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DJI's Phantom 4 Advanced: Drone That Offers 'Affordable Way To Capture Aerial Imagery'

14 April 2017, 8:31 am EDT By Anu Passary Tech Times
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DJI launched a new drone for aerial imagery named Phantom 4 Advanced. The new drone is the successor of the Phantom 4 Pro, which was launched in November 2016.  ( DJI )

To stay relevant in the ever-evolving consumer market, drone maker DJI has come up with a new UAV — dubbed the Phantom 4 Advanced — to boost its existing lineup. The company launched the new Phantom 4 Advanced on Thursday, April 13.

The Phantom 4 Advanced integrates many features of the Phantom 4 Pro, which was launched in November 2016. DJI's Phantom 4 Pro was the successor of DJI Phantom 4 drone.

The new Phantom 4 Advanced specifically targets filmmakers who wanted the form factor of the Phantom 4 Pro drone, but at a lower price. The company claims that the Phantom 4 Advanced is an "affordable way to capture aerial imagery."

The New Phantom 4 Advanced

The latest inclusion in the Phantom drone family — the Phantom 4 Advanced — comes with a more potent camera and precise controls for capturing aerial imagery. The device's onboard camera is an upgrade from the first Phantom 4 drone. It touts a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor along with a mechanical shutter.

The camera is capable of recording 4K videos at 60 fps. The Phantom 4 Advanced drone supports 30 fps H.265 4K videos and 60 fps H.264 4K videos, both at 100 Mbps bitrate.

So, regardless at what frame rate one is recording their video it should look detailed. However, in terms of sensors for obstacle identification and avoidance, the Phantom 4 Pro still has an upper hand over its successor the Phantom 4 Advanced.

The Phantom 4 Advanced, despite being a new launch, comes with five obstacle sensors whereas the Phantom 4 Pro comes with six. Moreover, the base model of Phantom 4 Advanced comes only with downward and forward obstacle recognition.

"Equipped with the FlightAutonomy system made up of 5 vision sensors, 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," noted DJI.

Apart from these, there are quite a few similarities between the Phantom 4 Pro and the new Phantom 4 Advanced. Both the DJI drones comes with intelligent features such as, ActiveTrack, Gesture and Tripod, TapFly, and Draw, which enable smooth automatic flight modes

The top-end Phantom 4 Advanced+ variant comes with a 5.5-inch 1,080p display, which has been incorporated into the controller. The screen brightness is twice that of mainstream smart gadgets and makes the drone ideal for outdoor aerial imaging.

Additionally, Phantom 4 Advanced users can now expand the storage capacity of the drone with the help of a microSD card. The new DJI drone supports memory expansion of up to 128 GB and also comes with extended flight time of up to 30 minutes.

Phantom 4 Discontinued?

Along with the announcement of the new Phantom 4 Advanced, DJI also stated that the Phantom 4 would reach the end of its product cycle on April 30. The drone will be removed from store shelves and discontinued after this deadline.

However, the Chinese drone maker also said that it will not abandon the Phantom 4 users and will continue to offer after sales support to them even after the discontinuation.

Phantom 4 Advanced: Price And Availability

The Phantom 4 Advanced drone is available in two variants — Phantom 4 Advanced, the base model, and Phantom 4 Advanced+, the top-end model.

Both the drone models are currently available for purchase and can be brought from DJI's online store. The market price of Phantom 4 Advanced is $1,349 and the Phantom 4 Advanced+ retails at $1,649.

However, the new drones will only start shipping after April 30, once the Phantom 4 is discontinued.

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