We loved the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. And still do! But with the release of the epic DJI Mavic 2 Pro, will DJI continue manufacturing the Phantom series? Is there a Phantom 5 on the horizon?
It’s hard to say at this point. Here’s why…
Long story short, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro can do everything the Phantom 4 Pro can—and more. It has a 20 MP camera—check. It has omni-directional object avoidance—check. It’s fast and can handle higher winds—check.
However, the 20 MP camera is made by Hasselblad, a company with a serious track record for manufacturing state of the art cameras. Comparing a Phantom 4 Pro photo with a Mavic 2 Pro photo, the latter is better. Hands down.
Also, the Mavic 2 Pro has a three axis gimbal. This means it moves up and down as well as left and right without having to turn the drone itself. The Phantom 4 Pro can’t do that.
The Mavic 2 Pro is also quieter, lighter, and more portable. In fact, it has the same foot print as the original Mavic Pro with the same folding-arm configuration for added portability. And even with all the extra stuff, it’s only a few ounces heavier. The Mavic 2 Pro still much lighter than the Phantom 4 Pro.
What about 3rd party apps? When the Phantom 4 Pro was king, most app makers built their programs for it. But it’s apparent now that these companies are configuring their apps for the Mavic 2 Pro as well.
With all the new features that make the Mavic Pro 2 exceed the specifications of the Phantom 4 Pro, will DJI bother continuing the Phantom line? Or, will DJI release a new Phantom version at some point in the future with features and specs we can’t yet predict?
Hard to say…