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Before Flight

The following tutorials and manuals have been produced to ensure you to make full use of your Inspire 1 Pro.

1. In the Box
2. Safety Guidelines and Disclaimer
3. Quick Start Guide
4. Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines
5. User Manual

Watching all the tutorial videos and reading the Disclaimer before flight is recommended. Afterwards, prepare for your first flight by using the Quick Start Guide. Refer to this manual for more comprehensive information.

Introduction

Product Profile & Features Highlights

The Inspire 1 Pro is brand new quadcopter capable of capturing 4K video and transmitting an HD video signal (up to 5km) to multiple devices straight out of the box. Equipped with retractable landing gear, it can capture an unobstructed 360 degree view from its camera. The built-in camera has an integrated gimbal to maximize stability and weight efficiency while minimizing space. When no GPS signal is available, Vision Positioning technology provides hovering precision.

Features Highlights

The Inspire 1 Pro is a professional aerial filmmaking and photography platform that is ready to fly right out of the box. Featuring an onboard camera equipped with a 15mm f/1.7 (35 mm format equivalent 30 mm) lens and 3-axis stabilized gimbal, it shoots sharp 16mp stills and stable video at up to 4K. Its retractable landing gear pulls up out of view, giving the camera an unobstructed 360 degree view of the world below.

HD Video Downlink: Low latency, HD downlink powered by an enhanced version of the DJI Lightbridge system. It also provides dual controllers mode.

Landing gear: Retractable landing gear that enables an unobstructed panoramic view from the camera.

DJI Intelligent Flight Battery: 4500 mAh DJI Intelligent Flight Battery employs new battery cells and a battery management system.

Flight Controller: The next generation flight controller system provides a more reliable flight experience. A new flight recorder stores the flight data from each flight, and Vision Positioning enhances hovering precision when no GPS is available.

Assemble the Aircraft
Unlocking Travel Mode
The aircraft is in Travel Mode during delivery. Follow these steps to change it to Landing Mode before your first flight:
1. Insert the Intelligent Flight Battery into the battery compartment.
2. Power on the Remote Controller and the Intelligent Flight Battery.
3. Toggle the Transformation Switch up and down at least four times.
4. Power off the aircraft.

 

Unlocking Travel Mode

Installing Gimbal and Camera
The following steps use the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH as illustration of how to mount the camera lens to the camera body. Be sure to power off the battery before installation.
1. Remove the camera body cap.
2. While holding down the Lens Release Button, rotate the Lens Lock clockwise to unlock it.
3. Remove the lens cap and rear cap.
Installing Gimbal and Camera
4. Align the two Lens Mount Indexes on the camera body and camera lens, and insert the camera lens into the body of the camera.
5. Rotate the camera lens clockwise until you hear a click.
6. Rotate the Lens Lock counterclockwise to lock it.
7. Mount the Balancing Ring (or a filter) and the Lens Hood.
8. Insert the Micro SD card
Installing Gimbal and Camera
To remove the camera lens, power off the battery and then:
1. While holding down the Lens Release Button, rotate the Lens Lock clockwise to unlock it.
2. While holding down the Lens Release Button, rotate the camera lens counterclockwise to detach it.
Installing Gimbal and Camera Installing Gimbal and Camera
Attach the Zenmuse X5
Ensure to power off the aircraft.
1. Rotate the Gimbal Lock to the unlocked position.
2. Align the key on the damping plate with the slot on the gimbal’s pan motor.
3. While aligning the white lines on the Gimbal Connector and Gimbal Lock, insert the Gimbal Connector.
4. Rotate the Gimbal Lock to the locked position.
Attach the Zenmuse X5
Attaching 1345T Quick-Release Propellers
Attaching 1345T Quick-Release Propellers
Preparing Remote Controller
Tilt the Mobile Device Holder to the desired position then adjust the antenna as shown.
1. Press the button on the side of the Mobile Device Holder to release the clamp, adjust it to fit then attach your mobile device.
2. Connect your mobile device to the remote controller with a USB cable.
3. Plug one end of the cable into your mobile device, and the other end into the USB port on the back of the remote controller.
Preparing Remote Controller
Aircraft Diagram
Aircraft Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram
Remote Controller Diagram Remote Controller Diagram Remote Controller Diagram

