I chose the more expensive Inspire 1 over the Phantom Vision+ based on the image quality. The Vision+ appears flat and does not represent color too well. It also struggles a little when in fast motion. You can still make some good movies with it after post-processing, but...Compared to stock phantom vision +?
Then you'd probably have to go the S800/DSLR route for now. While compact cameras are making huge strides, they will be a few steps behind their larger counterparts.The Inspire 1 image quality is substantially better than the Vision+.
But it is not what I had hoped for. I hope that DJI designs a camera replacement with a larger sensor and higher bit rate.
I'm with you. While it's better than the Vision2+, it's not as great as I had hoped. That being said, I knew the specs of the camera and knew that it was not a RED Epic, so I'm not sure what I was expecting. It'll do just fine for shooting B-Roll and great sweeping landscapes. Still trying to fine tune custom settings for 4k shooting.Then you'd probably have to go the S800/DSLR route for now. While compact cameras are making huge strides, they will be a few steps behind their larger counterparts.
What are you processing the DNG files with? There is a known issue with Aperture not eliminating the dead/hot/stuck pixels like PS or LR will.Just got my inspire out of the box, first flight test with camera..... I count at least 3 dead pixels, and some strange herringbone on the images loaded into FCP X. Anyone else seen this? I've not gotten too far into the camera controls but, is there a setting to get rid of dead pixels or do I just have a dog?
Ok verdict after downloading and watching 16GB worth of original Inspire 4K footage on a Sony 4K XBR65850 65-inch TV via Sony FMP-X10 4k media player:
1) Streaming artifacts are gone obviously (watching direct file)
2) Stutter on high motion shots is predictable and happens every 3-10 seconds. Frequency of full-frame stutter seems proportionate to the amount of motion in the shot. Watchable but slightly uncomfortable for the viewer. Probably not noticeable on mobile devices or computer screens.
3) Low-light performance leaves a lot to be desired. In particular, not an insignificant amount of noise in the form of "static" is added to lower-light or shadow areas of shots. Probably imperceptible to the average viewer on computer screens, probably not noticeable at all on mobile devices, but enough to distract on a 4k TV.
4) I was of the impression the lens was flat (vs the GoPro fisheye lens), but it's not. Panning still produces some perceptible image distortion. Large formats will exaggerate the effect unfortunately and gives the viewer some disorientation as objects distort slightly as they move on screen. I suspect / hope software makers (Adobe and others) will produce Inspire1-specific lens distortion presets to allow for fixing the distortion in post-production so this probably isn't a major issue.
5) No jello or micro vibrations were perceptible in any of the Inspire 4k videos I tested, which is excellent.
Overall impression: The Inspire 1 camera is much improved over GoPro 3 + Phantom combo, but lags far behind the Panasonic LUMIX GH4 which exhibits only barely imperceptible noise on low light and none of the other issues above.
Summary for me: I'll probably be buying one and if DJI offers a camera upgrade I'll be very interested in that. The GH4 is the desired gold standard to try to match IMO. If DJI can come close to its performance in a camera upgrade they'll have a truly amazing platform in the Inspire
The noise you describe is inevitable on the tiny (1/2.3") sensor that the Inspire camera has.
The Micro Four Thirds sensor on the GH4 is much larger, and thus will exhibit much less noise. I am dreaming...
I agree with Damon Cooper's findings. Compared to the Phantom 2 Vision + the Inspire 1 is much better quality in all ways (as it should be) and I believe it is notably better than my Black Hero 3. The improved image quality plus the impressive craft make for a near Prosumer class aerial imaging tool whereas the Phantom 2 Vision + is Consumer quality - great to learn on. As stated by others here, the Inspire 1 can not compete in quality with larger sensors and better lenses found in cameras such as the GH4. To get that higher level of quality including bandwidth requires a larger more expensive rig capable of hauling heavier cameras.Results of my pre-purchase video quality due diligence: