See the picture at the top of this post? I do not need to tell you that he is a DJI Phantom, because you already know it. It is an almost unidentifiable and instantly recognizable drone design that attracts imitators from all over the world, and now, it is rumored that the owner DJI is definitely killing him.
Well, it's a bit more than a rumor, because DJI's Director of Public Safety Integration, Romeo Durscher, said the same thing in a podcast last month: "Yes, the Phantom line with the exception of the Phantom 4 Pro RTK it has come to an end, "he told the Network of Drones Owners, as seen by DroneDJ .
Durscher's response was in response to a question that has been on the minds of drones enthusiasts for a while: What happened to Phantom 4? Because all versions of that last Phantom, keep the RTK business model, have been sold out for at least a month. Some retailers show them as discontinued.
And today, DroneDJ reports that an unpublished Phantom 5, one that would have had interchangeable lenses, has also been canceled.
A small problem with all this: DJI denies that the reports are true. "Romeo spoke badly," DJI communications director Adam Lisberg tells him The Verge .
"Due to the shortage of parts from a supplier, DJI can not manufacture more Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drones until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we recommend our customers to explore drones of DJI's Mavic series as an alternative solution to meet their needs, "reads an official DJI statement.
It's worth noting that DJI has been offering the same explanation for five months now That's a very long part shortage.
"Regarding the Phantom 5 rumors, we never said that we would consider doing a Phantom 5 in first place, so there's nothing to cancel, "adds Lisberg, who told DroneDJ last fall that the leaked photos of an alleged Phantom 5 (see above) were really just a design only for a customer.
If you ask me, it's a bit strange that DJI would still have a shortage of parts five months later if he really wanted to sell a ghost drone, and it's a a huge design and manufacture a drone of interchangeable lenses, and lenses! – Only for a single client, unless they are from Saudi royalty. Killing the Phantom is not unlikely either, since DJI does not exactly need two prosumer drones when it has the most compact folding Mavic in its pocket.
But I do believe that DJI would be myopic to the ditch His original, iconic drone design and name so easily. That's why I would be a bit surprised if we saw the last of the Phantom line.