Review: Inspire 2 Premium Combo with Zenmuse X5S is a Fantastic Drone. Plus, Our Take on the Phantom 4 Pro+

Inspire 2 Premium Combo with Zenmuse X5S & Phantom 4 Pro+

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Good article, but I feel some important points were downplayed.

I always enjoy reading articles on cinema drones, as I have been an avid drone pilot for some time, but I feel this article misses a lot of key features about these new drones that are in need of some insight. While reading, I was first surprised by the authors evaluation of the setup process with regards to the Inspire 2. A screwdriver? I mean, I guess a screwdriver could be used to manually adjust the screw actuator, but as most know who are also familiar with the Inspire 1, a quick series of "taps" to the power button will automatically reposition the arms.

After a quick giggle to myself (crazy much? haha), I continued reading. I then came to the section in which the author describes the P4P+, where to my surprise, only a quick mention is made to the most dramatic changes made to the overall aircraft. To simply state that, "the camera is better" does a slight disservice to the actual increase in image quality produced by DJI's new payload. The new P4P+ camera is not even in the same league as the old P4, and since most people purchasing this drone will have that at the top of their priority list, I believe it requires a bit more of a highlight. The differences in image quality from the 1/2.3" sensor, standard in the old P4, is very noticeable when compared to the new 1" sensor found in the P4P, and that doesn't even begin to touch the upgrades to the image processor or newly added aperture control. I find it very impressive how much of an increase DJI is able to make in this area while keeping the price point nearly the same as its predecessor.

Overall, someone just getting into cinema drones may not get too much from this article. With what information this article covers, we, at least I, would more expect this review to be centered around consumer and hobbyist models (Mavic Pro, Yuneec Q500, and older Phantoms for example) than looking at the higher end Inspire. Maybe I'm a specs nerd, but in this case, the comparison of the cameras may be important to the consumer. I know that this is not an in-depth review of the drones, but to gloss over these and other features seems a bit hasty. We as potential users would rather hear about what matters--image quality upgrades, durability, functionality, etc--than reading a whole paragraph dedicated to the frustrations around updating the software. Yes, the cons are important to highlight, like the props not seating well on the new Inspire 2 motors, but to do so at the expense of covering other key details leaves me confused. Otherwise, I am happy that Videomaker is covering this rapidly advancing technology and hope for more articles concerning UASs in cinema.