With an upgraded camera, more powerful video processing and increased storage capacity, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced drone is here.
According to DJI, the new addition to the Phantom family of drones improves on the original Phantom 4, which will be discontinued as of April 30.
The new Phantom 4 Advanced offers photographers a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter. Its upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 fps, and its video processing now supports H.264 4K video at 60 fps or H.265 4K at 30 fps, both with a 100 Mbps bitrate.
Similar to the Phantom 4 Pro, the new drone comes with many intelligent features that allow automatic flight modes, including Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture and Tripod.
Equipped with the FlightAutonomy system – made up of five vision sensors, a forward-facing obstacle-avoidance system, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), and ultrasonic rangefinders – the Phantom 4 Advanced is able to hover precisely in places without GPS and fly in complex environments, the company says.
If you want an integrated screen on the controller, the Phantom 4
Advanced+ version offers a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen, which is more
than twice as bright as conventional smart devices (making it ideal for outdoor use), according to DJI.
In addition, pilots can use a 128 GB microSD card for increased storage capacity and fly for up to 30 minutes.
The retail prices of the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Advanced+ are $1,349 and $1,649, respectively. They will be available at store.dji.com and will start shipping on April 30, the company says.
Even though the Phantom 4 (which was introduced more than a year ago) is being phased out, DJI notes it will still provide after-sales support to Phantom 4 customers, who can continue flying using the DJI GO 4 app.