DJI Phantom 4 - Quadcopter Drone Pack
Obstacle Detection Sensors
DJI Phantom 4 is not just a drone but is fully capable drone powered with an autopilot capable of detecting the obstacles on the way and adjust itself. It is more effective to say that this drone has human eyes to see and ascertain what it is up againt. The stout quadcopter features a set of optical sensors up front that will help it navigate around obstacles within 0.7 to 15 meters (2.3 to 49 feet) of it or it will simply stop and hover until you pilot it away.
The obstacle detection feature works both ways such as the drone can also use the sensors to avoid running into things on its way back to you if you trigger its Return-to-Home safety feature. This should mean users do not have to worry if a building or some trees comes between you and the Phantom 4.
Along with the obstacle detection features DJI Phantom 4 can also use them to fly autonomously. ActiveTrack, a new mode available through DJI's uses its new sensors to follow a subject. Follow Me features aren't new to DJI or other drones, though they typically rely on GPS for tracking subjects, which requires the subject to carry the remote control or a beacon.
Using ActiveTrack with the Phantom 4, users can just tap your subject on screen and the drone starts following, keeping the camera centered on whoever or whatever you tapped. DJI says even if the subject changes shape or turns, or other people or objects enter the frame, the camera should stay on the selected subject. And you'll still have full control of camera movements to get the shot you want, not just what the drone is giving you.
DJI Phantom 4 is equipped with another mode called TapFly pretty much does what the name implies: Double tap on a point on screen and the Phantom 4 will fly there, avoiding obstacles along the way. Tap another point and it will transition and pilot its way there. Basically, it allows you to set up a flight path on the fly. If at any point you want to stop and think about your next move, a new Pause button on the controller will set the drone to stop and hover in place.
Eccentric & Sporty
While previous Phantoms have been quick, they were made for photos and video, not racing. To add a bit more versatility to the Phantom 4, DJI streamlined the body and gimbal design and added a Sport mode. Flip a switch on the controller and the quadcopter will angle forward and fly at speeds of nearly 45 mph (72 kph). It can also ascend and descend faster, so you can set up your shot that much faster or just have fun racing around.
Flight, Snap & Shoot
DJI is promising flight times up to 28 minutes (not at 45 mph, though) due to a new more powerful battery, improved motors, power management and the redesigned chassis. That's only 5 minutes more than the Phantom 3 Professional, but it could mean the difference between getting your shot or not. Speaking of getting your shot, the camera is for, the most part unchanged from the Phantom 3 Professional's excellent shooter. DJI says it added a slow-motion option capturing 1080p at 120fps and it has improved the lens so there is ess chromatic aberration and better corner sharpness. The camera is permanently attached, which means it can't even be removed for easier travel, let alone an upgrade down the road. Similarly, while the landing gear is shorter and wider for stable landings, it too is fixed to the body, so it can't be packed flat. Quibbles, maybe, but at $1,400, an upgrade path and collapsable or removable legs would be nice.
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