DJI’s Newest Pro-Level UAV Puts Its Phantom Lineup to Shame


The uncontested leader in drones, DJI, is continually making improvements to their ever-growing Phantom line-up. And in their latest UAV, they seem to have turned it up to eleven with their larger, more robust Spreading Wings S900 Hexacopter.

Part of DJI’s pro family, the S900 is smack dab between their S1000 and S800 offerings. It’s capable of supporting a max load weight of 5kg and its flight time is 18 minutes, give or take a few.

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For the mounting platform, the S900 is capable of using a number of gimbals, including DJI’s Zenmuse, Z15, GH3, GH4, and BMPCC. Another interesting feature is the retractable landing gear, ensuring that when in flight as little as possible will get in the way of your footage, come action time.

With it’s more robust features, you could’ve probably guessed it also comes with a more robust price. At $3,800, it’s not the cheapest UAV, but it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to get the job done with more serious gear.

(via Engadget)

  • Dan Clarke

    Aww man! I only just convinced my fiancé to get the DJI Phantom, now I’ll have to convince her about this instead :(

  • Waliur Rahman

    Tell her that the wedding shots would be amazing! :D

  • chphotovideo

    hmm dji phantom $800. This one….$3,800.
    Wonder why it “puts it to shame”??

  • Alex

    wait…really? there’s confusion about this?

  • Andy Austin

    Under no circumstance should you even compare the two drones… other than the fact that it’s made by the same company. It’s like comparing a Ferrari to a Chevy Vega and wondering why the Ferrari costs more.

  • Gannon Burgett

    This is one of the few times I’ll ever say this…but…

    Look at the specs. They’re not even in the same league. As Andy said, below, this is like comparing a Ferrari to a Chevy.

  • chphotovideo

    typical media. I mean, the article is nice, its informative, has video examples and links. It’s great… except the typical headlines used to draw people in that make you want to roll your eyes, drop your head, and exhale slowly.
    Kind of want to slap someone and say “We are on the site to read the news already. STOP BEING DECEPTIVE!”

  • slyman

    that guy’s way of presenting is ridiculous to me.

  • Peter “Pots”

    I am afraid to look at the web-site, I have sticker-shock already. I just wonder how this new little boy handles in a stiff breeze…18 min. flight-time isn’t too shabby!

  • F. G. Kearney

    Speaking from bitter experience, I would suggest that until DJI steps up their support for their products, I would approach this with a great deal of caution. Replacement parts for their products can be scarce or non-existent, and their response to emails and telephone calls, is to just ignore them. Their products are just amazing, with endless possibilities, but when something goes wrong and you are grounded, you are on your own.