DJI’s Phantom 4 Advanced Is A Flying Camera With 60FPS 4K & 20MP Stills: Features & Specs Revealed

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Apr 17, 2017 03:18 AM EDT

DJI's highly popular Phantom 4 drone is ready to take flight again with an upgraded camera and more advanced flight controls. After this month, the word "advanced" will no longer be included in the name. Let us take a look at what the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced will offer to its customers.

In its official website, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced offers titanium and magnesium alloy construction to increase rigidity of its airframe and reduce weight. It comes with a 1-inch 20 megapixel onboard camera. It is the first camera to use a mechanical shutter which removes the worries of rolling shutter distortion. It offers the same power as traditional ground cameras. The Phantom 4 comes with advanced sensors and processors to ensure that more image details are captured and the image needed for advanced post production.

In addition, the FlightAutonomy system has been extended to include high-resolution stereo vision sensors located at its back. At the front, there is an infrared sensing system positioned on the left and right sides. For this reason, it gives the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced 5 directions of obstacle sensing and 4 directions of obstacle avoidance so the user can capture more complex images.

Digital Trends reveals that the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced has the capability to shoot 4K video at a speed of 60 frames per second, which is two times the speed of its predecessor. It uses dual coding to allow saving of videos in H264 and H265 formats. The Phantom 4 can still shoot at the old 30 frames per second 4K and both settings can record videos at 100Mbps bit rate.

The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced will also feature a new shutter design. As mentioned, it will have a mechanical shutter which uses physical moving parts instead of electric signals. The Phantom 4 can communicate with the controller at 4.3 miles with a built-in screen compared to the 3.1 miles of its predecessor. It also has the ability to hover in precise locations even without GPS. It has a maximum flight time of 30 minutes and a storage capacity of 128GB microSD card.

The old version will only be sold until April 30 before it is phased out to give way for the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced. It will sell at $1,649, $300 higher than the original Phantom 4.

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