DJI has updated its Phantom 4 Pro drone to V2.0, upgrading the previous model’s Lightbridge transmission system to the company’s more robust OcuSync technology.
One advantage of OcuSync compared to Lightbridge is that the OcuSync system can connect wirelessly to DJI Goggles for AR-assisted flight. However, Lightbridge-based remote controllers from other Phantom series drones are incompatible with the new V2.0 remote.
OcuSync remotes will be available in a standard version as well as one with an integrated 5.5-inch 1080p display that pumps out 1000 nits of brightness.
The V2.0 drone’s obstacle-sensing has been expanded with an extra set of stereo vision sensors added at the rear of the craft, and infrared sensors — a first for DJI — on the left and right sides. The infrared sensors are said by the company to measure larger distances and avoid more interference compared to ultrasonic sensors.
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drone also sports new propellers that have been redesigned for better aerodynamics and less noise, although the new quick-release propellers are cross-compatible with their older counterparts.
V2.0 batteries and battery chargers are compatible with the Phantom 4, DJI said, with the new battery offering two additional minutes of flight time.
Little else has changed between the two Phantom 4 Pro models. The camera system, for instance, with its one-inch 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, is exactly the same. DJI has published more details on the difference between the models in a new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 FAQ at its website.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is available in four different packages, starting from $1,499 for the drone with its standard remote. Adding the remote with the five-inch screen brings the price to $1,799. The DJI Goggles Racing Edition is $1,898 with the standard remote or $2,198 with the remote-control screen. All configurations are now shipping, according to the DJI website.