The Inspire 1 is the newest entry into the “prosumer” end of the RTF (ready to fly) quadcopter market. It is produced by DJI, the makers of the well known Phantom series.
DJI is on track to quickly become a billion dollar company in the year 2016. They grow by staying one step ahead of the competition and delivering as much technology as possible at the lowest price. According to DJI Founder Frank Wang, just the parts for the modern Inspire would have cost tens of thousands of dollars a few years ago. Todays DJI models are one example of Clarkes Law which states:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
Is it out of our League?
Droneflyers.com focuses on consumer multirotors – those which the hobbyist, technology nut or photographer can use for enjoyment, learning and lower end prosumer or commercial work (real estate, etc.). At about 3K the Inspire 1 is definitely at the upper end of the market. Still, I paid $5200 for my first IBM PC in 1982 (that’s about $15K today!) and purchased it as a “hobbyist”, so although $3,000 sounds like a lot of money, you are certainly getting a lot of technology for the price. Although we are not doing a full hands-on review yet, one of our site partners has just purchased one and we will do some videos as well as a written article on our initial impressions.
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