Today, at IFA in Berlin, DJI announced that they are releasing an updated version of the DJI Mavic, the DJI Mavic Platinum, as well as an updated version of the Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Obsidian. And there is a small Spark update as well that we’ll tell you more about at the end of this post.
Let’s look at the DJI Mavic Platinum first as it’s the more exciting of the two.
DJI Mavic Platinum
We weren’t really expecting a new Mavic just yet so this was a nice surprise. And although DJI only made 3 changes, 2 of them are major ones.
Mavic Platinum color
First, the one change that doesn’t really impact anything, the new DJI Mavic Platinum comes in a nice platinum (duh) finish. The color that is of course, not the material.
But, DJI made 2 more changes to the DJI Mavic Platinum and those are major ones; it’s more quiet and it can stay in the air longer!
DJI Mavic Platinum Noise
These 2 changes do have us excited. The DJI Mavic Pro was quite loud and any improvement to that is great. Granted, the DJI Mavic Pro is already more quiet than the DJI Phantom 4. But, for such a small quadcopter it is still ridiculously loud.
The updated DJI Mavic Platinum is 4db more quiet than the DJI Mavic Pro. And although this might not sound like a lot, or you might have no idea how much that is, it makes a huge difference. DJI states it’s about 60% noise reduction.
A big improvement indeed!
DJI Mavic Platinum Flight Time
Aside from that, DJI improved the flight time of the DJI Mavic Platinum. The new Mavic can now fly for 30 minutes (assuming ideal circumstances) and hover for 27 minutes.
3 Minutes (11%) more flight/hover time than we have for the DJI Mavic Pro!
We know, it may not sound like a lot to current Mavic owners.
But DJI just made it even harder for the competition to catch up with them. Most competing drones are still stuck around the 20 minute mark so other manufactures have to improve flight time by 50% to be able to just catch up.
DJI created the longer flying time by improving the ESCs and the propellers. And this is where it gets interesting for current DJI Mavic Pro owners as well. The new propellers also work on the DJI Mavic Pro.
So, for a small price, you should be able to improve your flight time as well. We’ll have to see how much extra flight time this will get you once they are available.
The DJI Mavic Platinum will be delivered as of next month and will cost $/€/£ 100 more than the DJI Mavic Pro.
If you’ve been thinking of getting a DJI Mavic, and you can afford it, spend the 100 more. It’ll be worth it as you enjoy the longer flight time and the reduced noise.
Pre-order DJI Mavic Platinum
At the moment you can pre-order the DJI Mavic Pro at the DJI Store but it’s not available elsewhere yet. As soon as this changes we’ll update the article. Click here to order you DJI Mavic Platinum.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian
Now a quick look at the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. As the name implies, the DJI Mavic is not the only drone in DJI’s collection that got a paint job. The Phantom 4 Professional did as well.
Basically the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian is a matte grey Phantom 4 Professional. According to DJI the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a more professional look and is aimed at the (semi)professional user.
To us it’s, again, just a color and we’re not super excited about this but we understand other people might be.
The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian will be available as of September as well.
DJI Spark update
And to end today’s updates from IFA, the DJI Spark gets a small upgrade as well.
DJI adds a “sphere” shooting mode to it’s smallest drone. With this you create panoramas with a fish-eye lens effect. Time will tell whether this is popular or not but most people we know are happy to be rid of the fish-eye effect. Either way, it’ll be available in the drone’s next firmware update.
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