New from DJI: the Inspire 1 Pro Black, the Phantom 3 4K

DJI has announced new editions of the Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS): the Inspire 1 Pro Black and the Phantom 3 4K.

DJI says the Inspire 1 Pro Black offers a “stylistic change” – a matte black color, as opposed to the original Inspire 1 Pro, which will continue to be sold in white. The black edition will be initially be available in all regions except Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and Ireland.

According to DJI, the Phantom 3 4K is a 4K Wi-Fi version of the Phantom 3 series of UAS, as well the company’s “most accessible 4K aerial camera to date.”

B&H Photo Video – a photography, video and audio equipment retailer, which has the new drone in stock – says the Phantom 3 4K quadcopter features a gimbal-mounted 4K camera that shoots true DCI cinema 4K video at 24 or 25p, UHD format 4K at up to 30p, and HD at up to 60p. For photography, the drone snaps 12MP stills in JPEG or DNG RAW with burst and single-shot modes available. In these respects, it compares to the Phantom 3 Professional, says the retailer, which recently opened a dedicated “Drones and Aerial Imaging” department in its Manhattan SuperStore in New York City.

For live HD monitoring, camera control, and access to advanced features such as waypoint navigation, the Phantom 3 4K can be paired with the DJI Go app. Unlike Lightbridge-equipped platforms such as the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced, which have a controller USB port, the Phantom 3 4K uses Wi-Fi to communicate directly with a smartphone or tablet. A Wi-Fi range extender is built into the controller and works at a range of up to 3,937 feet with a clean line of sight.

Performance-wise, says B&H, the DJI Phantom 3 4K compares with the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced in most respects. This includes a top speed of 52 ft/s and a slightly longer battery life of up to 25 minutes. Also, like the Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced, the Phantom 3 4K features a vision-positioning module to aid in navigation when close to the ground and out of GPS range.


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