DJI Phantom 4 review

Dji's phantom 4 adds groundbreaking object avoidance plus an improved high-quality, robust build.

DJI Phantom 4

TechRadar Verdict

The Phantom 4 is a refinement of the Phantom 3 Professional. There are tweaks to the camera's performance, but the major upgrades are the robust design, improved materials, and clever flight aids using new sensors. This makes the Phantom 4 a worthwhile upgrade over the Phantom 3 Professional, and an even better choice for photographers who need a sturdy piece of kit that will deliver great results.

High-quality stabilised footage

Object avoidance

Easy to fly

Phantom 3 batteries not compatible

Constant software updates

App can get a bit confusing

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DJI has been a major innovator in the drone market with its ready-to-go Phantom series. Since the Phantom 2 Vision this line has been equipped with a high-quality camera alongside 'smart' flight controls that make it possible for anyone to fly one with no prior experience, making it popular with hobbyists and professionals alike.

It's been less than a year since the release of the Phantom 3 Professional, but drone technology is advancing rapidly, and now DJI has introduced the Phantom 4. It's a refinement of the Phantom 3 Professional, with a beefed-up design, improved intelligent flight options, and a new and very clever object-avoidance system.

All this makes the Phantom 4 an appealing option for jobbing photographers who need a solid, easy to use drone that will enable them to capture great aerial shots (subject to them obtaining the required commercial licence).

Being able to see what you're filming is essential, and this is one of the areas in which the DJI Phantom has excelled. The live stream can be viewed on a connected phone or tablet via the DJI Pilot app for Android and iOS.

The Phantom 4's new stockier design sees the old plastic body replaced with a sleek magnesium alloy, finished in glossy white. The camera and gimbal design are improved, and are better integrated into the body, making the whole setup feel more robust.

Essentially the camera remains much the same as on the Phantom 3 Professional. It has a 1/2.3-inch sensor and an f/2.8 lens with a 94 degree field of view and an equivalent 35mm focal length of 20mm. However, the specifications of the 4K camera bring a few resolution and frame rate improvements.

At 1080p the camera takes a leap from a maximum of 60fps to 120fps. There's also a change to the top end resolutions and frame rates, with an additional 3840 x 2160 (4K) option alongside the existing 4096 x 2160 (4K), and a new 2704 x 1520 (2.7K) option.

As with the 3 Professional, the 4 features the ground-facing positioning cameras that help to stabilise the flight of the drone. These cameras are now joined by two front-facing sensors that are able to detect objects in the drone's flight path.

Short battery life has been an issue with previous Phantoms, and DJI has moved to address this in the Phantom 4 with a battery that extends flight times by a quoted 25%.

Build and handling

Previous Phantoms have been constructed from plastic, and while this makes them lightweight it also makes them susceptible to damage if crashed. The Phantom 4 features an ultra-lightweight magnesium alloy body finished in a brilliant white. It feels far more solid than the Phantom 3 and weighs 100g more, tipping the scales at 1,380g.

The physical design of the camera has been refined, and part of the 4's bulk can be attributed to the partial integration of the gimbal into the body of the drone and the new larger battery.

The other big change is in the design of the propellers – they're now of the quick-release style, similar to those on the Inspire range of quadcopters. Preparing the Phantom for its first flight requires the battery and propellers to be fitted, but this takes less than a minute.

The final step before take-off is to connect the Phantom to a mobile device. Unlike drones such as the 3DR SOLO, the Phantom uses a physical wired connection between mobile device and handset. This has the advantage of a fast, secure connection, and doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection to be made out in the field.

Once the drone is assembled and your mobile device is connected the controller can be switched on, followed by the Phantom 4. It's then just a case of waiting for 6 GPS satellites to be picked up before you take to the air.

The time taken to make the GPS connections varies between a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the conditions, but I never had to wait more than a couple of minutes.

Return to Home (RTH) mode is enabled automatically when the drone takes off, but it can also be set manually. This is one of the most important features you need to be aware of, as if it all goes wrong it will help to avoid 'flyaways'.

