You might have already heard this but in case you haven’t, today at a press event DJI released the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro.
We’ll admit, we ignored this event a little bit. That is, we didn’t pay much attention to it in advance (as you probably noticed). Like most others people, we expected this to be the release of the DJI Inspire 2 (it was, more about that in another article) and we figured we’d just cover that later. Most of our readers have indicated that they’re more into consumer drones anyway.
But DJI surprised us.
Aside from the new Inspire they also announced a new and improved DJI Phantom 4, the Phantom 4 Pro.
And the Phantom 4 Pro is indeed improved!
Let’s put the Phantom 4 and the Phantom 4 Pro side by side:
|Phantom 4||Phantom 4 Pro|
|Weight||1380 g||1388 g|
|Max Flight Time||Approx. 28 minutes||Approx. 30 minutes|
|Max Speed||45 mph (72 kph) (S-mode); |
36 mph (58 kph) (A-mode);
|45 mph (72 kph) (S-mode); |
36 mph (58 kph) (A-mode);
31 mph (50 kph) (P-mode)
|Obstacle Sensory Range||2 - 49 feet (0.7 - 15 m) (front)||2 – 98 ft (0.7 – 30 m) (front/rear)|
|Infrared Side Sensors||No||Yes|
|Operating Frequency||2.400 GHz to 2.483 GHz||2.400 - 2.483 GHz and 5.725 - 5.850 GHz|
|Mobile Device Holder||Yes||GL300E: Tablets and smart phones|
GL300F: Built-in display device (5.5 inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4G RAM16G ROM)
|Sensor||1/2.3” (CMOS), Effective pixels:12.4 M||1’’ CMOS; Effective pixels: 20M|
|Lens||FOV 94° 20 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8, focus at infinity||FOV (Field of View) 84°, 8.8 mm / 24 mm (35 mm format equivalent), f/2.8 - f/11. auto focus at 1 m - infinity|
|ISO Range||100-3200 (video)|
|Video: 100 - 3200 (Auto); |
100 - 6400 (Manual)
Photo: 100 - 3200 (Auto);
100- 12800 (Manual)
|Image Max Size||4000×3000||3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648|
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078
|Shutter Speed||8s -1/8000s||Mechanical Shutter 8 - 1/2000 s|
Electronic Shutter 1/2000 - 1/8000 s
|Still Photography Modes||Single shot|
Burst shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing ( AEB ): 3 / 5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7EV Bias
Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/30/60 s
|Video Recording Modes||UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p|
3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p
2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p
FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60 / 120p
HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p
C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps 4K:3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps
2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps
FHD?1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps
1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps
1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30p @25Mbps
1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps
1280×720 120p @60Mbps
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
2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps
1920×1080 48/50/60 @80Mbps
1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
HD: 1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps
1280×720 48/50/60p @45Mbps
1280×720 120p @80Mbps
|Max Video Bitrate||60 Mbps||100 Mbps|
|Photo||JPEG, DNG ( RAW )||JPEG, DNG (RAW), JPEG + DNG|
|Video||MP4, MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)||MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264?HEVC/H.265)|
|Supported SD Card Types||Micro SD|
Max capacity: 64 GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
Max Capacity: 128GB. Write speed: 15MB/s, class 10 or UHS-1 rating required
|INTELLIGENT FLIGHT BATTERY|
|Capacity||5350 mAh||5870 mAh|
|Energy||81.3 Wh||89.2 Wh|
|Net Weight||462 g||468 g|
As you can see, there are quite a few improvements, especially to the camera.
This makes the Phantom 4 Pro a much better choice for photographers and filmmakers. Especially with the added flight modes.
Profile allows you to track a subject while flying next to it. Spotlight locks on the subject while you still have full control over the Phantom 4 Pro’s movement.
These 2 modes will make it much easier for filmmakers to get the motion shots they’re looking for. An improvement that a lot of people have asked for.
Aside from that the extra Obstacle Avoidance sensors in the rear, as well as the infrared sensors on the side, will even further reduce the chance of impact. It’s now virtually impossible to crash your Phantom into an object.
This was one of our main gripes with the original OA system. We often fly backwards, or sideways, while trying to get the shots we want. This meant that OA was useless, for us, most of the time. However, the newly added sensors make it a viable system and puts it on par with other systems out on the market.
We’re not sure what we’re more excited about, the improved camera, the extra Flight Modes or the improved Obstacle Avoidance. However, all of these combined leave no doubt, the Phantom 4 Pro is the best consumer drone currently on the market and we can’t wait to get ours.
And with the holiday season just around the corner, DJI launched the Phantom 4 Pro at exactly the right moment. If this is not on top of your holiday wish list we can only assume the Inspire 2 (more about that in another article) is. Anything else just doesn’t make sense to us.
While you’re making your holiday wish list (we’ll publish our’s soon) have a look at some accessories as well. You can find our top 10 here.
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