One of the more eye catching highlights of CES this year was the launch of a 4K drone by chinese manufacturer DJI, best known for the Phantom quadcopter.

The Inspire 1 drone is designed specifically for filmmakers and at around £2,000 isn’t the cheapest drone on the market, but it does boast some eyecatching features and is clear capable of producing some amazing images.

DGI claims the Inspire 1 is the world’s most advanced drone and will re-define aerial filming, and it has hired the services of filmmaker Philip Bloom to explain why.

As Philip points out it has a unique carbon fibre architecture which can be moved out of the way to give an unobstructed 360 degree view.

It’s camera shoots 4K video at 24, 25 and 30fps and HD at 24, 25, 30 50 and 60fps.

The camera can be upgraded and is supported by three axis gimbal technology.

DJI says the drone can fly indoor, can hover with good stability and  is easy to control. It also can display HD footage at a range of 1km so that you can view rushes as you shoot them.

DJI’s Michael Perry commented at CES: "The Inspire 1 has a 4K camera on board for really high-resolution images.”

“It has a retractable leg design so that while it’s in the air, the camera can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to have a lot more control of the image while you’re in flight.”

“You also have a two operator set up. One person operates the platform. Another person can operate the gimbal. You can also operate everything by a single operator but sometimes you want a little more control over the image while it’s flying." 

The Inspire 1 has a maximum flight time of around 18 minutes and can reach an altitude of up to 4,500 metres.

DJI has also released a video of its latest product releases at CES.


David Wood

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