The Phantom 4 has a lot of cool features, but what’s impressive is how they showed them off.
At 11:40 AM in New York, DJI hosted a press event to show the world their next Phantom model. There were refreshments, appetizers and everyone got to see the new Phantom 4 up close and in person.
First, like any company trying to follow in Apple’s footsteps, they talked about different milestones they achieved with the previous Phantoms, like the collective number of hours flown. Then they went over all of the new features of the Phantom 4.
The highlight of the event, was when DJI did a live indoor demo to show off the new obstacle avoidance, Active Track and Tap Fly features. There were two things that really stood out to me about the demo. The first was how incredibly stable the Phantom 4 is when there’s no wind. One of the shots in DJI’s video almost looks like the Phantom 4 is just rotating on an invisible pedestal.
The second and more important thing is how well the new features were able to work indoors with no GPS, special high speed cameras, or back stage pilots. It just did what it was expected to do with no hesitation. Although Yuneec showed off their Typhoon H back at CES with what seemed like an amazing demo, it just left me feeling skeptical and here’s why. Supposedly, the Typhoon H was tracking the mountain biker while also avoiding obstacles. However, they also had to use a series of cameras and tracking markers to keep track of where the drone and the bike rider was at all times.
Even if the Typhoon was able to do the things that they showed in the Demo, I wouldn’t compare it to the Phantom 4 seeing how it starts at $1,800 (without obstacle awareness) and over $2,000 with Intel’s Real Sense technology. At that price, it will most likely take away sales from the Inspire 1, but not the Phantom 4.