Phantom 5 Rumor Update
Phantom 5 Rumors
Speculation $1,900 to $2,200
With the release of the Mavic 2 our expectations for he Phantom 5 have increased significantly. Let's just say that both versions of the Mavic 2 are so impressive that we now expect a huge upgrade. There have been some pretty impressive leaked images and if they are real (and they look legit) we can tell a lot. So let's get busy with a quick synopsis and break this down.
What the leaks tell us
I get a good laugh at some of the rumors I read and what people are hoping for. Mostly I wonder why someone would want that feature. So with a little speculation here is what we can pull from these images.
If the Pictures are Authentic
- Interchangeable Lenses:
First and most clearly defined fom the pictures is the interchangeable lenses. This feature for sure pushes the Phantom 5 to the top of the Prosumer market. Let's be quite honest here. Interchangeable lenses are for Cinematic use. If you are a high end user you need interchangeable lenses. However, why is this feature on the Phantom 5? Speaking for myself, I have found that I have only needed lens changes when dealing with high-dollar projects and it has never been a project where I would need or even think about using a Phantom. To be honest even pulling out an Inspire 2 has been questionable. I guess I could see some small commercial firms using the interchangeable lenses for small projects as they grow their business. But most prosumers are not going to use this feature.
- New Gimbal:
So the gimbal is clearly more robust. I'm sure they are continuing to up their awesome gimbal technology. Let's just say no one else comes close. Making it better is tough to do for sure because it is already so awesome, but we can bet that DJI will somehow make it even better.
Is It a 360 degree gimbal? I don't think so and I'll explain why later.
- Occusync 2:
I know we can't tell from the pictures but because it is now available on the Mavic 2 I would expect nothing less than that for the Phantom 5.
- Larger Motors:
Judging from the pics the motors do look larger and that is usually a pretty simple thing to do. They are also making the motors stronger and more efficient. It's clear that the new technology in the Mavic 2 and the Sine-wave ESC's will be incorporated into the new bird.
So these images are only shown with the CrystalSky. For me that is not a good thing. I have found over our years of flying that the Android OS is not nearly as reliable as iOS. It could be a personal preference but I really don't think it is. Don't get me wrong we love that nice bright screen and with our upcoming release of the Master Series Sunshades for the CrystalSky monitors I want them to be blowing out the door. It's not the screen. Like I said it is awesome. It's what I've found to be unreliable and that is Android OS, or more specifically the Go Apps on Android OS.
Expected - But Speculation
Although it can't be seen in these pictures we can expect simple software and firmware updates. i.e. higher bitrates. I would think that DJI's newly formed relationship with Hasselblad would be moved right on over to the Phantom 5, so higher quality lenses and camera technology can be expected above the interchangeable lenses here.
We can also expect new flight modes and we know those will be exclusive to the Phantom 5 and above. I mean make something super cool and then only make that available to high end products. Probably the best sales increasing method there is. Huge speculation on those new modes. You can check the rumors of others and get a good laugh.
As you can tell from OsitaLV's Twitter feed there is some remark that it could be waterproof. However, I don't believe this to be legit. While I find this interesting and lord knows we've probably all been caught in some sort of moisture from time to time, I don't believe it to be a truly leaked photo.
When looking at the image to the left it appears that their are different sized batteries. Don't be fooled, those are all the same battery that difference in size is caused by lens distortion. We can expect longer flight times, some of that from better, stronger, more effecient motors and ESC's, the rest from larger stronger batteries. I also think the new batteries include that new flight ring around the power button as seen on the new Mavic 2.
What's missing that needs to be there
If we are looking at one of the final prototypes the biggest omission is a 360 degree gimbal with dual controller option. To me this is the biggest thing missing on this top of the line prosumer product.
How do we know this?.. Simply because the landing gear does not show the ability to raise. So if the camera gimbal is a 360 degree gimbal there would be no need because the landing legs would immediately get in the way. So... no retractable landing gear no 360 degree gimbal, and No 360 degree gimbal no need for a dual remote setup.
From what we have gathered and understanding the price increase of the Mavic 2's we expect the Phantom to start just below the $2,000 mark and then top out at around $2,200.
So Mavic 2 or phantom V
This is a tough one and is only important to the one making the purchase. But I figured I would share my thoughts in the unlikely event that anyone is really interested.
Judging by these photos and the speculation I would have to say that without a 360" dual operated gimbal there is really no need to bounce up to the Phantom 5 from the Mavic 2. It appears that they will both have a 1" sensor. Sure one of them may have the ability to 4K 60 but beyond that the quality of the Mavic 2, like it's form factor, its small footprint make it the current choice for me. Don't get me wrong there are things that DJI could do with the Phantom 5 to make it a lot more appealing and I'm sure they will have some great features hidden up their sleeve but again the Mavic 2 is currently my safe place.
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