Those expecting serious upgrades to the DJI lineup at IFA might be left feeling a bit disappointed. DJI is instead going the Apple route of a tick-tock upgrade cycle. Last year saw the unveiling of the Mavic Pro. This year, we get the Mavic Pro Platinum Edition. A new color for the Phantom 4 Pro and some upgrades to the DJI Spark.

“DJI continuously looks for ways to improve its products and introduce new features, many of which are the result of the positive feedback and requests we received from customers around the world,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “Starting with our Osmo Mobile Silver handheld stabilizer, DJI has been expanding its product variations to meet the different lifestyles and needs of consumers. Similarly, we’ve done the same with two of the most iconic DJI drone products, the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro. The Spark’s newly added ‘Sphere’ mode will also introduce a new way for people to experience the fun of aerial photography.”

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Mavic Pro Platinum

The biggest upgrades come to the Mavic. The Mavic Pro Platinum builds on the Pro with increased battery life and serious noise reduction. DJI should add that to all the drones. The high-pitched whine is a bit much.

Battery life has been improved to 30 minutes (perfect conditions) and the noise at full power is 60% quieter. Good news for those wanting this but already own a Mavic Pro. The noise reduction is achieved through both better electronic speed controllers and ‘newly designed propellers.’ The new props will work on the current Mavic Pro.

It does have a slight bump in price to $1,099 with the Fly More combo at $1,399. Preorders kick off today and shipping is set for September.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian

It’s basically what it sounds like. The Phantom 4 Pro gets an Obsidian skin instead of the glossy white. Think of it as a stealthy Phantom 4 Pro. DJI does give it a bump in build quality with the gimbal now made of magnesium, electroplated and covered in an anti-fingerprint coating.

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No price increase for the slick paint job. It stays at $1,499 and will also ship in September.

DJI Spark

A new shooting mode is being added to the selfie drone. In an upcoming firmware update, the Spark will add ‘sphere’ to its list of shooting modes. Think panorama with a fisheye lens effect. No word on when the firmware update is coming but considering today is the last day of August, count on September like all the other upgrades.

Where’s the Phantom 5?

When drones are selling this well, and you’re dominating the consumer drone market, there isn’t a sudden rush to keep innovating. Adopting a tick-tock upgrade cycle keeps the early adopters happy because they aren’t left out in the cold with something new always around the next bend.

Though, I’m with you DJI fans. When are we going to see the Hasselblad acquisition filter down into the Phantom series? Let me dream, damn it.

Both of the hardware upgrades – Mavic and Phantom 4 Pro – are out of stock for now, but you can sign up for in-stock reminders.


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