DJI has launched its latest drone, the Inspire 1, equipped with a new camera unit capable of 12MP stills and 4K video recording. The latest addition to DJI’s arsenal also includes a newly developed gimbal that can be removed and potentially upgraded in the future. After take-off the unit's arms lift up and out of the way of the camera for an unobstructed 360° view, and the drone is offered with a separate controller for the camera and gimbal unit.

The Inspire 1's camera system, dubbed the X3, features a Sony EXMOR 1/2.3-inch type sensor with an f/2.8 20mm equivalent lens. The lens uses 9 elements in 9 groups, and contains an aspherical element, along with anti-distortion and UV filters. The X3 is capable of capturing 12MP JPEG and DNG Raw files and offers three capture modes including single shooting, burst shooting (3/5/7 fps options), and time lapse. Video capabilities include HD and UHD 4K (4096 x 2160) recording at 30 fps.

The drone itself weighs 2935g and travels a maximum speed of 22m/s (in non-windy conditions). The unit’s ascent and descent speeds are 5m/s and 4m/s respectively. You’ll be able to take the DJI Inspire 1 up to an altitude of 4500m, with its approximately 18 minute flight time on a single charge.

Pricing for DJI’s latest creation starts at $2899 for a unit with one controller. A two-controller variation is available, providing separate controls over the drone and camera/gimbal units for $3,399. For more information visit DJI's website. For even more high-flying fun, read our DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Review.