DJI Inspire 1 Camera Mount Review
DJI’s handheld camera mount is a great accessory for anyone with their flagship quadcopter, the Inspire 1. The handheld camera mount allows you to use the camera and gimbal from the Inspire 1 quadcopter to shoot on the ground, which will “empower creators to complete their projects and get every shot they need” according to DJI.
The handheld camera mount is a good size, enough to feel solid in your hand but light enough to not cause a strain on your arm as you’re holding it for extended periods. It has a large red record button, as well as two filming modes. One mode allows you to keep the camera oriented towards a fixed point, while the other mode allows you to pan and shift while smoothly tracking your subject. The camera mount also has a microphone and an external microphone jack for those looking to get more professional sound effects.
Inside the camera mount, a removable rechargeable battery provides about 70 minutes of shooting or a little over an hour – which seems like an eternity when you’re used to the short flight times of quadcopters!
With the release of the Inspire 1 handheld camera mount, DJI has demonstrated that it doesn’t only want to be known as a quadcopter company – it wants to be active in the full range of video filming solutions. DJI first started producing gimbals so that users could get stabilized video out of their quadcopters. But DJI has expanded far beyond that – it now offers a handheld gimbal, the DJI Ronin, based off the Zenmuse technology found in its quadcopter gimbals. The Ronin is designed for professionals with high end camera setups and is a pretty penny at $2,999, but it shows how the company is not just an aerial device manufacturer anymore. And with the Inspire 1 handheld camera mount, we could see a trend where video professionals are buying just the camera and handheld mount, sans quadcopter! We wouldn’t be suprised if DJI released a mid-range handheld mount somewhere down the line too, between the Ronin and the Inspire 1 handheld mount.
In any event, the DJI Inspire 1 handheld camera mount is set to be released in the second quarter of 2015, so we’re expecting to see it around May of this year. Stay tuned for the exact DJI Inspire 1 handheld camera mount release date and pricing – and let us know what you think in the comments! Will it be $150? $250? $500??!? How much would you pay, and will it be a useful addition to your video recording setup?
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