Day two of putting the DJI Inspire 1 through the paces. A few things have annoyed me and a few things have impressed me. But most importantly, can you film a fast moving target with the HD video link? The 4k youtube video below offers some test footage for you to judge for yourself.
This was shot in the cane fields in Paia. There are endless miles of these dirt roads you can go ride around in. The KDX220 is the first dirt bike I have ever owned and it is fun to go explore and cruise around in these fields. My friend Chris is the rider in these videos.
The Good and Bad
So overall the Inspire 1 performed well and I was able to get some incredible footage. The stock camera settings do create some issues that I have not been happy with. For example, when you tilt from a dark area to the horizon, it takes a bit for the camera to adjust and this leads to what I think is some over exposure. I am not a camera junkie but I think I should be able to fix this via the pilot app. I have not messed with 4k @ 30fps before (nor have I flown with such a low frame rate in years) so the motion seems a bit blurry to me. As soon as the drone stops moving, everything looks so crystal clear but rapid movement doesn't look that great to me. Jumping down in resolution to a higher frame rate will probably solve this (Dynamic subject = higher frame rate). There is a definite difference in the speed of an analog video link and this HD link as well. It just makes it slightly more difficult - delay is there and you have to get used to it.
Despite these "issues" I think my first test was a success. I can't say enough how impressed I am with this aerial camera. I spent some time reading through the manual and I grow more impressed as I slowly make my way through it. The latest thing that caught my attention is the smart battery. On the Phantom 2, it just seemed like they wanted to lock you into buying DJI stuff and paying a huge premium. On these, they will not let you recharge if the temperature is too hot. They will automatically decharge themselves after 10 days of no use to avoid damaging the cells (lithium cells should be stored at around half power for longevity). They also let you know how much useful life is left in them. This makes the price of the batteries so much easier to stomach, they are actually worth it now in my opinion (currently $159). I will keep posting more interesting things about this as I am going to be constantly flying and testing this rig, so please sign up and check back often! If you have found these articles useful, consider clicking this Amazon link to shop for your DJI Inspire!