Eight months after launching its last drone DJI Phantom 3 Standard, DJI broadened its line-up of drones and moved one step up, marked with the number 4 - the DJI Phantom 4 has been introduced.
The new DJI Phantom 4 quadcopter raises drone artificial intelligence to a higher level and brings options such as object avoidance, more efficient subject tracking, as well as easier and more accurate navigation of the drone itself. Moreover, there were innovations in the field of optics, which will have repercussions on image quality.
Automatic object avoidance is provided thanks to the Obstacle Sensing System, which consists of two forward-facing optical sensors that scan potential obstacles and automatically direct the aircraft so that it would bypass an object that is in the way, without making a break in the flight. If the system concludes that the obstacle cannot be avoided, the drone will slow down to a stop and hover until the user redirects it.
As for subject tracking, there is the ActiveTrack option, which enables users to track subjects via the DJI Go app on iOS and Android devices. In order to 'fix' the drone camera on a moving subject, it is enough simply to track the subject by tapping the screen of the smartphone or tablet - even when the subject changes its shape or turns around while moving.
There is another important function that is activated via the DJI Go application - TapFly. By double-tapping the screen of your smart device, you can assign your Phantom 4 drone the final destination, and it will work out an optimal flight route in order to reach it, at the same time avoiding any obstacles in its path. If, after assigning the final destination, you touch some other spot on the screen, the quadcopter will smoothly transition towards the new goal, without any abrupt moves.
When it comes to the optics, the DJI Phantom 4 boasts a f/2.8 lens and 12MP sensor, which brings RAW-format images, as well as 4K videos (which is indicated by the number four in its name).
The Phantom 4 kept the standard design of DJI Phantom drones, with only minor changes for the sake of elegance and aerodynamics. The gimbal was redesigned, so it now offers more stability and fewer vibrations. As far as the speed is concerned, DJI can be proud - in Sport Mode, the Phantom 4 can fly as fast as 20 meters per second. Thanks to the refinements of the motor, as well as a new intelligent battery, the Phantom 4’s flight time now totals 28 minutes.
The news was taken from DJI.