DJI has released the Pro version of their Phantom 4. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro as it is called, is an update to an already best in class quadcopter. It has better camera, enhanced obstacle avoidance, greater battery life, more sensors and additional intelligent flight modes compared to its predecessor.
The Phantom 4 Pro able to capture slow-motion 4K video with up to 60 fps and maximum bitrate of 100mbps. With its 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor and 11.6 stops of dynamic range, the camera will be able to balance the footage in low-light condition. DJI also has built in mechanical shutter in the Pro edition, saying that it will eliminates rolling shutter distortion in fast moving scene.
Phantom 4 Pro has obstacle avoidance sensors on all four sides of its body, allowing the drone to detect and avoid any obstacle in any direction. The aircraft has three sets of visual sensors in front, behind and below while two infrared sensors at both sides. Top speed while in P mode is 31 mph and in sports mode, it can flies up to 45 mph.
DJI also introduced a new remote controller with built-in 5.5 inch full 1080p screen. The new controller has an upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system which allows pilot to switch between 2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz for optimal video transmission range. The DJI Go app is built into the screen thus making the use of mobile device unnecessary.
With all the new features and hardware, DJI still able to tweak the battery to give a cool 30 minutes of flight time for the Phantom 4 Pro, 5 minutes more than the previous Phantom 4’s.
DJI also introduced its intelligent flight system to include 5 new modes to Phantom 4 Pro; Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Enhanced Return to Home and Gesture mode.
Phantom 4 Pro is now open for pre-order. $1,499 will get you a standard package while $1,799 is the price for the remote controller with the new built-in screen package.
This new version certainly has an appeal to all consumer drone enthusiast mainly due to its 5 direction obstacle sensing system. If you’re a looking to get a consumer drone, this is definitely the one to buy. For commercial drones, DJI also released Inspire 2 drone in the same event.