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DJI Revamp Range With Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Drones

DJI have added two new drones to their lineup, aimed at both professional and hobbyists users.

The Inspire 2 builds on the brand legacy of its predecessor, working to bridge the gap between high and low-end video creators.

It features a numble magnesium-aluminum alloy body and a new dual battery system that offers flight time of up to 27 minutes.

The Inspire 2’s forward-facing camera offers an ideal view for users when operating the drone while supporting a seperate video feed from the mounted camera can be accessed to streamline the filming process.

DJI say the Inspire 2 supports the brand-new Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras and will support additional cameras in the future.

“Professional filmmakers and photographers always push to create images that have never been seen before, and DJI never stops trying to give them the tools to achieve their vision,” said DJI CEO and Founder Frank Wang.

Meanwhile the Phantom 4 Pro, offers up a revamped version of the company’s answer to the GoPro Karma.

The camera on the Phantom 4 Pro packs a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor, and almost 12 stops of dynamic range bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a flying camera of this size.

The Phantom 4 Pro can capture slow-motion 4K video up to 60 fps at a maximum bitrate of 100 mbps while H.265 video compression offers substantial improvements to video quality at the same bitrate. 

The other big improvement the Pro brings out is a suite of new intelligent flight modes. Draw Mode that allows operators to draw lines on the controller display and direct the Phantom 4 Pro to fly that route and ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people and bikes, then follows them from any angle while maintaining camera focus.

There’s even a new safety feature that sets the drone to return to its last connected position whenever it loses GPS connectivity and wait there.

“Our newest flight platforms and stabilized aerial cameras are smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before. We can’t wait to see how creators use Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro to capture dazzling images,” Wang says.

The Phantom 4 Pro+, which includes a Phantom 4 Pro aircraft, and a high luminance display remote controller, will be available in Australia at $3,099.

The Inspire 2 can be bought on its own for $5,199 or in a combo pack, which includes the aircraft a Zenmuse X5S, CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes License Key, for $10,698.

The Inspire 2 will start shipping in early December 2016, though DJI have advised that customers who purchase the aircraft and camera separately can expect their orders to ship closer to early January 2017.