July 18, 2016 1 Comment

You obviously know your drones. With the latest release of the Phantom 4 on the market, you are wondering if you should go with the latest and greatest or stick with the true and tested being the DJI Inspire 1 V2.0.  Let's dig into the specs and find out which one is right for you.


Step into the amazing world of drone aviation and you are sure to be bombarded with a diverse range of technologically advanced products. It won’t be long before these products reach the pinnacle of perfection. Manufacturers are converging in from various countries with their innovative version of drones. This often leads to a compulsive confusion while you are trying to buy a drone for yourself. This is a comparative study of two of the best drones available in the market right now, the PHANTOM 4 series and the INSPIRE 1 V2.0 by DJI. Both of these drones emanate a strong visual presence and are technologically superior to various other drones in terms of build quality and performance. Whether it is for professional, commercial or personal use, they are built and designed to amaze you in every way.


DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 vs Phantom 4

Looking at these drones, it is hard to choose which is visually appealing. It would be more of a personal preference than an individual’s opinion. The Phantom 4 has smooth contours and pleasing to look at. It is sure to grab attention but not as jaw dropping as that of the Inspire 1 V2.0. Like a fully faired superbike, the Phantom 4 cruises the skies in a beautiful manner. The Inspire 1 V2.0 however is built more like the naked version of a superbike. Some of its mechanisms are visible on the outside, whereas it is all concealed on the latter. With a mean stance and aggressive composure, the Inspire 1 V2.0 is sure to get the wow factor from everyone when they see it for the first time. But let us remember the fact that both of these drones are technological marvels that can surpass your expectations with their amazing performance in the air and deliver stunning colorful aerial imagery in 4K resolution. The Phantom 4 and the Inspire 1 V2.0 have an obstacle sensing system that uses built in sensors that can help avoid collision with objects in its flight path. With this feature you can easily fly the Phantom 4 indoors without the use of GPS by visually scanning the flight path.


DJI Inpsire 1 in flightWithout the use of cameras on drones, they are of not much use to us. Cameras play a major role in drone aviation and it is one of the key components in any drone these days. Photographers and videographers all around the world have been able to capture spectacular aerial footage with the use of these drones. To see some of the amazing examples, be sure to follow up on Instagram @SpaceCityDrones.  Drone cameras are built with a wide field of view to capture a vast area of the world below. The Phantom 4 comes with a 12 megapixel camera that has a 94° FOV (field of view). It is able to capture videos at 4K resolution at 25 fps which is a nominal performance. But what sets apart the camera in the Phantom 4 is the fact that it can capture Full HD video of 1920 x 1080 videos at 120 fps. You might have seen videos that have been slowed down in QHD but when Full HD videos are slowed down at this rate, the resulting video footage is just flabbergasting. The Inspire 1 V2.0 doesn’t fall short with its camera either. It features a 12 megapixel camera that is also able to capture 4K videos with a similar 94° FOV and click photographs with gorgeous colors and high dynamic range.  A very attractive feature of the Inpsire drone is the fact that the landing gear retract and won't be in the way of the camera. This will allow you to hover is one spot and pan your camera 360 degrees.  Click here to compare the different Inpsire Zenmuse cameras.


The Phantom 4 is powered by a 5350 mAh battery that gives an approximate flight time of 28 minutes. The Inspire 1 V2.0 has two battery options.  The TB47 and the TB48.   The TB47 is powered by a modest 4500 mAh battery that gives a total flight time of 18 minutes. However the voltage value of the 4500 mAh battery is 22.2V whereas the 5350 mAh battery is just 15.2V.  The TB48 will cost you $40 more but you will get 22 minutes of flight time.


Both these drones use a 3-axis gimbal system that gives that unprecedented stability while shooting even in windy conditions. Stabilization is of utmost importance in drone technology. Constant improvements of the gimbal systems are an ongoing process even today. The Inspire 1 V2.0 uses the latest Zenmuse X3 gimbal system that is quite simply one of the most advanced gimbal systems today. The Phantom 4 series does not fall back on this feature either. Since the Phantom 4’s body is designed for high speed flight, it uses a sophisticated gimbal system that keeps the concentration of mass towards the center of the drone to aid in faster flights.


Remote Controllers for the DJI Inspire and Phantom 4The remote controllers in both these drones are sophisticated marvels in their own rights. They feature dedicated controls for both aerial photography and videography. The contours are perfectly designed to be held for longer periods of time. They are built to last even in challenging weather conditions and keep it protected from dust and water. High definition videos at 720p are directly streamed to the remote controller’s display units, so you get to see what the camera sees. This gives a clear view of the drone and helps you compose the views exactly the way you want.


In conclusion, both these drones are perfect examples of technological marvels. They are outstanding in performance and dominate on their own leagues. The Phantom 4 is more on the softer side of things and is perfectly suited for use by everyday usage under standard conditions. Even if it is for personal use, it is still easy to fly with the simplest of inputs. It still remains as one of the sophisticated drones available in the market but it is quite easy to fly. The Inspire 1 V2.0 is also easy to fly however it is more robustly built to withstand even the harshest of flying conditions and can also be used by the law enforcement departments to have a bird’s eye view of the situation below. Apart from these, the Inspire 1 V2.0 can be used by various other industries such as the film industry, agriculture, chemical and real estate developers.

1 Response

Jack Fisher
Jack Fisher

May 31, 2018

so which one should I buy?

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