Phantom 5 Rumors: Everything We Know

Posted by
Korey Smith
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January 9, 2018
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Phantom 5
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Could the real Phantom 5 be finally coming out?

The holidays are over and with CES 2018 passing, you just know there will be some new drones coming out soon. DJI has already released the Tello drone under their new Ryze brand, but we found some leaked images the suggest more drones will coming.

We think the original source of this image is from a Chinese website, but there’s no watermark on it to confirm that and everything is written in Chinese. In this first picture, you will see what looks like a Phantom 4 with a strange new camera attached to it. The rest of the Phantom seems identical to the Phantom 4. You can even see a Phantom 4 case in the background sitting on top of the bumper of a car.

The next image although not a real picture is even more interesting than the first image. This drawing was posted by the same source over one month before the real photo was posted, as if the person who did the drawing already knew what the drone looked like and how it worked. In the drawing, you can see how the camera has a removable 24mm lens, a lens hood, and a lens cap. 

So what could this mean for the Phantom 5? Just like the Inspire 2, the Phantom 5 could be getting mini interchangeable lenses. This would allow you to shoot high quality videos and pictures at various focal lengths. Different lenses could also have different apertures for better low light performance.

As crazy as this might seem at first, it’s one of the only logical improvements I could see DJI making to the Phantom lineup. The image sensor in the Phantom 4 Pro is already amazing, and I don’t think anyone wants or needs 8K video recording. Also, with the help of Hasselblad, they already created custom lenses for the X7 camera on the Inspire 2, so creating smaller lenses with the same high quality glass seems like it would be possible.

Here is another drawing that could indicate obstacle avoidance in all six directions. If this drawing is accurate, the sensor appears to be similar to the top facing sensor on the Inspire 2. The drawing also shows downward facing obstacle avoidance.

Based on the fact that the Phantom 4 Pro has been out for over a year, there’s a good chance that these Phantom 5 images are real. If the Phantom 5 does come out, I would expect it to release sometime in March or April since that’s around the same time as NAB. Also, the Phantom 5 would be more of a pro product for high quality content creation, so having a release date near CES wouldn’t make as much sense. I’ve been wrong about release dates before though! Maybe we’ll see a Phantom 5 much sooner than expected.

Korey Smith

Korey Smith, independent film maker, RC model enthusiast and co-owner of MyFirstDrone

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Phantom 4 Pro

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Video resolution
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Control range
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DJI

Phantom 4 Pro

Flight time
30
Minutes
Video resolution
4096 x 2160
Control range
7
km
Camera resolution
5472 x 3648
Retail Price
$
This is some text inside of a div block.
MFD Rating
8.1
Phantom 4 Pro
Rating
9.0
·
Product quality
9.0
·
Ease of use
8.0
·
Flight Time
7.5
·
Speed
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