The concept of drones has developed at absolutely breakneck speed, going from being little more than a kid’s novelty to fully-fledged professional tool in what feels like no time. The rapid development of the technology used for flight, as well as the progress of camera technology, has converged seamlessly, and drone manufacturer DJI are updating their range with two new models: the Mavic Pro Platinum, and the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian.
Mavic Pro Platinum
The Mavic Pro Platinum is the model recommended for enthusiasts and travelers, as it can fold into compact and portable dimensions that make it easy to take along on trips. It’s an updated iteration of the Mavic Pro that offers 9 minutes longer flight time (up from 21 minutes to 30 minutes), quieter operating noise due to new Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs). Additionally, it uses a 4K stabilised camera to record and has an impressive 7 km range – it can even sense obstacles up to 15 metres away. It also has some intelligent flight modes that make using it simple and user-friendly for those new to drone flight.
Mavic Pro Platinum Features:
- Stop/Start Recording Gesture
- 180-degree photo mode (improved resolution)
- Integrated use with DJI Goggles
- Better stability after takeoff
- Improved control accuracy in QuickShot Dronie mode
Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian
The Phantom 4 Pro, now available in a sprayed Obsidian colour, is DJI’s offering aimed at users that require not only a professional looking drone, but also a drone capable of impeccable performance. The camera can shoot at 4K and 60FPS with a 20MP sensor, and is housed in a lightweight body constructed from titanium and magnesium alloy that also improves the frame rigidity. Its FlightAutonomy system allows obstacle sensing in 5 directions, and obstacle avoidance in 4 directions, which helps the drone do some of the flying for you.
If you’re thinking of getting a drone as a hobby or just to record your own adventures, the Mavic Pro Platinum (R21,899) is probably the option you want to look at, while the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Edition (R28,995) is geared towards professionals who need cutting edge tech to help them record footage.
If you need any more info on these two drones hit up DJI and the experts over at weFix!