DJI has released the DJI Phantom 4, a drone that marks the next step in aerial technology. The new drone is equipped with intelligent sensors that provide collision detection for safer flight and upgrades that make it faster and better. DJI also announced an exclusive sales partnership with Apple. cinema5D is here in New York at the launch event of the new DJI Phantom 4 drone. DJI has been pushing the boundaries of drone development in the last years and today they have upgraded their consumer Phantom line yet again and it’s exciting to see how this technology evolves. Many drone enthusiasts have been looking forward to this event, but also video and cinema people like us are keen to find out what’s new in aerial cinematography as we know from our own tests that these flying machines have a huge potential for filmmakers. The New DJI Phantom 4 So here’s all you need to know about the new drone feature by feature: Anti-Collision Sensors The most intriguing feature about the new DJI Phantom 4 is certainly that DJI have now incorporated their obstacle avoidance alogrorhythms that they have been developing over the last years. We know it isn’t easy to fly a drone, it needs practice and things can sometimes go horribly wrong. The new technology allows the Phantom 4 to detect obstacles with visual anti-collision sensors and evade them, much like anti crash systems of newer cars, certainly making the new Phantom 4 a safer drone. Faster, Better Battery Life The drone has been improved from top to bottom. With a more aerodynamic design, up to 25% faster speeds and a better battery life that lets you fly up to 28 minutes on a single charge. This of course is very nice to see as it makes the whole experience more convenient and ergonomic. More Stability and Precision The body is now made of magnesium, reducing vibrations that the previously used plastic materials have caused. The propellers are moved higher, so they are not visible in the picture anymore (which has sometimes been a problem on other models). And the gimbal now holds the camera with two arms instead of one for more image stability and precision. Improved Vision Positioning Like the Phantom 3, the new drone has two cameras on the bottom for “vision position”, that let it fly steadily even without a GPS connection and improve overall flight precision. The Phantom 4 vision positioning system has been improved. 120fps Slow Motion The camera used on the new Phantom 4 drone is still a 4K camera, but now features a slow motion mode in 1080p HD with 120fps. For certain action shots this is certainly a great new feature that sports enthusiasts will welcome. Sports Mode The new controller also offers a “sports mode” that gives you the fasts speeds and maneuverability for those interested in fast flying. New Intelligent Flight Modes DJI has also been working on improving the intelligence of their flight processors. The new Phantom 4 can now detect objects and detect people. With a simple tap on your smartphone screen the drone will track and follow a person around without the need for any additional physical trackers. The system is solely visual. There are several other movement features like circling and following an object at the same time, making movements possible that couldn’t easily be achieved manually. Last but not least DJI also announced an exclusive sales partnership with tech giant Apple. Right now the new Phantom 4 is available only through the DJI website and through Apple exclusively (shipping starts on March 15th) and become part of Apple’s store inventory. From April 1st the Phantom 4 will be available everywhere else. [UPDATE: The Phantom 4 is now also available at other retailers.] More intelligent sensors, better processing and less reliability on GPS signals make this drone safer, more ergonomic and easier to fly. While many had hoped for a better image quality, the new features seem like a powerful upgrade for better flying and filming with this new generation of drones. For more information see the DJI website.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Our lead sponsor for ON THE COUCH is B&H – a camera and accessories retailer everyone knows, in fact the largest in the United States. In this special episode, I talked to Gabriel Biderman from the marketing department of B&H, to hear about his impressions from this year’s NAB and the big trends that they notice (and which they have a lot more insight in as they know what sells best). Be it 4K, octocopter drones or camera movement – Gabriel knows exactly what their customers like.Read more
This week we wrote about the very accessible pricepoint of the new Sony F5 camera in Europe. Today we hear that B&H adjusted their new price for the Sony F5 and made it $3000 more affordable. The official suggested list price from Sony for the PMW-F5 4K Camera is at $19,400. This was also the price the camera went for at B&H until we contacted them and they could change the price to a more attractive number. The new price for the Sony F5 is $16,490. The most important details on the camera and a film sample can be found here: LINK B&H Sony F5 link: The gift code for the European Marcotec store gives you the best pricepoint for the F5 and F55 in Europe: LINKRead more
If you watch this piece please make sure you see it in HD and full screen. I’m posting this not only because there are beautiful shots in it, but also because of it’s very cinematic feel. I think this is a great example of how dolly timelapse can add some breathtaking sequences to a video clip and give it that 1 million dollar look. The dolly used in this timelapse video was a $895 “dynamic perception” kit. This very affordable electronic slider is currently on back-order. I would guess the video above, which was posted last week and already has 450 thousand hits, produced some sales for the “dynamic perception” kit. There are many other similar dolly systems currently being sold and I’m sure many of you readers have links and experience on these for us. Please share your knowledge in the comments. [UPDATE]: The price on the dolly is $895, the deposit for preorder is $450.Read more
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