Aircraft

Flight Controller
The Inspire 1 Pro’s flight controller is based on DJI flight controller with several enhancements such as new flight mode and new safe mode. Three safe modes are available: Failsafe, Return Home and Dynamic Home Point. These features ensure the safe return of your aircraft if the control signal is lost. A flight recorder stores crucial flight data for each flight.
Flight Mode
Three flight modes are available. The details of each flight mode are found in the section below:
P mode (Positioning) : P mode works best when GPS signal is strong. There are three different states of P mode, which will be automatically selected by the Inspire 1 Pro depending on GPS signal strength and
Vision Positioning sensors:
– P-GPS: GPS and Vision Positioning both are available, and the aircraft is using GPS for positioning.
– P-OPTI: Vision Positioning is available but the GPS signal is not. Aircraft is using only Vision Positioning for hovering
– P-ATTI: Neither GPS or Vision Positioning available, aircraft is using only its barometer for positioning, so only altitude is controlled.
A mode (Attitude): The GPS and Vision Positioning System is not used for holding position. The aircraft only uses its barometer to maintain altitude. If it is still receiving a GPS signal, the aircraft can automatically return home if the Remote Controller signal is lost and if the Home Point has been recorded successfully.
F mode (Function): Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) is activated in this mode. For more information about IOC, refer to the IOC in Appendix.
Flight Status Indicator
The Inspire 1 Pro comes with the Front LED, Rear LED and Aircraft Status Indicator. The positions of these LEDs are shown in the figure below:

Flight Status Indicator

The Front and Rear LED show the orientation of the aircraft. The Front LED displays solid red and the Rear LED displays solid green.
Aircraft Status Indicator shows the system status of the flight controller. Refer to the table below for more information about the Aircraft Status Indicator:
Aircraft Status Indicator Description
Aircraft Status Indicator Description
Return-to-Home (RTH)
The Return to Home (RTH) brings the aircraft back to the last recorded Home Point. There are three cases that will trigger RTH procedure; they are Smart RTH, Low Battery RTH and Failsafe RTH.

Return-to-Home (RTH)

Smart RTH
Using the RTH button on the remote controller (refer to “RTH button” on P30 for more information) or the RTH button in the DJI GO app when GPS is available to enables smart RTH. The aircraft return to the latest recorded Home Point, you may control the aircraft’s orientation to avoid collision during the Smart RTH. Press the Smart RTH button once to start the process, press the Smart RTH button again to exit Smart RTH and regain the control.
Low Battery RTH
The low battery level failsafe is triggered when the DJI Intelligent Flight Battery is depleted to a point that may affect the safe return of the aircraft. Users are advised to return home or land the aircraft immediately when these warnings are shown. DJI GO app will advise user to return the aircraft to the Home Point when low battery warning is triggered. Aircraft will automatically return to the Home Point if no action is taken after 10 seconds countdown. User can cancel the RTH by pressing once on the RTH button. The thresholds for these warnings are automatically determined based on the current aircraft altitude and its distance from the Home Point.
Aircraft will land automatically if the current battery level can only support the aircraft to land to the ground from the current altitude. User can use the remote controller to control the aircraft’s orientation during the landing process.
The Battery Level Indicator is displayed in the DJI GO app, and is described below

 

 Low Battery RTH
Failsafe RTH
Failsafe RTH is activated automatically if remote controller signal (including video relay signal) is lost for more than 3 seconds provided that Home Point has been successfully recorded and compass is working normally. Return home process may be interrupted and the operator can regain control over the aircraft if a remote controller signal is resumed.
Failsafe Illustration
Failsafe Illustration
Dynamic Home Point
Dynamic Home Point Dynamic Home Point
Vision Positioning System
DJI Vision Positioning is a positioning system that uses ultrasonic and image data to help the aircraft identify its current position. With the help of Vision Positioning, your Inspire 1 Pro can hover in place more precisely and fly indoors or in other environments where there is no GPS signal available. The main components of DJI Vision Positioning are located on the bottom of your Inspire 1 Pro, including [1] two sonar sensors and [2] one monocular camera.
Vision Positioning System
Using Vision Positioning
Vision Positioning is activated automatically when the Inspire 1 Pro is powered on. No manual action is required. Vision Positioning is typically used in the indoor environment where no GPS is available. By using the sensors on the Vision Positioning system, Inspire 1 Pro can perform precision hovering even when no GPS is available.

