Awesome reviews from Paul Joy!
I am also looking into a hard case. The normal case is nice but for long distance travel it’s not recommended..
Thanks Paul for the great reviews! now it’s just a matter of choosing:)
One of the best things you can do to maintain any piece of gear is to keep it in a decent case. This is especially true with something like the DJI Inspire 1 as it’s an inherently fragile device. The case that’s supplied with the Inspire 1 is actually a really clever design, it’s very lightweight and supports the Inspire and it’s essential accessories well.
The downside to the supplied case however is that it’s not very durable, I managed to break a zip on mine within a week, it’s just not a professional grade case. If all you need is somewhere to store the Inspire while it’s at home or in the car then you’ll probably be fine as long as you treat the case gently and don’t expect too much of it, I certainly wouldn’t ever think of checking it in the baggage hold of a plane though.
If you need to check your inspire 1 in to baggage holds or you just want a case that’s going to last then it’s worth looking at something a bit more professional. When choosing a case for the Inspire you first have to make a decision about how you want to store the aircraft.
The Inspire 1’s standard case is what’s referred to as a “travel mode case”. Before the Inspire can be placed in such a case it needs to have the camera gimbal removed and then be placed in travel mode, essentially making it as flat as possible. Some case manufacturers are also producing “landing mode cases”, these allow the Inspire to be placed in the case without changing to travel mode and some cases also allow the option of leaving the camera and gimbal attached to the Inspire as well.
Below are a selection of Inspire 1 cases that I’ve reviewed, I’ve created a separate post for each review as there are many photo’s and lot of thoughts posted for each case. To view the full reviews just click the images or the links below.
HPRC 2730WINS Wheeled Hard Case for the Inspire 1
Type: Travel Mode
Weight: 20.7 lb / 9.4 kg
Ext Dimensions: 24.4 x 20.5 x 13.8″ / 620 x 520 x 350 mm
Price: $323 from B&H Photo
Go Professional GPC-INSPIRE-1T Travel Mode Case
Type: Travel Mode
Weight: 26.9 lb / 12.2 kg
Ext Dimensions: 31.5 x 20.8 x 12.5″ / 80.1 x 52.9 x 31.8 cm
Price: $429 from B&H Photo
Multirotor Axessories Landing Mode Case
Type: Landing Mode
Ext Dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 x 14.4″ / 67 x 52 x 39 cm
Price: £340 (Available in UK & Europe only)