DJI’s camera-carrying multi-copters are massively popular right now. It’s Phantom 4 series drones are a favourite among aerial filmmakers, while gadget hoarders are lusting over the foldable Mavic Pro.
The Phantom in particular was a breakthrough for the Shenzhen-based company when it debuted in 2013. It brought professional-level stabilised aerial video to the masses at a time when many drones in this class were just too expensive for amateurs and hobbyists.
This week, the drone maker unveiled its new Phantom 4 drone with some the specs and features borrowed from the Phantom 4 Pro, but with a slightly lower price of US$1,349 (around B$1,900), hoping to make its top-of-the-line consumer-grade quadcopter more accessible to its customers.
The Phantom 4 Advanced has a 1-inch, 20-megapixel image sensor with f2.8-f11 aperture and 4K video capture at 60 fps on its onboard camera, as well as intelligent flight modes (ActiveTrack, Draw, Gesture, TapFly, and Tripod settings) and sensors for obstacle avoidance.
Flight time is rated at 30 minutes and the drone’s memory card slot can take up to 128gb of data.
This drone will require your smartphone to operate, but should you need a display larger than your phone, DJI is also offering a step up version, Phantom 4 Advanced+, with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen-mounted controller thrown in.
DJI’s asking price for the Advanced+? A whopping US$1,649 (around B$2,300).
But even for the entry-level Advanced, the US$1,349 price tag is still quite steep for the budget-concious drone shopper, and it’s also not much of a price cut considering the Phantom 4 Pro costs just fifty dollars more.
The Phantom 4 Advanced and Advanced+ are really geared for the serious aerial filmographers. If you’re looking for a starter drone, however, DJI’s US$999 Mavic Pro could be a better option.
Both the new drones will be available April 30, during which DJI said will discontinue the original Phantom 4. Meanwhile, the Phantom 4 Pro will remain on sale for US$1,399 (around B$2,000).