Unboxing and Initial Software Issues
My Inspire 1 finally came. Saying I was excited to get it would be an understatement. My FatShark Dominator goggles also got here as well, but I have not been able to test them yet (more on this later).
Sitting on top of my box were some prop locks because apparently these have been kicking off props during flight under difficult conditions so I was thankful to have gotten these because I only fly in difficult conditions. This drone is very, very different from the Phantom as well as the S800 that I had. The carrying case was a nice touch and everything was laid out and the copter was in "travel mode." It came with extra props and a carrying case for the camera / gimbal combo. The biggest downfall I can see to owning the Inspire 1 after a day of messing with it is the issues around the DJI Pilot software. The issue is that you can not download it because it doesn't exist on the Apple app store. Below is the best way I found to solve the issue of DJI Pilot software.
How to get the DJI Pilot APP Installed on your iPhone
I saw some postings about using iFunbox and I could not get it to work. It was very involved and difficult. Here is a much easier way!
1) Download the file below (which is the DJI pilot app, 0.9.2 I think).
2) Go to Diawi.com and upload this file to create a link
3) Click that link you created on your iOS device to install it
DJI Inspire 1 and the Fat Shark Dominator HD Goggles
I finally gave in and ordered the Fat Shark Dominator HD goggles because my old dominators finally started to go bad. I had no idea what to expect and it turns out they will work, BUT you need a cord that no one sells yet (If you have found one on sale, please let me know). If you want to use goggles, you need a Mini HDMI to Micro HDMI cord.
First Quick Flight
Once I got the software installed, I had to do a quick maiden in my backyard. It was windy and I have a small yard now so I was pretty careful. I was immediately impressed with the Pilot app. Plugging your copter into a computer to make adjustments, worrying about your camera settings, etc is all in the past. As an aerial photographer, I want to focus on getting the shots and action I want and not on equipment setup. Some people enjoy tinkering and building and adjusting and I used to be one of them. Now, I want my equipment to simply do exactly what it is supposed too and let me focus on flying and filming.
The Real Test Flight
This is hopefully what you have been waiting for. I have not seen an actual review that flies in real conditions and gives the details. So are some details I gathered from my first real test flight.
I had my wife record me buzzing around close flying line of sight just so you could get an idea of how smooth and controlled this drone is. The video doesn't look that good when you fly around like this but that might be because you need a higher frame rate. 4k @ 30FPS is good for slow stuff but quick flying, probably not as much.
The 4k video from this while flying slowly into the sunset turned out amazing. I had no intentions of making anything cool or beautiful but this clip just blew me away. I am really excited to get my extra batteries in and start making art with this cool flying camera.
Conclusion - It is worth it
Ok, this currently costs $2899 directly from DJI and I have to say I am happy with my purchase so far. This makes shooting aerial pictures easy and makes anyone seem like a pro! Want to shoot real estate pictures easily? This is it. Want to make beautiful aerial landscape shots? OK. I am not sure yet if this is going to be able to replace my Phantom for surf photography and other action drone stuff but if I had to bet, I think it is going to exceed my expectations. If it has some quirks or nuances I have to learn then so be it. Considering I had one of the first s800s and it cost me around $6000+ and still involved a large amount of tinkering, this thing is a dream at half of that cost.