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Using Vision Positioning
Follow the steps below to use Vision Positioning:Vision Positioning
1. Toggle the switch to “P” as shown the figure to the right:
2. Place the Inspire 1 Pro on a flat surface. Notice that the Vision Positioning system cannot work properly on surfaces without pattern variations.
3. Power on the Inspire 1 Pro. The aircraft status indicator will flash twice in green light, which indicates the Vision Positioning system is ready. Gently push the throttle up to lift off, and the Inspire 1 Pro will hover in place.
Vision Positioning System
Flight Recorder
Flight data is automatically stored in the internal storage device of the aircraft. User can gain access to these data through the DJI GO app. This includes flight duration, orientation, distance, aircraft status information, speed, and other parameters.
Attaching and Detaching the Propellers
Attaching the Propellers
Refer to “Attaching Propellers” on p10 for details.
Detaching the Propellers
Release the propeller lock and remover the propeller.
  • Check that the propellers and motors are installed correctly and firmly before every flight.
  • Ensure that all propellers are in good condition before each flight. DO NOT use old, chipped, or broken propellers.
  • To avoid injury, STAND CLEAR of and DO NOT touch propellers or motors when they are spinning.
  • ONLY use original DJI propellers for a better and safer flight experience.

 

DJI Intelligent Flight Battery
The DJI Intelligent Flight Battery has a capacity of 4500mAh, voltage of 22.2V, and smart charge – discharge functionality. It can only be charged with an appropriate DJI approved charger.
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery Functions
1. Battery Level Display: LEDs display the current battery level.
2. Battery Life Display: LEDs display the current battery power cycle.
3. Auto-discharging Function: The battery automatically discharges to below 65% of total power when it is idle (press the power button to check battery level will cause battery to exit idle state) for more than 10 days to prevent swelling. It takes around 2 days to discharge the battery to 65%.It is normal to feel moderate heat emitting from the battery during the discharge process. Discharge thresholds can be set in the DJI GO app.
4. Balanced Charging: Automatically balances the voltage of each battery cell when charging.
5. Over charge Protection: Charging automatically stops when the battery is fully charged.
6. Temperature Detection: The battery will only charge when the temperature is between 5 °C (41°F) and 40°C (104°F).
7. Over Current Protection: Battery stops charging when high amperage (more than 10A) is detected.
8. Over Discharge Protection: Discharging automatically stops when the battery voltage reaches 18V to prevent over-discharge damage
9. Short Circuit Protection: Automatically cuts the power supply when a short circuit is detected.
10. Battery Cell Damages Protection: DJI GO app shows warning message when damaged battery cell is detected.
11. Battery Information History: Show the last 32 entries of battery information records that include warning messages and so on.
12. Sleep Mode: Sleep mode is entered after 10 minutes of inactivity to save power.
13. Communication: Battery voltage, capacity, current, and other relevant information is provided to the aircraft’s to the main controller.
  • Refer to Disclaimer and Intelligent Flight Battery Safety Guidelines before use. Users take full responsibility for all operations and usage.

Using the Battery

Using the Battery

Powering ON/OFF
Powering On: Press the Power Button once, then press again and hold for 2 seconds to power on. The Power LED will turn red and the Battery Level Indicators will display the current battery level.
Powering Off: Press the Power Button once, then press again and hold for 2 seconds to power off.
Low Temperature Notice:
1. The performance of the intelligent Flight Battery is significantly reduced when flying in a low temperature environments (those with air temperatures below 5°C). Ensure that the battery is fully charged and the cell voltage is at 4.35 V before each flight.
2. Using the Intelligent Flight Battery in extremely low temperature environments (those with air temperatures below -10°C) is not recommended. When flying in environments with temperatures between 5°C and -10°C, the Intelligent Flight Battery should be able to achieve the appropriate voltage levels (above 4.2 V), but it is recommended that you apply the included insulation sticker to the battery in order to prevent a rapid drop in temperatures.
3. If the DJI GO app displays the “Critical Low Battery Level Warning” when flying in low temperature environments, stop flying and land the aircraft immediately. You will still be able to control the aircraft’s movement when this warning is triggered.
4. Store the Intelligent Flight Battery in a room temperature environment and ensure that its temperature exceeds 5°C before using it in the low temperature environment.
5. When using the Inspire 1 Pro in a low temperature environment, begin by allowing the aircraft to hover at a low altitude, for approximately one minute, to heat the battery.
6. To ensure optimum performance, keep the Intelligent Flight Battery’s core temperature above 20°C when in use.
  • In cold environments, insert the battery into the battery compartment and allow the aircraft to warm up for approximately 1-2 minutes before taking off.
Checking the battery level
The Battery Level Indicators display how much remaining power the battery has. When the battery is powered off, press the Power Button once. The Battery Level Indicators will light up to display the current battery level. See below for details.
 
