DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Inspire 1 Pro



My thoughts on the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs my DJI Inspire 1 Pro and why it makes me grumpy!

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42 thoughts on “DJI Phantom 4 Pro vs DJI Inspire 1 Pro

  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Speed, larger lens, no props in video, 360 camera, radiometric/thermal camera , 2 zoom cameras, inspire is in a different league sir. 4/3" 16mp>12mp 1". Phantom is cool, inspire goes to work.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    This is a great video, thank you. Just considering an upgrade for my 3 Pro, and this is exactly what I anticipated/suspected, I also do real estate work (or estate agent work as we call it over here) and the perception aspect is as important as you say. Inspire just looks the business, Likewise the Yuneec Typhoon H. Not sure it's helped me with my decision, but I want to put £2k to best use. Very informative, thank you.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Nice vid…tho its like comparing a Porsche 911 to a Honda civic at 30mph,of course the phantom is going to look better at lower resolutions its a semi pro platform designed for nice cheerful video out of the box with minimal editing skills,ramp the Inspire up to 4k raw and with its bigger sensor even downsampling to 1080 there is simply no comparison,for depth of field,sharpness and contrast at least to my eye…………

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    why do you use 25 fps instead of 30? Is it for editing purposes? Also, do you know if the sensors can avoid telephone wires?
    2nd bonus question: can you combine android and ipad for the remotes?

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    greetings – this was very helpful, Grant in your oppinion would you reccommend the pro only or the pro + ?
    i already own an ipad mini 2 and a set of fatshark HD2 goggles. and have heard mixed reviews on the + model.
    cheers. phil

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Love your videos! Can you do a video on editing 4k aerial footage?

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Agreed…. for real estate, industrial, inspections and cinema….. you can't show up with a p4p. I have a custom heavy lift with 3 axis gimbal (matrix E by TurboAce)….. and I mostly just use it for real estate presentations. If I show up with my p3p only (or worse, my F550)….. i'm just another photographer.

    That said, on the job I most often use my Phantom.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    I went and bought the p4 pro on the back of this review and am very pleased with it. Personally I wouldn't worry about client perception (I am using the p4 pro for paid jobs) I anyone made a comment I would simply day- judge by the results not what it looks like! For example you could turn up at a video job with an big old clunking camcorder- looks impressive but crap picture or whip out a Panasonic GH4 which is small but has incredible picture quality- results are everything 😊

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    I wounder if you switched to a nicer lens how the inspire would do.. pretty shocking !!

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Of course u highlighted strengths of 4pro
    Add much better gimble rotational fov, with my p4 i have to spin drone
    Its a real cost choice with phantom 4 advanced costing even less with same design as p4 p minus obstacle avoidance sides and rear and some fewer channels, vs just a x5 with special 1099 plus extra hicap battery p4a forcing me to rethink my planned jump to inpire
    Plus
    All film no advert work hummmm
    Again great work !!!

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Must admit, thinking of ditching the inspire 1 now that we have the p4pro. Perhaps spending the cash on a Mavic, which we don't have yet.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    As a pfco operator in the UK I totally agree with the part of rocking up with a phantom to do a professional paid job, you would not get taken seriously by future clients. I have nothing against the P4P and agree 1080p at 60fps is awesome however, its a phantom and clients would see that as a mindset.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    mate, you gotta think about the annoyances of props and legs of the phantom being in the FOV, which is not a problem on the Inspire 1 Pro…

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Define "grumpy?" Because in the words of Inigo Montoyo from the movie Princess Bride, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

    Long Live the P4P!

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Another great video! Have watched this one and the X5 vs X3 comparison video as not sure whether to sell the DJI I1 V2 with a set of Fatshark HD2's I don't use and buy a DJIP4Pro. I do take your point about rocking up with a a smaller drone which my only current reason for not doing it and buying a n X5. Thanks Andy.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Good points John. You have effectively confirmed all my own thoughts exactly.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Sir, your video is spot on perfection. Client perception is everything. For business cards and web sites, get yourself a business prop. Say a non working S1000+. If the client asks where is that drone, just answer a question with a question, say, "Can your budget afford it?" Tell them what tools you brought to the job site is the right equipment for the job to save them additional expense. If they say yes, we want the best, purchase one for the job and put it on their bill.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    So how about low light? I hope the Inspire one is better on that point. Or what do you think?

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    This was my dilemma, went with the P4 Pro. Hoping the next Phantom is dual op! LoL

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    great vid mate, and totally agree with the comments about turning up to a job with the Inspire as opposed to the P4P lol

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    I did a great deal of research and finally brought the p4p but as a novice was always worried it wasn't quite up to the job. I have watched all of your videos over the last year and am delighted you did this one. Mind definitely put at ease. Well done for another great video and thank you, you really do have an impact and are extremely helpful to us new guys.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    I appreciate your straight talking, as it is, style of presentation. I'm inspired to look at the 4 Pro ahead of the Mavic and I always thought that the Inspire was the Pro's drone. Thanks again for no whizz, bang, wallops, but clear concise language.
    Mike in Oz

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Great job as always Grant, have you thought to do a video editing video or course ?

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    It is sad people have to judge a book by (the size of) its cover, instead of the quality of the final results. I mostly shoot weddings, and the P4P doesn't just produces better quality than the Inspire 1 (x3 camera), but the smaller size is perfect for really fast setups and move around from one location to another, not to mention, it's not as loud or does it look as intimidating as the Inspire 1 to my very conservative (brides) clientele. 😊Happy flying!

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Nice video 🙂 I love and have the phantom 4 also

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Did i understand you to say that the Inspire 1 Pro is not capable of filming at 4k 60FPS?

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Hi Grant I'll be driving from Wanaka to the West Coast today. I've got my P4 at the ready. Visiting from Calif. Huge fan of yours. You've helped me immensely. Thanks

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    This was the review/comparison that I've been looking for! Great comparison! You actually addressed a very real concern I have going into the business. That concern is does size matter to your client and the fact that the P4P appears to look like "cousin franks" drone so the perceived value to service ratio comes into question in the mind of the client.

    Of course we all know as you have said that the P4P punches well above its weight and can deliver the end product. However, people are not rational beings and people in general make decisions based on how they feel. There is so much psychology on this. But at the end of the day I don't feel that it will be a deal breaker. Hopefully our portfolio and deliverables will overcome any mental hurdles our clients have.

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