DJI Inspire 3 Review : Flying A $20K Hollywood Drone

Hello I am Prince Likhon. We used the Inspire 3 drone for 6 months in the United States. We tried to make a very hard drone shot. We found some problems you should know. And this Ensure Target article I will review dji inspire 3 drone. If you like this drone or cool tech, read this article. Thank you.

What’s New on DJI Inspire 3 Drone

DJI Inspire 3 Drone

DJI is a top company for camera drones. They make many new drones for people to use. Their best drone, the Inspire 2, needed an update. Now, they have the Inspire 3.

The Inspire 3 has many new things. It has a special camera called the X9 8K Ear Gimbal. This camera can take very clear videos. The drone can also sense things all around it. It has a better camera for seeing where it goes and can fly fast at 94 km per hour.

The Inspire 3 has easy storage with a USB-C port and no card readers. Its legs can move in three ways for different uses. The drone comes with a suitcase that can hold everything you need.

The Inspire 3 uses two new batteries and can fly for about 28 minutes. The charger can hold lots of batteries. The drone costs $16,499 and comes with many things, like a controller, batteries, and more. With extra items, it may cost over $20,000.

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DJI Inspire 3 Drone Flying Review

DJI Inspire 3 Drone Flying Review

This big drone flies like a smaller one, and that’s good. The Inspire 3 is fast, steady, and easy to control. It can fly well even in the wind. The controller has a big screen and many buttons to change settings without touching the screen.

Its battery lasts 3-4 hours, but you can also use other batteries to fly all day. The controller is heavy but has a strap for comfort. The Inspire 3 works best with two pilots. One person controls the drone while the other moves the camera.

They don’t have to stand close together, and if one loses control, the other can take over. You can also use a special monitor as a second controller for more options. The drone flies for about 21 minutes before it needs to land.

DJI Inspire 3 Drone Camera Review And Image Quality

DJI Inspire 3 Drone Camera Review And Image Quality

The camera is very important in a drone. We want to know how well it works in real life. A good camera has a wide range of colors and can be matched with other cameras. I tested the Aspire 3 with two great cameras: the Canon C300 Mark III and the Sony A1. They both have amazing color and quality.

The Aspire 3 can show more than 14 levels of color. It looks just as good as the other cameras. You can also use it at night and get great videos. The Aspire 3’s camera has beautiful colors and a wide range of shades.

One big problem with the Inspire 3 drone is its weak rolling shutter. This drone is made for flying fast near cars, trees, and poles. But the rolling shutter is slow at 31.3 milliseconds, which is double what most cameras have today. If you film at 60fps or more, it gets better at 16.3 milliseconds.

We filmed a short movie where our character ran over a bridge, and we had to use 60fps to get a good result. But even then, there was some rolling shutter. Filming at 60fps lowers the camera’s dynamic range and changes the native ISO from 800-4000 to 320-1600. The picture is still good, but it’s something to think about if you have a high-contrast scene.

The picture quality gets worse in 4K120 because it goes from oversampled 4K to line skip, making it less detailed. The Inspire 3 has many recording options like H.264 up to 4K120 and ProRes 422 HQ up to 8K30. You can pay $1000 more for a RAW license that lets you shoot CinemaDNG up to 8K25 or ProRes RAW up to 8K75.

Shooting RAW is nice, but I usually use ProRes 422 HQ because it’s easier and faster. The high-resolution sensor also lets you shoot in cropped super 35 in 5.5K RAW or in 4K ProRes 422 HQ if you want extra reach.

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DJI Inspire 3 Lenses & Filters

DJI Inspire 3 Lenses & Filters

The 8K Air camera has DJI’s DL mount and can use the same lenses as the Inspire 2, except for the 16mm. Instead, it has a new 18mm lens. The lineup includes 18mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm lenses. A telephoto lens is being made by DJI.

The lenses are sharp and clear but don’t have any special character. This is good because the drone will be used with different ground cameras and lenses. You can add special effects later.

The lenses have a filter thread of 46mm, except the 18mm which has a 55mm. This means you need two sets of filters. We tried using variable ND filters from MISI and BW. Finding ND filters is easy.

The Ronin 4D’s X9 module has a built-in ND filter system, but the Air module does not. This is a big drawback for the Inspire 3 drone along with the rolling shutter. Built-in ND filters are helpful for drones because you don’t want to land your drone to change exposure.

For example, when filming someone swimming in a lake, adjusting exposure without landing the drone is important for safety. It would be better if DJI included built-in ND filters in their drone cameras.

DJI Inspire 3 Compromises

DJI Inspire 3 Compromises

DJI might have made their drone weigh 3995 grams to stay under 4 kilograms. This could be because of European drone laws. There are different classes for drones: C0, C1, C2, C3, and C4. Smaller drones have fewer rules, and bigger drones have more rules.

I hoped the Inspire 3 would be in the C2 class for drones under 4 kilograms. That way, I could fly it close to people and buildings without lots of paperwork. But it is in the C3 class, which has more rules.

Making a drone means choosing between weight, flight time, and features. The batteries are important. DJI’s batteries are 99 watt-hours because 100 watt-hours is the most you can bring on an airplane easily.

DJI might have chosen between adding cooling features or bigger batteries for longer flights. Bigger batteries could make the drone hard to bring on an airplane or too heavy. Making drones is not easy because you must choose what to include and what to leave out.

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DJI Inspire 3 RTK ( Real-Time Kinematics )

DJI Inspire 3 RTK ( Real-Time Kinematics )

The DJI Inspire 3 has a cool feature called RTK mode. RTK means real-time kinematics, making the drone’s GPS signal more accurate. An RTK base station on the ground helps the drone know its position better. This is useful for mapping and now for filmmakers too.

RTK helps the drone hover and move better. It is used in waypoint mode, where you set points for the drone to follow. There are two ways to fly the drone: repeatable routes and 3D dolly. Repeatable routes let the drone fly on its own, while 3D dolly lets you control the speed.

In both ways, you can choose how the camera moves. This makes flying the drone easier, especially for big teams. With RTK waypoints, you can even combine two different shots into one, like day and night, or duplicate a person while the drone moves. It’s simple and helpful for filmmakers.

DJI Inspire 3 Features

DJI Inspire 3 Features

The Inspire 3 drone is made for skilled pilots, so it doesn’t have many automatic features like master shots. However, it does have Spotlight Pro, which tracks a selected subject. This is helpful when flying alone in tricky conditions. The camera can tilt up 80 degrees with the legs down, allowing for cool shots.

Continuous autofocus would be nice for close-up shots, like running scenes. With a full-frame camera and f2.8 lenses, there’s some depth of field. Autofocus could help reduce the need for an extra person to focus the camera. But it’s not a big deal if it’s not there.

Conclusion

Is the Inspire 3 worth the high cost? It has problems, like the rolling shutter and short flight time. It also doesn’t have built-in ND filters. But, the pictures are great, it’s easy to use, and the controllers work very well. The whole system is getting better too.

If you just use a drone sometimes for fun or travel videos, this isn’t for you. But if you work with drones a lot or have a production company, it’s perfect. There isn’t anything better right now, and it’s great for film sets. I’m excited to use it more.

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I'm Prince Likhon, I'm a 20-year-old CSE Graduate whose life's passion is Technology, and I'm on a mission to make the most FUN and USEFUL Tech article on the Planet!

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