DJI announces the Phantom 4 Multispectral drone
DJI Introduces P4 Multispectral For Precision Agriculture and Land Management
In a world first, DJI have announced their latest version of the Phantom 4 series, the Phantom 4 Multispectral. This is the first off-the-shelf drone with a built-in multispectral sensor.
The Phantom 4 Multispectral combines data from six separate sensors to measure the health of crops, from individual plants to entire fields, as well as weeds, insects and a variety of soil conditions. It will also be a useful tool in environmental monitoring.
The Phantom 4 Multispectral provides farmers and agronomists with a new tool to improve crop yields, cut costs and helps environmental professionals easily monitor vegetation on the land they manage.
The Phantom 4 Multispectral has the promise to transform the agriculture and land management industries by collecting precise plant-level data without having to send personnel into the field for manual surveys.
Precise Multispectral Imaging
The drone features a gimbal-stabilized imaging system composed of one RGB camera and a multispectral camera array with five narrow band sensors - including red edge and near infrared - that are capable of capturing visible and invisible light. This data gives trained professionals unique insights into vegetation stress, soil composition as well as water salinity and contamination. An additional integrated spectral sunlight sensor maximizes the accuracy and consistency of data collection during missions flown at different times of day.
Seamless integration into the DJI Ground Station Pro flight planning app allows pilots to switch between real-time views of the drone’s RGB video camera and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) output for immediate insights while in the field. An integrated RTK positioning module supports real-time, accurate positioning data for each image, optimizing photogrammetric results and providing centimeter-level accurate measurements.
It’s RTK positioning, like the Phantom 4 RTK and Matrice 210-RTK V2.0, can be performed either the D-RTK II base station or NTRIP corrections. PPK remains available for those operating in remote locations.
P4 Multispectral is compatible with standard industry workflows including flight programming, mapping, and analytics software from DJI and other leading providers. Using the DJI GS Pro application, users can create automated and repeatable missions including flight planning, mission execution, and flight data management. Data collected can be easily imported into photogrammetry software such as DJI Terra, Pix4D Mapper, Agisoft MetaShape or DroneDeploy to generate vegetation index maps.
The Phantom 4 Multispectral will be available from October, priced at $10’999 inc. GST. This price includes the drone, controller, 2x batteries, fast charger and charger hub, 1x year subscription to DJI Terra basic and 1x year of Enterprise Shield protection.