On both the handset and app there are RTH buttons that can be pushed to automatically bring the drone back to the take-off point. Another button on the controller, the pause button, is used to stop the drone and make it hover, which can be very handy, especially if you lose depth perception and/or orientation.

You also have the option to set the maximum flight distance and height, which is useful in all sorts of situations, especially if there are flight restrictions.

The Phantom 4 is powered by a single battery which slots into the rear of the craft. The battery features a set of lights that indicate the amount of charge left, giving a handy visual guide to flight times.

As mentioned, the battery has a slightly larger capacity than the one that shipped with the Phantom 3, and enables 28 minutes of 'average' flight. Older DJI batteries are not compatible with the Phantom 4, however, which is a blow if you've recently invested in batteries for the 3.

It's advisable to never let the battery drop below 25% charge, and from fully charged I found that I could get 15-20 minutes of flight before falling to that level, compared with 12-15 minutes with the Phantom 3.

Using the Phantom for image capture is extremely straightforward, with direct controls available on the handset and in the app.

The gimbal and camera are controlled through the app, and some camera options can be adjusted by using the scroll wheel on the right of the handset; clicking down on the wheel enables you to toggle between the sensitivity (ISO) and shutter speed settings.

Other settings, including frame rates and resolutions, can be changed through the apps interface, and it's easy enough to quickly switch between stills and video.

There are Auto and Manual options for both stills and video, which can also be selected through the app. Manual mode enables you to adjust settings such as sensitivity, from ISO100-3200 in video mode and ISO100-1600 for stills. The shutter speed can be adjusted from 8 seconds to 1/8000 sec.

As the controller design is the same as the Phantom 3's the camera can still be tilted up and down by the left-hand scroll wheel on the handset. Panning is, of course, controlled by rotating the craft in flight.

The app offers direct access to all flight features, manual, assisted and automatic, and these can be selected by tapping the icons on screen.

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DJI Phantom 4 review

Thinking of giving drones a go? The Phantom 4 is where you start

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Eight months ago, we said DJI’s  Phantom 3  was “pretty much the perfect first flying camera.” That was true then, but the Phantom 4 simply blows it out of the sky.

The latest of DJI’s camera-toting quadcopters takes everything we’ve come to expect from the line and adds features that mean pretty much anyone can fly one. It’ll dodge obstacles, line up your camera shots for you and create some truly breath­taking 4K video in the process.

I’ve been flying one around South London for the past week, but it’s now so smart I’m pretty sure it could have done the job even if I hadn’t turned up. 

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Everything about the Phantom 4 feels more user­-friendly, right down to the box it comes in. The grey Styrofoam suitcase is compact, but has room inside for drone, controller, battery charger and spare propellers, as well as the iPad Mini I was using as a display. You could easily mistake it for something the secret service might carry the Nuclear Button around in, but it’s a whole lot nicer than the basic cardboard the Phantom 3 turned up in – and it means you don’t need to invest in a carry case right away.

Lift the drone out of the box and it’s easy to spot DJI’s visual tweaks: the glossy, white, plastic frame looks thinner and more aerodynamic; the quick­-release propellers make set-up much faster than older Phantoms; the exposed motors and smooth curves make it the ideal match for Apple’s retail stores, which will be the only place to pick one up for the first month.

Flip it over and you’ll spot the second IMU, or Inertia Measurement Unit, as well as the cameras and sensors that help keep the Phantom perfectly stable in the air, even in moderate winds.

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Dodge this

It’s these new additions that help keep the Phantom 4 in the sky, and away from obstacles.

While other drones that rely purely on GPS don’t know if they’re about to fly into a tree, DJI has given its drone eyes and a brain to stop you crashing. Obstacle Avoidance works a bit like the parking sensors on a modern car; you get green, yellow and red indicators on­screen as you get closer, but get within six feet and the Phantom will simply refuse to go any further.

