DJI Phantom 4 Review
The Phantom 4 has rendered any other of its line obsolete, with its upgrade from plastic to magnesium alloy and far superior camera and gimbal design.
For those of you who don’t know, the DJI Phantom 4 is a quadcopter (4 blades) which streams live video to your mobile device (in my case the iPad Mini), which is attached to your controller. It’s basically a drone with a camera attached to it, but offers so much more than that.
This means that not only can you see the drone physically in front of you, but you can also see what the drone’s camera can see on your iPad in real time, with no lag whatsoever, up to 5km away! (You can actually extend the range even further by using these cheap accessories.)
I find it absolutely incredible that something like this is possible at this price. The price tag of the Phantom 4 may be expensive to some, but to others it’s the deal of the century.
For this much technology to be available at this price blows my mind. The photographers quite happily spend a lot more on lenses and cameras after all…
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We’ve called the Phantom the iPhone of drones, because each new version got slightly better without dramatically changing the core feature set. The Phantom 4 shatters that comparison, making an evolutionary leap.
Only hesitation in buying this drone is that DJI has already shown off something even better than the Phantom 4 on its development drone, the Matrice. It has full 360 degree autonomy, which would allow the Phantom to safely follow a target from the side or in reverse.
DJI has hinted in interviews that the Phantom 4 was just the first step in its plans for more autonomous units. This is an incredible drone sure, but, if I wait another 10-11 months, could I get something even cooler instead?
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