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DJI announces a new, more affordable Phantom 4 drone

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DJI announced a new version of its Phantom 4 drone, the Phantom 4 Advanced, which offers many of the features of last year’s Phantom 4 Pro at a less expensive price point.

Those upgrades include a new camera, with a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor that can shoot 4K video at 60 fps, a variety of automatic flight modes (including Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture, and Tripod settings), and improved internal storage and battery life (up to 128GB via microSD and 30 minutes, respectively). The Phantom 4 Advanced still don’t quite match the Pro, though, with only front-facing obstacle avoidance instead of the four-sided system found on DJI’s pricer model.

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Like the Pro, the Phantom 4 Advanced is also available in a Plus variant, that includes a controller with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen built in. According to DJI, the screen is twice as bright as conventional mobile displays for easier outdoor use.

The Phantom 4 Advanced is meant to directly replace the original Phantom 4, which DJI will stop selling when the Advanced releases on April 30th. The Phantom 4 Advanced will sell for $1,349, while the Phantom 4 Advanced Plus (which includes the integrated screen controller) will cost $1,649. For reference, the original Phantom 4 started at $1,399 when it first launched.