If you’re a large tech news website, you probably got an email invite from DJI recently. In the email, it says “Discover the future of imaging technology” and an image that says “Create your legacy”. This is, of course, another announcement event, but for what?
Based on the content of the email, there’s not much that we can decrypt; however, it wouldn’t be too hard to take an accurate guess. The first thing I noticed about this announcement is that it isn’t being held at a larger event like CES or MWC. It is, however in the same town and just one day away from NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) which is where DJI has announced big products like the Phantom 3, Ronin, Matrice 600 and many other things.
I think it’s safe to say that DJI has something big to announce at their private venue, but will also have demos of their new products at NAB as well.
Is It The Phantom 5?
If DJI had a Phantom 5 and was ready to release it, I think we would see leaked pictures by now, plus the Phantom 4 Pro came out less than six months ago. Then again, this is DJI we’re talking about here, not Apple, so anything is possible regarding product release cycles. If we did see a Phantom 5, I can’t even imagine what features it would have.
Maybe It’s The Osmo 2?
DJI probably wouldn’t dedicate a major event just for the Osmo 2, but nothing is stopping them from announcing more than one product at the same time and having more cool gadgets to show off at NAB.
If there were an Osmo 2, it would be a redesign of the Original Osmo with a built-in or detachable CineCore image processor and SSD module. Doing this would finally allow the Osmo to be paired with the revolutionary X5S camera seen on the Inspire 2.
The only problem with doing this is that they would need to make the CineCore module a detachable accessory so it wouldn’t drive up the cost when using the Osmo 2 with the cheaper X4S camera. They could also just call it the Osmo Pro, and leave the original Osmo in production.
In any case, DJI needs to come out with something to hold the X5S, because it’s very underutilized at the moment, and cinematographers would give an arm and a leg for a super compact stabilized RAW/Prores beast that shoots 5k or 4K 60FPS. We should also see the CrystalSky monitors available soon, which if used with the new Osmo could eliminate the need to use an iPhone as a viewing device.
I’m betting It’s The Spark
Out of all the things that DJI could be releasing, the Spark is the one drone that we’ve already seen in the form of images, trademarks, and patents, so it’s safe to assume that it will be the main attraction at the upcoming announcement.
Even before the event email was sent out, I thought that the Spark would be announced around the end of the month, but it looks like we’ll be seeing it even sooner than that! If you didn’t already know, the DJI Spark is a new type of drone from DJI. We think it will be a drone with Mavic Pro like features at a more affordable price point, with a few new tricks up its sleeve like virtual reality and a new way of landing/charging.
Finally, we should also see the long awaited DJI Goggles. These aren’t just your average 800x600 resolution cheap goggles either. The DJI Goggles (also named DJI Goggle) will feature a 1080p viewing experience with built in OcuSync technology, allowing you to stream the video feed from the drone straight into the goggles for the best possible image quality.
There’s also some information that suggests that it will convert 2D video from the drone into 3D video for an even more immersive viewing experience. Nobody knows what the price of these goggles will be, but we’re hoping for anything under $600.
These goggles will be compatible with The Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, and a few other drones, but we think it would be a great combo with the Spark and it wouldn’t surprise me if DJI sold the two bundled together to lower the price.
What Do You Think?
This is everything that we believe will be announced at the next DJI Event in Las Vegas, but what do you think? What would you like to see from DJI? Have any new info about the Spark? Let us know in the comments!