DJI is running out of stock – could new drones be on the way?

Aug 26, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Aug 26, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Whenever a product goes out of stock for any period of time, it’s usually an indication that its replacement is on the way. And if DJI’s online store is anything to go by, they’re getting ready to announce a few. All package variants of the DJI Spark and DJI Phantom 4 are completely out of stock, with many Mavic Air, Mavic 2 and Inspire 2 packages also gone.

Drone DJ reports that the items are showing as out of stock in the USA online store, but I’m also seeing many of them listed as out of stock in the UK store, too. According to Drone DJ, the following drones and packages are listed as out of stock in the USA.

  • DJI Spark Controller Combo – Alpine White
  • DJI Spark Fly More Combo – Alpine White
  • DJI Spark Controller Combo – Lava Red
  • DJI Spark Fly More Combo – Lava Red
  • DJI Mavic Air Arctic White
  • DJI Mavic Air Onyx Black
  • DJI Mavic Air Flame Red
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro & DJI Goggles RE
  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom & DJI Goggles RE
  • DJI Phantom 4 Advanced
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 & DJI Goggles RE
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 & DJI Goggles RE
  • DJI Inspire 2 Professional
  • DJI Inspire 2 Premium

In the UK online store, I see a few others missing, too, including the Mavic Air Fly More Combo (Flame Red). Now, there have been a few rumours lately that the DJI Spark is about to be replaced with a DJI Mavic Mini, which would make a lot of sense, as the Spark’s been out for a couple of years now, and is due for a bit of a refresh.

As for the Phantoms, B&H listed the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 as being “Discontinued” a few months ago, although DJI denied it at the time – even though their own online store also said it was out of stock back in April, as well as other retailers. If the Phantom 5 is on the way, then they’ve managed to keep it very well under wraps.

Perhaps most surprising are the Mavic Air and Mavic 2 drones being listed as out of stock. The Mavic Air is still an awesome drone for what it costs and keeps up very well with the needs of its target market, and the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom aren’t exactly that old. The Inspire 2… Well, that one I can’t explain.

It’s possible that there could be an issue in the DJI supply chain for components common to all of their models. But I think replacement models being announced is a more likely scenario. DJI is working on adding helicopter and airplane detection to its drones from all models released after January 1st 2020. That’s only just over 3 months away, so it makes sense that DJI is redesigning their entire lineup to include this as soon as possible.

Whatever the reason, with the holiday season just around the corner, they’re going to need to do something quickly to pull in that seasonal spending money.

Which drone in DJI’s lineup are you most excited to see updated?

[via Drone DJ]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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7 responses to “DJI is running out of stock – could new drones be on the way?”

  1. FTFF Avatar
    FTFF

    The DJI Mavic Mini. Any idea on a likely announcement / release date?

    1. Gary Giebler Avatar
      Gary Giebler

      DJI has hinted that their conference in the last week of September will get advance knowledge of new releases so I doubt anything will happen before then which leaves me out of luck for my October trip.

  2. Gary Giebler Avatar
    Gary Giebler

    Mavic Mini – I’m hoping it will be available before a trip I’m taking in the first week of October. How soon after product announcements are they usually available?

    1. MithunOnThe.Net Avatar
      MithunOnThe.Net

      Same, I’m waiting for a good sub-250gms drone before a year-end trip.

  3. G. Avatar
    G.

    My wallet is ready

  4. Jyi Offer Avatar
    Jyi Offer

    Anything so long as it’s sub 250g ?

  5. Black Pirate Avatar
    Black Pirate

    Longer flights is all I want for Hanukah/