DJI Unveils Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Drones

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: The Inspire wasn’t the only DJI line to get a refresh at today’s intimate event in Los Angeles. The company’s Phantom line is also getting a bump, with the addition of the Phantom 4 Pro. Like the Inspire 2, the refreshed prosumer model features improved obstacle avoidance, courtesy of infrared light pulses that bring detection to the sides of the system, in addition to current 3D mapping of the drone’s front, rear and bottom detection. The 4 Pro has a top speed of 45 miles an hour in sport mode (and 31 mph in P mode with obstacle avoidance switched on), coupled with a battery that promises up to 30 minutes of flight time on a charge. The system also has a number of new flight modes like Draw, which let users traces lines on the control to create routes. The system has built in ActiveTrack object recognition, which can distinguish and follow people and bikes. The on-board camera, meanwhile, sports a 20-megapixel sensor and is capable of capturing 4K video at 60fps. The system also sports a new safety feature that returns the drone to its last connected position after it loses a GPS signal. The Pro runs $1,499, a price that includes the standard controller. Another $300 will get you a high-luminescence version of the control. It’s available now for pre-order and is set to start shipping in a week. DJI has been releasing high-quality drones left and right lately. In September, the company announced the Mavic Pro drone that can fold up into roughly the “size of a standard water bottle.” In addition to the Phantom 4 Pro drone unveiled today, the company also updated the Inspire, the drone line focused specifically on filmmakers and pro photographers. The Inspire 2 features an aluminum alloy frame and two new camera options — the X5S, which features a micro four-third sensor at 20.8 megapixels and supports 10 lenses, and the X4S, a lightweight pro camera with a 20-megapixel sensor. What’s more is that it can capture 5.2K video at a rate of 4.2 Gbps and travel at speeds up to 67-miles an hour. The Inspire 2 will cost $2,999.

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