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DJI launches Phantom 4 camera drone

DJI launches Phantom 4 camera drone

MODEL: Phantom 4
MAX. FLIGHT SPEED: 20m/s (Sport Mode)
MAX. ASCENT/DESCENT SPEED: 6m/s ascending (Sport Mode), 4m/s descending (Sport Mode)
FLIGHT TIME: 28 minutes
OBSTACLE SENSING SYSTEM: Effective range is 0.7 – 15m
VISION POSITIONING SYSTEM: Effective range is 0-10m
SLOW MOTION VIDEO RECORDING: Resolution: 1920*1080@120fps

DJI, a leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, have launched the Phantom 4, the first consumer quadcopter camera (or “drone”) to use advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier.

New features include obstacle avoidance, intelligent tracking and a simplified flying experience. The Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System features two forward-facing optical sensors that scan for obstacles and automatically direct the aircraft around the impediment when possible, reducing risk of collision, while ensuring flight direction remains constant. If the system determines the craft cannot go around the obstacle, it will slow to a stop and hover until the user redirects it. Obstacle avoidance also engages if the user triggers the drone’s “Return to Home” function to reduce the risk of collision when automatically flying back to its take off point.

With ActiveTrack, the Phantom 4 allows users running the DJI Go app on iOS and Android devices to follow and keep the camera centered on the subject as it moves simply by tapping the subject on their smartphone or tablet. Perfectly-framed shots of moving joggers or cyclists, for example, simply require activating the ActiveTrack mode in the app.

The Phantom 4 understands three-dimensional images and uses machine learning to keep the object in the shot, even when the subject changes its shape or turns while moving. Users have full control over camera movement while in ActiveTrack mode – and can even move the camera around the object while it is in motion as the Phantom 4 keeps the subject framed in the centre of the shot autonomously. A “pause” button on the Phantom 4’s remote controller allows the user to halt an autonomous flight at any time, leaving the drone to hover.

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By using the TapFly function in the DJI Go app, users can double-tap a destination for their Phantom 4 on the screen, and the Phantom 4 calculates an optimal flight route to reach the destination, while avoiding any obstructions in its path. Tap another spot and the Phantom 4 will smoothly transition towards that destination.

The Phantom 4’s aerial-optimized 4K camera has had an upgrade to include improved optics for better corner sharpness and reduced chromatic aberration. The Phantom 4 also has DJI’s signature Lightbridge video transmission system onboard, allowing users to see what their camera sees in HD and in real-time on their smart devices at a distance up to five kilometres (3.1 miles).

DJI say that the Phantom 4’s form factor, still the classic quadcopter style pioneered by DJI, has been redesigned and redefined to emphasise more-aerodynamic lines. Its frame incorporates a lightweight composite core to provide enhanced stability and more-agile flight. Adding that the core now features a redesigned gimbal that provides more stability and vibration dampening. It has also been repositioned for a better centre of gravity and to reduce the risk of propellers getting in the shot.

There have also been further refinements to motor efficiency, power management and a new intelligent battery have extended the Phantom 4’s flight time to 28 minutes.

In addition to intelligence and ease-of-use, the Phantom 4 has a new ‘Sport Mode’ for advanced flyers to get a taste of what drone racing feels like. In ‘Sport Mode’ the Phantom 4 can fly 20 metres per second (45 miles per hour) and ascends and descends more rapidly than in other modes. The craft’s acceleration and top speed in ‘Sport Mode’ also mean it can reach locations for shots faster and capture shots you couldn’t get before.

The Phantom 4’s UK retail price is £1,229. It is available now at DJI’s flagship stores and Apple stores around the world.