 Aerial Drone is the King of Value

The ability of the Phantom 3 Professional to match its expensive sibling on most fronts is astonishing. If you do not particularly need the professional features offered by the Inspire 1, getting a Phantom 3 is an absolute no-brainer at half the price. Even though a Phantom 3 may perform slightly worse in windy conditions due to smaller props, the difference is not that much to bother an independent videographer.

So, which category do you lie in? Do you need the top drone at all costs or are you willing to sacrifice some features for a much reduced price? Be sure to inform us of your opinion by commenting below!

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