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Advanced features have been recently introduced into familiar drone models, allowing lower noise flight, increased flight time and more advanced photography capabilities. Drone manufacturer DJI has introduced two new drones, the Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian. According to the company’s website, its Mavic Pro Platinum takes all of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro which revolutionised personal flight and builds on them. The drone features an 11 percent gain in flight time taking it up 30 minutes coupled with a 60% noise power reduction. The drone’s compact and powerful body has also been created with an attractive platinum coloured shell.

The increased flight time and quieter operation have been achieved by integrating new electronic speed controllers (ESC’s) and freshly designed propellers which are also compatible with the current Mavic Pro.

Furthermore, pilots of the new version benefit from a portable, powerful and easy-to-use camera drone that features a 4K stabilised camera, 4.3 mile (7km) range, innovative FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49ft (15m) away and a range of intelligent flight modes.

The iconic Phantom 4 Pro drone which made professional aerial imaging easier for everyone is back with a new professional appearance; a sleek matte-gray Obsidian colour shell featuring a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal which requires a higher standard manufacturing technique.

For professionals who demand excellence while capturing images and video for a commercial client or documenting a wedding, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a large 1” CMOS sensor and a 4K 60fps recording capability to ensure a professional outcome in any situation.

The Spark mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand is the first consumer drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, whether it’s sending it up and away, taking a selfie or shooting a video, or calling it back.

With the newly introduced Sphere mode in the Panorama photo feature, users now have more ways to enjoy the Spark and can easily produce a panoramic photo with a fisheye lens effect. This ‘Sphere’ can then be shared directly to social media sites, some of which already support interactive images.

THE US ARMY has increasingly used small consumer drones in the field, such as DJI’s drones, but documents indicate that the Army Aviation Directorate is now enforcing new orders, banning DJI drones “due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products,” according to wired.com.