DJI Global has teased plans to announce the third-generation Inspire drone on April 13, 2023.
The prosumer UAV, known for its professional aerial cinematography capabilities has been long overdue for a refresh since the Inspire 2 was released nearly seven years ago and was discontinued late last year.
April 13th, 9 AM EDT
— DJI (@DJIGlobal) April 6, 2023
DJI has also been testing the Inspire 3 with foldable propellers, similar design to those deployed by the DJI Mavic and Mini series of drones. This would be a first for the Inspire line.
In fact, drone watchers are noting that the overall structure and design of the Inspire 3 may be a slight departure from the previous 2 generations.
Drone watcher OsitaLV on Twitter notes that the overall structure depicted in patent applications looks to be “quite different.”
Leaked images from the company’s Chinese public patent application show the Inspire 3 design with a next-generation Zenmuse X9 8K cinema camera with interchangeable lenses. The same camera has been deployed on the Ronin 4D Cinema Camera system.
The structure of Inspire 3 looks quite diffrent from former models pic.twitter.com/ieWYO7nDoi
— OsitaLV (@OsitaLV) February 25, 2023
Some hope, however, that DJI will improve the Raw video quality by adding another flavor outside of ProRes Raw.
“What kind of RAW can it take is the real concern,” OsitaLV tweeted in January, “hope that junky Apple ProRes RAW is not the only option, or it will become a big trouble for most filmmaking workflows.”
Another rumored feature of the Inspire 3 is the addition of the DJI O3+ video transmission
system, which offers high-definition video transmission from a maximum distance of 15km (9.32 miles).
An impressive, yet dubious statistic, considering that aviation regulations require drones to be kept within line of sight while in flight.
Rumor also suggests that the Inspire 3 will be supported by the DJI RC Plus remote controller, which comes with an ultra-bright 7-inch LCD screen, and a larger single-axis FPV sensor for improved image quality, viewing angle, and dynamic range.
There’s no word on the price, but OsitaLV speculates that since prototypes of the Inspire 3 have already gone out for evaluation and testing, that production is already underway.
The drone was also spotted being tested in Macau earlier this year.
Based on monitoring the release of previous models, OsitaLV puts the release of the Inspire 3 somewhere in the second quarter, perhaps by the end of April.
“Usually, it takes 3 months till release when it was sent to KOLs for review,” OsitaLV tweeted. “So, the In3 should be announced in Q2.”
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