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The DJI Phantom 4 is Dead

DJI introduces the Phantom 4 Advanced to replace the basic Phantom 4

April 13, 2017

Well, hello new DJI Phantom 4 Advanced.  This drone, along with the Advanced+ model, will start shipping April 30.
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DJI announced today a new addition to its extremely popular line of Phantom drones — the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced. In turn, the basic Phantom 4 model will be discontinued and will only be offered until April 30.

The Advanced improves upon the basic Phantom 4 model with a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter, and the Advanced’s upgraded camera can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps). The more powerful video processing now supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate.
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Comparisons to the Phantom 4 Pro are inevitable, and an interesting exercise in seeing which features DJI has ruled to be unnecessary for the “advanced” user. The Phantom 4 Advanced has much of the same beloved features as the Pro, but lacks infrared sensors and rear vision sensors. Appropriately, since the Advanced ditches the rear vision, it also can’t fly backwards using the simplistic TapFly function. For more details on the Advanced’s capabilities, click here.

The Phantom 4 Pro is priced at $1,499, and the Advanced at $1,349. The basic Phantom 4 model is $1,199 — while it’s still available for purchase, that is.

DJI will also offer the Phantom 4 Advanced+, which “offers a 5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated into the controller.” It seems as though the Advanced+ does not offer any other additional features or functionality. The Advanced+ version costs $1,649.

Both the Phantom 4 Advanced and Advanced+ will begin shipping April 30.

DJI is known for announcing multiple new products at once. The company has teased a product launch for the National Association of Broadcasters Show later this month, leaving consumer drone users wondering what DJI may announce this time — there’s talk of a smaller, more affordable, Mavic-esque quadcopter coming soon. We can dream, right?
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