Trying it out against a brick wall at high speed brought me out in a cold sweat, but thankfully the drone came out unscathed. Because the cameras only face forwards, obstacle avoidance won’t work when you’re flying backwards or sideways, and it can sometimes refuse to go through gaps that a pilot would be able to navigate by hand. But they’re minor drawbacks really to what is a fantastic addition to the Phantom’s skills.

All of the Phantom 3’s intelligent flight modes return, but they’re limited to GPS navigation only. That means you won’t be able to use Obstacle Avoidance with the likes of Waypoint Navigation, Follow Me and Point Of Interest Orbiting and will have to do the spotting yourself instead.

Fortunately, you really don’t need to be an expert behind the sticks to use the Phantom 4: tap-to-take-off and -land return, but you can now tap-to-fly too. With TapFly enabled, pressing anywhere on the live view will send the drone in that direction. It’s smart enough to turn smoothly, so your footage looks perfectly stable.

The feature doesn’t work until you’re at a certain height, so it’s not like you can ditch the controller altogether, and you’ll want to have it to hand in case you need to take manual control, but it’s a great way for novice fliers to get started. When you’re ready to give the physical controls a workout, though, the Phantom 4 becomes an entirely different beast.

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The need for speed

The need for speed

The last Phantom was hardly a slouch, but DJI has turned things up a notch for the Phantom 4. You’ve essentially got three speeds now; switch on Obstacle Avoidance and you’ll reach 22 miles per hour. In normal mode, that jumps up to 35mph, and in the aptly-­named Sport mode, you’ll top out at a frankly terrifying 45mph.

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Phantom 4 Pro First Look & Review

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Introduction

DJI’s Phantom line is well known as the standard for consumer level Camera Drones. In our recent “Slugfest” of popular 2016 models we gave it our highest rating – an opinion shared by most experts. However, consumer-level ($400-$1200) Camera Drones have some limitations, especially when it comes to Photo and Video quality. Drones at this price level are closer to “smartphone quality” than the level of what many expect from fancier “prosumer” mirrorless cameras. As an example, my Sony RX -100 takes stunning pictures and videos – so good that many Aerial Photographers have attempted strapping them to drones to get these high quality images from aloft!

DJI has now, in effect, put the Sony RX-100 level imaging into the new Phantom 4 Professional ( P4P ) model – ($1729) providing an unheard of level of Aerial Photography for a price that won’t break the bank.

Until today, the pilot who needed better quality than the Phantom 4 had to step WAY up in price and size to the DJI Inspire line with the X5 Camera. With the release of the P4P, the price for a somewhat similar setup has now been cut in 1/2 or more – and cut down in size to allow for easier portability.

Phantom 4 Pro Larger Camera and Side Obstacle Avoidance System

Sensors, Bitrate and Quality

Hang on, my dear novice friends! You are about to learn something! In general the quality of a video depends on the camera sensor size and type, the lens – AND – even more – by the ability (speed, bitrate) that the camera sensor can send those images into memory (the sd card). After all, 4K video at 30fps (30 frames per second) is a LOT of data (memory, bits and bytes).  All things being equal, the larger the sensor and the faster the rate…the better the potential quality of the final image and/or video. Technology also plays a role here – smaller sensors have gotten better and good results can be gotten from these new marvels by various tuning of both hardware and software.

The bitrate  of a video camera is the speed at which it writes data to a storage device (usually an SD or MicroSD card). This is expressed in Mbps or MBits/s – both meaning “millions of bits (1’s or 0’s) per second. Another way to think of it is similar to your internet connection…often called “bandwidth”. This expresses how quickly data can download and upload from the internet to your computer.

Most consumer-level Camera Drones use bitrates of 20-50 Mbps with the Phantom 4 (plain) topping out at 60. Sports cameras such as the GoPro Hero are also in the range of 45-60 Mbps. All of these cameras shoot still photos in the range of 12MP – or 4000 x 3000 resolution.

