DJI Phantom 4 Reviewed

DJI Phantom 4 Reviewed

Ben Popper of The Verge got hands-on with a new DJI Phantom 4 in his review, “DJI Phantom 4 Review: The first drone for everyone.”

DJI’s Phantom 4: a drone so smart a three-year-old can fly it

The DJI Phantom 4 has brand new autonomous features to help new pilots fly drones. We put it to the test with an inexperienced pilot and a three-year-old.

DJI’s Phantom 4: a drone so smart a three-year-old can fly it

TL;DR; from The Verge (much obliged):

With the Phantom 4, DJI is pulling farther ahead of the competition. It’s the first to market with serious autonomous features, and the implementation works really well. The addition of obstacle avoidance, tap-to-fly, and subject tracking make this the drone I would recommend to total beginners, but one which can also help professionals capture more interesting and risky shots.

DJI Phantom 4 Review: The first drone for everyone

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s a great article, but I‘m not a big fan of ever having children fly drones, not even to prove that it’s so easy to fly even a 3 year old could do it.

The drone takes off, hovering a few feet off the ground. I guide it up to about 12 feet with the throttle on the remote control. Then my three year old son takes over. He taps the screen on an iPad running our piloting app. The drone, a DJI Phantom 4, begins to ascend, heading towards an abandoned grainery. My son happily taps away at the screen, shifting the drone here and there. You wouldn’t notice how frantically he’s tapping from the footage he captured, which is buttery smooth.

DJI Phantom 4 Review: The first drone for everyone

How does the DJI Phantom 4 compare to it’s predecessors? According to Ben:

DJI’s Phantom has been our favorite model of drone for the last few years, but this latest version doesn’t merely hold onto the mantle as the best unit you can buy. By adding computer vision and fully autonomous capabilities, the Phantom 4 has dramatically raised the bar on what is possible with a consumer caliber camera drone, both for complete amateurs who want to start flying and for professionals who are crafting complex and dangerous shots.

DJI Phantom 4 Review: The first drone for everyone

DJI has really stepped up their game with the DJI Phantom 4, and it will surely put pressure on 3D Robotics and Yuneec.

And while I’m pointing out the limits of the autonomous features, the pace of innovation being set by DJI is still pretty breathtaking. We saw drones that could follow people at CES in 2015, and hints of sense and avoid. A year later many of the follow me drones were just starting to ship to customers, and the sense and avoid technology was a little better, but far from commercially available. When the Yuneec Typhoon H was introduced at CES earlier this year, I said it was a very credible challenger for the Phantom’s throne, in large part because it was the first consumer drone that promised to have real obstacle avoidance thanks to onboard sonar. Unfortunately for Yuneec, DJI’s Phantom 4 has now beaten them to market with a far more robust system.

DJI Phantom 4 Review: The first drone for everyone

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About DJI

Creativity is at the heart of every dream. Every idea, every groundbreaking leap that changes our world starts with the vision of talented creators. At DJI, we give these creators the tools they need to bring their ideas to life.

Our platforms empower them to capture images that were once out of reach. Our flying and camera stabilization systems redefine camera placement and motion. Amazing photos and video, treasured personal memories, and high-end professional imagery are captured every day, in every corner of the world using DJI products.

DJI technology does more than simply enable creators. We push visionaries to go beyond the limits of what is thought possible, inspiring them to inspire the world.

 

 

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:46+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Drone Technology, Drone Videos, Drones, New Drones|Comments Off on DJI Phantom 4 Reviewed

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