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.
If you’re a recent DJI Phantom 4 owner that was upset by the price drop after the announcement of the Mavic Pro, then you’re going to love this one. British drone retailer Drones Direct are offering a 24 carat gold plated DJI Phantom 4 for sale. This too, has had its price reduced, dropping from £21,999 (around $27k) to a more reasonable £19,999 (about $24.5k).
It offers all the same features as the original Phantom 4, but with bling. Drones Direct calls it “the world’s most lavish drone”, and they’re probably not wrong. Unfortunately, the gold plating does not extend to the controller, but the drone itself will definitely stand out in the air.
DJI, manufacturer of the very popular series of Phantom drones, have opened up a new facility in South Korea. Named the DJI Arena, it allows drone owners to learn more about how to fly their craft. It’s a fairly substantial size, with 1,395 square metres (15,015 sq ft.) of space. It also offers an obstacle course, for those wanting to test their aerial prowess.
Their goal is to “help foster the local drone culture and play an important role in building a healthy UAV ecosystem in Korea”. A noble goal, but I do hope they consider doing this in other parts of the world, too.
One of the greatest impacts of “drones” coming into our lives is the impact it has on photojournalism. Drones can go places that photographers just can’t go by foot.
Here is a story that illustrates this perfectly (though its only relation to photography is the drone involved). According to ABC, a couple of teenagers – Chris Harris and a friend – were staying at their family’s vacation home by a lake, and when evening came, they tied their boat to a buoy and went about their business.
The following day they noticed a bunched of people untying their boat from the buoy and tying it to a speed boat, and starting to sail away. Two things happened in parallel: the called 911, and got a DJI Phantom 4 in the air to follow the boats. Chris had the drone following the alleged thieves for quite a while, going as fast 50 MPH for some of the chase, and of course recording it at stunning 4K. after a while Chris lost track and the done came back home.
Three years ago, DJI introduced the world to its Phantom drone. Since then, DJI has become a brand synonymous with drones, both amateur and professional, for those wanting to take their photography and cinematography to the sky.
Today, the Chinese UAV manufacturer unveils its fourth and latest iteration of its Phantom drone, the Phantom 4. While designed much like its predecessors, the updated drone packs in a plethora of new features users have been waiting for.[Read More…]