DJI’s Phantom 4 Is The Next Step In Drone Evolution

The word ‘drone’ almost signifies a machine capable of flying on its own and be able to follow basic instructions. Up until now, this sort of technology was not available for the consumer market. Up until now.

Phantom 4

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DJI and its Phantom line of drones are probably what you picture when you think of drones. The hugely successful Chinese company has been able to stamp its authority in an emerging market. Its drones may not always have the latest features or be the least expensive or even be the best drones on the market, however, the package that they put out always hits that sweet spot of just enough of everything.

With the Phantom 4, DJI is looking to reclaim its crown of being the most cutting edge drone in the market and early reports indicate that it has leapfrogged the competition.

What’s new?

Physically the drone appears to be very similar to its predecessor, however, subtle design changes have been made. The underbelly is now grey in color, breaking from an all white aesthetic it’s previous drones used to sport.

The plastic on the body is a little glossier and the body has been fine-tuned to be more efficient aerodynamically. A slight increase in the weight of the drone has been reported, however, as it comes from a beefier battery (5350mAh now), it is well worth it.

The real excitement in the drone is due to its software enhancements. The Phantom 4 is smart enough to detect obstacles like walls, trees and even humans while flying. It then autonomously takes self-corrective features to ensure it does not crash into the obstacles. Paired with the fact that the drone can keep any moving object in frame by itself, a feature DJI calls Active Track, aspiring filmmakers can capture amazing shots without needing any other person on the controller.

DJI explained the technology behind Active Track somewhat and demonstrated how the Phantom 4 can actively distinguish between different human beings, mountain bikes and even cars. The drone forms a 3D model of the subject it is tracking that allows it to distinguish between similar things better than any other drone on the market.

DJI is also looking to make drones easier to fly than ever before. It has introduced a feature called TapFly, using which drone operators can intuitively fly drones without ever mastering two handed controls.

All they need to do is to press one button for takeoff and then tap on the controller screen to guide the drone in that direction. All of these features working together in combination make for a drone that is easy to fly, difficult to crash and easier to use for professional grade camera work.

Also included in this drone is a Sports Mode which ups the maximum flying speed of the drone by 10mph and makes it very responsive to the controller. This is something that is strictly reserved for advanced users.

The Price

The Phantom 4 comes in at $1399, which is higher than the top tier model of the Phantom 3. DJI is promising that the technology included in this drone is well worth it. On first impressions, ee are inclined to agree.

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