While the Mavic Pro has been a massive hit with consumers thus far, DJI isn't finished showing off their dominance in the consumer drone market. Yesterday, the company announced two brand new drone systems which are based on previous models (Phantom 4 and Inspire 1) with beefed up specs and advances in technology.
Phantom 4 Pro
- Larger 1-inch 20MP sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range
- Mechanical shutter helps prevent motion blur
- Can now shoot 4K at 60fps with a max bitrate of 100 Mbps
- Can capture natively in H.265 for improved video quality while maintaining light on data
- Improved FlightAutonomy system can sense its surroundings by way of three visual systems and avoid obstacles in its path
- New landing protection function will help to keep the bird from landing on uneven ground or water
- Improved flight time of up to 30 minutes
- Can fly at 31 mph in P model (with obstacle avoidance on) or up to 45mph in Sport mode
- New controller offers more compact design with automatic 2.4GHz/5.8GHz selection plus a built-in GPS, compass, Micro-SD card slot and HDMI port
- An optional high-resolution display that is both bright enough to use in direct sun while showing off a crisp image with vivid colors
- More intelligent flight modes (ActiveTrack, TapFly, Draw Mode) offers easier control for more advanced movements without the need to master the control sticks
Base pricing for the Phantom 4 Pro starts at $1,499 with the standard controller. The Phantom 4 Pro+ bundle includes the new aircraft coupled with the high luminance display controller, priced at $1,799.
Phantom 4 Pro units are expected to ship in the coming weeks, while pre-orders are now available from most major photo/video retailers.
- New magnesium-aluminum alloy body is lighter but more rigid
- Can achieve a top speed of 67 mph and goes 0-50 in just 4 seconds
- Dual battery system offers flight times up to 27 minutes, self-heating dual battery maintains performance to -4 degrees Fahrenheit, batteries offer fail-safe to return home if one of the two batteries fails during flight
- New front-facing camera offers a POV for the pilot via the master controller while the camera operator receives the standard feed from a Zenmuse camera mounted on the primary gimbal
- Supports new Zenmuse X4S and X5S cameras with additional camera offerings coming down the road
- Zenmuse X4S offers 1-inch, 20MP sensor with 11.6 stops of dynamic range, 24mm focal length, aperture control from f/2.8-f/11 and mechanical shutter to prevent motion blur
- Zenmuse X5S harnesses a Micro Four Thirds sensor with 20.8MP and 12.8 stops of dynamic range, supports eight different lenses, capable of shooting 20fps continuous burst in DNG RAW
- New image processing system dubbed CineCore 2.0 allows for processing of larger files
- Captures 5.2K video at 4.2Gbps for CinemaDNG RAW while leveraging new fast CINESSD storage
- Various video compression formats are supported within CineCore 2.0 including Adobe CinemaDNG, Apple ProRes 422 HQ (5.2K, 4K), ProRes 444 XQ (4K), H.264 and H.265. Like the Phantom 4 Pro, the H.264 and H.265 formats offer a maximum bitrate of 100mbps.
- Optional high-altitude propellers allow for a max ceiling of 16,404 ft above sea level
- Optional Crystalsky IPS monitor offers ultra-bright display in 5.5 or 7.85-inch sizes with dedicated system for reducing latency for video transmission, harnesses dual Micro-SD card slots within the display for backing up footage or transferring/playing back files
- Optimized video mode streams smooth video at a 1080i50/720p60 broadcast standard
- Enhanced Lightbright video makes smoother HDMI video possible
- Stereo vision sensors allow for obstacle detection while infrared sensors offer protection when flying in enclosed spaces
- Improved propulsion system allows for 20ft/s inclines and 30ft/s declines
- Redundant systems provide consistent readings on the IMU, barometer, electronic speed controller communication and satellite navigation modules
- Spotlight Pro Mode locks onto a subject during flight when moving in the opposite direction while keeping the camera on the subject as you pass
- TapFly technology allows you to point to the screen for movement while avoiding obstacles automatically
- ActiveTrack recognizes subjects like people, cars or animals automatically
DJI's Inspire 2 will sell for a base price of $2,999 or the Inspire 2 Combo which sells for $6,198 and includes the aircraft, a Zenmuse X5S and a license key for CinemaDNG/ProRes.
Those who pre-order the Inspire 2 Combo before January 1st will receive a discounted price of $5,999. Combo units are expected to ship in December 2016 while basic units will begin rolling out in January 2017.
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