DJI Introduces ‘First of Its Kind’ Unmanned Aerial System

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 17, 2014 No Comments
Categories : UAVs

DJI has released the DJI Inspire 1, what the company calls the world's first flying 4K camera designed for aerial use.

CEO Frank Wang calls the new unmanned aerial system a ‘perfect combination of the Phantom and Spreading Wings series.’ The aircraft can ‘take off at the touch of a button while simultaneously giving users fine control of the images they capture,” he explains.

The Inspire 1 4K-resolution camera maintains stability even in strong wind conditions via an integrated three-axis gimbal. It integrates DJI's patented wireless HD transmitter, Lightbridge, and comes with a fully redesigned mobile app that runs across both iOS and Android devices, broadcasting 1080p video at a distance of 1.7 km.

‘The Inspire 1 is truly a first-of-its-kind product that we see easily fitting into the toolbox of professionals across a variety of industries while still being able to capture outstanding images for creative and hobby use,’ says Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging.

With the touch of a button, DJI says, the Inspire 1 takes off and will transform itself into a ‘V’ position, allowing pilots to capture images from any angle. Similarly, the revamped ‘dynamic home point’ function enables pilots to ensure their unit always knows where they are and can return to them safely.

During flight, the platform stabilizes itself using a downward facing ‘Optical Flow’ camera that uses a stereoscopic image of the ground to ensure it does not drift, even when flying indoors or without GPS.

The DJI Inspire 1 also comes with a brand-new six-cell battery, enabling it to spend up to 18 minutes in the air. Pilots will be able to monitor each cell's strength through the app to ensure a safe flight, in addition to DJI's automatic landing function in the case of a low battery.

Additional features include the following: dual-operator control; gimbal and camera settings control integrated into the remote controller; a 94-degree field-of-view camera limiting lens distortion; a larger, more versatile sensor allowing for better low-light performance; and improved motors, propeller design, flight controller and electronic speed controllers to provide more finely tuned flight controls.

The DJI Inspire 1 is available for pre-order through the DJI website and from authorized dealers worldwide for an MSRP to be confirmed on launch day.

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