DJI announced Thursday, April 13, that they will be expanding their line of Phantom aerial drones with the new Phantom 4 Advanced aerial drone.
DJI says that the new Phantom 4 Advanced improves on the original Phantom 4 features by giving photographers a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter that “lets [users] explore all the creative possibilities that a flying camera can provide.”
What the Phantom 4 Advance has been said to improve on includes its camera, video processing and flying performance.
“The Phantom 4 Advanced’s upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second,” says DJI. “The more powerful video processing now supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. Excellent optical performance, sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with high dynamic range and more image detail needed for advanced post-production.”
Developers at DJI have said they’ve kept many of the Phantom 4’s key aspects with the Phantom 4 Advanced, like automatic flight modes. "Equipped with the FlightAutonomy system made up of five 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.”
DJI is also offering a Phantom 4 Advanced+ version which offers a 5.5-inch 1080p screen that’s integrated into the controller.
In light of the Phantom 4 Advance’s April 30th release, the Phantom 4 model will be discontinued on April 30th, though DGI has said that they will continue to provide after-sale support to Phantom 4 owners.
Pricing for the Phantom 4 Advance has been marked at 1,346 dollars, while the Phantom 4 Advanced+ versoin has been priced at 1,649 dollars. For more specifics about the Phantom 4 Advanced, visit DJI.com.