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DJI’s Newest Drones Are Made for Pros


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Yesterday, DJI announced two new drones: the Phantom 4 Pro ($1,499+), which is a much-improved version of their flagship drone, the Phantom 4; and the Inspire 2 ($2,999), successor of the Inspire 1, their hobbyist/professional crossover drone released two years ago. Both of the new drones cater specifically to professional photographers and directors.

The Phantom 4 Pro’s new features include a more advanced camera with a larger sensor that can shoot 4K video and 20MP stills, and which boasts a higher dynamic range than its predecessors; the drone itself sports obstacle avoidance sensors on all four sides (the Phantom 4 only had sensors on one) and increased battery life (approximately 30 minutes, as opposed to the previous model’s 25). It also comes with a bevy of slick new camera control features, like 360-degree rotational paths and easier waypoint navigation, as well as a new built-in touchscreen display on the remote, which is available for an extra $300.

As for the Inspire 2, aspiring directors’ hearts will flutter. New features include a 25-minute battery life, an insane top speed of 67 mph and a service ceiling of 16,400 feet above sea level (mountaintop fight scenes, anyone?). The biggest improvement, however, is undoubtedly its two cameras. The primary camera is for shooting footage, and it’s incredible: 5.2K RAW (!) video, 30MP still images, broadcast-quality live streaming, an onboard SSD and more. The secondary camera is for piloting the drone and lining up shots. The cameras can be operated by two people independently (pilot and director), or by one person.

The Phantom 4 Pro is available now; the Inspire 2 is available for pre-order and is expected to ship January 2017.

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