A Closer Look at the DJI Inspire 2 – 25min RAW Airtime and Faster Data Offload

The unveiling of the DJI Inspire 2 yesterday took us all by surprise. This new professional camera drone offers a plethora of features and impressive specs. At Inter BEE 2016 in Japan we had a chance to look at the new DJI Inspire 2, and found out a few more tidbits like information regarding the improved RAW offload speed.

In a nutshell, the DJI Inspire 2 offers a 5K RAW camera that also includes Apple ProRes and H.265 codecs, obstacle detection, an additional front-facing camera for navigation, an interchangeable lens system, higher speeds, redundant systems, increased flight time and more.

DJI Inspire 2 at Inter BEE 2016

Taketoshi Kumada from DJI Japan, an experienced Inspire 1 user, had the chance to fly with the new drone, and what seems to have impressed him most is the overall more advanced flying experience with the DJI Inspire 2. In comparison, he says the new drone now really stays in the air with its new vision positioning system. Kumada could only use the Inspire 2 indoors, but he describes the experience as fantastic.

DJI Inspire 2 SSD Slot

Interesting for many will probably be the battery flight times he reports about. As I can confirm, the Inspire 1 with the Zenmuse X5R RAW camera had an air time of a mere 10-12 minutes on a single charge. In comparison, Kumada claims, that same Zenmuse X5S RAW camera on the new Inspire 2 gets you 25 minutes in the air. That’s impressive.

Another very important piece of information for me as a shooter is the offload time Kumada talked about. This is still one of the main problems on the DJI Inspire 1 RAW: offloading a full 512gb magazine could take up to 5 hours, and the lack of an option to delete individual clips meant you were sometimes stuck offloading for hours until you could resume flying. It seems like this issue has been resolved with the introduction of the onboard CineCore 2.0 system that stores all files in a readable format on the SSD and lets you use them like any other external hard drive.

I’m yet to find anything I don’t like about this drone, besides the fact that a failsafe algorithm for single propeller damage is obviously missing on this quadcopter design. Other than that, I’m impatiently waiting to test this cinema camera / drone marvel soon.

The DJI Inspire 2 is available for pre-order now. The basic version will cost around $3600, while the Zenmuse X5S (RAW) version will set you back by about $6,000.

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 Richard Van Den Boogaard Reply
Richard Van Den Boogaard November 17, 2016

5 Hours to offliad 512GB? Did they have a USB 2 connection or sth? How fast is it now?

Also, I guess you need to hold off purchase until it’s been in the market for a few months. It’ll come down.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber November 17, 2016

Nom, the problem was that they had RAW disk data on the SSD and it needed to be encoded into .dng’s one by one via a very bad and buggy software. That’s why it took so long to offload.

Luuk de Kok Reply
Luuk de Kok November 17, 2016

The 6k for the RAW version is nice, however you can’t use the RAW in the camera unless you buy the CineSSD’s and CineSSD Reader.
Basically, you need to spend another 1100 $ before you can record 15 minutes of RAW and load it into your editing station.
So basically if you want the RAW package the set will set you back around 7000$, not 6000.
oh, and if you’re in Europe, the same kit costs around 8000 euro! thats roughly 8500$…… always lame to see these prices go up when you’r in Europe…

But still, amazing drone and still a very competitive price, even if you add up all the extra’s!

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Tim Naylor Naylor November 17, 2016

Can you drag and drop your files now? The offload protocol for the X5R really made it impractical for pro use. We used them on a recent job and at certain point gave up on the RAW record because of the data backlog. A real nightmare that wasn’t thought out and never should have been sold in that state. Pro Rez sounds great. As long as you can drag and drop without having to use DJI’s off software it should be good. Let’s hope.

Luuk de Kok Reply
Luuk de Kok November 17, 2016

Looks like it been figured out!
Sebastian wrote this in the article:

“Another very important piece of information for me as a shooter is the offload time Kumada talked about. This is still one of the main problems on the DJI Inspire 1 RAW: offloading a full 512gb magazine could take up to 5 hours, and the lack of an option to delete individual clips meant you were sometimes stuck offloading for hours until you could resume flying. It seems like this issue has been resolved with the introduction of the onboard CineCore 2.0 system that stores all files in a readable format on the SSD and lets you use them like any other external hard drive.”