There are many reports and murmurs on the inter webs that DJI may be planning to discontinue their iconic Phantom series drone. Though the company denies it, it’s been awhile since the platform has had an update and now, many outlets are reporting the latest Phantom 4 Pro model as being out of stock. That can only mean one of two things. The Phantom series has been discontinued, or something new is coming.
The report comes from DIYPhotography.net, which points out that B&H has listed the Phantom 4 Pro version 2 as discontinued. Couple that with DJI’s own website listing the UAV as “out of stock” and the field is rife with speculation that the Phantom series has gone into the light and will not longer be made. “DJI representatives have even suggested the same, although DJI has officially denied this,” writes John Eldred of DIYP.
Now sure, that could mean that DJI is getting ready to launch the next generation, but there are reports from drone news site DRONE DJ, that DJI has cancelled the Phantom 5 and that the product manager has been reassigned to another project.
DJI has issued a statement says that a short of parts from their supplier has forced a pause in Phantom manufacturing until further notice. Here’s the statement:
Due to a shortage of parts from a supplier, DJI is unable to manufacture more Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drones until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and recommend our customers explore DJI’s Mavic series drones as an alternative solution to serve their needs
I honestly don’t buy the parts shortage store for a platform that is this mature. Maybe if it was a dramatic new design, you could argue that. There were reports that the Phantom 5 would have a camera with interchangeable lenses. But from the looks of it, DJI may have rethought that plan.
Personally, I think that with the immense popularity of the Mavic series, the most sales are going that way anyway, and sales of the Phantom series may have dwindled to the point where DJI may have just chosen to move on and focus on improving the MAVIC 2 Pro.
Many believe that the Phantom series fills an important gap between the MAVIC and the higher end professional Inspire series. They cite testing that the camera resolution on the Phantom 4 Pro is better than the Mavic 2 variant. So to lose the Phantom 5, with its interchangeable lens option would be a setback for aerial cinematographers looking to up their game.
Only time will tell if this is merely a pause in production, or the end of the proverbial line. So what do you think? Can the MAVIC Pro handle the kind of aerial cinematography chores that the Phantom enjoyed? Leave a comment with your thoughts.