The biggest inconvenience when playing with drones is their “knack” to crash in all sorts of obstacles – from trees to trucks. That’s why DJI Phantom 4 has done its best to avoid obstacles, while tracking the intended subject at high speeds.
Equipped with optical sensors at the front, the new Phantom will navigate around and not into obstacles at a distance of 0.7 to 15 metres. Alternatively, it will stop and hover until you help it find a new flight course. Speaking of which, Phantom 4 comes with TapFly mode, where you simply double tap a place on screen to set a destination.
In ActiveTrack mode, DJI Phantom 4 uses the sensors to follow the tapped subject on screen, keeping the camera focused on it. No matter what happens with the environment surrounding the subject – other people enter the frame – the drone should pursue it’s mission regardless.
If you’re more into drone racing than spying, DJI Phantom 4 comes with good news with the concept of Sport mode. While active, your quadcopter will angle forward and fly at speeds of 45 mph (72 kph)! With its new streamlined body, its able to ascend and descend faster than before.
Besides a more powerful battery and improved motors, the latest drone in the series comes with slow-motion video capture at 120 fps and lens improvement that guarantees less chromatic aberration.
Great features come with great price and the DJI Phantom 4 makes no exception. You can preorder the drone at DJI.com and Apple.com for $1,399, with orders to ship on March 15.