DJI Inspire 2 Rumors and Wishlist

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Updated: DJI X5S Camera… Wow! November 15th, 2016

The new Professional Level integrated camera and gimbal for the DJI Inspire 2 Pro is a professional grade Cinema Camera

X5S Camera

– Replaces the X5R on the Inspire Pro
– Shoot 5.2k Raw at 30fps
– Shoots 4k RAW at 60fps
– Shoot in CinemaDNG Raw Format
– Up to 4.2gbps RAW recording
– 20 frames per second burst photos
– 20.8mp Sensor
– 12.8 Stops Dynamic range at 12bit Raw

Updated: DJI Dropped a Bomb!! or two… November 15th, 2016

DJI dropped the new Inspire today at an event in LA and it was nothing short of a bomb on the UAV industry. Practically every aspect of the original Inspire has been updated and improved. There is no doubt that this is the next level professional UAV platform.

Inspire 2 FPV Camera

Pan and Tilt capable FPV camera for pilot view during dial operator use and to allow piloting without camera for recreational use

X4S Camera

-Replaces the X3 Camera on the standard Inspire
-Shoots 5.2k at 30 FPS allowing you to crop to stabilize 4k footage
-Shoots 4k at 60fps for amazing slow motion
– 1 Inch Sensor
– 20mp sensor
– 100mbs Bitrate
– 1 full additional stop of dynamic range over the X3

Updated: DJI Dropped a Bomb!! or two… November 15th, 2016

DJI dropped the new Inspire today at an event in LA and it was nothing short of a bomb on the UAV industry. Practically every aspect of the original Inspire has been updated and improved. There is no doubt that this is the next level professional UAV platform.

Inspire 2 Battery

Dual heated redundant battery system. Good for all weather and provides power backup for safety and up to 30 mins flight time.

Inspire 2 Flight Performance

Top speed and climb/descent performance all increased. DJI claims up to 67mph.

Inspire 2 Obstacle Avoidance

Overhead avoidance is a new feature and combinesdown and forward sensors to give even greater safety.
Smart RTL allows the system to avoid obstacles and autonomously return to home even with complete control failure

Inspire 2 Flight Controls

Completely redesigned flight controller with ultra-bright built in screen
New flight modes like active track and tapflight for greater autonomy and flexibility for single operators

Updated: Rumor Roundup!! November 15th, 2016

For those of you who haven’t kept up on the rumors swirling around the inspire 2 release, here’s a quick outline of what we expect to see today…

1) New Battery- This is nearly a sure thing. The new inspire will not be compatible with your current pile of inspire batteries, but on the bright side its expected to offer a nearly doubled flight time in the 35-40 minute range.

2) New cameras- also nearly a sure thing. Expect compatibility with the old camera systems as well as new systems with greater resolution, bigger sensors and optional lenses.

3) Ocu-Sync – This appears to be replacing Lightbridge across the DJI line. The technology behind it is very impressive and borrows heavily from military grade UAV technology. We should see the same 5 mile range and HD video feed that Mavic promises.

4) Pilot Camera – a fixed forward facing FPV camera to enhance dual operator capability. This is not a sure thing but has been widely speculated, since the advantages are significant.

Feel free to comment below if you’ve heard of something else, and check back with us during the event for analysis and commentary

Updated: LAUNCH!! November 15th, 2016

Today is the day we have been waiting for! We will find out the answers to our questions and whether or not DJI listened to our Wishlist!

We will be posting here after the event to break down what DJI released and to provide commentary on our initial impressions.

If you are looking for where to Live Stream the event, head over to the DJI YouTube Channel here: Live Stream

The event will likely be live a little before 11:30PST.

We hope to see you there, and feel free to leave comments below as you watch the event so that we can all follow along together!

Update: November 3rd, 2016

By now the rumors are spreading like wild fire…there appears to be a launch event schedule in LA for what could be the new DJI Inspire 2.

