CNET First Look
DJI Phantom 4 avoids obstacles while keeping its 4K camera on your subjectSome new optical sensors and autonomous flight modes along with a streamlined design are just a few of the highlights for this top-of-the-line consumer drone.
Having a camera drone that automatically follows you is great, but less so if you have to worry about it getting stuck in a tree or running into a wall. DJI's new Phantom 4 literally gets around this problem with sets of optical sensors in front and on the bottom helping it avoid obstacles while it flies or Stopping and hovering until you can redirect it. Adding to that a new active track mode gives the drone the ability to follow and keep it's 4k resolution camera centered on your subject just by tapping on them in [UNKNOWN] go app. Another new mode, tap fly, let's you double tap a destination on your screen and the quadcopter will just fly there finding the best path while avoiding collisions. A pause button has been added to the remote too so you can stop and hover at any time. The Phantom 4's design has been streamlined from the 3 also. The gimbal is more compact as is the battery which can get up to 28 minutes of flight now [MUSIC] And new push and lock propellers are more secure, and faster to take on and off. The redesign also helps it reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour in its sports mode. Something we couldn't quite try out in our conference room. But fortunately, we'll be able to get our hands on one soon to fly outside. It will be available mid March for $13.99.