DJI Takes Their 4K Inspire 1 Drone Camera Out of the Sky & Into Your Hand

Back in November, UAV-maker DJI introduced the Inspire 1, which included their first 4K camera built in-house.

Now the company is back with an interesting new product that takes their 4K camera and gimbal out of the sky and puts it into your hand (thanks to Ben Popper from The Verge for the coverage):

There is no price announced yet, but it likely won't be too cheap considering the almost-$3,000 cost for the Inspire 1. It seems like you'll already need the drone when this is released sometime later this year, but we'll see if they sell the camera separately with the gimbal for people who want a GoPro-like experience in their hand. If DJI wants to get into the handheld game a bit, having a relatively inexpensive and stabilized rig that could be mounted anywhere would be a good start.     

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I love the idea, but why not make it compatible with other action cams people may already own, like the gopros. A major drawback. Looking forward to seeing both the drone and this system get a universal mount.

January 5, 2015 at 1:03PM, Edited January 5, 1:03PM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking

Agreed, this would be 'flying' off the shelves if it were for gopro.

January 5, 2015 at 4:33PM


That would require more moving parts, because every camera needs to be balanced. (Just like I always need to balance my MoVI rig: there are 4 ways I can move the camera to get it all in balance: 3 axis for the camera plus the position of the cage in the horizontal plain.)
Having a fixed camera means there is no need for all those moving parts to get it balanced. Easier to manufacture and thus probably cheaper as well. (And lighter, although DJI seems to choose price over weight.)

Always funny to respond in English to a fellow Dutchman...

January 6, 2015 at 1:54AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Although I sell some DJI stuff, I have to agree with you Jeroen. The Gopro 4 has better capabilities and video quality than the Inspire 1 camera. Also it would probably be cheaper to buy a gimbal for a Gopro than this one as most people already have a Gopro camera. This setup may only make sense for people who own the Inspire 1 already as you may be able to detach the gimbal from the quad and attach it to their handheld device (if sold separately).

January 7, 2015 at 6:26PM

J. Fandino
Drone sales at

I believe the first thing the guys from DJI heard is this, People: Awesome!... So we can replace your product, right?...

Ha, I don't have nothing agains their action cam, is just that the gopro is a better option right now.

January 6, 2015 at 9:38AM

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