Successor to the Phantom 1, the DJI Inspire 1 drone boasts a wealth of new features for drone-based video and image recording

DJI Inspire 1

The DJI Inspire 1 features transforming carbon fibre arms that fold up after takeoff, granting the camera an unrestricted 360º view of what’s beneath it.

The Inspire 1’s camera can shoot 4K video at 30 fps and capture 12-million-pixel images on its 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. it is equipped with a lens consisting of nine elements in nine groups, and supports Adobe DNG Raw format.

DJI Inspire cameraImage: The camera that sits on the bottom of the DJI Inspire 1

A full mobile app also allows amateur drone pilots to take control of both drone flight and camera functions, using the mobile screen for live view.

It is also possible to split these functions between dual operator controls, allowing two people to concentrate on the separate functions.

DJI Inspire appImage: The app screen, including flight details, camera controls and a route map

This transformation can be activated with a single button press, thereby switching the Inspire 1 between takeoff/landing and flight modes.

The Inspire 1 also features GPS and an ‘Optical Flow’ positioning system that functions when GPS is unavailable, allowing the drone to be used indoors.

This system also monitors how close the drone is to the ground, and will lower the landing gear if it deems it to be necessary.

A selection of promotional videos are available to view on the DJI Youtube channel, including a complete 45-minute recording of yesterday’s launch.

The Inspire 1 is set to cost $2800. See the official product page for more information.

If you’re tempted by the thought of drone photography, be sure to check our guide to the rules and regulations.