If there’s a drone that can claim ownership of consumer airspace, it’s DJI’s Phantom. The company’s white, 4K-camera-toting quadcopter is the Prius of the skies; hip, accessible, and ubiquitous.
Chat with a drone pilot at your local park, there’s a good chance they’re flying a Phantom. But if you chat with a pilot who’s flying DJI’s latest offering, the Phantom 4($1,399), he might even be able to have an entire conversation with you while the drone flies itself.
This latest iteration of the Phantom drone contains enhancements in two key areas: the automated flight control, and the collision avoidance system. It’s not yet a fully autonomous drone that you can command to do your bidding with a flick of a finger, but it seems things are headed there, because this bird is remarkably easy to fly, and the on-board sensors keep it from zipping head-on into a tree.