DJI Inspire 3 review: Can this powerhouse drone be worth the price of a car?

The DJI Inspire 3 is a flying monster, but can it possibly be worthy the hefty price tag? And for whom?

Adam Juniper piloting the DJI Inspire 3 which is near him in a field as part of the DJI Inspire 3 review testing process
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Inspire 3 is spectacular, no question. It'll also provoke some irritation, from those hoping for an E-mount, or brighter controller. If you price this high, people expect a lot. But ultimately the power on offer – especially for filmmakers needing the quality

Pros

  • +

    8K Camera ProRes and Cinema DNG

  • +

    3D dolly with RTK option

  • +

    Excellent travel case and rugged charging hub

  • +

    Stunning dynamic range imaging

  • +

    Use the AI OR a second pilot

Cons

  • -

    Takes time and care to set up and pack

  • -

    No built-in ND filters

  • -

    RTK base station not included

  • -

    Not battery compatible with Ronin 4D

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If anyone is counting, the DJI Inspire is probably owed an award as the industry's "Most Changed Drone." In its first iteration, it had a white shell like the iMacs of its day, and was definitely impressive, with a 4K camera, but still felt like a high-end consumer device. 

Since then DJI's Inspire has grown up. There was a pro edition, then the metallic Inspire 2 introduced interchangeable lenses and high-budget production teams took notice. Even then, however, the cash-rich enthusiast could dip into their pocket for a cheaper edition, recording to a budget-friendly MicroSD card. The ProRes license and recording to DJI SSD were optional.

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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