Sure, at first glance, the DJI S900 looks a lot like the S800. But there are some nice improvements with this hexacopter. Some of the major improvements include retractable landing gear, carbon fiber arms (more strength and less weight), a removable upper center board, spark-proof electrical connectors (about time), folding blades and arms for transport, and a new power distribution system and faster speed controllers. Read on for details of why you might want to upgrade your video copter.
First off… I am a big fan of the DJI products. They currently lead the market in innovation and technology. They certainly aren’t perfect, but they are the best thing out there at the moment. I am on my 3rd DJI Phantom (currently using the Phantom 2 Vision+) and also have an S800. The S800 is too big to transport, to painful to upgrade, and the landing gear feels like an afterthought. Sorry had to get that out. I feel better now.
As I mentioned the S900 has fixed many of the issues that plagued the S800. If you ever had to crack the case on the S800 you know how awful that experience is. You have to remove a ton of screws to get to the guts which are sandwiched between the top and bottom plates. This has been fixed with the S900 and getting to the brain, ESC, etc is now quite simple.
Even with a low gimbal the S800 landing gear was often in the video shot. This is unacceptable for a professional grade video copter that costs this much money. The S900 has landing gear that retract to allow for unobstructed videoing.
OK.. just watch the DJI Spreading Wings S900 video below. I couldn’t help laughing at how much they tried to copy the Apple format for showing off new products. Sheldon Schwartz is no Steve Jobs.