DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review

Price:
$1460 - $1700

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Rating:
5
On March 5, 2017
Last modified:May 19, 2018

Summary:

Of all the quadcopters on the market today, none come close to the Phantom 4 Pro! In this price range, there is usually a sacrifice, trading off features a unit is lacking for those you really need. This is not the case with the Phantom 4 Pro. This is a feature rich quadcopter built on solid technology!

In our opinion, it is the best value for your money if you are looking for a unit suitable to professional filmmaking, but cannot afford the Inspire series of equipment. The quality of footage with the Phantom 4 Pro is exceptional. While it may not meet the needs of Hollywood caliber productions, it is not far off!

Whether you are filming for a living or recreation, if it is quality, flight time and reliability you are after, get the Phantom 4 Pro - It's a Bargain For The Price!

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review

On the outside, the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro are almost identical in appearance, There are many similarities between the two, which we’ll briefly touch on and then get into what makes the Phantom 4 Pro a substantially better quadcopter.

The Phantom 4 Pro is an extremely impressive package, and it all starts the moment you open the box. The first thing is the case it comes packaged in, it is a very sturdy dense foam case with a hinged lid and latch. The case itself should easily last a year with regular use, so you won’t need to buy an aftermarket case for awhile unless you want to – or get one as part of a package deal.

As you start pulling out all the various parts you may feel a little like you would if you just received a new Apple Mac Book Pro, or similar Apple product. DJI is really striving to make the experience of ownership equal to the technology behind their products and the Phantom 4 Pro (and standard) don’t disappoint in this respect.

 

Refined, Polished Design & Quality

As with the Phantom 4, the look and quality of the 4 Pro is evident with each piece, and it makes unpacking your new Phantom 4 Pro almost as much fun as flying it. We don’t think it will be long (if not already) before all other quadcopters are compared to DJI products in the same way computers, tablets and cell phones are compared to Apple products now – DJI is setting the highest standards and others brands may find it hard to catch up and match! Currently, most are brands are lagging far behind DJI in both design and technology.

 

Phantom 4 Pro Shell & Gimbal

The Phantom 4 Pro has improved the shell, battery and flight time over the Phantom 3 series (and the Phantom 4 too). Battery capacity is about 20% better and DJI claims this increases flight time by 20-25%. Although, in reality, it seems it is more in the range of a 10-15% improvement (which is still great!). That said, expect to pay more for extra batteries too! The shell is sleeker, and DJI says it has been reinforced to prevent stress cracks around the rotor motors – an issue that sometimes occurs on the Phantom 3’s with extensive use.

The flight time for the Phantom 4 Pro is “30 minutes”, The Phantom 4 is 28 minutes, and the Phantom 3 Professional is 23 minutes (all under optimal conditions).

The gimbal assembly has been moved inside of the new Phantom 4 Pro and provides more protection from the elements and crashes (should this occur). This new design gives the Phantom 4 Pro a clean, tight look, but the downside is you have to unscrew the gimbal cover to access it should you have to adjust or replace any parts on it – or any maintenance if required.

 

Advanced “Smart” RTH (Return to Home) Function!

This is a very sensible improvement to the Phantom series. On the Phantom 3 series, if you lost a connection to it, you could pre-program the unit to climb to a certain height and return to its starting point (you). But what if it encountered an obstacle on the way back – CRASH!  The Phantom 4 series fixes this and incorporates obstacle avoidance in the return path so you won’t have to worry about it crashing into a tree, building or other obstacle – A Much Needed Improvement!

 

Phantom 4 & 4 Pro Propeller Upgrade!

DJI have positioned the propellers higher up on the Phantom 4 Pro thus reducing the risk of seeing them in your footage. This is especially true when the quadcopter is flying on an angle during fast forward flight. DJI claims this also increases the units speed – the verdict is still out on that one.

In addition to this, The Phantom 4 Pro has push and release propellers (as does the Phantom 4) – no more screwing them on or off as is the case with the Phantom 3 series. While this is not a big deal, it is an nice upgrade! These new Push-and-Release propellers are faster to install and more secure than the self tightening propellers used previously. This security allows them to handle faster acceleration and harder braking.

 

Phantom 4 Pro Speeds

The phantom 4 Pro is a very fast quadcopter and will easily reach speeds of 72 km/h (45 mph). That said, it is primarily for sport mode, and film quality will suffer at these speeds. Vertical speeds are a maximum ascent speed  S-mode: 6 m/s (20 ft), and a maximum descent speed  S-mode: 4 m/s (13 ft). At these speeds you want to be sure you are very familiar with the Phantom 4 and an experienced pilot. These specs are the same on the Phantom 4.

 

Built in Redundancy Backup

Both the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro have dual compass modules and dual Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to ensure, you always stay in the air and on course! On rare occasions, inconsistencies in compass or IMU data can affect the way an aircraft behaves. The Phantom 4, and Pro, features dual compass modules and dual Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) that allow it to constantly compare the data it is receiving through both pairs. This data is run through advanced algorithms to check accuracy and any inaccurate data is simply discarded without affecting flight.

