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The New Standard — Inspire 3

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

The Inspire 3, a professional camera drone, introduces a sleek and aerodynamically optimized design to minimize air resistance. After an eagerly awaited year, DJI finally unveiled the Inspire 3 drone in April 2023. This cutting-edge device boasts the Zenmuse X9-8K Air unit, the core of its capabilities. The Zenmuse X9-8K Air camera system, featuring a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized 8.1K full-frame sensor, can capture footage in various formats, including 8K at 75fps in ProRes RAW, 8K at 25fps in CinemaDNG, and 4K at 120fps for slow-motion sequences. DJI claims an impressive dynamic range of 14+ stops.


Video Production Drone


Improving upon its predecessor, the Inspire 2, the DJI Inspire 3 drone meets the evolving demands of film and television producers, providing filmmakers with the tools to capture exceptional and creative content. Key enhancements include the X9-8K Air camera, a customizable obstacle avoidance system, centimeter-level RTK accuracy, and tracking capabilities for precise and repeatable shots. It boasts a maximum dive s


peed of 10 m/s and an improved vertical ascend/descend speed of 8 m/s. This enhanced maneuverability offers precise control and an extended flight time of up to 28 minutes. At the forefront of aerial cinematography, the DJI Inspire 3 delivers unmatched workflow efficiency, camera versatility, and creative freedom, making it the go-to choice for professional filmmakers.


All-in-One Drone Cinematography Solution


While smaller DJI drones have become more capable, and larger units are designed primarily to support dedicated cameras, the release of the Inspire 3 in April marked a return to a truly professional, all-in-one solution. Regarding photography, the DJI Inspire 3's camera can capture 45-megapixel 3:2 aspect ratio images, available in JPEG and RAW (DNG) formats. This allows users to utilize their preferred photo editing software for image processing.




Double The Field of View



The Inspire 3 also includes a new 1/1.8-inch sensor FPV camera with a 3μm pixel pitch, an expansive 161° field of view, and the ability to transmit live feeds at up to 1080p/60fps. This represents nearly double the field of view compared to its predecessor, enabling clear visibility, even at night, for enhanced flight safety. The built-in front and rear stacked ceramic antennas with anti-magnetic interference properties further enhance flight accuracy and safety.


Cost-Effective Video Production Drone


In terms of cost-effectiveness, the Inspire 3 offers an attractive option for filmmakers. With modern cameras rivaling the capabilities of heavy-lift drones, the Inspire 3's lower price point allows users to gain valuable experience in electronic technology.


Moreover, its smaller size and integrated systems from DJI make it a safer alternative to heavy-lift drones. The Inspire 3 incorporates nine visual sensors to detect obstacles in all directions, ensuring safe flight. Additionally, fisheye cameras on each landing arm help avoid obstructions when the landing gear is raised and provide horizontal obstacle sensing when the gear is lowered. Users can customize obstacle detection settings for various scenarios, enhancing safety and control.


DJI RC Plus Professional Controller


The DJI RC Plus professional controller accompanies the Inspire 3, featuring a built-in 7-inch 1,200-nit display, customizable buttons and dials, and HDMI output. The controller includes a built-in battery with approximately 3.3 hours of runtime, extendable to 6 hours with an external WB37 battery, and supports battery hot-swapping. The new DJI Pilot 2 app enhances monitoring capabilities for exposure, video specifications, focal length, and gimbal angle. With the ability for two remote controllers to receive live feeds and independently control the Inspire 3, both the pilot and gimbal operator can work from different positions on set, overcoming the limitations of the Inspire 2.



Visual Effects (VFX) Cinematography Drone


DJI has introduced a groundbreaking feature in the field of camera drones—Visual Effects (VFX). Visual effects involve the creation or manipulation of imagery outside of live-action shots in filmmaking and video production, including integrating live-action footage with CGI elements to achieve realistic results.



User Friendly Drone for Film and Video Production


The DJI Inspire 3 camera drone is user-friendly and suitable for beginners. Its camera settings are tool-free and quick to configure. The DJI Mini 3, on the other hand, is an excellent choice for first-time drone buyers, offering compactness, ease of flight, and an impressive 51-minute flight time. It can capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, thanks to its 1/1.3-inch sensor with dual-native ISO for exceptional low-light performance. Safety features, including obstacle sensors and a manageable size and weight, make it unnecessary to invest in more expensive, heavy-lift camera drones for video production.


The Inspire 3 streamlines production with its efficient solutions, reducing downtime and enhancing productivity. Its compact and lightweight design makes it an ideal travel companion, taking up minimal space in a suitcase or backpack. It's essential to adhere to local laws and regulations regarding drone usage, as some countries and places prohibit drone flights. It's advisable not to attempt crossing borders with a drone in restricted areas, but if necessary, having a small, high-quality dro


ne like the Inspire 3 can facilitate fast and discreet aerial photography.


Portable Cinematography Drone


Portability is a crucial consideration for drone users, and a travel drone should be compact or foldable to ensure practicality and convenience. Investing in a drone that's too large and heavy defeats the purpose of having a portable device.


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