Drone-flying has been an elusive hobby for those with little faith in their flying ability.

The idea of fishing a thousand-dollar-plus flying machine out of trees and gutters is enough to turn the most hardy beginners off drones, but DJI’s newly released Phantom 4 could change that.

The $1400 USD addition to the DJI line is the most expensive Phantom model yet, but it comes with a serious upgrade: it can autonomously avoid obstacles.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com