During one of our recent trips to main-land China, My colleagues have found some very important information about the new upcoming drone the DJI phantom 5 X. This Drone will be like no other in its price range or any other drone on the market for that matters. DJI always been a innovator and with this new upcoming drone it will keep them in the #1 spot for best drones 2017. There will be six or more changes to the DJI Phantom 5 X versus the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, and they’re all exceptional ones.
DJI Phantom 5 X – How did my colleagues came up on all this information?
They were in China looking for the next big thing in the Drone/UAV market, not to find out that the testing field or acres of land that they walked upon was actually scheduled for DJI and not a new coming company to the drone market.
They were astonish by the fine and new information. This drone, at a closer look they noticed that the drone did not have a shell but looking even closer the skeleton frame look like the DJI phantom 4 pro or the DJI Mavic Drone unfold. Which is the best drones for 2017 so far …. But we can assure you it will not look like 4 when it’s released. Taking out their cameras or cell phone to take pictures would have been a dead give away that they were not with the group.
They had at least 9 to 12 different drone testing areas, where they were testing different features. Although my colleagues do not understand the Chinese language the guide that was taking them around overheard a lot of valuable information. And they could also see what the testers were doing, Which make it a no-brainer. We will list the different features they notice and talk about them below.
The first word that comes to mind when thinking about the new DJI Phantom X is “Polish”. While its other competitors in the market are not necessarily harder to drive and control, the Phantom 4 Pro makes these things look like child’s play that is why the Phantom 5x will be even better. And that is exactly what makes it stand out amongst the rest. Complications are a part of the drone flying experience.
With the release date for the DJI Spark mini set for this month and the DJI Phantom 5 X set for May 15 2017 you can get yours from this pre-release link!
However, somehow, the DJI Phantom 5 will minimise these obscurities to a whole new level. The new OSS or the new 360 Obstacle Sensing System along with its near flawless streamlined design makes it perfect for beginners or at least the ones who have deep enough pockets. If you have the money, it is worth the wait and here is everything you will need to know about it.
DJI Phantom 5 X Prototype Testing
Here is a list of some of the differences with the new DJI Phantom 5x
Specifications and Features
- Retractable landing gear
- Take off from being thrown in the air
- 5 direction vision system enable the Phantom 5x to detect obstacles up to 16 feet ahead, allowing for protected flight at up to 34mph
- Ability to follow individuals automatically
- New batteries power system automatically heats batteries when flying in cold temperatures
- Batteries for this drone are 1.4 Lithium Polymer.
- It comes with auto takeoff and auto returning features.
- Fully equipped with GPS technology which makes controlling the drone all the easier.
- Companion App allows for displaying the image captured by the camera.
- Capable of capturing videos at the 4K quality.
- The lens has 22 Megapixels of capturing resolution.
- Comes with a 360 Gimbals stabilization technology that allows for smoother capturing of photos and other footage.
- Comes with an in-built director software that allows you to edit in music and text to the captured videos.
- Greatly reliable because of the dual compass module that it comes installed with.
- Can take up speeds up to 55 miles per hour.
Two of the Phantom 5x’s coolest specs are the throw-in-the-air-to-activate option and the follow-me feature, but as Film school points out, these are already on the verge of existing in the consumer space thanks to the Lily drone which is no longer coming to market. The shell of the DJI Phantom 5x will be available in two colors (white and black) this will give it a sporty look and a glossy finish to it. The motors are firmly attached and stand tall while the top of the drone is mounted by a quick release propeller. These are raised in particular, so that the stators can allow the props to get out of the way and so that the brakes can be applied at high speeds.
Another upgrade that you will immediately notice is that to the Gimbal as well as the camera that has been fitted. This is even more noticeable if you owned and flew the DJI Phantom 4 pro. There are motors for the Gimbal from either side of the camera instead of having a single centrally located one like the previous design, so it will be able to make 360 turn.
Syncing drone cameras with a smartwatch. Want to control your drone with your smart watch? Now you can, the Phantom 5x when synchronize with your smart watch can be so wonderful. Their sky paint feature make you control your drone and make design in the sky. Every single part of the design just feels better for some reason in your hands compared to past models. This camera seems like it is part of a drone as opposed to being just rudely attached to the quad-copter like in the previous model. The safety clip is also designed keeping in mind the necessities for storage and to keep everything steady in one place.
The vision sensors for this drone are also beautifully placed and integrated with the body at the place where the landing gear was once meet. The slots for the SD card and the micro USB’s are located ideally in the centre of the drone towards the left of the chassis. The battery of this device has also been completely revamped and redesigned.
The battery charge time for this model takes a little longer than the previous one to get fully charge. However, it lasts a longer period as well. The charger for this device is also completely different from previous ones with a clean and white model used for it. A good thing about this charger is that it can be used in either orientation.
