It’s easier than ever to incorporate drone video into your productions. With the recent changes to drone laws and hugely capable smaller drones such as the DJI Mavic 2 Pro what once took a dedicated team can now be integrated into your everyday filming kit. This has made standing out from the crowd harder than ever. As drone shots have become more common, they have lost some of their “wow” factor. This is where Inspire 2 hire can help you out.

The DJI Inspire 2 is a beast of a drone, in a completely different class to the Mavic and other similar drones. It has been used in everything from commercial shots to iconic Hollywood movies (check out the video below). Its key unique selling point is its super high quality camera that is able to be independently controlled from the flight of the drone itself. We’ll run through these abilities in more detail below to help you understand how Inspire 2 hire can take your production to the next level!

This iconic shot from “The Greatest Showman” was achieved with an Inspire 2 by John Graham

The Camera

One of the biggest differences to other DJI drones is the camera. The entire gimbal is interchangeable, with three different cameras able to be fitted: the X4, X5s and X7. For filming, the only two that are relevant are the X5s and the X7. These cameras both have interchangeable lenses, with the X5s being a micro 4/3rds sensor and the X7 being s35 sized.

With both the X5s and X7 the Inspire 2 is capable of recording RAW and ProRes footage to its integral SSD. The X5s tops out at 5.2k DNG RAW, while the X7 is capable of 6k DNG RAW. This means the footage from the Inspire 2 has far more latitude for alterations in post and matches far closer with cameras such as the Arri Alexa mini. This is one of the reasons why the Inspire 2 is super popular for capturing VFX plates.

Dual Operation

The Inspire 2 is designed from the ground up for dual operators. This is where one person focuses on flying the drone, while another focuses purely on getting the shots with the camera and gimbal combo. This allows for getting far more complex shots than is possible with a drone such as the Mavic 2, especially when operating in close proximity to objects or at high speeds. The Inspire 2 has also been used widely in broadcast as it has the capability to output high quality video over SDI or HDMI from the 2nd controller.

Speed, airframe, and batteries

The Inspire 2 is a much larger airframe than the Mavic 2 or similar. This is an unavoidable side effect of having to carry the heavier and larger gimbal needed to capture its higher quality output. It is much, much smaller than a heavy lift drone such as the Alta X which is the only alternative for getting such high quality. It also is much more powerful, and in sport mode is capable of hitting 70mph. This larger size does mean that it can’t be flown under an A2CofC, it requires a GVC or PfCO grandfather rights to operate within 150m of people.

The dual TB50 batteries used by the Inspire 2 offer it a level of redundancy in flight as well as longer flight times, while also remaining capable of being taken on commercial flights (remember those?) with minimal hassle. The TB50’s also have many other uses, being used in the DJI Ronin 2 Gimbal as well as with the Freefly Movi Pro with an adaptor.

Inspire 2 hire from Cinehire

Hopefully, this post has given you a bit of insight into why the Inspire 2 is such a fantastic platform. At Cinehire we are able to rent out the Inspire 2 as a complete package, as well as having individual components such as the batteries, gimbal, and SSD available for dry hire as well. Please be aware that for renting the Inspire 2 we will require proof of insurance plus you need to have some experience flying drones. If you don’t, that is not a problem as we can also provide fully qualified, highly experienced pilots and camera operators as well to fit your requirements through our sister company DGTL Concepts.