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DJI’s New Phantom 4 Impresses with Its Innovations and Refinement

The number of high-quality drones on the market has exploded in recent years, and for very good reasons. Drones have become so accessible and capable that the hobby appeals to just about everyone nowadays. Whether for those who are interested in performance-oriented models that require advanced skills to pilot or beginners seeking something forgiving, there are plenty of options to look into. Probably most appealing of all to the general public, though, are those drones that focus on enabling impressive aerial photography and video capture.

Of all the drones that do so, DJI’s Phantom series is undoubtedly the best known. When the original Phantom launched years ago, it was something completely unprecedented. At a time when hobbyists who wanted truly capable craft had to put together their own, the first Phantom came with professional-level features right out of the box.

Since then, DJI has understandably been busy refining the line further. Both the second and third editions of the Phantom delivered plenty of interesting surprises on top of improvements that were widely recognized as needed. It was with the relatively recent launch of its Phantom 4, though, that DJI impressed the industry the most.

Looking at a review of the new Phantom will make it clear why. With so much refinement having happened over the years, the new Phantom was put into a position where some truly revolutionary features became practical. DJI, in fact, packed the Phantom 4 with at least four such standout developments, each striking in its own interesting way.

Many observers, for example, have been taken with the “Tap Fly” system that the new Phantom ships with. While many aerial photographers today are both eager and skilled pilots, not everyone enjoys fiddling with sticks and striving to control an airborne drone directly. The new Tap Fly system offers a straightforward alternative, allowing pilots to essentially plot a path through a touch interface that will already be familiar to most. Although some control is sacrificed in the process, the simple nature of this control scheme can mean that pilots are freed up to focus on framing better shots. With features like this one and others making the new Phantom a big hit already, few have found much to complain about at all.