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DJI Phantom 5 expected to launch just in time for Christmas

By reviews / 13. November 2018
DJI Phantom 5 invite

If you didn’t already have a drone on your Christmas list, now might be a good time to pencil one inDJI has just announced a global launch event in New York for November 28 2018, and the signs seem to be pointing towards the unveiling of a DJI Phantom 5.

The invite, which has a travel theme and is titled “Because life is big!”, doesn’t contain many clues to exactly what will be announced on November 28 at 7pm GMT.

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The illustration does, though, look a lot like the shape of the Hasselblad lens seen on the recently announced DJI Mavic 2 Pro, so it isn’t a huge leap to suggest that a DJI Phantom 5 with interchangeable lenses (or at least, a Hasselblad camera) will be the big announcement.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro was announced almost exactly two years ago in November 2018.

This is backed up by a growing list of rumours and possible leaks, which have grown over the year and resurfaced again recently.

So what specs and features might a DJI Phantom 5 have? And how much might it cost? We’ve rounded up all of the latest rumours ahead of the big event, which we’ll be attending in New York. Here’s what we know so far…

DJI Phantom 5 Release Date and Price: When it be available and how much will it cost?

Given the timing of the launch event on November 28, it seems highly likely that the DJI Phantom 5 (or whichever drone is announced) will be available to buy in time for Christmas.

Also, when the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom were announced back in August 2018, both were available to order from DJI’s store on the day.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is currently available for £1,589, and the Phantom 5 is rumoured to have a similar price tag.

Little is know about possible Phantom 5 pricing, but we can speculate based on DJI’s current lineup. With the DJI Mavic 2 Pro’s price at £1349 and the Phantom 4 Pro currently available for £1589, it seems reasonable to expect that a DJI Phantom 5 will cost similar to the latter.

Some rumours have suggested that, like the Phantom 4 range, DJI will announce two Phantom 5 models, called the Phantom 5 Advanced and Phantom 5 Pro, with the latter coming in at just under £2000.

Either way, it’s clear that the Phantom 5 would sit at the top of DJI’s consumer lineup, just below its more pro-friendly Inspire and Matrice models.

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DJI Phantom 5 Specs and Features: What camera and sensor and will the DJI Phantom 5 have?

Back in May 2018, DJI denied that photos showing a Phantom drone with interchangeable lenses was a prototype Phantom 5, saying it was a one-off, modified Phantom 4 Pro that was designed for an enterprise customer.

It seems likely, though, that this model was at least a testing ground for some of the features we could see in a DJI Phantom 5.

Some rumours, including from Twitter user @OsitaLV, suggest that you’ll be able to swap in different lenses with focal lengths from between 15mm to 50mm, which would mean a wide-angle option that would nicely match the feel of the event invite.

It’s possible that these lenses, along with the camera, will be made by Swedish company Hasselblad, which DJI acquired in early 2017.

With the Phantom 5 rumoured to retain the one-inch sensor from its predecessor, an interchangeable lens system would nicely separate it from DJI’s Mavic 2 range.

DJI Phantom 5
Image credit: Twitter user @OsitaLV

If it has a fixed lens instead, though, other sites have speculated that DJI may go for a larger Four Thirds sensor. The Phantom 4 Pro is able to shoot 4K at 60fps and 20-megapixel still photos, so it seems likely that a Phantom 5 would at least match those specs, while offering improved dynamic range and colour depth we saw on the Mavic 2 Pro.

A few other refinements are also likely, according to rumours. While the Phantom 4 Pro can manage 30 minutes flight time, the Phantom 5 will apparently push this to 35 minutes and beyond.

Like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, it’ll also apparently add near 360-degree obstacle detection, thanks to extra sensors on all sides, and also potentially water-proofing (or rain-proofing) for flying it out in the drizzle or over the sea.

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DJI Phantom 5 Design: What will the DJI Phantom 5 and its controller look like?

So far, the only speculation about the DJI Phantom 5’s design has come from the shots above of the apparently modified Phantom 4 Pro, which DJI said was not a prototype for a new Phantom.

While evidence about its design is so far thin on the ground, it seems likely that a Phantom 5 will look similar to its predecessor and only make relatively minor changes, such as a new paint job and retractable landing gear.

DroneDJ did also speculate that an unknown new controller seen in the above video might be for the Phantom 5, although it’s possible this may also be a new controller for the Mavic 2.

We’ll update this page as soon as we get official information from the launch event on November 28, so make sure to check back to find out whether the announcement is indeed a new Christmas-bound DJI Phantom 5, or something more Osmo-flavoured.

What do you think DJI will announce on November 28 and would you be excited about a new Phantom 5? Let us know @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

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