Chinese drone maker DJI introduces two new drones to its line-up


Drone maker DJI has announced two new drones as well as a new mode for the Spark, which are sure to help improve your drone filmmaking skills.

The Chinese company introduced the Mavic Pro Platinum and the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian ahead of the technology show IFA 2017, which runs from September 1 to 6 in Berlin.

The updates mean the drones will be quieter, have a longer flying time and more recording options – all good news for us amateur pilots.

DJI Senior Product Manager Paul Pan said: “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.”

Sounds good – shall we have a look?

Mavic Pro Platinum

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The biggest update the Mavic Pro Platinum offers off the back of the Mavic Pro is a longer flight time. The Pro Platinum can fly for up to 30 minutes – three minutes longer than the Pro – to give you a little bit longer to get that perfect shot when you need it.

The drone also has a 60% noise reduction, which helps both film wildlife more easily and annoy your neighbours less when you’re practising in your garden. This is what we call a win-win.

If you don’t fancy getting a completely new drone, DJI have also announced that the new electronic speed controllers and freshly designed propellers, which allow the updates, are compatible with the current Mavic Pro.

Priced at £1,199 the Mavic Pro Platinum is available for pre-order in the DJI store ahead of its September release.

>>> Read: Five of the best drones for under £1,500

Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian

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This drone is a commercial filmmaker’s dream with a 4K camera capturing 60fps secured on a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal. This is sure to look professional whether you’re turning up to film a wedding or working on your own footage.

The more powerful video capacity supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K footage at 30fps with 100Mbps bitrate, which will help you keep your shots looking high quality and sharp.

Priced at £1,589, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian will be available on the DJI store.

Spark updates

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DJI has also updated the favourite mini Spark with new features and elements to make video recording that much easier for you on the go.

One of the smallest commercial drones, the Spark can be controlled by hand gestures alone and this update gives us a new gesture to navigate these better.

Enhanced video features in the autonomous camera mode QuickShots are also introduced to give you more control when shooting videos. This makes it easy to capture perfect shots no matter whether you’re a professional or just beginning your drone filming career.

But remember that all the new drones weigh in over 250g, even the small Spark at 300g, so under new UK laws you will have to be register them in the future. Check out our overview of the new laws for what you need to know before you fly.