Battery life
The battery life indicates how many more times the battery can be discharged and recharged before it must be replaced. When the battery is powered off, press and hold the Power Button for 5 seconds to check the battery life. The Battery Level Indicators will light up and/or blink as described below for 2 seconds:
Battery life
Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery
1. Connect Battery Charger to a power source (100-240V 50/60Hz).
2. Open the Protection Cap and connect the Intelligent Flight Battery to the Battery Charger. If the battery level is above 95%, turn on the battery before charging.
3. The Battery Level Indicator will display the current battery level during charging.
4. The Intelligent Flight Battery is fully charged when Battery Level Indicators are all off.
5. Air cool the Intelligent Flight Battery after each flight. Allow its temperature to drop to room temperature before storing it for an extended period.

Charging the Intelligent Flight Battery Charging Protection LED Display

After any of the above mentioned protection issues are resolved, press the button to turn off the Battery Level Indicator. Unplug the Intelligent Flight Battery from the charger and plug it back in to resume charging. Note that you do not need to unplug and plug the charger in the event of a room temperature error, the charger will resume charging when the temperature falls within the normal range.

 

DJI Intelligent Flight Battery

Remote Controller

Remote Controller Profile
The Inspire 1 Pro Remote Controller is a multi-function wireless communication device that integrates the video downlink ground system and aircraft Remote Controller system. The video downlink and aircraft Remote Controller system operate at 2.4 GHz with maximum transmission distance of 5km. The remot controller features a number of camera functions, such as taking and previewing photos and video, and controlling gimbal motions. The remote controller is powered by a 2S rechargeable battery. The current battery level is displayed by LEDs on the front panel of the remote control.
Remote Controller Operations
Powering On And Off The Remote Controller
The Inspire 1 Pro remote controller is powered by a 2S rechargeable battery with a capacity of 6000mAh. The battery level is indicated by the Battery Level LEDs on the front panel. Follow the steps below to power on your remote controller:
1. When powered off, press the Power Button once and the Battery Level LEDs will display the current battery level.
2. Then, press and hold the Power Button to power on the remote controller.
3. The Remote Controller will beep when it powers on. The Status LED will blink green (slave remote controller blinks solid purple) rapidly, indicating that the remote controller is linking to the aircraft. The Status LED will show a solid green light when linking is completed.
4. Repeat step 2 to power off the remote controller after finish using it.

 

Powering On And Off The Remote Controller

Charging Remote Controller
Charge the remote controller via supplied charger.

 

Charging Remote Controller

Controlling Camera
Shoot videos or images and adjust camera settings via the Shutter Button, Camera Settings Dial, Playback Button and Video Recording Button on the remote control.

 

Controlling Camera

[1] Camera Settings Dial
Turn the dial to quickly adjust camera settings such as ISO and shutter speed without letting go of the remote controller. Move the dial button to left or right to view the pictures or videos in playback mode.
[2] Playback Button
Press to view images or videos that have already been captured.
[3] Shutter Button
Press to take a photo. If burst mode is activated, multiple photos will be taken with a single press.
[4] Recoding Button
Press once to start recording video, then press again to stop recording.

 

Controlling Aircraft
This section explains how to use the various features of the remote controller. The Remote Controller is set to Mode 2 by default.
  • Stick Neutral/ mid point: Control sticks of the Remote Controller are placed at the central position.
  • Move the Stick: The control stick is pushed away from the central position.

Flight Mode Switch

P mode (Positioning) : P mode works best when GPS signal is strong. There are three different states of P mode, which will be automatically selected by the Inspire 1 Pro depending on GPS signal strength and
Vision Positioning sensors:
– P-GPS: GPS and Vision Positioning both are available, and the aircraft is using GPS for positioning.
– P-OPTI: Vision Positioning is available but the GPS signal is not. Aircraft is using only Vision Positioning for hovering
– P-ATTI: Neither GPS or Vision Positioning available, aircraft is using only its barometer for positioning, so only altitude is controlled.
A mode (Attitude): The GPS and Vision Positioning System is not used for holding position. The aircraft only uses its barometer to maintain altitude. If it is still receiving a GPS signal, the aircraft can automatically return home if the Remote Controller signal is lost and if the Home Point has been recorded successfully.
F mode (Function): Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) is activated in this mode. For more information about IOC, refer to the IOC in Appendix. The Flight Mode Switch is locked in P mode by default. To unlock the switch, launch the DJI GO app, enter the “Camera” page, tap “MODE”, and then activate “Multiple Flight Mode” .

