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'MythBusters' Adam Savage tests DJI Inspire 1 4K quadcopter

Savage and his "Tested" co-host Norman Chan fly DJI's new advanced quadcopter -- equipped with a 4K camera -- and grab some amazing aerial footage.

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It's a bird! It's a plane! Actually, it's a DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter. Screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

"MythBusters" host Adam Savage and his "Tested" co-host Norman Chan join Eric Chang from DJI to give the company's Inspire 1 quadcopter a spin in this new video.

The Inspire 1's flight control system makes it easy to fly, DJI promises, thanks to the way its body communicate with its controller.

The main controller acts as the "brain" of the system, "receiving thousands of bits of data every second and translating that data into action as you fly," according to the company's website. "The main controller tells every part of your Inspire 1 what to do, calculates environmental conditions in real-time, and ensures that the aircraft responds to your control commands instantly."

The Inspire 1 costs a hefty $3,399, £2,380 or AU$4,419 for the dual-remote setup Adam and Norman test out here. To see if it's worth that much, the duo try to see how smoothly it can run at high altitudes.

"This quad has the ability to split flight and camera controls between two operators, so Adam and Norm work together to capture a few aerial shots with the Inspire 1's 4K camera," according to "Tested."

In fact, the drone's 12-megapixel camera is capable of better than 4K -- 4,096x2,160 pixels is more than the usual 4K resolution, but it can only record 24 or 25 frames per second at that rate. Turn it down to mere full HD (1,920x1,080) and it can manage a silky 60 frames per second.

That high quality is on show as Adam and Norm take the drone on an aerial tour of the San Francisco's waterfront for over 10 minutes, capturing cool birds-eye video footage of the warehouses below at an impressive height of 400 ft (120 meters). Even the sophisticated quadcopter's smooth landing is a sight to behold.