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The Phantom 5 is coming, but when?

DJI has announced an event for November 28th and there is a lot of speculation that it will be the Phantom 5. We know that DJI has been working on the Phantom 5 and the release is imminent, but will it happen on November 28th? Possibly, but it is most likely something else.

phantom 5 because life is big
Does this look like a Phantom 5 campaign to you?

The Because Life is Big campaign just doesn’t fit the profile of a high-end Phantom 5 drone. Based o what we know and what we have learned by talking to people in the industry, here are the most likely releases from top to bottom.


DJI Osmo Pocket (Chance of release 60%)

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Is this the Osmo Pocket next to the Mavic 2?

This is the most likely candidate for release. We know that DJI has been working on a small gimbal. We have seen the pictures. We also know that DJI has filed an FCC license for the Osmo Pocket. We expect this gimbal to be super portable and likely waterproof. Releasing this product right before the holiday season makes a lot of sense and people are much more likely to spend $100-200 on a handheld gimbal for Christmas than $2000 on a new drone.

DJI Phantom 5 (Chance of release 25%)

Phantom 5 Leaked Picture on table with lenses
The Phantom 5 is coming, but is it going to be here November 28th?

The Phantom 5 and its awesome array of interchangeable lenses is coming. We have seen leaks for months. There are even whispers of people having pre-release units to test. This drone is going to be huge. The cartoonish drawing and slogan just do not fit with the prosumer high-end marketing that should go along with what will be the best consumer drone DJI has created to date. DJI is still riding high from the Mavic 2 release and announcing the Phantom 5 now would dimish that quite a bit. I expect them to ride the Mavic 2 release a little longer and release the Phantom 5 early next year.

DJI Spark 2 (Chance of release 10%)

Spark 2
DJI Spark 2

The Spark hasn’t had a major update in quite some time and now it is getting competition from the Hubsan Zino and Xiaomi FiMi A3. DJI would be wise to grab control of the beginner drone market and squash the hopes and dreams of their competitors much like they did when GoPro released the Karma and DJI countered with the Mavic Pro.  Giving the Spark 2 a better camera and longer flight time would make it the best beginner drone on the market under $400, hands down.

DJI Mystery Drone (Chance of release 5%)

is DJI making a racing drone?
The Phantom R may be DJI’s first ready-to-fly racer.

Could DJI release something totally unexpected? We have heard rumblings of an FPV racer. They could release a brushless version of the Tello. Is there a fully-waterproof drone in the works? What about a drone with a 360-degree camera? How about the ultimate selfie drone? No doubt DJI has people investigating these possibilities, but if one of these were going to be released on November 28th it is likely we would have heard something about it already.

What is coming November 28th?

While we can’t confirm anything for sure, these are the three most likely possibilities based on all the information we have. Could it be something else? Time will tell.

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What Is the BEST Drone?

So what is the absolute best drone out there? That question isn’t as easy to answer as you’d think. BUT…for most people the answer is the DJI Mavic Air. It is portable, has an awesome camera and excellent flight modes. Learn more about the Mavic Air HERE.

Mavic Air remote control
Both the DJI Mavic Air and its controller can fold up for portability.

What Is Our FAVORITE Drone?

The Mavic Air is great but the drone that has us excited to go fly the most right now is the Parrot Anafi. The camera and gimbal setup on this drone allow it to do things that no other drone can. Plus, having the ability to zoom in on what you are filming is priceless. Learn more about the Parrot Anafi HERE.

anafi vs mavic
Choosing a favorite drone is hard, but the Parrot Anafi is just so unique.

What Drone Is the Best VALUE?

Mavic Air vs DJI Spark
The DJI Spark is an awesome drone and at $399 is half the price of the Mavic Air.

The best value on the market today has to be the DJI Spark. Now under $400, this little dynamo can do things that once upon a time cost over $1000. Learn more about the DJI Spark HERE. Still too much money for you? There are still some great options. Check out our list of the best drones under $200.

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