By Technical Editor Matt Allard:
If you were hoping to have a nice new quadcopter for Christmas then you may be dissapointed. According to multiple sources DJI Inspire 1 4K quadcopter shipping date has been pushed back from the early December, as previously listed by several retailers. Apparently there are a few things that DJI still needs to sort out before the finished production version ships.
Presently there’s no ETA on new shipping dates The company is now saying initial pre-orders should ship on or about the 20th of December, but there may be additional delays.
Here is what DJI had to say in response on their own user forum:
“The next best estimate is on or about the 20th of December. I beilieve they mentioned that in the letter/email that was sent out. They also stated that there could be additional delays. This happens with new technology. I know that you want it to be right when it ships to you”
If we are lucky then possibly we will see another price drop before release just like we did with the Ronin. B&H is still listing the Inspire 1 at $2899 but with a shipping date now saying end of December.
UPDATE: This is the email sent customers who pre-ordered the Inspire 1 from DJI:
Dear DJI Customer,
We want to give you an update on the status of the Inspire 1 shipments.
Because we are committed to giving you only the best systems DJI can produce, we have decided to postpone shipment of our first units, and we want to explain this decision to you.
Earlier this year, we started flying and testing the first Inspire 1 beta units. The technology we built into the Inspire 1 is based on all of our years of research and development, and we have always dreamed of combining these elements into one complete system. So these first flights were deeply important to us.
As these flight tests went increasingly well, we started bringing the Inspire 1 around the world to test it in different environments. At that time, we were 99% certain for a launch date in early December. Unfortunately, as we started ramping up to full production scale, there were unavoidable circumstances that prevented our best work from being completed.
So now it is the right decision to delay shipments. We apologize for bringing you this news, but we are working hard to give you the best products you need.
We will update you on our shipment times soon.