Best MicroSD Memory Cards for DJI Inspire 2

The DJI Inspire 2 drone relies on an all-new image processing system to record at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes, and more.

Best MicroSD Memory Cards for DJI Inspire 2
Best MicroSD Memory Cards for DJI Inspire 2

There are many factors that affect which memory card you should use. Before I explain, let me tell you a story. I once had to help a client choose a MicroSD card for his drone. He asked me which one he should get and I told him the class was just as important as the card he chose would determine the quality of his footage.

He didn't listen, and ended up buying the very cheapest cards. This led to him ending up with occasional lost footage, video recording stopping and glitchy functionality when flying his brand new drone.

DJI Recommends:

32 GB:

B&H: Samsung EVO Plus

Samsung: Samsung EVO Plus, Samsung EVO Select

Sandisk Extreme UHS-3 V30

Panasonic UHS-3

64 GB:

Amazon: Sandisk Extreme

B&H: Sandisk Extreme

Samsung: Samsung EVO Plus

Samsung: Samsung EVO Select

Panasonic UHS-3

128 GB:

Amazon: Sandisk Extreme

B&H: Sandisk Extreme

Samsung: Samsung EVO Plus

Samsung: Samsung EVO Select

Panasonic UHS-3

256 GB:

B&H: Sandisk Extreme

Samsung: Samsung EVO Plus

Samsung: Samsung EVO Select

512 GB:

B&H: Sandisk Extreme

Samsung: Samsung EVO Plus

Samsung: Samsung EVO Select

DJI Inspire 2 Specs

  • 6K 30fps CinemaDNG
  • 5.2K Apple ProRes
  • Up to 94KM/H
  • 7KM Control range
  • 23-27 Flight Time

The DJI Inspire 2 drone is equipped with forward and downward vision systems, which allow it to map its flight trajectory in real-time. If it loses its video transmission system signal and Smart Return to Home is enabled, it is able to fly home along its original route and plan a safe route home when it regains a signal. As it returns, it will use its primary camera to identify obstacles as far as 200 meters in front of it and it reconnects more quickly after losing connection.

DJI's Lightbridge technology has an effective transmission distance of up to 4.3mi (7km) and is capable of delivering both 1080p/720p video as well as the FPV view to the pilot and camera operator. Users can also switch between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz control frequencies to cut through noise for greater signal stability.

As well as the intelligent flight modes, there are many intelligent shooting modes. These modes are optimized when using Point of Interest and Waypoint modes, making complex shots simple and repeatable. Other modes available are QuickSpin, TapFly and ActiveTrack.

Inspire 2

The base Inspire 2 does not come with a gimbal or camera.

The Inspire 2 cameras for professional aerial imagery and film making are the Zenmuse X5S and Zenmuse X7.

DJI Inspire 2 Drone

  • Efficient workflow
  • Sense and avoid
  • Spotlight Pro; Compatible with 5.2K Gimbal Cameras
  • Intelligent flight modes. Obstacle Sensing Range : 0-16.4 feet (0-5 m)
  • Smart return to home.Operating Temperature:-4° to 104° F (-20° to 40° C)
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DJI Zenmuse X5S Camera for DJI Inspire 2

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Official DJI Offer: $3,299 or as low as $299/mo. Plus Get USD $32.99 DJI Credit Back in Rewards.

Inspire 2 X5S Standard Kit

Includes professional gimbal camera, the DJI Xenmuse X5S.

The Zenmuse X5S has many new features that make it a great choice for professionals. It has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops and support for up to eight standard M4/3 lenses. The new CineCore 2.0 image processing system on the Inspire 2 makes this drone capable of capturing 5.2K 30fps CinemaDNG video and Apple ProRes video as well as 4K 60fps using H.264 and 4K 30fps using H.265 (100Mbps).

Official DJI Offer: $5,299 or as low as $299/mo. Plus Get USD $52.99 DJI Credit Back in Rewards.

Inspire 2 X7 Standard Kit

Includes compact Super 35 camera with integrated gimbal, the DJI Xenmuse X7.

The Zenmuse X7 is an advanced camera with 3-axis stabilization that is perfect for capturing video at up to 6K resolution. The camera can also record footage at other resolutions, including UHD 4K at 60 fps.

Official DJI Offer: $7,599 or as low as $299/mo. Plus Get USD $75.99 DJI Credit Back in Rewards.

What MicroSD Memory Cards can I use with my Inspire 2?

The Inspire 2 supports MicroSD cards with capacity up to 128GB (quite a lot of storage for most users). The speed of your card is just as important as its capacity. DJI recommends the following minimum card speeds:

  • UHS-3 (preferred) or better recommended by DJI. :)
  • H.264/H.265: 100Mb/s

UHS stands for Ultra High Speed. The SD Association has two UHS Speed Classes, UHS Speed Class 1 and UHS Speed Class UHS Speed Class 1 supports a minimum 10MB/s write speed, whereas UHS Speed Class 3 supports at least 30MB/s write speed.

It doesn't matter what the recording settings are. The H.264/H.265 codec is always 100 Mb/s. I buy the fastest cards but it's probably not necessary for the drone writing to the card.

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4k video: UHS-I U3 or V30


SanDisk Extreme (up to 160MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

The Extreme 160MB/s A2 128GB microSD card managed to reach the advertised read speed up to 160MB/s using SanDisk's proprietary card reader, the SanDisk MobileMate USB 0 Reader (SDDR-B531). In other readers, the card's performance was much lower. The highest sequential read speed measured up to 166 MB/s. Sequential write speed reached up to 103.1 MB/s.


SanDisk Extreme (up to 160MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

6k/8k video: V60 or V90


Lexar Professional 1000x (up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

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AmazonBasics Memory Card Carrying Case

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SanDisk MobileMate USB 3.0 microSD Card Reader

High-speed data transfers of up to 170 MB/s*

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