After setting the standard with its Phantom quadcopter line, DJI has unveiled its newest camera drone—the Phantom 4—which has been dubbed “the smartest flying camera ever.”
In professional aerial photography and videography, it usually takes a whole crew to create the perfect shot or get just the right footage: the pilot, the camera operator, and at least one spotter. DJI has simplified this complicated process with the Phantom 4, the most independent consumer drone on the market. Unlike previous models, DJI’s new camera drone now has the ability to track or avoid humans, maneuver itself around obstacles, and best of all, avoid crashes.
Adorama, which will have the Phantom 4 available for pre-order starting March 23, was at an exclusive, invite-only event hosted by DJI in New York on March 1, where the latter announced and demonstrated its new drone’s fantastic new features.
There’s TapFly mode, which allows making the drone fly immediately in any direction simply by tapping on the screen of the device while watching the camera’s live view. To avoid obstacles and crashes, the Phantom 4 is equipped with a highly sophisticated Obstacle Sensing System that uses its five onboard cameras plus advanced computer vision and processing technology to intelligently fly around, over, or under any obstacles in its way.
Aerial photographers and videographers will definitely benefit from the Phantom 4’s new ActiveTrack feature, which allows the drone to recognize and track certain subjects automatically. This means the drone’s onboard camera can instantly identify a subject and follow it naturally to ensure that it is always in the frame, making for better photos and videos.
For sports photographers, the Phantom boasts of a brand-new Sport mode that makes flying at high speeds easier and safer. This is thanks to responsive controls, a reliable flight control system, and a streamlined, aerodynamic design that make it easy to race through the air while following a speeding BMX biker or a professional snowboarder.
In addition to the new advanced flight modes, DJI’s latest quadcopter has a much longer battery life compared to previous Phantom models and other brands on the market. Flight time has now been extended to 28 minutes—25% more than the Phantom 3 Professional—and a range of 3.1 miles (5 km.) on a single full charge, which is extremely impressive considering all of the onboard cameras and sensors.
In terms of looks, the Phantom 4 still seems quite similar to its predecessors, but there are a few noticeable differences. For instance, the matte white exterior with metallic stripes that DJI previously favored for their Phantom line has been swapped for a shiny, futuristic white shell.
It also has a sleeker look and feel, especially when it comes to the onboard camera, which looks a lot less bulky in the Phantom 4 compared to the Phantom 3 Advanced and Professional. A special magnesium core provides increased stiffness and rigidity while still keeping the body as lightweight as possible, and a tightly integrated gimbal lifts the drone’s center of gravity closer to its core, which increases stability, agility, and rapid responsiveness.
Another feature on the Phantom 4 is the new high-performance camera, which has a specially designed lens that allows taking pictures at 12 MP and shoots clean, crisp 4K resolution video at 30 frames per second and 1080p Full HD resolution at 120 frames per second for slow motion footage.
Packed with the most innovative features the industry has ever seen, the Phantom 4 is a revolutionary piece of technology that is set to change the world of aerial photography for creative professionals who have long been searching for a semi-autonomous camera drone that can offer supreme functionality and amazing results.
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