We have been salivating over writing this gear update for some time now. However, we were waiting to get acclimated with our brand new eye in the sky and get some great footage that we could share. Yes…we are talking about our new DJI Inspire 1 Drone. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to aerial video drones and we are proud to have a couple of them in our film and photography arsenal.
Drones have drastically changed how aerial video is being captured these days. Before, videographers had to rely on miniature helicopters (or actual ones) in order to get mind-bending shots of cityscapes from above, or other challenging aerial shots. These days having a 4K camera on a high-flying drone has become standard. In addition, all this visual technology has been coupled with gyroscopes to eliminate any chance of turbulence ruining an otherwise perfect shot. These amazing miniature flying wonders have changed the game and now enthusiasts and professionals have the opportunity to capture amazing aerial video with very little cost. This is great news, for now the web is going to be filled with amazing aerial footage that before only birds were privy to.
Our new DJI Inspire 1 is an amazing piece of technology. It offers so much in a very small and capable machine, which allows us to be as creative as we want and get mind-bending shots that can easily transform any video project. The most amazing aspect of these drones is how they interface with our personal devices like phones or tablets. This capability literally puts the controls of the drone at your fingertips.
To put Inspire 1 to the test, we conducted a few environmental shoots in order to gauge what it could offer us in terms of variety of shots. We wanted to measure its responsiveness and how it could be controlled for panning footage, ascending and descending, plus a host of other shots that required very specific flight routes. We also put the quality of the 4K camera to the test, in order to find out the contrast ratio and color saturation. All the test footage that we amassed in our demo reel shown below has not been color corrected or altered, which is a testament to how great the capture quality and color grading of Inspire 1 is.
DJI keeps loading Inspire 1 with more and more software and hardware upgrades that augment its capability further. We can’t wait to see what we can do with it and how creative we can get with our video projects. Stay tuned for more updates on our Inspire 1, and check out our video page for samples of upcoming projects.