In contrast, the new P4P features a video bitrate of up to 100 Mbps and a still photo resolution of 20MP. It uses a larger sensor – the well-known Sony Exmor 1″. This sensor is 4X the size (116mm vs. 29mm) of the 1/2.3 sensor used in most other consumer drones (as well as smartphones and GoPro cameras). This means more light hitting the sensor – and a better image quality. The combination of a better sensor and higher bitrate takes the Phantom 4 Pro to another level.

P4P sensor vs P4 and others

The improvements in the camera are the primary reason that that Phantom 4 Pro will become an Object of Desire for many photographers. However, DJI added a LOT more to the P4P – making it the most advanced drone – by far – in its class. Here are some of the improvements over the P4:

  • Longer range – now up to 4.3 miles (7KM).
  • Longer flight times – up to 30 minutes
  • Improved Computer Vision System rear and front- more speed, more range, etc.
  • New TOF Sensing System – Infrared Obstacle Avoidance on left and right side of Phantom
  • Improved Intelligent Flight Modes and Options!

Note: The physical size and weight are quite similar to the standard Phantom 4. The camera is slightly larger – but if you didn’t already know this it would be hard for the average person to discern.

P4P Camera (bottom) vs P4 Camera (top)

Another difference is the choice of Remote ( R/C controllers). DJI offers a package with a built-in device/screen (Android) for those who desire such a setup. This Remote also features a standard HDMI output as well as a GPS , microphone and speaker capabilities. They also offer a more standard R/C controller which accepts a phone or tablet of your choice. The inclusion of a screen is a first for a DJI product and is very important to certain buyers for various reasons.

Phantom 4 Pro remote controller with included screen

While the additions and options are impressive, the #1 draw of the Phantom 4 Pro is the camera – so let’s get back to the subject of video and photos…

My Favorite Sensor – the Sony 1″

I’ve had a LOT of digital cameras since my first purchase of a Kodak DC50 in1998. These have included DSLR’s, mirrorless (micro-4/3rd) and “point & shoots”. The first digital camera that REALLY impressed me was my Sony DSC-F707 (2002). The pictures from that 5MP camera still impress….even today! Fast forward to 2012 and Sony released a new 1″ sensor camera (RX-100) which was quickly declared “the best point and shoot of all time” – and likely remains so today. I still have mine and am constantly impressed by the quality of the images. Here, for example, is an image I took with it the first day I owned it – just set it on auto and walked outside and “snap” (image cropped and resized, of course).

Phantom 4 Pro photography

As you can see, the sensor is capable of very nice pictures – the higher resolution (20MP) is evident, giving the photographer some extra wiggle room to crop and still get a good image.

Phantom 4 Pro Camera Capabilities

To keep this review shorter – and to the point – here are the basics of the still camera capabilities of the Phantom 4 Pro.

Basic Still Picture Specs of Phantom 4 Pro

The “takeaways” are these – the sensor is must larger and there are 20 Megapixels instead of the typical 12 found in other consumer machines. Focus is adjustable and automatic – as opposed to the “fixed focus” on most consumer grade machines. Making things even simpler – the P4P is capable of taking better aerial photographs than any previous machine up to $4,000+.

Advanced Video – The REAL Benefit of the P4P

The Phantom 4 Pro has video capabilities which are far above those of any machine in the consumer price range. There are a number of reasons why – but in the usual Droneflyers.com fashion, we will try to explain the technologies in an easy to understand format.

First, we have already discussed the larger sensor and the faster bitrate – these are the foundation for what comes next. “Next” refers to a more modern standard for better video called H 265 – (High Efficiency Video Coding or HEVC). Up until now, most consumer video is processed and compressed (made smaller in file size) using the H 264 standard. While the higher standard (H 265) has been available for years, it is not in common use in consumer products due to the large amount of computing power needed to process it. DJI has built this required power into the Phantom 4 Pro and made it available at an unheard of price point.

So what can HVEC do for you? Opinions from experts indicate that it improves video quality (at the same bitrate) by about double – or, looking at it another way, a file 1/2 the size would have the same quality as H 264. Add in the increased 100Mbps bitrate and we can see the possibility for MUCH better video – not just a small step up, but a revolution in what is available in this level of machine. This will be true no matter what the final destination of the video is – whether the web or corporate/commercial use.

