Flying 4K Camera Expands Aerial Capture
November 20, 2014

Flying 4K Camera Expands Aerial Capture

SAN FRANCISCO   – DJI, a global leader in aerial photography and cinematography platforms, has introduced the DJI Inspire 1, likely the first flying 4K camera that offers midair transformation as well as a built-in wireless HD video transmitter, stabilization indoors without GPS and more camera control.

This tool bridges DJI’s consumer and professional products that are the aerial platforms of choice for professional photographers and cinematographers worldwide. 

“We see this as the perfect combination of the Phantom and Spreading Wings series, being able to take off at the touch of a button while simultaneously giving users fine control of the images they capture,” said Frank Wang, DJI’s CEO.

In addition to incorporating a groundbreaking 4K aerial camera, the Inspire 1 camera maintains stability even in strong wind conditions via an integrated 3-axis gimbal. 

The Inspire 1 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 1.7km. 

“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 to capture outstanding images for creative and hobby use,” said Eric Cheng, Director of Aerial Imaging.

With the touch of a button, 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 6-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 safe flight, in addition to DJI’s signature automatic landing function in the case of low battery. 

The DJI Inspire 1 is available for pre-order through the DJI website.