 

Phantom 4 Pro vs Phantom 4

The Phantom 4 Pro offers substantial improvements over the Phantom 4, and is leaps and bounds better than the Phantom 3 Professional. Both Phantom 4’s has improved the shell, battery and flight time over the Phantom 3 series.

In comparison to the Phantom 4, by far, the biggest improvements in the Phantom 4 Pro are in the Camera and Obstacle Avoidance sensors. The Phantom 4 Pro Plus comes with a newly released controller with a built in monitor screen optimized for outdoor viewing – and it is getting high praise (by some, not all). We’ll get into these new features shortly.

Battery capacity is about 20% better and DJI claims this increases flight time by 20-25%. Although, in reality, it seems it is more in the range of a 10-15% improvement (which is still great!). That said, expect to pay more for extra batteries too! The shell is sleeker, and DJI says it has been reinforced to prevent stress cracks around the rotor motors – an issue that sometimes occurs on the Phantom 3’s with extensive use.

 

The Phantom 4 Pro Camera For Amazing Footage!

Everything you would ever need to know about the Phantom 4 Pro and the camera is explained in detail in the following video. It is without doubt one of the best videos we have found on the Phantom 4 Pro – We recommend watching the entire video – it is a worthwhile learning experience if you are seriously interested in this unit

Don’t Miss The Video Below – It is packed with detailed information!

 

5-Direction of Obstacle Sensing Protects Your Phantom 4 Pro!

FlightAutonomy is expanded with an additional set of high-resolution stereo vision sensors placed at the rear in addition to the pair placed at the front as well as infrared sensing systems placed on the left and right sides. This network creates a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance, protecting the Phantom 4 Pro from more obstacles and giving filmmakers the confidence to capture more complex images and footage.

 

Live Streaming Remains Unchanged at 720p, But Range & Frequency Are Improved

The Phantom 3 Professional offered live streaming at 720p with a maximum range of 5km (3.1 miles) using Lightbridge 1 – 5km is a very good range, but that is of course, under optimal conditions. These specs have remained unchanged in the Phantom 4. The resolution remains the same in the Phantom 4 Pro but range and technology has been improved.

ThePhantom 4 Pro comes with the brand new DJI Lightbridge HD video transmission technology, the Phantom 4 Pro has a maximum transmission range of 4.3i (7km)*. Before each flight, it scans a range of available frequencies to find and use the one with the least interference. By supporting 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands, it gives you more options and reliable control.

 

Phantom 4 Pro Flight Modes

With all the flight modes listed below for the Phantom 4 Pro, this drone can be classified as a “Professional Quadcopter”.  With waypoint navigation, the Phantom 4 Pro can also be used for 3D Photogrammetry of terrain and structures. Active Track is highly advanced – no gps or wireless connection required, the Phantom 4 uses object recognition to follow the target (of course, it will lose focus/tracking on occasion and you need to be prepared for this – and manually operate the drone).

  • Active Track (Profile, Spotlight, Circle)
  • Draw Waypoints
  • TapFly
  • Terrain Follow Mode
  • Tripod Mode
  • Gesture Mode
  • S-Mode (Sport)
  • P-Mode (Position)
  • A-Mode (Attitude)
  • Beginner Mode
  • Course Lock
  • Home Lock
  • Obstacle Avoidance

Check out the most popular flight mode features of the Phantom 4 & 4 Pro in the videos below…

If You Can Afford It, The Phantom 4 Pro is The Quadcopter To Buy!

Of all the quadcopters on the market today, none come close to the Phantom 4 Pro! In this price range, there is usually a sacrifice, trading off features a unit is lacking for those you really need. This is not the case with the Phantom 4 Pro. The features listed below cannot be matched by competitors, and these are but a few of what the Phantom 4 Pro offers…

  • Exceptional camera capable of commercial quality film
  • 5 direction obstacle sensing
  • Dual compass modules and dual Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs)
  • 30 minute flight time
  • Extensive range of 12 flight modes
  • RTH feature with Obstacle avoidance
  • 4k filming at 60 frames per second
  • Fast speeds of up to 45 mph (72 km/h)

When you start to dig into the available settings for many of these features you realize this drone is not a toy, but meant for serious filming and photography!

