While many believed the drones would create a boom in economics and generate new companies, there are definitely clear winners and losers in the Drone Industry. Venture capitalists and other investors have started to pull back from funding new companies, early pop up drone companies have already filed bankruptcy, and others trying to step in to this space seem to be putting out drones that already feel outdated (sorry GoPro Karma).
With the new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2, DJI has once again pushed the bar for what consumers can expect to have in the consumer drone products at consumer friendly prices. These new drones have major advancements in Design, Performance, Image Quality, Obstacle Avoidance, and Intelligent Flight Modes.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro sports an upgraded camera is equipped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps. The FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and infrared sensing systems for a total of five-directions of obstacle sensing and four-directions of obstacle avoidance.
A 5.5in 1080p screen integrated with the Phantom 4 Pro+ offers 1000 cd/m2 of brightness, more than twice as bright as conventional smart devices. It makes bright, vivid colors easily visible in direct sunlight. With this screen, a mobile device is not required, simplifying pre-flight preparations. As the DJI GO app is built into the screen, hardware and software can be fully optimized, further reducing video lag. Integration of an HDMI port, Micro-SD card slot, microphone, embedded loudspeaker, and Wi-Fi connection allow images to be edited inside DJI GO to be shared almost instantly. Lastly, a five-hour battery life makes the Phantom 4 Pro + a complete aerial imaging solution.... [Read More About the Phantom 4]
The new DJI Inspire 2 takes everything that was good about the Inspire 1 and improves it. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more. It goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 4 seconds and hits a maximum speed of 67mph (108kph) and has a max descent speed of 9m/s for unheard of speed and agility in an aircraft this size.
A dual battery system prolongs the flight time to a maximum of 27 minutes (with an X4S), while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures. Flight Autonomy has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. Increased intelligence adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots.
Integrated into the Inspire 2 is the brand new CineCore 2.0 image processing system, capable of recording 5.2K videos in CinemaDNG*1, Apple ProRes*2 and more. CineCore 2.0 is built into the aircraft nose and works with any camera connected through the dedicated gimbal port. (Currently compatible with X4S*3 and X5S).
An upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration....[Read more about the Inspire 2]
@bmark - I would buy either the Mavic Pro or DJI Phantom 4 or Phantom 4 Pro. They all have some type of obstacle avoidance. The Mavic Pro is tiny cheaper and easier to fly even indoors with it's vision sensors.
So can anyone recommend either of these drones for a first-time owner? I know before others have said to 'learn' with a cheapy drone, but I found those too 'wild' to control and didn't want to build 'bad habits' learning to fly correctly on $100 units.
codec fees aside, the x5s camera specs are pretty crazy for this price point. once they release a modular system for the ground, it can replace a lot of traditional cameras. it's nice to see a company not holding back technology
the license part is crap. everything else is amazing here.
Wait, so do they use the mechanical shutter for video or just for the 14-frame burst? I'm guessing the latter...
DJI went out of its way to tout DNG and ProRes as THE features on the X5S, both codecs are free. How does everyone feel about DJI charging a $1300 "key" to unlock these features on top of the $1899 price of the X5S? There's only one other company, Convergent Design that charged a "key" for DNG and ProRes, and I think DJI is following their footstep, while Atomos offered these codecs for free.