Whereas the video from a plain Phantom 4 might satisfy 90% of needs in the consumer price range, the Phantom 4 may bring that figure up to 97% or higher. Only those doing very high end work (Major Motion Pictures or Cable-Broadcast work , National Geographic Specials, etc.) would need more. Those photographers would likely step up either the new Inspire 2 or the Matrice..and/or semi-custom setups. These range in price from 5K to 50K+. If you need that level of machine, you are probably not a regular reader of this blog…you know what you need and where to get it!

Basic Video Specification

The basics are as follows:

H 264 (existing popular video encoding) 4K – up to 4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps 2.7K – up to  2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps HD – 1920×1080 48/50/60/120p @80Mbps @65Mbps (of note – the 120 frame rate could be very good for slow motion)

H 265 (new, higher quality video encoding) 4K – up to 4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps 2.7K – up to  2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps HD – 1920×1080 48/50/60p @80Mbps @65Mbps

Many additional formats are supported – see the full specifications at the link above or at the DJI Phantom 4 Pro product page.

Additional Intelligent Flight Modes

The intelligent flight modes of the Phantom 4 Pro have been upgraded and added to as follows:

  • NEW – Draw: Easily create a flight path by drawing on paired device display
  • ActiveTrack: New Circle, Parallel and Spotlight modes within ActiveTrack allow the Phantom to “dance” or position itself around the subject in various ways.
  • NEW – Gesture mode: Wave to take a selfie
  • TapFly now works backwards and comes with a new Free mode and AR route feature.
  • Precision landing
  • RTH with (NEW)route planning, environment mapping and maximum 300m long-range obstacle sensing

These features give you more chance of getting your Phantom back in unexpected situations. You can choose various scenarios such as having the Phantom follow the same outbound course – or, having it return in the most direct fashion.

 Intelligent Flight Modes in Phantom 4 Pro

Sample Pictures and Video

Note – these are from a pre-production unit and software – and also unedited or selection – just posting to give an idea of color reproduction, etc.

Here is a Youtube video with some sample cuts – here is a vimeo video with same. Here is a dropbox file with some RAW still pics in it.

Phantom 4 Pro Sample JPG – still – click twice to enlarge to full

Youtube Video below – quick video clips along with a demo of the front, rear and side Obstacle Avoidance System (beta software & pre-production unit)…

Summary – First Look Conclusion

Note – we are still flying and testing a “pre-production”   Phantom 4 Pro – however, most of the new bird is based on the P4 Platform, our highest rated consumer camera drone.  Therefore, we are fairly confident that it will meet the published specifications. This review will be updated during the next 10 days as we fly the P4P and learn more.

The best technology is that in which all the parts come together in such a way to provide a usable tool for the purpose intended. A fancy smartphone with poor reception or a substandard camera is not going to be satisfactory just because it has a fast CPU. A new car will be safer and more useful if it has numerous systems for enhanced driver information and control – implemented in a way that makes the entire system “one”.

The Phantom 4 Professional is, in our opinion, worth the title “Pro”. It is arguably the first true Proumer Camera Drone in the under $2,000 price category. The combination of a proven foundation (the design, propulsion system, gimbal , app, remote, etc.) combined with the vastly improved camera, range and avoidance enhancements make it second to none for both the prosumer and the true video and photography professional.

Our rating, of course, takes into account the price point, portability, reliability and other factors. Those with larger budgets who make their living doing higher end work might want to consider the upscale  Inspire 2 line.

In our case – Droneflyers.com has always been a site dedicated to the consumer end of drones. We loosely define this as being entire packages up to approx. $2500 – a niche which the P4P fits perfectly into. That being the case, we are placing an order for a Phantom 4 Professional to be our main machine for 2017 photos and videos. The Mavic Pro will remain in our stable for travel and stealth – but the idea of getting “Sony 1″ Sensor” photos from aloft fulfills yet another of our “drone dreams”.