 

Dual Remote Controllers Mode
More than one remote controller can connect to the same aircraft in Dual Remote Controller mode. In Dual Controllers mode, the “Master” remote controller operator controls the orientation of the aircraft, while the “Slave” remote controller controls the movement of the gimbal and camera operation. When multiple “slave” remote controllers (max of 6) are connect to the aircraft, only the first connected “slave” remote controller is able to control the gimbal, the remaining “slave” remote controller can view the live feed video from the aircraft and set the camera parameters, but they cannot control the gimbal.
 Dual Remote Controllers Mode
  • Use the gimbal dial on the remote controller to control the pitch movement of the camera in the single remote controller mode, however, you cannot control the pan movement of the camera.

Setting Up Dual Remote Controllers Mode “Slave” Remote Controller “Slave” Remote Controller

 

Camera and Gimbal

Camera
The Zenmuse X5 offers advanced photographers a high-performance, robust gimbal and camera system with an M4/3 interchangeable lens. The Type 4/3 CMOS sensor supports video recording in 4K and 16MP still photos. The Zenmuse X5 lens kit comes with the DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH that provides a 72 degree field of view and a manually adjustable f/1.7-f/16 aperture range. The camera can shoot burst, AEB or time-lapse in JPEG and DNG RAW, and output video in MP4 and MOV formats. Live HD video from the camera can be viewed on your mobile device through the DJI GO app. The 3-axis gimbal provides an incredibly stable platform for the camera to capture clear shots even during high speed maneuvers. The gimbal tilts the camera across a -90° to +30° pitch angle and pans a full 360 degrees.
Camera Micro-SD Card Slot
To store your photos and videos, plug in the micro-SD card into the slot shown below before powering on the Inspire 1 Pro. The Inspire 1 Pro comes with a 16GB micro-SD card and supports up to a 64GB micro- SD card. A UHS-1 type micro-SD card is recommended, because the fast read and write capability of these cards enables you to store high-resolution video data.

Camera Micro-SD Card Slot

  • Do not remove micro-SD card from the Inspire 1 Pro when it is powered on.
Camera Data Port
Power on the Inspire 1 Pro and then connect a USB cable to the Camera Data Port to download photos or videos from the camera to your computer.

Camera Data Port

  • Power on the aircraft before attempting to download the files

 

Status LED

The Status LED describes the working status of the camera.

Status LED

Gimbal

Gimbal Profile
The 3-axis Gimbal provides a steady platform for the attached camera, allowing you to capture stabilized images and video. The Gimbal can tilt the camera up to 120 degrees and rotate 360 degrees

Gimbal Profile

Use the gimbal dial on the remote controller to control pitch movement of the camera by default. Note that you cannot control the pan motion of the camera by default. Enable the “Master-and-Slave” mode and set the remote controller to “Slave” state if you wish to control both the pan and pitch movement of the camera.

Pan Control
Follow the instructions below to use the gimbal dial to control the pan movement of the gimbal:
1. Power on the aircraft and remote control, launch DJI GO app and enter “Camera” page.
2. Tap “RC Control Settings” icon and select either C1 or C2 customizable button as the gimbal pitch/ yaw switching button.
3. Select “Gimbal Pitch/Yaw” from the dropdown list.

Pan Control

Press C1 or C2 button to switch from pitch mode to yaw mode. You may use the gimbal dial to pan the gimbal under yaw mode. Press C1 or C2 again to exit yaw mode. While pressing the C1 button, turn the gimbal dial to focus the X5 camera manually. While pressing the C2 button, turn the camera settings dial to fine tune the roll axis of the gimbal.

Using DJI GO App to Control Gimbal
Follow the steps below to use DJI GO app to control the gimbal orientation:
1. Launch DJI GO app, enter “Camera” page.
2. Tap and press on the screen until a blue circle is shown.
3. Slide to control the gimbal orientation within the “Camera” page as shown below.

 Using DJI GO App to Control Gimbal

Gimbal Operation Modes
Three Gimbal operation modes are available. Switch between the different operation modes on the Camera page of the DJI GO App. Note that your mobile device must be connected to the remote controller for changes to take effect. Refer to the table below for details:

Gimbal Operation Modes