Los Angeles, CA—DJI introduced two drones, the Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. Also announced at IFA 2017 in Berlin was sphere mode for DJI’s Spark drone.
“DJI continuously look for ways to improve its products and introduce new features, many of which are the result of the positive feedback and requests we received from customers around the world,” said Paul Pan, DJI senior product manager.
“Starting with our Osmo Mobile Silver handheld stabilizer, DJI has been expanding its product variations to meet the different lifestyles and needs of consumers. Similarly, we’ve done the same with two of the most iconic DJI drone products, the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro. The Spark’s newly added sphere mode will also introduce a new way for people to experience the fun of aerial photography.”
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum takes all of the advanced features of the popular Mavic Pro and builds on them. The drone is targeted at travelers, amateur photographers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
The upgraded drone boasts both an 11% gain in flight time, taking it up 30 minutes, as well as a 60% noise power reduction, to improve the user’s experience. Additionally, the drone’s compact body was designed with a new platinum-colored shell.
The increased flight time and quieter operation are the result of new, integrated electronic speed controllers (ESCs) as well as newly developed propellers that are compatible with the current Mavic Pro.
Furthermore, pilots of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum “benefit from a portable, powerful and easy-to-use camera drone that features a 4K stabilized camera, a 4.3-mile range, innovative FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49 feet away and a range of intelligent flight modes that make it extremely fun and easy to fly,” added Pan. The new drone also features an image resolution of 12 megapixels.
DJI’s Mavic Pro Platinum is available for preorder with a suggested retail price of $1,099. With bundled accessories, the Mavic Pro Platinum Fly More Combo will have an SRP of $1,399. It will be released at a later date.
DJI Spark’s Sphere Panorama Mode
DJI’s Spark is designed as an easy-to-use mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of a hand. The company claims it is the first consumer drone that users can control by hand gestures alone. With these gestures, pilots can send it up and away, take a selfie, shoot a video and call it back.
Moreover, with the newly introduced sphere mode, users can produce a panoramic photo with a fisheye lens effect. The mode can be found in the drone’s panorama photo feature. This “sphere” can then be shared directly to social media sites. The new feature will be included in the forthcoming DJI GO 4 mobile app as well as Spark firmware updates.
Sphere mode joins the following recently announced firmware updates: a new gesture to start and stop video recording; enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control; a 180º photo shooting mode; improved photo image resolution; and also optimization of its PalmLaunch function for better stability after takeoff. Other enhancements include improved control accuracy in QuickShot dronie mode as well as full integration with DJI Goggles.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian
The Phantom 4 Pro drone was engineered to make professional aerial imaging easier for pilots of all levels. And now it has a new professional appearance. The drone features a matte-gray obsidian-colored shell with a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint-coated gimbal. Pan added that these advancements require a higher standard of manufacturing technique.
For professionals capturing images and video for a commercial client or documenting a wedding, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a larger, 1-inch CMOS sensor. Moreover, it is capable of 4K video recording at 60 frames per sec. The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian also offers intelligent performance and an imaging system created for serious drone photographers.
DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian will ship this month with an SRP of $1,499. dji.com