DJI Phantom 4 — The Pros and Cons
Today, drone technology has made a remarkable difference across the globe. And guess which drone company is making it big – DJI. DJI has continued to lead its competitors in the drone market. For a decade now, the technology giant has been living up to their word — The Future of Possible — with the number of possibilities they offer to consumers. The “Phantom” is a flagship series from DJI, and the company is revered for its wide applications in photography, cinematography, and a host of other custom-specific functions. DJI has made several revisions to their quadrotor series. These innovations have made the Phantom 4 a definite killer of competition.
Even before the release of the Phantom 4, there was a lot of anticipation for revisions of the Phantom series. The Phantom 4 is a decent upgrade from the Phantom 3 Professional. The biggest news with the Phantom 4 is the Obstacle Sensing System (OSS), but other features make it worth every dime of the current price, which is about $1300.
The OSS essentially means that the smart drone can sense obstacles and prevent itself from crashing into buildings. There are two cameras in front and another at the bottom with integrated optical sensors. This helps it to calculate the distance from any obstacle and take appropriate actions such as reducing its speed or coming to a halt. When tested, the artificial intelligence machine refused to crash into a human, stopping about 2 meters away. It can connect to GPS and GLONASS, allowing for more accurate positioning and performance.
The diagonal wheelbase, height, and maximum altitude are the same as the previous models, but the Phantom 4 has a new gimbal that makes it sturdier and more versatile in complex maneuvers. The magnesium skeleton used makes it lighter and improves the balance in motion.
The camera on the Phantom 4 allows videos to be shot in 30 frames per second, while the high resolution allows for up to 120 frames per second. The lens of this model is even better than previous ones.
Then, there’s the Sport Mode. This enables users to fly the drone at a maximum speed of 45mph – at least 10mph more than the previous models. As for the Sport Mode, the device can move forward and backward faster apart from ascending and descending in seconds.
The Phantom 4is a big upgrade in the consumer market, but users might still have a few expectations from the company.
These are the pros and cons of the Phantom 4. The artificial intelligence features take the model a notch higher. There are still a lot of possibilities in the future, but the Phantom 4 is a solid advancement in the right path.
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