DJI Inspire 2 review: still the pro drone choice in 2022?

The Inspire 2 was a benchmark before it took off; is it sill something special in 2022?

DJI Inspire 2 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The DJI Inspire 2 still offers features which sets it apart from recent competitors (even those with ‘Cine’ in their name). That is the ability to physically re-shape itself to suit the camera, the option to change lenses, and the option to host a separate camera operator. For all this you pay a lot in terms of flight time and, well, money but you get a machine which is still peerless and a feature-rich app.


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    Dual operator allows second pilot to control camera

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    Interchangeable cameras and lenses

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    Airframe lifts above camera, out of shot at any angle

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    ProRes option


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    DJI SSDs are costly

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    Weighty and less than portable

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    Doesn’t support Zenmuse X9 – life limited?

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DJI’s own store puts the Inspire 2 under the ‘Professional’ heading and the 2021 DJI Mavic 3 in ‘Consumer’ but the truth is not so simple. Given all that has happened since the Inspire 2 first took off, we thought it’d make a lot of sense to review it not in the context of its original launch (which was alongside the Phantom 4 Pro) but in an era in which the folding Mavic 3 Cine seems, in some respects, to offer more than its unarguably bigger brother.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook