DJI today announced an upgrade to its Phantom 4 drone — the Phantom 4 Advanced.
The drone primarily improves on the Phantom 4’s camera, this time with a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter lens.
It shoots 4K video at 60 frames per second with a video processor supporting H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate.
DJI also announced the Phantom 4 Advanced+, which makes big changes to the controller. The controller will have a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen that is twice as bright as most smartphones and tablets — an ideal solution for people who have trouble seeing what the drone’s camera is seeing, particularly on bright, sunny days.
The Phantom 4 was one of DJI’s most revolutionary drones when it was announced; it was the first consumer drone to offer sense and avoid technology. If the drone sensed and object in front of it — be it a building or a human — it would simply hover in place and not move forward. If it could detect a way to autonomously navigate around the object, it could also do that. But since it only had a sensor on the front side, the Phantom 4 Pro, announced in November 2016, improved on that by providing obstacle sensors on five sides.
DJI will discontinue production of the Phantom 4 on April 30, 2017, the same day that the Phantom 4 Advanced and Advanced+ will start shipping. The Phantom 4 sells for $1,199.
The Phantom 4 Advanced will retail for $1,349, and the Phantom 4 Advanced+ will retail for $1,649. (Yes, that’s $300 more for the remote controller with screen).
The existing Phantom 4 Pro starts at $1,499 or $1,799 for the screen upgrade.
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