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DJI is known as the world’s leader in consumer drone technology, and as a drone review website that has compared DJI products to other competition, here is a list of features that other drone companies need to consider in order to stay competitive:

Price

Drone companies need to lower their prices to in order to compete with DJI. Selling new models within the $500 to $999 price range will make drones more affordable for consumers.

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Portability

Travel-friendly drones that are designed to fold are also a major plus in the features department. If a drone’s arms are built to fold in a compact form, then it’ll make travelling on a plane more convenient.

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Battery life

Even though the DJI Mavic Pro has a listed flight time of 27 minutes, We Talk UAV found that the drone flies less than its rated flight time. Understandably, companies have tested products in the most ideal situations to get as much air time as possible, but drones should fly anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes.

DJI Spark portable charging station can recharge batteries on the go.

Speed

Droning landscapes can be fun, but action scenes are filmed with speed. In order to capture unique footage, like big wave surf, drones should be designed to fly anywhere from 30 to 55 mph.

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Connection

A drone should also be made to switch between different channels. Giving the pilot the option to change from 2.4 Ghz to 5.8 Ghz can make a night and day difference when flying in high-interference areas.

Snippet from droneXfactor’s YouTube video.

Camera

The DJI Mavic is equipped with a 1/2.3” CMOS sensor, so if other drone companies are looking to top that, a new drone would need to have a larger or equivalent sensor. The aperture should be somewhere between F2 to F3 for a balanced approach towards low-light conditions. Ideally, 12 megapixels should be the minimum for a drone camera, but of course more can be better. JPEG and RAW should always be made an option on all drone models. Even though 4K 60 fps is a demanding frame rate to edit, competing drones should look into making this a standard for their cameras. If a drone can also be equipped to shoot 100 Mbps videos, then that would place it in direct competition against a DJI Mavic.

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Leaked photo of an alleged DJI Phantom 5. Photo Credit: OsitaLV

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