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  • Charl Jooste

The New DJI Inspire 3 Takes It Next Level with 8K Full-Frame Sensor

While many companies make incremental improvements to deliver new or updated products each year or two, not so with DJI. The Inspire 3 is proof of this. While an upgrade on the Inspire 2 has been a long time in the making, it has been worth the wait. DJI has made dramatic and significant changes and improvements to what was already an exceptional aerial cinematography craft.

“Master the Unseen” is the tagline used by DJI and quite appropriate for the impelling Inspire 3.

One cannot fail to be impressed by the performance and features this drone delivers. All aspects, including operation, connectivity, sensors and design have been ramped up with great success. While the Inspire 2 set new standards for aerial cinematography the DJI Inspire 3 takes it to a whole new level.

What you get is an ultra-light full-frame Zenmuse X9-8K Air Gimbal Camera sensor with the already impressive CineCore 3.0 image processing system. This allows for 8K 25fps in CinemaDNG (internally) as well as RAW at 8K 75fps in Apple ProRes. Without cropping you can achieve RAW at 4K 120fps ProRes.

The sensors do not fail to impress, and the X9-8K Air sensor is ideal for low-light work. Below 30 fps it delivers dual native ISO at EI 800 and 4000. At higher than 30p, you will get EI 320 and 1600. DJI put the dynamic range at 14+ stops. Color matching and skin tones are accurate thanks to the DCSS (DJI Cinema Color System).

The speed and manoeuvrability are impressive, as one would expect from DJI. They have managed to enhance these features even more so that it should never be a concern.

It comes with a rather hefty price tag, based on current information. You will, however, get a top-quality drone that will work for serious amateurs as well as professional cinematographers.


While it is all about performance, design is important. The Inspire 3 is built to work but looks amazing at the same time. It has a robust quality build that functions well while still looking the part. It is sleek and stylish with no compromise on quality, durability, or performance. The speed and agility are impressive.

The Inspire 3 will give you enhanced creative freedom with Tilt Boost and 360° Pan features.

Speed and Agility

To quote DJI directly “The max dive speed has increased from the 9 m/s of Inspire 2 to 10 m/s, while vertical ascend/descend speed has increased from 6 m/s and 4 m/s to 8 m/s.” That is impressive by any standards and sure to improve your experience and results.

Obstacle Avoidance and Navigation

DJI did not compromise here, and the advanced obstacle avoidance allows you to focus on the important aspect of filming with minimal distractions. The centimetre-level accurate RTK (Real-Time Kinematic ) positioning is superior to GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) for greater stability and accuracy as well as enhanced route planning and control.

Battery and Flight Time

The standard TB51 batteries deliver just under 30 minutes of operation.

Price and availability

Given the vast range of enhancements and performance, the Inspire 3 is a fair investment. The current price is around $16 500. You do, however, get a lot for that price. This includes the impressive RC Plus controller, a charging hub, 6x TB51 Intelligent Batteries, an RC strap, a lens carry case, a pair of 3x Foldable Quick-Release Propellers, the PROSSD 1TB, and a trolly case.

It includes the Zenmuse X9-8K Air Gimbal Camera however the lenses are an additional purchase.

You will have to be patient to get your hands on this amazing drone as the release date is expected to be at the end of June 2023. There is no doubt that if you are serious about aerial cinematography, it is worth the price and the wait.

As we have come to expect from DJI, the Inspire 3 sets a new standard and the performance and results will not fail to impress.



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