See the picture above in this post? I do not have to tell you that this is a DJI Phantom, because you already know it. It's an instantly recognizable, virtually prototypical drone design that attracts imitation experts around the world – and now it's said that owner DJI kills it forever.
Well, it's a bit more than a rumor Romeo Durscher, DJI's own director of public safety integration, said in a podcast this past month: "Yes, the phantom line with the exception of the Phantom 4 Pro RTK is over, "he told the Drone Owners Network discovered by DroneDJ .
Durscher's answer was a response to a question that has been keeping drone enthusiasts busy for some time: what happened to Phantom 4? Because every single version of the latest Phantom, except the commercial RTK model, has been out of stock for at least a month. Some retailers report it as abandoned.
And today, DroneDJ reports that an unannounced phantom 5, which would have had interchangeable lenses, was also canceled.
One tiny problem with all this: DJI denies that the reports are true. "Romeo misspoke," says DJI Communications Director Adam Lisberg The Verge .
"DJI can not produce any more Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drones until further notice due to a partial lack of a supplier. We apologize for any inconvenience and recommend our customers to explore DJI's Mavic series drones as an alternative solution to their needs, "DJI said in an official statement.
It is worth noting that DJI offers the same explanation for five months now. This is a very lengthy partial lack.
"As for the Phantom 5 rumors, we never said that we even considered building a Phantom 5. So there's nothing to cancel," adds Lisberg DroneDJ last fall told that the leaked photos of a suspected phantom 5 (see above) were actually just a one-time design for a customer.
If you ask me, that's a bit weird DJI would still have a partial shortage after five months if they really wanted to sell a phantom drone, and it was a lot of trouble a drone with interchangeable lenses too design and manufacture. – Only for a single customer, unless it is a Saudi king. Killing the phantom is not implausible, as DJI does not really need two rows of prosumer drones, even though he already has the more compact foldable Mavic in his pocket.
But I think it would be short-sighted when DJI takes the ditch off The original, iconic design and drone name are so simple. So I'm a little surprised when we see the last phantom line.