NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - DJI, the world's most successful consumer and commercial drone manufacturer, announced their latest innovations today -- the Phantom 4 Pro and the Inspire 2. The Phantom 4 Pro is expected to take its place immediately atop the consumer drone market, while the Inspire 2 portends to become the clear-cut option for commercial use.
The Phantom 4 Pro
It has been just eight months since the Phantom 4 launched, but DJI has improved on the model significantly with its Pro version. Upgrades include a better camera, improved obstacle avoidance, more battery life, and added intelligent flight modes. The Phantom 4 Pro is now clearly the most powerful consumer DJI drone, surpassing the Mavic Pro, which was announced in October.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter
· 1" 20MP CMSO Sensor
· Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
· Flight Autonomy with Redundant Sensors
· Five Directions of Obstacle Sensing
· Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
· Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
· Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
· Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
· TapFly -- Fly with a Tap of the Finger
· Avoids Obstacles when Returning Home
· Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
The most obvious upgrade is the camera, which has a 1-inch CMOS sensor that shoots 20-megapixel still images -- an 8-megapixel improvement over the Phantom 4. The camera's dynamic range is also improved, which will balance out the big differences between light and dark that are so common in aerial photography. A new mechanical shutter was added as well, which will resolve shaky footage that drones often experience. Finally, the Phantom 4 Pro has the new ability to adjust the lens aperture, giving filmmakers more freedom over the depth of field in their photography.
In addition to the camera, the sensors on the Phantom 4 Pro feature noticeable improvements over the Phantom 4 and the Mavic Pro. While both predecessors have obstacle avoidance, it only works when the drones are flying forward. The Phantom 4 Pro's obstacle avoidance works on all four sides. The top-end sensors also allow the user to fly the drone at a top speed of 31 miles per hour while in obstacle avoidance mode, as opposed to 22 mph for the Phantom 4 and the Mavic Pro.
The DJI Inspire 2
DJI seeks to become a bigger force in the commercial drone market with the DJI Inspire 2. Aimed at professional filmmakers, the Inspire 2 has all the technology needed to make high-end movies.
The Inspire 2 is the first DJI drone to feature two cameras. One camera is meant to capture footage underneath the gimbal, while the second, two-axis camera allows the pilot to see where the drone is traveling. In order to maximize both cameras, the drone calls for two operators: one pilot to steer the unit, and the other to control the aerial imaging. Each pilot receives their own live video feed. However, a single pilot can still capture brilliant images using the intelligent Spotlight Pro flight mode. Compatible cameras with the Inspire 2 are the new Zenmuse X4S or X5S. The X5S includes supports 10 different lenses, and has a micro 4/3 sensor. The system is capable of serious video compression formats like CinemaDNG and Apple ProRes. Photographers are able to capture 30-megapixel stills with the DNG RAW mode. High-quality live streaming is also achievable.
DJI Inspire 2
Filmmakers will be happy to hear that the Inspire 2 has a new image processing system called CineCore 2.0, which can capture 5.2K video at an impressive 4.2Gbps bitrate. In order to accommodate that large data, the drone has an added onboard SSD.
Inspire 2 Highlights
· Compatible with 5.2K Gimbal Cameras
· 2-Axis Stabilized FPV Camera
· CineCore 2.0 Image Processing
· Dual Battery Design
· 67 mph Maximum Velocity
· Fast Ascent and Descent
· 8200' Maximum Altitude (Above Sea Level)
· Advanced Obstacle Sensing
· Precision Hover
The body of the Inspire 2 is completely revamped with a magnesium-aluminum build that DJI claims increases stiffness while decreasing weight. The weight decrease is evident, considering that the drone's top speed increased from 50 mph to 67 mph, while its battery life has increased from 18 minutes to 25. The improved battery life is thanks to its new dual-battery system, which is also self-heating -- allowing the drone to fly in frigid temperatures and up to 8,200 feet above sea level.
Finally, the Inspire 2 has all the same intelligent flight modes that are available on the Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro, like obstacle avoidance and subject tracking.
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