The Phantom 2 is your choice if:
1) You are just getting into drone photography
If you have not flown an RC helicopter or airplane before, you should buy a Hubsan X4 and my drone flying training book and get a little practice before you even fly the Phantom. However, if you have RC skills you will find the Phantom very easy to operate.
2) You want a small rig that is easy to transport
It is hard to beat the size of the Phantom. It is small and easily fits in small cases and backpacks for transports to exotic locations. I have never had a problem getting mine on the airplane.
3) You love your GoPro
If you are attached to your GoPro, stick to the Phantom series because the Inspire 1 has its own camera similar to the Vision.
4) You are on a budget
DJI is offering the Phantom 2, 3 axis zenmuse gimbal, extra battery, extra props, and free shipping for $959 for the holidays. Thats a great deal to get you into the air and flying a GoPro.
The inspire 1 is your choice if:
1) You are an Ace drone pilot
There would be nothing worse than losing your expensive new drone photography rig because you were not a good pilot. You want to be really good at flying so you are comfortable putting your drone into the type of situations that yield amazing photography.
2) You want to operate with a two man setup
For dynamic subjects and more professional video work, a two man setup really makes things easier.
3) You are comfortable with DJI products
DJI products are very easy to use but those with previous experience with DJI stuff will be at a huge advantage.
4) You want to take your drone photography to the next level
The Inspire 1 is the perfect mid level drone for the "Pro-Sumer" and I am planning on putting this drone to work when I get it. The ability to fly fast, snap pictures and videos from remote, fly a two man setup, and tune the flight characteristics are really going to allow me to take my drone photography to the next level. If you are like me, this is your copter!
What is your choice and why? Let me know your reasons below in the comment section!