It’s been almost six and a half years since DJI announced the DJI Inspire 2 drone. Now it looks like we’re finally going to see its successor. The company hasn’t said much about the new drone, presumably called the DJI Inspire 3, although they have posted a teaser on their website. It talks about the origins of flight from the world’s first hot air balloon flight in 1858 leading up to the modern creator’s aerial needs.
Interestingly, the trailer page talks about the introduction of the DJI Inspire 1 back in 2014, but it doesn’t mention the Inspire 2 at all. However, the silhouette in the image at the top of the page is clearly that of an Inspire-style drone. The “Inspiration Arrives” slogan is also a pretty big hint. Exactly what features it will offer are unknown, but what is known is that it’s coming on April 13th.
The original DJI Inspire was released back in 2014 to a lot of fanfare. At the time, DJI said that it brought together the company’s most advanced technology to provide a top tier cinematic aerial platform. It offered 4K video, live streaming of the camera’s view in a whopping 720p HD resolution, and legs that lifted up out of the way of the camera, allowing for a full 360-degree view around the drone.
Only two years later, in 2016, DJI announced the DJI Inspire 2. The new update offered longer battery life, a darker and duller surface finish to prevent light from reflecting onto the scene being filmed, and more speed, flying through the air at up to 65mph. It also introduced obstacle avoidance into the Inspire series, which the original DJI Inspire did not have.
Exactly how the DJI Inspire 3 will improve on the Inspire 2 remains to be since. But since the Inspire 2 was released, we’ve seen a lot of improvement in DJI’s other drones, with several of them able to replace the Inspire 2 in certain situations at a much lower price point. So, I expect the Inspire 3 will be very impressive. I also expect it’ll have a price tag to match, too. The Inspire 2 was significantly more expensive than the original Inspire at its launch. I expect we’ll see the same thing again.
What else we can expect, though… Short of any early leaks, we’ll have to wait until April 13th to find out.