DJI has taken full advantage of IFA 2017 by announcing two big upgrades to their products. They revealed the new Mavic Pro Platinum, as predicted, which now has up to 11% more flight time per battery and a new feature that reduces the sound by 60%. And, as the name states, the Mavic will be a new color: platinum.
The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian, a new colored drone that is the same as the Phantom 4 Pro (with a few added features) rolls out with a matte-dark grey paint job. For those Minecraft enthusiasts imagining the obsidian block, no, this is not the same. It is not shiny black, and as pictured above, it would be better off with the name “Phantom 4 Pro Matte Grey.”
DJI achieves these brand new upgrades via electronic speed controllers and new propellers; propellers give off a majority of a sound that drones make, so new propellors help reduce the sound. As wished for in the most recent weekly talk show, these new props are backward compatible. Current Mavic Pro owners can install them to their unit! We did wish for backward compatible batteries, but that is currently unknown.
The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian also institutes a new electromagnetism gimbal that is designed to reduce fingerprints. This is important because even the smallest of fingerprints could potentially destabilize the camera, as they add weight.
DJI’s smallest drone, the DJI Spark, now has a sphere mode, which allows for panorama images and a fisheye effect that, thanks to the firmware update, can be shared instantly to social media.
The Mavic Pro Platinum is now retailing for $100 more, at $1,099, and the P4P Obsidian comes in at the same price as the P4P: $1,499.
Last modified: August 31, 2017