We are still waiting to see what will be included in the updated version of DJI’s flagship UAV. Many are speculating that major advancements in battery technology will propel this player to new flight times, operational capabilities, and by default, new industries.

From pictures we have been seeing (which typically are somewhat accurate this close to a launch) the battery may in fact be seeing a major redesign. For all of you out there with piles of old Inspire 1 batteries, may be time to start unloading now.

We will keep you updated as we learn more of the launch! Keep checking in, and make sure to join our DJI Inspire 2 Facebook Group!

Update: August 24, 2016

We are getting close to the release folks. Many are thinking any day, but we happened to have a conversation with a former DJI employee the other week who indicated that it may be closer to the end of the year before we see the release. At this point, it makes sense that DJI would release the new Inspire 2 in time for the Holidays. But then again, we shall see.

The other update we received from our contact was that the upgrades are likely to be somewhat limited, but will definitely include an FPV camera for true dual-operator. More to come as things develop!

Update: 05/31/2016

It is now becoming very apparent that the DJI Inspire 2 is on its way.  We expect to see it within a month and a half or so.  Recently, DJI slashed the prices on the Inspire 1 and Inspire 1 Pro UAVs on their website.  If the Phantom 4 reveal is any indication, the next evolution of the Inspire should be on its way soon.

As far as design rumors.  We have heard that many of the parts of the original Inspire will stay the same.  Most all of the carbon fiber parts should stay how they are currently.  The rumor mill has stated that the Inspire 2 will likely have a new nose (to accommodate a forward facing camera)

Obviously, a true dual operator setup will be the biggest upgrade.  But we remain optimistic to see what other design improvements there will be.  It is very likely that similar sense-and-avoid technology will be integrated into this design, much like the Phantom 4.  Keep checking in back here as we will be updating as often as we hear more information.

Have some insider info?  Email us at and we will update this post!

DJI Inspire 2 Wishlist

It’s been nearly a year since DJI released the Inspire 1. After being on the market for almost a year, it has completely lived up to its hype and more. There have been a few upgrades to it along the way, including the Zenmsue X5 series cameras and the Inspire Pro version. But all these upgrades are more or less still built on the same Inspire 1 design we know and trust.

There is quite a bit of praise behind the Inspire 1, but there are still important features that could be added. Here is our list of features and modifications we would like to see in the DJI Inspire 2.


DJI’s newest Inspire model, the Inspire 1 Pro. The Inspire 1 Pro has the upgraded X5 series camera.

1. True Dual Operator

The original Inspire broke ground by having a RTF (ready to fly) platform that effortlessly provided dual operator. There was no need for complicated video transmitting and receiving installations or monitor problems. Dual operator was at your fingertips, built right into the DJI Go App.

But what it lacked was a “true” dual operator setup. For dual operator to be entirely effective, it requires two cameras. One for the filming camera, and a FPV camera for the pilot. Right now, Inspire pilots can usually get away with the single camera system by flying with confident line of sight, or wide open terrain and still allowing the camera operator full control. But any time that the flying gets a little hairy, then the single camera setup is almost pointless. It is pretty hard to fly though trees, around structures, or maintain good distance to your filming subject while your camera operator has full control.

It’s pretty certain that DJI left this critical feature out on purpose. It’s the same way Canon doesn’t make that one camera that does everything. They are creating a marketing strategy that has efficient longevity. We are fairly confident a FPV camera will be on the DJI Inspire 2 and can’t wait!

#1 on our Wishlist for the DJI Inspire 2 is a true dual operator setup.


Our friends over at Heliguy make an Inspire 1 FPV upgrade. It is very affordable and is independent of the original Inspire equipment. Works as a great add-on for operators wanting true dual operator.

