Despite the possibly delayed cinewhoop announcement of the AVATA drone (we think everything should happen on time), DJI, by and large, everything is going according to plan, judging by the upcoming Mavic 3 Enterprise, as well as the latest insider rumors, which, for the first time in recent memory, more fully reveal that at what stage is the development of the DJI cinematic drone of the third generation “Inspire” series.
It should be noted that the unique Inspire 2, coupled with the proposed payload, received such an impressive potential that from 2016 to the present moment it has been the best available solution in the niche of professional-level consumer UAVs. Here are the details and order of all the latest Inspire 3 rumors!
DJI Inspire 2 in tandem with the top-of-the-line Super-35 Zenmuse X7 camera.
Prototype close to production version
The image below, or to be precise, it is rather a screenshot, was leaked by the developer through his constant insiders, which, unlike previous images of similar quality, demonstrates a more finished appearance of the Inspire 3 prototype close to the production version.
Despite the still far from the best quality of the screenshots, we can still note that the base / fuselage of the drone differs markedly from its predecessor, both in size and appearance (at first glance it has become a little more compact), while the general arrangement of the frame, the hallmark of which carbon beams protrude, changing their position in the flight and landing state of the drone, obviously remained unchanged. Although this is not entirely true.
The fact is that if we look at the second screenshot showing the drone on the ground, we will notice that due to the massive camera in the landing position, the nose of the drone is now displayed in the highest position. On this occasion, the insider who published the image wrote: “Inspire 3 has to raise its head so that the camera does not touch the ground.”
The next striking feature that somewhat overshadows the drone itself is its massive onboard camera, which, according to rumors, may be the brand new Zenmuse X9 camera, announced not so long ago in tandem with DJI Ronin 4D. At the moment, there is not much information about her.
It is known that the latest ZX9 is implemented in two versions of 8K and 6K, has the ability to change lenses, and is capable of providing full-frame shooting in full cinematic quality. In addition to the commonly used H.264 codec, both the X9-8K and X9-6K can record Apple ProRes and ProRes RAW internally, providing more editing options in post-processing. The Zenmuse X9-6K supports up to 6K/60fps and 4K/120fps, while the Zenmuse X9-8K supports up to 8K/75fps, giving creators a wide range of options for capturing cinematic quality video.
Like its predecessor, the I3 has a forward FPV camera in its arsenal, through which the drone is piloted, and if the I2 has it located in the front middle part of the drone, then the I3 has moved it to the very top of the nose. At the moment, nothing is known about it, but it is already clear that it is much better than the FPV camera on the I2.
Alleged key features
All of the above details bring us back to the alleged list of key features of the Inspire 3 offered a year ago by one of insiderswhich, as practice shows, is extremely rarely wrong:
- New O4 Video Transmission System
- CineCore 3.1 Image Processing System
- 8K/75fps, 6K/100fps, 4K/200fps
- No crop at any frame rate
- RAW 12bit/ProRes 4444XQ/422HQ
- Time code synchronization
- Omnidirectional recognition and avoidance of obstacles
- Advanced Pilot Assistance System APAS Pro
- High precision maneuvering
- Somatosensory camera gimbal control
- Portable video receiver for director
- Stepless aperture adjustment
- Folding propellers
Photo / video with the first working prototype
This is one of the first working prototypes of the Inspire 3, with photos and videos leaked online three months ago.
According to rumors, the announcement of the latest cinematic drone Inspire 3 should be expected in September/October 2022.