If you didn8217;t already have a drone on your Christmas list, now might be a good time to pencil one in – DJI 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 illustration does, though, look a lot like the shape of the Hasselblad lens seen on the recently announced DJI Mavic 2 Pro, so it isn8217;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.
So what specs and features might a DJI Phantom 5 have? And how much might it cost? We8217;ve rounded up all of the latest rumours ahead of the big event, which we8217;ll be attending in New York. Here8217;s what we know so far8230;
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.
Little is know about possible Phantom 5 pricing, but we can speculate based on DJI8217;s current lineup. With the DJI Mavic 2 Pro8217;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.
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.
Some rumours, including from Twitter user @OsitaLV, suggest that you8217;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.
It8217;s possible that these lenses, along with the camera, will be made by Swedish company Hasselblad, which DJI acquired in early 2017.
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.
Like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, it8217;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.
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.
We8217;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.