Yesterday, DJI released a new firmware update for the Phantom 4 RTK. This update includes many improvements of which you can read the details below. DJI also warns you that after installing this update you will not be able to downgrade to an older version firmware. Also, after updating the Phantom 4 RTK Remote Controller with this firmware version, the remote controller can only be used with the Phantom 4 RTK aircraft.
See below for all the details and let us know what you think of this latest firmware update.
Earlier today, DJI released already the third new firmware update for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK in 2019. Version v02.01.0009. This time, the drone maker focusses on improving the drone’s functionality for mapping purposes with an added 3D Photogrammetry (Multi-oriented) operation type that includes a single orthographic flight route and four oblique flight routes as part of a mapping operation. After updating your drone with the new firmware you will also be able to the new Terrain Awareness Mode operation type. This allows you to upload terrain information so that the Phantom 4 RTK can follow the terrain during the flight. DJI also added a few other things and fixed a number of bugs. Details of which you can find below.
We will be sure to check in with our drone mapping expert, Paul Aitken from DroneU to learn what he thinks of this latest firmware update from DJI.
What the heck is going on with the DJI Phantom 4? Where is the new DJI Phantom 5? And what are DJI’s plans with the DJI Mavic 2? These are questions that our readers have been asking us a lot over the last few weeks. And, after a lot of digging around and talking to a number of people close to DJI, here are the latest DJI rumors and news updates. With the exception of the Phantom 4 Pro RTK version, it is game over for the DJI Phantom 4. This news, that we reported on earlier this year, has now also been confirmed by Romeo Durscher, DJI’s Director of Public Safety Integration in this video below. We have reached out to DJI for an official statement on the Phantom 4, but have not received an answer as of yet.
For updated DJI rumors on the DJI Phantom 5 and DJI Mavic 2, see part 2, part 3 and part 4 that will come online later.
Less than a month after the previous update, DJI releases another firmware update for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK. The last update was quite a significant one and we had asked our drone mapping expert to weigh in. This latest update seems to emphasize DJI’s continued focus on the commercial and enterprise drone market with a number of improvements and enhancements for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK. The drone we believe will be a game changer for the mapping industry.
DJI is serious about growing their enterprise business. Just watch the DJI Airworks keynote, if you were in any doubt. This is made clear again today as they announce an upgraded support program for business customers who buy a new Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom, Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual or Phantom 4 RTK drone. The plan adds basic repair and replacement coverage for one year after the initial purchase, including up to two product replacements for any single drone at a small, standard fee. The new plan is similar to DJI’s for-consumers-only, Care Refresh plan, but now free of charge for business customers. As such a customer, you only pay a small fee when you actually need a replacement for your drone.
DJI’s Enterprise Shield will remain available and can also be used by customers who had already bought an enterprise-type drone from DJI and are looking for extra peace of mind. The difference between Enterprise Shield and the new, upgraded support program is that under the first you are entitled to unlimited free replacements, which is not the case with this new support program. And Enterprise Shield also covers other commercial grade drones such as the DJI Matrice series. See below for all the details.
What does the new firmware update for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK mean for drone mapping experts and other commercial drone pilots who use this drone for their day to day business? We checked in with Paul Aitken, a drone mapping expert, and from DroneU to get his take on the latest firmware update for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK.
This morning, DJI released a firmware update for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK. This is the drone, we said would change everything for the drone mapping market. The new firmware (version 01.07.0116) promises to resolve a number of minor issues but the focus clearly is on making the DJI Phantom 4 RTK a better drone for mapping operations. To do so, DJI added a number of improvements, such as the ability to use the remote controller without a built-in display for use with Mobile SDK apps, a Timed Shooting mode in Photogrammetry and Linear Flight operations, the ability to set the margin of the operation area automatically when planning a Photogrammetry operation and a lot more. Read all the details below and be sure to share your experience after you updated your DJI Phantom 4 RTK with us in the comments.
The Phantom 4 RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) is an enterprise version of the popular prosumer DJI Phantom 4 Pro. With a price tag of $6,500, the Phantom 4 RTK may seem expensive to the uninitiated. In reality, this system comes at a price that is about a third of the cost of existing precision drone mapping and surveying solutions. It also looks like the Phantom 4 RTK will outperform existing solutions in many ways. As a result, DJI is poised not only to dominate the drone mapping market. More importantly, the Phantom 4 RTK will accelerate the adoption of drone mapping and the growth of a disruptive technology. The Phantom 4 RTK changes everything and here are the 5 reasons why!
This week, during the DJI AirWorks convention, Propeller Aero, a cloud-based drone analytics company, announced their partnership with the world’s largest drone maker, DJI to leverage the Phantom 4 RTK and launch their Propeller PPK solution.
Earlier today, DJI launched the Phantom 4 RTK during the European Drone Summit in Frankfurt, Germany. Of course, regular readers of DroneDJ already knew the RTK version of the Phantom was coming. It makes sense for DJI to introduce the drone right before their own Airworks event later this month in Dallas, TX, during which we expect them to introduce the Mavic 2 Enterprise Edtion.
Last Friday, DJI received FCC approval for what seems to be a Phantom 4 controller. Today, the Chinese drone manufacturer receives another FCC approval for the Phantom 4 RTK (FCC ID SS3-WM334R1801). RTK stands for Real-Time Kinematic and enables the drone to map out an area, building or stockpile with a very high level of accuracy (up to 5cm or 2 inches). DJI requested a 45-day secrecy cycle, meaning that this commercial drone may come to the US market soon as part of their big push into the commercial drone market.
Five days ago, we first reported on the newly announced DJI Phantom 4 RTK (Real-Time Kinematic). This new DJI model with very precise and accurate mapping technology, showed up during an official event of the Chinese drone manufacturer where two other new drones for the agricultural market were introduced. Details of the Phantom 4 RTK where very limited initially. We had reached out to DJI to find out more but at the time they could only confirm that this was indeed a new DJI drone model. We do not have any information yet on price and availability.
Since then new photos and more information about the Phantom 4 RTK have emerged.
Two days ago we reported about the new DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone being spotted at an event in China. Today we can confirm that this drone is not some photoshopped Phantom, as some people on social media seem to believe, but that it is indeed a new DJI drone. The drone was shown at an official DJI event in China where two new agricultural drones, the MG-1S Advanced and the MG-1P, were announced. Expand Expanding Close
Today in a post on the Facebook Inspire 1 & 2 owners group this image surfaced. Apparently, it shows a new drone, called the DJI Phantom 4 RTK from Chinese drone manufacturer, DJI. RTK stands for Real-Time Kinematic and is a very precise and accurate satellite navigation device, which offers its value in highly accurate mapping situations. Normal drones offer precision measurements with up to 5-meter (16.4 feet) accuracy. With RTK the measurements are accurate up to 5 cm (2 inches).