DJI Inspire 2 + Zenmuse X7

DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X7

24MP Super35/APS-C sensor | 3-axis gimbal rotates 360° | 4K/60p CinemaDNG video

What we like:

  • Interchangeable lenses
  • 6K CinemaDNG/5.2K Apple ProRes support
  • Captures footage on par with rigs 10x the price

What we don't:

  • Expensive
  • Large size compared to most consumer drones
  • Requires more set up time
The DJI Inspire 2, paired with the Zenmuse X7 camera, is a high-end drone for anyone looking to enter the world of professional cinematography or for photographers who desire the absolute best aerial image quality possible without building their own rig. Its pricing reflects its intended use as a professional tool, while its hefty size and dual-battery requirement mean you’re only likely to take it with you when it’s really needed.
The drone can travel at a top speed of 58 mph (93.3 km/h) in Sport Mode, accelerate from 0 - 50 mph in 4 seconds – the type of performance demanded by Hollywood filmmakers. When coupled with the Zenmuse X7 it can remain in the air for 23 minutes. The body is made of professional grade materials, including a durable magnesium alloy shell, and the landing legs retract in flight for full 360° shooting. Extra batteries cost $189 each.
The Inspire 2, coupled with the X7 camera, has made creating cinema-grade footage accessible to the masses.
An obstacle avoidance system utilizes stereo vision, infrared, and ultrasonic sensors placed strategically to track for incoming objects almost 100 feet ahead, while the upward-facing infrared sensors scan for objects 16 feet above the aircraft. This comes in handy for conducting indoor missions or flying in complex, congested areas. Terrain detection sensors fitted to the bottom of the aircraft help it adjust to altitude changes.
The drone contains a built-in forward-facing 2-axis FPV camera that helps guide it and keep a front-facing vantage point. The Zenmuse X7 is a compact APS-C/Super35 camera with a 24MP CMOS sensor. It uses DJI’s proprietary DL-Mount and attaches to a 3-axis gimbal that can rotate 360°. Four F2.8 lenses are available for the system with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm.
The Inspire 2 incorporates the new CineCore 2.1 image processing system. The Zenmuse X7 camera supports Raw video output at 6K/30p and 3.9K/59.94p at 14-bits. It can also record 6K/23.976p 14-bit, 6K/30p 12-bit, and 4K/48p 12-bit 5.2K Apple ProRes Raw video. The diagonal length of the sensor is 26.6 mm when recording. Footage from the system is designed to intercut with professional cameras like the Arri Alexa. It supports two remotes, one for the pilot and the other for the camera operator, and is the first drone to feature an Intelligent mode called Spotlight Pro – an advanced version of ActiveTrack that utilizes DJI's proprietary visual tracking algorithm. It will track and follow a subject continuously while the pilot flies in any direction, negating the need for a second pilot even though the option is available.
The Inspire 2, coupled with the X7, has made creating cinema-grade footage accessible to the masses. The cost, however, is steep and DJI Care Refresh is a recommended add-on. It is an ideal system for either wealthy hobbyists or Hollywood studios, news stations, production companies, professional filmmakers, and drone service providers who will easily recoup the hefty costs associated with purchasing all the required components to capture the highest quality imagery possible.