Reports suggest that the DJI Phantom series is dead – DJI denies it

Apr 29, 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.

Reports suggest that the DJI Phantom series is dead – DJI denies it

Apr 29, 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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The DJI Phantom line of drones are probably the most recognised drones around the world. But reports and circumstantial evidence suggests that the DJI Phantom’s time has come to an end. DJI representatives have even suggested the same, although DJI has officially denied this.

The websites of large retailers from around the world are reporting that they are out of stock of the current model Phantom 4 Pro V2.0B&H lists the product as being discontinued.

Even DJI’s own website, as well as WEX in the UK, are reporting that the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is out of stock.

The natural assumption then would be that the DJI Phantom 5 would be on its way. Right? Well, Drone DJ is reporting that the DJI Phantom 5 has been completely cancelled, according to “people very close to DJI”. They say that the product manager responsible for what would have been the Phantom 5 has also been reassigned to another project.

To add a little more fuel to the fire, DJI’s own Directory of Public Safety Integration, Romeo Durscher said on a podcast last month that “the Phantom line with the exception of the Phantom 4 Pro RTK has come to an end”.

DJI is denying the claims, according to The Verge, claiming that “Romeo misspoke” and that the reports are false. The Lack of Phantom 4 availability is simply down to a shortage of parts.

Due to a shortage of parts from a supplier, DJI is unable to manufacture more Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drones until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and recommend our customers explore DJI’s Mavic series drones as an alternative solution to serve their needs

– DJI

While the Mavic 2 is an excellent drone platform, the Phantom fills a nice gap in quality and performance between the Mavic and Inspire lines. With the popularity of the Mavic, though, especially with the quality boost the second generation has seen, it’s not completely implausible to think that DJI might kill off the Phantoms.

Whether or not the Phantom line has been discontinued remains to be seen. Short of an actual announcement from DJI, only time will tell.

If the DJI Phantom line goes away, would you miss it? Or are you happy with where the Mavics are going?

[Drone DJ via The Verge]

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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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5 responses to “Reports suggest that the DJI Phantom series is dead – DJI denies it”

  1. Daniel Venter Avatar
    Daniel Venter

    mavic range is better anyway :-)

  2. Peteris Zālītis Avatar
    Peteris Zālītis

    meh…

  3. Chris Claypole Avatar
    Chris Claypole

    I have the 3pro and long for the funds to get a mavic. It was great when I bought it but it is just to much to hike with.

  4. duvobikes Avatar
    duvobikes

    P4 Skyfall version , it’s dead until the P5 arrives

  5. Josh Catalano Avatar
    Josh Catalano

    I hate the mavic, it doesn’t feel safe to fly, it doesn’t have the inertia and can’t handle over ocean operations safely like the Phantom line.