If the Phantom 4 Pro is out of your budget, you may want to have a look at the DJI Mavic Pro – it is about 30% to 40% less money and offers features close to that of the Phantom 4 Pro – or wait, save and get the Phantom 4 Pro when you can afford it. In our opinion, it will be worth every penny. If you like the stability of a larger unit like the Phantom 4 Pro but don’t need all the high end features, you may want to check out the Phantom 4 here

 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Photo Gallery

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro In-Depth Specifications

Aircraft

Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 1388 g
Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded) 350 mm
Max Ascent Speed S-mode: 6 m/s
P-mode: 5 m/s
Max Descent Speed S-mode: 4 m/s
P-mode: 3 m/s
Max Speed S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph)
A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph)
P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)
Max Tilt Angle S-mode: 42°
A-mode: 35°
P-mode: 25°
Max Angular Speed S-mode: 250°/s
A-mode: 150°/s
Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 19685 feet (6000 m)
Max Wind Speed Resistance 10 m/s
Max Flight Time Approx. 30 minutes
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS
Hover Accuracy Range Vertical:
±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)
Horizontal:
±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)

Camera

Sensor 1’’ CMOS
Effective pixels: 20M
Lens FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 – f/11 auto focus at 1 m – ∞
ISO Range Video:
100 – 3200 (Auto)
100 – 6400 (Manual)
Photo:
100 – 3200 (Auto)
100- 12800 (Manual)
Mechanical Shutter Speed 8 – 1/2000 s
Electronic Shutter Speed 8 – 1/8000 s
Image Size 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078
PIV Image Size 4096×2160
3840×2160
2720×1530
1920×1080
1280×720
Still Photography Modes Single Shot
Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Recording Modes H.265
C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
4K:3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @25Mbps
HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps
HD:1280×720 120p @60MbpsH.264
C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
4K:3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @80Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60 @80Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps
HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @45Mbps
HD:1280×720 120p @80Mbps
Max Video Bitrate 100 Mbps
Supported File Systems FAT32 (≤32 GB); exFAT (>32 GB)
Photo JPEG, DNG (RAW), JPEG + DNG
Video MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265)
Supported SD Cards Micro SD
Max Capacity: 128GB
Write speed ≥15MB/s, Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)

Gimbal

Stabilization 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)
Controllable Range Pitch: -90° to +30°
Max Controllable Angular Speed Pitch: 90°/s
Angular Control Accuracy ±0.02°

Vision System

Vision System Forward Vision System
Backward Vision System
Downward Vision System
Velocity Range ≤31 mph (50 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground
Altitude Range 0 – 33 feet (0 – 10 m)
Operating Range 0 – 33 feet (0 – 10 m)
Obstacle Sensory Range 2 – 98 feet (0.7 – 30 m)
FOV Forward: 60°(Horizontal), ±27°(Vertical)
Backward: 60°(Horizontal), ±27°(Vertical)
Downward: 70°(Front and Rear), 50°(Left and Right)
Measuring Frequency Forward: 10 Hz
Backward: 10 Hz
Downward: 20 Hz
Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux>15)

Infrared Sensing System

Obstacle Sensory Range 0.6 – 23 feet (0.2 – 7 m)
FOV 70° (Horizontal), ±10° (Vertical)
Measuring Frequency 10 Hz
Operating Environment Surface with diffuse reflection material, and reflectivity > 8% (such as wall, trees, humans, etc.)

Remote Controller

Operating Frequency 2.400 – 2.483 GHz and 5.725 – 5.825 GHz
Max Transmission Distance 2.400 – 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)
FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km)
SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)
5.725 – 5.825 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)
FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km)
CE: 1.2 mi (2 km)
SRRC: 3.1 mi (5 km)
Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104°F (0° to 40°C)
Battery 6000 mAh LiPo 2S
Transmitter Power (EIRP) 2.400 – 2.483 GHz
FCC: 26 dBm
CE: 17 dBm
SRRC: 20 dBm
5.725 – 5.825 GHz
FCC: 28 dBm
CE: 14 dBm
SRRC: 20 dBm
Operating Current/Voltage 1.2 A@7.4 V
Video Output Port GL300E: HDMI
GL300F: USB
Mobile Device Holder GL300E: Built-in display device (5.5 inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM+16 GB ROM)
GL300F: Tablets and smart phones

Intelligent Flight Battery

Capacity 5870 mAh
Voltage 15.2 V
Battery Type LiPo 4S
Energy 89.2 Wh
Net Weight 468 g
Charging Temperature Range 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Max Charging Power 100 W

Charger

Voltage 17.4 V
Rated Power 100 W

App / Live View

Mobile App DJI GO 4
Live View Working Frequency 2.4 GHz ISM, 5.8 GHz ISM
Live View Quality 720P @ 30fps
Latency Phantom 4 Pro: 220 ms (depending on conditions and mobile device)
Phantom 4 Pro +:160 – 180 ms
Required Operating Systems iOS 9.0 or later
Android 4.4.0 or later
Recommended Devices iOS:iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular.
This app is optimized for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.
Android:Samsung tabs 705c, Samsung S6, Samsung S5, Samsung NOTE4, Samsung NOTE3, Google Nexus 6p, Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7 II, Ascend Mate7, Huawei P8 Max, Huawei Mate 8, LG V20, Nubia Z7 mini, Sony Xperia Z3, MI 3, MI PAD, Smartisan T1.
*Support for additional devices available as testing and development continues.

 

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