2.Interchangeable Payloads

It’s hard to believe that DJI is going to allow third party cameras and accessories on the Inspire or Phantom series. But this would be an incredible capability. For our company, it would allow us to use a single platform for a multitude of applications. For filming, throw the X5 or X5R on. For industrial applications, we can throw a Flir and corresponding gimbal on the same drone. There are ways around this, adding third party gimbals and cameras on the battery bay with its own power system, but this is very less than ideal.

This idea probably doesn’t sit so well with DJI’s marketing team. Having proprietary cameras means users have to buy more drones and gear to provide more services. This does sit at #2 on the wishlist, but debatably is more important to us than having true dual operator. Hopefully in the future we can see an interchangeable system of some sort.


The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are the current proprietary cameras for the Inspire 1 Pro.

3. Trustworthy Batteries

It is easy to ask for more battery life, but until major shifts in tech occur, we are still limited by what battery technology can give us. That being the case, it would be very convenient to have more reliable batteries.

I know DJI’s Intelligent batteries have come a long way for RC enthusiasts. Especially in comparison to “dumb” batteries. All the headaches of charging and discharging precisely are almost taken care of for us. There was a certain amount of education you needed to have in order just to maintain and operate batteries. Intelligent batteries take care of nearly all of these headaches.

But what I would like to see for future DJI Inspire 2 batteries is more dependability. There are thousands of accounts of pilots having the all too common major drop in battery life. Example, flying around at 80% and instantly the battery drops to 3% and starts a landing sequence. Most of this is operator error, of course. The operator should have charged these to 100% right before flying instead of leaving them charged for two weeks. They also should have topped it off right before flying. But it would be nice to have a more trustworthy battery system for the DJI Inspire 2.

The hope for more dependable batteries might be outside the scope of what battery technology is even capable of, but makes for a good wish at #3 for our Inspire 2 Wishlist.

4.Collapsible Arms and Props

There is always one thing that the Phantom 3 will always have over the Inspire – Portability.

The Phantom is so easy to throw on a backpack, simply because of its size. The Inspire 1 does have travel mode and the propellers can be taken off, but still doesn’t decrease its planform by any significant margin. It would be nice to have collapsable arms and even foldable propellers so strapping it to a backpack, or even inside a backpack, is less of an undertaking.

Most of this wish is for airline travel. I really dislike checking my multirotors, even if they are in a hard sided case. I worked for an airline while going to college and know exactly how disrespected checked bags are. It would be extremely nice to collapse the Inspire 2 down enough to where I can fit it in a carry on. Is this pretty wishful thinking? – Yes. But a guy can dream, can’t he? ;).

Right now the Freefly Alta is my favorite folding multirotor. It can be set up in as little as 5 minutes but breaks down to a surprisingly small size.


The Freefly Alta folded down to 33% of its flying diameter. Photo courtesy of Quadrocopter.

5. More Camera Options

While in the air, it would be nice to switch between camera presets instantly. Just a few presets to switch between video resolutions and frame rates on the spot would be a huge advantage. Or between photo settings that you know and trust. It’s not particularly hard to switch settings, but there is precious time in the air, and any reason for me to be more efficient is always appreciated.

There NEEDS to be an option to take pictures while shooting video. This is one of the rare pros that GoPro users have. If you could video with a picture taken every 5 seconds or so, even operate a manual shutter while filming, that would be key. There is the always the option to take screen grabs, especially if you’re shooting in 4K. But this is less ideal and not nearly the same product.


Screenshot of the DJI Go App. Changing settings is fairly easy with a touch screen, but would be much more convenient to have a list of presets right above the Menu button.

DJI Inspire 2 Conclusion

A lot of these aren’t entirely possibly, at least in a single upgrade. However, with the announcement of Lightbridge 2 and its dual video transmitting abilities, true dual operator is almost a guarantee in the DJI Inspire 2.

Anything else you want in the new DJI Inspire 2? Let us know in the comments!




About the Author

Jordan Rising

Jordan is a licensed commercial helicopter pilot, an experienced drone operator, and in his free time he flies wing suits off cliffs. He knows an awful lot about flight!