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I have an Inspire 1: why should I upgrade to Inspire 2?
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Mike-the-cat
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Should I upgrade? Here's a guide

From Inspire Raw: Yes if you
Want greater stability in flight in windy conditions; want to risk flying in tight confined environments, terrain hugging flight
Want to make complex aircraft and camera moves with single operator with confidence  (Spotlight Pro in particular)
Want greater crash protection
(gains in video quality accrue mainly from these two points - not so much IQ but the greate ease in achieving stability and complexity of shots)
Benefit from direct conversion to ProRes instead of having to convert from Raw
Benefit from greater flight time for each set of batteries

From Inspire Raw: No if you
Want significant gain in image quality for 'straight' shots
Want better output for still images
Work from Raw .DNG video primarily and don't need instant ProRes conversionNeed functionality of XT or Z3 cameras
Are already making good use of your set up.

From Inspire Pro: Yes if you
All points from Inspire Raw Yes plus:
Want a step up in video image quality and have the computing power to digest all the data

From Inspire Pro: No if you
Need the aircraft mainly for stills work in normal flight situations (real estate / simple survey) Stills Raw already exists.
Need functionality of XT or Z3 cameras

From Inspire 1 X3: Yes if you
All points from Inspire Raw Yes plus:
Want a step up in video image quality and benefit from interchangable lenses

Have the computing power to digest all the data
Portability is not an issue (if yes, get a P4P)

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RichJ53
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Hi MTC

These are the reasons that I am considering the new I2
First, How about want the latest drone technology and new warranty coverage.
2) More power and speed for filming in tough conditions.
3)Better range and dual radio frequency for HD streaming.
4)Redundancy of all main control systems.
5) Metal parts are stronger
6) better camera processing capabilities
7) Looks cool  
8) Donnie doesn't have one yet  


All the best

Rich
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Mike-the-cat
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RichJ53 Posted at 2017-1-12 21:21
Hi MTC

These are the reasons that I am considering the new I2

Hi Rich - Cmon we know why you want the newest and best .....

The dual band radio is good but I think they've also taken out the hack for the higher channels in the ISM band that some of us use on the 2.4GHz spectrum. This is a negative but looks like that's a regulatory thing.

5.8GHz isn't permitted in some countries for reasons that don't make sense to me but I guess in the US, 2.4GHz is like swamped to death. So that's a positive to have.

The best range with any DJI transmitter to date I've gotten is with the Mavic.

For some reason, the signal coding on that platform isn't used in the LB2 class systems in P4P and I2. Maybe one day DJI will tell us why.

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There's a good comparison here which has the I1 Pro, I1 RAW and I2 facing off - https://www.heliguy.com/blog/201 ... -inspire-1-pro-raw/

Having seen what the Inspire 2 can do - pay the extra money and get the I2 with X5S.

The camera really is exceptional.

Plus then you won't want to upgrade again in a few months, like you might do if you purchased the I1 RAW tomorrow.
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Skyclip
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Hey Mike!

As always, it depends on what you need it for and personal taste ;-)

I can tell you my perspective why i didnt upgrade to Inspire 2:

From Inspire Raw: Yes if you
Want greater stability in flight in windy conditions; want to risk flying in tight confined environments, terrain hugging flight
My I1 is rock solid, if winds geht so strong that the Drone "banks" hefty to hold position i dont fly. For tight enivronment i use my P4P.
Terrain hugging i tried last summer on a huge lake area, no problem.

Want to make complex aircraft and camera moves with single operator with confidence  (Spotlight Pro in particular)
For really great shots i always go second Operator, but if needed i use Autoflight which is really great.
Want greater crash protection
Hmm. I never had a crash in several years, even in really tight environments. only nice "add on" for me.
(gains in video quality accrue mainly from these two points - not so much IQ but the greate ease in achieving stability and complexity of shots)
Benefit from direct conversion to ProRes instead of having to convert from Raw
For HQ Production, i always use CameraRAW to develop the CinemaDNG, after that i convert to ProRes444 and edit in FCPX.
I simply love the Tools that CameraRAW gives me, never get used to those Color Wheels.

Benefit from greater flight time for each set of batteries.
I have 8 TB48, i really dont need more flighttime, especiallly in real estate i take the given shot, land, set up the equipment and software for the next "scene" and start again.

Additional Points:
- 90% of my Customers need 1080p, rarely 4K.
- I1 is really mature product, wich simply works, and thats what i need. No Time for helping DJI out solving bugs of I2, which will surely come.
- I simply dont need that extra speed that the I2 offers for my kind of Jobs.
- The only thing i might be missing is the Tripod Mode, which is really great on the P4P. But with the Gain Values on the I1 i can "simulate" them.
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RichJ53 Posted at 2017-1-12 21:21
Hi MTC

These are the reasons that I am considering the new I2

Love number 8 , actually really laughed out loud rich !

Thanks for the Chortle this Morning !

donnie
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Donnie Stugots Posted at 2017-1-13 04:41
Love number 8 , actually really laughed out loud rich !

Thanks for the Chortle this Morning !

Hi Donnie,

I was laughing at the time I wrote it down!  

Glad to cheer you up today

Rich
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Skyclip Posted at 2017-1-13 01:46
Hey Mike!

As always, it depends on what you need it for and personal taste ;-)

Nice post! Thanks for sharing your viewpoint
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