Sure the Phantom 3 is great, but we all knew that it was only a matter of time before the new one comes out. Very reliable sources indicate that DJI, the makers of the prolific Phantom 3 released last year are set to rock the market once more.
Here are some of the rumors the we have heard:
DJI Phantom 4: Flight Time
All drone flyers want nothing more than long flight time. Leaks have indicated that the Phantom 4 drone will come with larger capacity batteries. Also new and more efficient motors and esc’s will give the Phantom 4 longer flight times.
The current model (Phantom 3 and variants thereof) has a flight time of about 20 minutes. There is no official announcement of the flight duration, but photos have leaked showing a larger battery. The larger battery capacity could simply indicate more time flying. Rumors are that the flight times could be anywhere from 30-50 minutes.
DJI Phantom 4: Camera Features
The video recording mode of the 2014 model (Phantom 2) was 1080p, while the Phantom 3 that was released in 2015 is capable of recording in 4K. There are indications that a number of video features — such as the bitrate, frame rate, low light performance and color processing to mention a few — will be thoroughly improved upon.
The resolution of the video stream via Lightbridge is also likely to go up from its present 720p HD to 1080p FHD. Improvements on video latency and the already existing video signals of 3 miles have also been mentioned.
DJI Phantom 4: Obstacle Avoidance
With news that other drone manufacturers will release drones this year with similar features, the Phantom 4 is most likely going to have obstacle avoidance. There are no indications that obstacle avoidance will be ready on the day of release but could be a possibility.
DJI Phantom 4: Release Date
No one’s sure of when the Phantom 4 will hit the market, but if coincidences are anything to go by, then it just might be released sometime in April like the previous models.