The DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 is a high-grade camera-equipped drone with some real capabilities. It relies upon a GPS system that utilizes spatial awareness to maintain position in windy conditions, compensates for pilot error, and even brings it on home in the event of signal loss. For places where GPS dare not tread, “indoor” mode uses Vision Positioning technology to provide stability and control. Able to shoot 4k video and 12-megapixel stills, the stabilized 3-axis gimbal keeps shots steady and smooth. To open up the full visual range, the Inspire 1 V2.0 has retractable landing gear, a feature gaining more traction with the makers of serious camera drones. It comes with a 2.4 gigahertz transmitter but another one can be added to accommodate a dedicated camera/gimbal controller. The transmitter can even be customized to suit the operator’s personal proclivities.
The wily drone has proven itself a boon to law enforcement. Far beyond its unquestioned ability to get into dangerous places and effectively survey the situation, it has shown an even greater capacity at facilitating lawlessness, which equals job security. Near misses at airports and suspended fire-combating flights have now taken the back seat to contraband delivery over prison walls. Smartphones, chargers and drugs have been the main interest so far, but as drones get less expensive and more able to carry heftier payloads, this will doubtless change. In 2015 there were 33 recorded attempts to smuggle contraband into UK prisons compared to 2 attempts in 2014. A controversial Dutch program is reputedly training eagles to counter the robotic drone menace, though some point out that the high-speed spinning blades might make short work of that particular solution.
Of course, any good smuggling operation demands an exceptional FPV flier, with minimal signal decay and lag as well as maximum speed and payload capacity. While the majority of drones causing the Brits headaches are of the DJI Phantom pedigree, there are some others that could ratchet up the stakes considerably. The workhorse Walkera QR X900 is a hexcopter that can carry a 22-lb. payload and even has a parachute for surviving eagle assaults. The Thunder Tiger Robotix Ghost has FPV range of 1000 meters and can stay aloft for 25 minutes.
The battery does not work...takes time to assemble. After going through everything, discovering that the battery does not charge and is flawed is very disappointing.
Flights are stable when locked on to GPS...It is very easy to fly...Great product and great aerial platform.
When it works it is great. Good 4K smooth video. Easy to fly. However, when you encounter a problem, you are on your own. Don't expect any support from DJI.
DJI's documentation is absolutely useless. There aren't any troubleshooting guides...Performed very well. It was stable and predictable at very low altitude.
Amazing piece of machinery...Its simply awesome...If you want something that is small and extremely portable this is not your drone.
DJI mechanical/electronic design is first class, DJI firmware and system quality control is non-existent, DJI customer support is mostly worthless.
Video stabilization is impeccable. The video you do get is going to be smooth as silk...Photos are 12MP but very noisy and over compressed.
Big, heavy, complicated and with the big price tag, not the best drone for a beginner. If you crash and hit something, its really going to hurt!
Its an absolute blast to fly and has great video too. Not for the amateur hobbyist - the unit requires frequent firmware updates and care!