DJI has released another version of the DJI Phantom 4, the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced.
This latest release is an upgrade of the Phantom 4 and comes with several upgrades.
Phantom 4 Advanced Upgrades
4k Video and Improved Lenses
The new Phantom 4 Advanced comes with an enhanced video processing system. This new video processing system allows the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced to captur video in DCI 4K/60 (4096 x 2160/60fps) at a bitrate of 100Mbps. This allows you to shoot 4K slow motion shots. Aside from that the Phantom 4 Advanced also supports H.265 video (4096X2160/30fps).
H.265 is a big upgrade over H.264 and gives you a much better video quality. To learn how to capture the best video that you can use optimally for color grading click here to read our article on making better video.
The Phantom 4 Advanced camera’s lens has also been upgrade. The new F2.8 wide-angle lens ha a 24mm equivalent focal length. It has eight lens elements, 2 aspherical, that are arranged in seven groups. This way the elements fit into a smaller, more compact frame. According to DJI the lens allows for consistently detailed images with low distortion and low dispersion to ensure that photos and videos are sharp and vivid.
Remote Control with Built-In Screen
Phantom 4 Advanced comes with the Lightbridge HD video transmission system which has a maximum transmission range of 4.3mi (7km). The controller has got a5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated with the Phantom 4 Advanced+ which offers 1000 cd/m2 of brightness. This is claimed to be more than twice as bright as conventional smart devices. Obviously this will give you increased visibility, even in direct sunlight. That said, we know a lot of people like to use their own devices so time will have to tell whether this will be seen as an upgrade rather than an annoying feature.
The controller has got 5 hour battery life which should be enough for almost everybody. And of course, the built-in DJI GO 4 app allows you to live stream, edit and share your aerial videos and photos instantly.
Sensors and Flight Autonomy
As the more serious photographers and videographers among you probably already know, sensor size is important to image quality. It’s more important than the number of pixels. This is because larger sensors are able to capture more information per pixel. This lowers noise and improves dynamic range. Because of this it also gives you better low light performance.
The Phantom 4 Advanced has received a better senor. The new 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor in substantially bigger than the the Phantom 4’s 1/2.3in sensor. The new sensor uses larger pixels which allow the Phantom 4 Advanced to have a maximum ISO of 12800 (although we still have to see how usable that is).
The P4 Advanced’s flight autonomy system consists of 5 vision sensors, GPS and GLONASS, ultrasonic rangefinders and redundant sensors. Because of this the Phantom 4 Advanced can hover in places without GPS. It can also fly in complex environments without relying on GPS. The dual forward vision sensors can see as far as 30m out in front, and enable auto brake, hover or detour in front of obstacles within 15-meter range.
DJI has taken a lesson from camera manufacturers (not surprisingly now that they own a controlling stake in Hasselblad) and has started using magnesium alloy for the Phantom 4 Advanced’s frame. They’ve even gone one step further and they use a titanium alloy as well. The use of these two alloys has resulted in a more rigid airframe that’s even lighter than the Phantom 4’s.
With the Phantom 4 Advanced DJI has also put a new waypoint control technology on the market, Draw. As the name implies, Draw allows you to draw a route on the screen that the DJI will follow. It will hold it’s altitude while following the route you have just drawn.
Draw can be used 2 ways:
Forward: the Phantom 4 Advanced follows the route, at a constant speed, with the camera facing the way it’s flying.
Free: the only moves when you instruct it to. When it moves you the camera can move in any direction.
Of course all the other intelligent flight modes are present as well.
So is this enough for people to abandon their Phantom 4 and upgrade? Although these features are great, we’re not sure. Then again, DJI is likely aiming at new customers with this release. Filling the price gap between the Phantom 4 and the Phantom 4 Pro it might be just what some people are looking for when they’re upgrading from older Phantoms. Or when they’re looking at their first DJI quadcopter.
You can read more about the Phantom 4 Advanced here. You can also order it from DJI by clicking this link as it’ll take you straight to their store. From what we’ve heard shipping is expected to start after the 30th of April.
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