DJI Inspire 2 – The top 5 reasons I want to upgrade

Like most drone pilots, I’ve been flying the Inspire 1 and Inspire Pro since it was released a couple of years ago.

It really was a game changer, it simplified and unified so many systems and made work so much easier than lugging around various cases and heavy batteries, hoping you wouldn’t have any technical issues.

Last month, however, the folks at DJI loaned me a brand spanking new Inspire 2 so I can review it for Drone Magazine Issue 5. Here is my top 5 list of why I want one. Now!


The Inspire 1 had no way of knowing if it was about to hit a tree or building. The Phantom first came out with collision sensors last year and we now have them on the Inspire 2.

It has upward obstacle avoidance, unlike the Phantom, as well as forward. However, it doesn’t have rear or side sensors like the Phantom 4.

One of the benefits of collision avoidance is in an emergency return to home situation. When you professionally fly a drone you generally have (or should have) pretty good awareness of your surrounds and flight path, but if your aircraft goes into a return to home for whatever reason, this feature could save your drone from flying into a tree in between where it is, and where you are.


Before the addition of collision sensors it would have been dangerous to add autonomous flight modes to the Inspire, but the Inspire 2 now supports cool features like ActiveTrack and various others.

ActiveTrack allows you to draw a box around a subject such as a person, car or boat on your screen and click GO, letting the drone track a moving subject without any assistance from the pilot.

It also allows the pilot to move the drone in relation to the subject, for instance flying in a perfect circle around the moving subject with ease.


The Inspire 2 now comes with dual batteries, dual barometers and dual IMU’s. Meaning less chance of errors from motion sensors and less chance of a failure from a faulty battery.


The Inspire 1 had decent video transmission, if not sometimes a little choppy in certain situations, but with the Inspire 2 we get a sweet upgrade.

DJI’s latest Lightbridge tech has an effective transmission range of 7km (advertised) up to 1080p. From what I have seen so far it’s pretty solid.


By far my top reason to upgrade is the camera capabilities. Firstly it has a small FPV front facing camera which appears as a picture-in-picture on your smart device. This means no longer does the pilot need to put the main camera in FPV mode to regain orientation if necessary.

The main camera comes in 2 versions, there is a smaller basic camera called the X4S, but you are going to want the X5S. It allows recording of up to 5.2K 30fps or 4K 60fps videos in CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes (with optional added license) and data rates up to 100Mbps in H.264 or H.265.

It takes gorgeous 20MP photos and has an optional 500GB SSD at the back. BOOM. Well played DJI, sign me up.

Andy Willmott Drone Magazine Technical Editor.