DJI launched its model with the Phantom 1, identified on the time as Phantom, in January 2013. The enduring design has spawned quite a few imitators however DJI has been capable of iterate and outdo its opponents repeatedly, with extra than simply the Phantom line. At the moment, it has a market share of roughly 74%, in response to a 2018 Drone Market Sector Report by Skylogic Analysis.

Except for the Phantom four RTK, aimed strictly at professionals, all DJI Phantom four fashions have been out of inventory for months. Whereas the discharge of the Phantom 5 is the subsequent logical step, rumors are swirling that the Chinese language drone producer is headed in one other course and discontinuing its Phantom line for good.

DroneDJ first reported these rumors by catching a press release made on a latest podcast by DJI’s personal Director of Public Security Integration, Romeo Durscher. ‘Sure, the Phantom line apart from the Phantom four Professional RTK has come to an finish,’ Durscher instructed the Drone Homeowners Community. DroneDJ additionally cited rumors from sources near DJI claiming that the Product Supervisor for the Phantom 5 was reassigned to a different venture.

DJI denies the rumors. ‘Romeo misspoke,’ DJI communications director Adam Lisberg tells The Verge.

To elucidate the dearth of availability for latest Phantom four Professional variations, DJI launched the next official assertion: ‘Attributable to a scarcity of elements from a provider, DJI is unable to fabricate extra Phantom four Professional drones till additional discover. We apologize for any inconvenience this may trigger and advocate our prospects discover DJI’s Mavic collection drones instead answer to serve their wants.’

This has been their rationalization for the previous 5 months and is a bit suspicious, as The Verge factors out. Whereas Lisberg instructed DroneDJ final fall ‘as for the Phantom 5 rumors, we’ve by no means mentioned we thought-about making a Phantom 5 within the first place, so there’s nothing to cancel,’ these images inform a special story. Lisberg additionally went on report with DroneDJ stating that the images represented a one-off design for a buyer. The Verge factors out {that a} prototype of that magnitude would solely be believable for somebody extraordinarily rich.

Rumors surrounding the Phantom 5 collection embrace the opportunity of one mannequin containing a zoom lens, and beginning round $1,700, whereas the opposite mannequin would come outfitted with a collection of interchangeable lenses containing fastened widths of 15mm, 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm.

To this point, the Mavic 2 Professional is the one mannequin that takes benefit of DJI’s majority stake in Hasselblad digital camera firm. The Mavic collection, although not the primary to be launched, is the general best-selling line for the drone producer. This reality leads many insiders and fanatics to imagine that the foldable, extra compact mannequin would be the way forward for drone operations for customers and professionals.

The Mavic was developed and launched shortly after GoPro introduced its doomed Karma drone. And not using a competitor within the enviornment, it is attainable that DJI will not be compelled to supply up a Phantom 5. Particularly when its a lot bulkier, and pricier collection of Encourage drones, used primarily by filmmakers, top-tier professionals, and rich hobbyists, presents up the choice of interchangeable lenses.


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