DJI has made a few announcements at the IFA 2017 trade show, not least of which is the update of the DJI Mavic Pro. Meet the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum edition, billed by DJI as its best portable drone yet.
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum offers two main improvements over the Mavic Pro: noise and flight time. It’s quieter to the tune of 4db (that’s a 60% noise reduction) and it’s flight time has been extended to 30 minutes.
According to DJI, the improvements have been achieved by using better electronic speed controllers and a new design for the propellers. For the technicals, that is a new FOC sinusoidal driver ESCs and 8331 propellers.
In fact, the new propellers can be used on the existing Mavic Pro, but not with the Mavic Propeller Cage. A pair of the new 8331 propellers costs $10.
Everything else remains the same, with the Magic Pro Platinum offering a 7km control range, 3-axis gimbal, 4k video recording and 12-million-pixel still images.
Other DJI announcements at IFA 2017
Other announcements are of less interest unless you care more about what your drone looks like. DJI has announced the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. It’s pretty much the same as the Phantom 4 Pro, but comes in a dark “obsidian” colour. One small improvement is that the camera gimbal is now made of magnesium, covered in anti-fingerprint coating and electroplated. [Insert lightning emoji.]
The DJI Spark also gets a modest refresh – a new “sphere” shooting mode will be available in the drone’s upcoming firmware upgrade. Sphere shooting mode creates a panorama with a fisheye lens effect.
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum: Pricing and availability
The new Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian costs $1,499 and is also out in September. However, at the time of writing there is no product page on DJI’s website.