Yesterday, DJI announced the new Matrice 200 series. The smaller brother of the m600 who is meant for a different purpose, but possessing the same robustness.
The m200 uses the Zenmuse X series of camera which is lighter and more compact. This leads the the question of whether m200 will canibalise the Inspire 2? For now, based on the specs, m200 and I2 although shares the same camera, but the recording capability is very different. For industrial use, they will not require ProRes or RAW recoding.
For the details of m200 please visit: http://www.dji.com/mobile/matrice-200-series
22 Feb 2017, Inspire Pilots Singapore finally see her Inspire 2 landed in her Airbase. Till date, her Airbase have the following :
1) Phantom 3 pro
2) Phantom 4
3) Mavic Pro
4) Inspire 1 with X5 and X3
5) Inspire 2 with X5s
With a brief moment of test flight, we could feel that the Inspire 2 has packed more power as compared to the Inspire 1. Video quality between X5 and X5s has yet to be compared. Hope to be able to do that soon. With a dual battery system, it definitely gives the pilot more confident that this baby is going to come back even when one battery is down. Inspire 2 also have a better mechanism to secure the props.
On the 22 of Feb, DJI drop a teaser on their Twitter account showing the image above. What could this new drone be?
DJI has been the leader for consumer UAV, and have pretty much dominated the market. Recently, DJI also acquired Hasselblad who is known to dominate the medium format camera arena. Will this new UAV combine the technology from the recent acquisition?
Some people are guessing that it might be an update of the Mavic Pro. DJI has just ironed out the production of Mavic Pro, will they so quickly move on to another new model? Looking at the image the propeller does not look foldable. Hence, I feel it is unlikely to be a Mavic Pro replacement. Some are guessing it is a racing quad, but DJI has just only launch their racing quad with the Snail motor. So it is unlikely to be a racing quad. Then what could it be? I do feel that it is unlikely to be Inspire 3 as well, because they have not produced the Inspire 2 in full steam yet. Then could it be the Phantom 4 Pro Black? The question is hard to answer at this point. May be, DJI might be defining a new category of consumer UAV.
Lets all wait for 2nd March 2017 for the mystery to be unveiled.
Could this new drone be an inspire 2 “light”? Running single battery, smaller size and props?