As per the latest industry rumors, the DJI Inspire 3 shall be launched in mid-2020.
After a long lull, we are finally witnessing some action in the drone industry. The Skydio 2 which released in October 2019 impressed us with its phenomenal AI capabilities. And now we hear that Autel Robotics is all set to launch the Autel Evo 2 in January 2020.
As per the recently-released FCC filings, it seems that this new drone will even outshine larger drones like the DJI Inspire in terms of specs and capabilities.
In light of these new developments, it is hardly surprising that the Chinese market leader, in a bid to protect its market turf, is getting ready to come out with the DJI Inspire 3.
Back in March 2018, our friends at DroneDJ first reported that a new DJI Inspire was in the works. They also shared some renderings by the now-famous, OsitaLV.
As per these renderings, these are the rumored DJI Inspire 3 specs:
These DJI Inspire 3 rumors again gained traction due to this November 2019 press release by FujiFilms. This development was even discussed on a recent AskDroneU show hosted by Paul and Haye (from DroneDJ). This is an excerpt from this press release:
“FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) plans to release a series of firmware updates for the FUJIFILM X-T3 (hereinafter “X-T3”), starting in mid-December 2019. The updates reflect requests of additional features and operability improvement, received from users of the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras.
The upcoming update will enable controls for video recording from Gimbal / Drone via USB communications. You can combine the X-T3 with a Gimbal / Drone that supports this function to significantly broaden your shooting options. FUJIFILM is in communication with Shenzhen Gudsen Technology Co., Ltd.*, SZ DJI Technology Col, Ltd.** and ZHIYUN*** (listed in alphabetical order) about their plan to release compatible products. Fujifilm also plans to deploy this function to the FUJIFILM X-T30 and other models. Further firmware updates in the future will bring autofocus enhancement and other improvements to the X-T3”.
Now, weighing 439 grams (excluding batteries and SD cards), the Fujifilm X-T3 is too heavy to be flown by the DJI Mavic series. It is likely that that the X-T3 will be flown with the DJI Inspire 3. Moreover, according to industry reports, users will be able to manipulate the camera from the drone remote controller itself.
Giving more credence to these rumors is also the fact that DJI introduced the DJI X-Port at DJI Airworks 2019. DJI X-Port is a standardized gimbal that fast tracks payload-to-drone integration.
Check out the image here:
Introducing the DJI X-Port. An integrated automatically tuned gimbal that cuts payload development time by up to 60%. pic.twitter.com/rPwRrXTth5
— DJI Enterprise (@DJIEnterprise) September 25, 2019
As per DJI’s whitepaper, “Elevating Safety”, all DJI drones weighing more than 250 grams are to be equipped with DJI Airsense from January 2020 onwards.
DJI Airsense is a feature that allows drones to receive ADS-B signals from both manned and unmanned aircraft. Currently, enterprise drones like Mavic 2 Enterprise and the Matrice series are equipped with DJI Airsense.
Based on this, we can safely assume that DJI Inspire 3 will also be equipped with Airsense.
Note that this feature is missing on the DJI Mavic Mini since it weighs less than 250 grams.
While the Inspire 2 has excellent hardware, software constraints limit its flying inability. Because of this, it is incredibly difficult to do hard banking turns with the Inspire 2. The “Original Ferrari of Drones”, Inspire 1 certainly has a leg up on its successor in this regard.
We certainly hope that DJI will address this issue with the Inspire 3.
Check out our detailed DJI Inspire 1 vs Inspire 2 comparison for more insights on this topic.
In our detailed Skydio 2 Review, we had discussed this new drones’ awesome AI capabilities at length.
Though we do not have any more information on the Inspire 3’s obstacle avoidance capabilities, we can draw some conclusions from the leaked specs for the DJI Mavic 3.
As per the latest rumors, the DJI Mavic 3’s obstacle avoidance will be powered by 10 cameras that use up 64 Megapixels of data. This is a huge jump from the Mavic 2 which utilizes 4.9 Megapixels of data and the Mavic Air which utilizes just 1.9 Megapixels of data.
We can certainly expect the DJI Inspire 3 to be similar or better than the DJI Mavic 3 in this regard.
How will the DJI Inspire 3 compare with the likes of Skydio 2 and Autel Evo 2? We shall be the first to review this much-awaited drone when it hits the market. Watch this space for the latest DJI rumors and updates!
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