The flight controller of this device also shares the same white finishing used for the entirety of the model. There are subtle differences between the buttons and switches on this controller and the ones for the DJI Phantom 4 pro longest flight time drones. The different buttons for this drone are as follows:
- The ‘P’ button which is the flight mode switch has all of the settings like setting waypoints, live tracking, tapping to fly, showing points of interest, etc. In the ‘P’ mode, flight speeds can reach as much as 22 miles per hour.
- The ‘S’ button is the new Sports Mode where you can decide to get a bit aggressive with your DJI Phantom 5. The creative mode options are obviously unavailable in this mode, but you can reach higher speeds with it.
- The ‘A’ button is for the Attitude Mode that functions pretty much similarly as before. It is used for exactly what it sounds like maintaining altitude and keeping all of the manual controls in function.
Another vast improvement made in this model is the inclusion of a case that can be used for carrying and transporting light weighing materials and goods. All in all, for those who were fans of the previous Phantom 3, the newly made Phantom 4 pro is a huge upgrade and provides a complete set of new features and functions.
The primary feature of this new model is to increase the comfort with which you could fly this thing around. And it does a lot of things correctly to turn this into reality. One huge improvement is the start-up noise of the motor which was offensive, to say the least in the previous model. The new tone is far more pleasing to the ears.
Calibration of the IMU is also something that must be done when you are using this drone for the first time. As far as the diagnostics of the advanced settings are concerned, there is a readable IMU status installed this time around. So it is easier for you to get this thing adjusted to your liking and get maximum performance from the drone.
Also, there are 2 IMU’s in total along with two different compasses in this drone. This is done for providing extra stability and more control. The feature which is completely new however is known as ‘Visual Navigation’ and it is something which is available only in the ‘P’ mode. It also works alongside all the other intelligence modes.
Because there are tonnes of different limitations that have been imposed due to this new feature, some of the fun is taken out of flying this drone around. Although it is very efficient and allows the drone to follow you pretty much anywhere, the lack of freedom during flight can be felt more often than not. This is precisely where sports mode comes into play.
It acts as a replacement for the old Flight Mode and provides a 10 miles per hour improvement on the latter one. This is possible because of the new motors that have been installed which are undoubtedly far more powerful. This mode allows you to reach speeds as high as 55 miles per hour and with an FPV kit installed, you can try out your luck in drone racing as well.
Another one of the biggest new features that this drone has to provide to its users is the Active Tracking system. You can use this feature for automatically following moving targets and can also have it follow you. However, this feature is far from flawless, and it works only when the vision sensors are turned on. It will evade everything in its way the best it can.
Once the Active Tracking system loses a target, it stops in its tracks and keeps hovering in its place. The Tap to Fly mode allows you to get focus yourself on controlling the camera instead of the drone. You can use a single tap to fly the drone while it will avoid obstacles on its own. It is useful for getting better shots than when you are in manual mode.
One of the biggest reasons why the DJI Phantom 5 is capable of competing so well with all the other drones in the market is simply because of the huge array of features it provides to users. Here is a brief description of some of them.
- HD Camera (1080p)
A camera is without question one of the most important parts of the drone. And the Phantom 5x has done well to include a 1080p quality camera in it. It is capable of taking high-quality images which can also be streamed to the controller live.
It is ideal for those who want to use it for surveillance purposes or just for appreciating mother nature and clicking still images of birds, sunsets, etc. The high resolution of the camera ensures that the pictures do not get pixelated, thus allowing you to enjoy them full later on.
- Flight Modes
The DJI Phantom 5 is also equipped with multiple different modes of flight which you can choose using your controller. The 3 most important and fun ones are called the Tap-To-Fly mode, take off from being thrown in the air and the Sports Mode. All of them offer something useful in various situations.
For instance, the Tap-To-Fly mode is something which can be directly compared to the autopilot system of a real-life plane. All you need to do is to tap the controller two times for the drone to set off on the path it is meant to fly. The rest is done automatically.
The sports mode, however, is there to make you feel authentic when controlling the drone. In this mode, all of the work has to be done by you manually. It is great if you are still learning how all the operations work and how everything else functions.
- Remote Control with LCD
As you can easily guess, this feature allows you to control the drone and navigate it through different flight paths. You will also be able to receive the video feed from wherever the drone is travelling through. This undoubtedly allows you to analyse the surroundings of the drone better and thus drive more safely.
The remote controller is also useful for other purposes as well. For instance, you will be able to change between the different flight modes, control the flight speed and eventually come to terms with the best possible flight experience.
- Obstacle Sensor
Another critical feature of the DJI Phantom 5 is the 360 obstacle sensor that it comes along with. The upward and downward facing infrared sensors scan obstacles 16ft above and below. This feature allows the drone to recognise all the obstacles in its path ahead and avoid them as and when required. The sensor usually comes into play when the drone is kept in the autopilot mode, and it is in need of such navigation techniques.
- Tracking System
This is one of those features which prove the fact that this drone can be used for serious purposes as well instead of just having fun with it. This tracking system is completely independent of a GPS mechanism and as such it is perfect for being used in surveillance and similar fields.
This system allows the drone to be able to identify any object of the user’s choice and keep following it in a quiet fashion. Beacon signals or anything similar is not required for making use of this system to maintain the target within range.
