Q. What are the major differences between the DJI Inspire 1 and the Phantom 4?

Both Inspire 1 and Phantom 4 are quality consumer drones, there’s no doubt about it. However, quite a few outstanding factors contribute the Inspire 1 being significantly more expensive. Where Phantom tends to take its place as a doiminating force in the mid-end consumer drone market, the Inspire 1 is at the very pinnacle of this market, if not near the low-end of the professional market.

Phantom 4 - left, and Inspire 1 - right

Phantom 4 – left, and Inspire 1 – right

With the Phantom series you get the degree of quality we’ve come to expect with DJI: a solid plastic, relatively lightweight frame – totaling about 3 lbs with the included battery – and 4K video resolution as an option and 720p live viewing.

While Inspire 1 offers all the same basic options here, it has a few bonuses that propel it to the professional end of the spectrum. For starters, it has a detachable camera, which – thanks to the fact that it’s legs are retractable mid flight – you can rest assured that your shot will never be ruined by the quad’s own parts creeping into it. It also has a much larger, more durable carbon fibre frame, along with a more powerful motor, thus allowing it to reach a top speech about 10-15 mph faster than the Phantom series. Being over double the weight (about 6.5 lbs), it also tends to deal with harsh weather conditions better which results is a steadier video stream on the whole.

While both are quality drones in their own right, the DJI Inspire 1 is certainly a better quality build but simply isn’t what many┬ácasual consumers are looking for: to have some fun and shoot some video. It is recommended for those who are wishing for more serious video footage, or perhaps those who just have too much money lying around.


On the whole, both options are ideal for different types of flyers. If you’re a casual flyer who enjoys shooting some video projects for youtube, school etc, the DJI Phantom 4 is a great choice. If you’re into taking your recording very seriously and capture some footage for a mid-budget movie/music video, the DJI Inspire 1 would be a worthwhile investment.

You can check the full DJI Inspire 1 specs here and the DJI Phantom 4 specs here for a specific analysis of the differences between the two.