DJI Inspire 2 or DJI Mavic 2 Pro: Which Drone is Right for You?

DJI Drone Comparison
A look at two of the best aerial videography drones on the market: the DJI Inspire 2 vs. DJI Mavic Pro 2 to see which is right for you.

Deciding between the DJI Inspire 2 and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro for your aerial videography needs? Well, who doesn’t love a good drone debate! While you may have some initial insights into the results based on the price points, it is interesting to see just how each compares when deciding on the value of your possible investment.

Let’s look at an in-depth video comparison to find out how the DJI Inspire 2 and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro stack up.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs. DJI Inspire 2

In this video comparison by Shutterstock Tutorials, we get a breakdown on how the two drones stack up in their aerial videography capabilities. The video breaks them down based on specs and build, quality of footage and low-light performance. It’s interesting to see how the two compare - especially with the Inspire 2’s size and professional camera capabilities in contrast to the smaller Mavic 2 Pro’s compact build and agile controls.

The DJI Mavic Pro 2

You can make your own conclusions about which drone would be right for your needs based on the video above, but if you are interested in the Mavic Pro 2, here are the full specs to take into consideration. (You can also check out our hands-on review where we compare the DJI Mavic 2 Pro with the Mavic 2 Zoom here.)

  • Dimensions: 322 mm × 242 mm × 84 mm

  • Weight: 907g

  • Max Speed: 47.7 mph

  • Camera sensor: 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS

  • Lens: 28 mm equivalent, f/2.8–f/11

  • Recording Options:

  • 4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30p

  • 2.7K: 2688x1512 24/25/30/48/50/60p

  • FHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/120p

  • DJI Mavic Pro 2 (w/ free accessory bundle): $1,499

The DJI Inspire 2

Similarly, if you are interested in the larger (and more powerful) DJI Inspire 2, here are the full stats and specifications for you to review. (And as a bonus for aspiring drone filmmakers, here’s a look behind-the-scenes of the “first Inspire 2 short film” here.)

  • Dimensions: 23.8" (604.52mm)

  • Weight: 7.58 lbs (3.44kg) including propellers and two batteries, without gimbal and camera

  • Top Speed: 58 mph

  • Mount: DJI DL

  • Lens Options: 16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm

  • Recording Options:

  • 6K CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit, or 5.2K Apple ProRes up to 30fps

  • 3.9K CinemaDNG RAW or 2.7K Apple ProRes up to 59.94fps

  • DJI Inspire 2 RTF Quadcopter Price: $2,999.00

  • DJI Inspire 2 Combo Bundle Price: $6,969.98

If you’re looking for more aerial drone videography information or inspiration, here’s how one filmmaker was able to use the DJI Mavic Pro and cine lenses on a documentary in remote Native Alaska.     

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The comparison video is seriously rubbish. Sloppy ('the Inspire weighs twice as much' : no it does not, it weighs nearly 5 times as much), and pointless focusing on issues of ease of assembly and carrying etc : everyone with any interest already knows that the Inspire is much more of a chore than the tiny Mavic. The video needs to focus on what improvements the Inspire may bring at several times the weight and cost. Why not focus on more specifics of the noise comparison at high ISO, compression artefacts associated with the difference in data rate, the capacity to grade and crop footage, the value of a larger sensor etc etc. But all he refers to is differences in 'Cinematic Quality'. Which, in this context, means absolutely nothing. A real disappointment.

November 30, 2018 at 7:03PM


I have both. I use Inspire 2 for serious work.
Mavic is for fun and some special cases for serious work where it's impractical to use large and heavy Inspire2.

December 1, 2018 at 12:11AM

Goran Safarek
Director Producer

I feel like everyone should know that there's some bugs in the Inspire 2 right now that you should consider. 1. The batteries fail - suddenly. I just had to send mine in for repair. I was lucky that failure didn't happen in mid flight like it does for some. 2. The Inspire 2 doesn't fly straight. This is a problem that many people are facing on the forums including myself. I might get a straight shot after its been in the air for 5-10 minutes... its hard to nail down whats causing it but it's a real problem. All that said, the Inspire 2 is capable of making really great footage. The camera options are great. The footage looks great.

December 3, 2018 at 6:37AM