- Flight Time and Range
The flight time of this drone is something which is pretty average, but still more than most of the other drones in the market. On a full charge, you can use this drone for a continued period of 33 minutes. Other models usually have the period between 25-28 minutes.
As far as control range is concerned, the DJI Phantom 5 X can offer a controlling range which extends up to a maximum of 5 kilometres in total. This is pretty huge and thus allows the user to control and get feedback from the drone from very far distances without experiencing any issues. This makes it suitable for long distance activities.
- Quad-Copter Model
This drone is in all baseness a quad-copter, meaning it has four propellers on it. This is not only a good thing from a choice design point of view, but it also adds to the aesthetics of the device. It adds flexibility, increases the sensitivity of the changes in direction and also helps stabilise the whole thing during landing.
As you can probably guess, the DJI Phantom 5 will be a joy to play around with. It works very efficiently, highly responsive in nature and easily stands out amongst the crowd as the best of the lot for best drones 2017. And for the most part, it is likely to prevent any collisions with any of the obstacles in front, side or on top of it. You can test it out for yourself on May 15 2017.
Try ramming it against a car or a fence and it will stop on its own. But one thing that you must be concerned about when flying it around is trees. Even the slightest of clippings with the branch of a tree can cause it to flow out of control or worse, get stuck. Thus, your drone manoeuvring skills will be put to the test if you decide to fly it in an area full of trees.
The main problem lies in the fact that the DJI Drones does not necessarily recognise the small twigs and leaves of a tree as obstacles, thus often crashing into them. While this is not fatal in any way, it can cause a lot of trouble for the user in controlling the device. It may also just stop in its tracks without you realising it.
The OSS feature is a great thing to have in the drone but it is not flawless, and it will not protect your drone against everything. For people who are new, this often creates a sense of false security which is why they must be aware of it at all times.
- Sports Mode can be dangerous
As you have probably read above, the DJI Phantom 5 will come with a special sports mode installed in it. It only needs a flick of a switch to turn it on and off. However, when turned on, it can make the drone fly at speeds up to 52 miles per hour. Also, the drone can ascend to 6 meters or 20 feet per second in height thus allowing you to get to places extremely quickly.
Attach to the drone an FPV (First Person View) and you will be able to get an immersive racing experience for yourself. But the thing is, the OSS does not work in Sports Mode. This means if you are going at really high speeds, the controls are all up to you. This includes manoeuvring around obstacles as well. As such, the drone issues a warning the first time you enter this mode.
By now, you should have realised that although the DJI Phantom 5 will be equipped with something as protective as the 360 Obstacle Sensing System, there is no reason to grow over-reliant of it. There is also no excuse for flying it around recklessly or to not learn how to use it in the first place.
- Easy to Carry
Just like the previous models, the DJI Phantom 5x will come along with its case for carrying it around. It is a suitcase made of grey colored Styrofoam. This time around, the case is more compact in nature and also far more durable.
Previously, the Phantom 4 pro only consisted of cardboard like structure that had a handle on it. However, that is not the case with the Phantom 5. The case is hard, durable and also light in weight, making it perfect to be carried around by hand.
The new model is also far more stable than any of its predecessors. In fact, it is claimed that it is at least 5 times more stable than anything that has come before it. And that is pretty true to be fair. In all the hours of using it, you will never have an issue with it standing still in one place, thus allowing you to capture better footage.
And this extra stability in its nature comes from the additional IMU that it has installed in it. There is also double the number of sensors and cameras equipped in the DJI Phantom 5. Auto returning to the set home position is also something which happens very smoothly. The landing also takes place near about the location it is intended to.
- Footage Quality
Although the DJI Phantom 5 makes will use of the same remote controller as the previous model, the quality of footage that it is capable of recording is well and truly astounding. As mentioned before, it can record in HD 1080p, and the quality of the photos can reach as high as 4K in resolution.
Overall, the quality is more raw and far better and detailed when zoomed in. It is more dynamic and more yielding in comparison to the Phantom 4 pro. There is also a separate mode called Tap-To-Fly which allows you to concentrate more on controlling the camera as opposed to manoeuvring the drone.
There is also a separate autonomy mode for this drone which allows for more safety and easy manoeuvrability as well. The only limitation here is that you will be moving in a single direction which is forward. You can also turn only at 360 degrees left and right, all while moving forwards.
Auto Tracking is also a pretty big feature for the Phantom 5. It allows the drone to lock onto an object and follow it around silently. You can also make it lock on to yourself and have it follow you around. It is a fun and pretty useful feature to have in your drone.
DJI Phantom 5 will be one of the most advanced Drone in 2017. When will it be available? DJI Phantom 5 X will be available on May 15th 2017 and you will be blown away with it’s features.
That wraps up everything you will ever need to know about the DJI Phantom 5x . If you are a technology freak, then this is a product you will need to have in your collection. Also, if you still haven’t bought your first drone yet, then this is the one which you should look towards getting.