DJI upped the ante on top-tier RC aerial photography with the new T600 Inspire 1 quadcopter with 4K UHD camera. The white, shiny canopy, black blades, swiveling T-arm motor mounts and UHD camera “pod” impart a Star Wars look that is matched by cutting-edge flight controller firmware and best-in-class FPV.
The complete feeling of trust instilled by the T600’s smooth controls and orientation technology lets any pilot focus less on flying and more on selecting the best shots and angles from the FC350 camera. Live HD video is viewed on any smartphone held securely on the transmitter. Optical Flow technology and the advanced ZENMUSE gimbal produce exactly centered, silky smooth pans and fly-bys on the first try.
- The DJI T600 Inspire 1 mechanical and firmware features ensure the smoothest, most reliable flying of any quadcopter.
- The camera produces footage and stills equal to any handheld high-end camera.
- Footage is clean and steady even in dim light and breezy conditions.
- Despite the machine’s size, it easily produces 15+ minutes of flight time with high altitudes and long ranges.
- Inexplicably, DJI has made this quadcopter difficult to start via a tricky button/timing arming sequence that requires practice.
- The gimbal tilt control is a tiny rotating button. It is overly sensitive and often results in overcompensation.
The DJI Inspire 1 requires minimal setup to initialize and be ready for its first flight.
It has dedicated buttons for photo/video capture and gimbal control. With a second transmitter, one person can pilot the quadcopter while the second person controls camera angles.
What’s in the Box
• Inspire 1 Quadcopter
• ZENMUSE X3 gimbal
• DJI FC350 12MP camera
• Battery and charger
• Smartphone holder
• 4 spare props
|Dimensions and weight||44x45x30cm and 2.9kg|
|Battery||5700mah 22.8V LiPo|
|Camera||FC350 with 94 degree FoV, f/2.8 with anti-distortion and UV filters|
|Movie modes||UHD/24-25fps, FHD/24-30fps, HD/24-60fps
|Movie format||MP4 or MOV|
|Still modes||Burst at 3-7 fps, 3-5 bracketing and time lapse|
|Memory||micro SD/SDHC/SDXC up to 64GB|
|Flight modes||GPS Mode, Attitude A Mode, IOC F Mode|
|GPS accuracy||0.5m vertical and 2.5m horizontal|
|Maximum flight time||18 minutes|
What Buyers Are Saying
As tempting as it may be, first-time RC pilots should practice on something else, especially considering that you would be risking a nearly $3000 machine. Despite controls that are smooth and responsive, experienced pilots rate this quadcopter as for intermediate flying skills.
Once in the air, reviewers are awed by the natural feel of the controls and how steady this bird is. Movies, even by first-time flyers, are buttery smooth and crisp. One DJI Inspire 1 review noted that the craft was hit by another RC aircraft during filming, but this collision produced not even a shudder in the final video. Many buyers are very pleased that the Inspire 1 flies easily in breezes up to 30kph.
The controller displays far more than the usual array of telemetry and alerts. If there is a negative to this, it is that this more complex “cockpit” can take time for to absorb during the first few flights.
Rating and Conclusion
Despite apparent hype leading up to the release of the DJI Inspire 1, it seems to have exceeded even those heightened expectations. This aircraft is worthy of praise from professional aerial photographers and well-seasoned pilots. Although the price tag is daunting for the majority of RC enthusiasts, given the capabilities of this machine, you get what you pay for and then some.