Those who don’t need this level of machine can rest assured that our previous pick of Best Consumer Camera Drone, the Phantom 4, will more than satisfy more budding aerial photographers. In fact, even the Phantom 3 line (Advanced and Pro) are more than good enough for a majority of consumers.

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Specs of the Phantom 4 Drones

Specs of the Phantom 4 Drones

Joseph Flynt

Phantom 4 is the fourth generation product line of the Phantom series of drones by DJI. These drones have all the signature technologies of DJI such as obstacle sensors, Lightbridge connectivity, 4K video, and smart return-to-home features.

The Phantom series drones are classified as consumer drones on DJI’s website. The Phantom 4 drones , in particular, are considered to be consumer drones with professional-grade video capturing capability. Almost the entire product line uses a relatively better-quality sensor and a 3-axis gimbal. Recreational users, hobbyists, and semi-professional users are all capable of flying the Phantom 4 series drones.

The Phantom 4 consists of the Phantom 4 base model, the Phantom 4 Advanced, the Phantom 4 Pro , and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 . They have different specs overall, with some particular specs being the same, while some others being more advanced on the Pro and Advanced models. Let us look at the specs in more detail:

Flight Speed

All the DJI Phantom series drones have a maximum flight speed of 45 miles per hour or a little over 72 kilometers per hour. This speed is normally obtained when using the sport mode. 45 mph is enough to shoot most kinds of video including basic action shots. Following objects and cars is also quite feasible with this speed. However, following a very fast moving car on a highway might be a challenge.

Flight Time

The DJI Phantom 4 base model has a maximum flight time of 28 minutes before its battery runs out. The more advanced Phantom 4 Advanced, the Phantom 4 Pro , and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 can all fly for a maximum of 30 minutes. That is a marginal improvement from what the Phantom 4 base model can do. Generally speaking, most consumer and professional DJI drones (except Matrice 200) have maximum flight time in the 20 or at the most 31 minutes. So, most of the Phantom 4 drones compare quite favorably when it comes to drone flight time.

All Phantom 4 drones are a shade above 3 lbs.

Phantom 4 base model: 3.04 lbs or 1380 grams Phantom 4 Advanced: 3.01 lbs or 1368 grams Phantom 4 Pro: 3.06 lbs or 1388 grams Phantom 4 Pro V2: 3.03 lbs or 1375 grams

Sensor Size

The DJI Phantom 4 Advanced, the Phantom 4 Pro, and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 all use a 1-inch CMOS sensor. Only the Phantom 4 base model uses a slightly less advanced 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor.

A larger sensor captures more information which, in turn, improves the signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range, and other performance metrics. The 1-inch sensor used in the higher Phantom 4 models is four times larger than the base model’s 1/2.3-inch sensor.

The use of a mechanical shutter means no distortion of the rolling shutter mechanism. This distortion is seen most often during fast movement of the drone or the object being shot.

Camera Video Resolution

Any drone can be great at flying and can have advanced controls. But it has got to be able to take amazing pictures and video. The Phantom 4 does not disappoint on that end. All the Phantom 4 drones are capable of shooting 4k video at 30 frames per second. The Phantom 4 Advanced, Pro, and Pro V2 go a step further with 60 frames per second in 4k.

The Phantom 4 base model supports H.264 codec. However, the Advanced, Pro, and Pro V2 support H.264 and H.265 codecs. H265 video requires double the amount of processing but offers much better quality in return. The more recent iPhone and GoPro models have the capability to handle H.265 codec. However, older laptop models may have a hard time processing this new more advanced codec.

Maximum Video Bitrate

The bit rate of the Phantom 4 Advanced, Pro, and Pro V2 drones is 100 Mbps. The maximum video bitrate of the Phantom 4 base model is slightly lower at 60 Mbps. A higher bit rate means better quality video. To put things into perspective, Blu-Ray has a bit rate of 25 Mbps. So, we are talking 4 times the quality of Blu-Ray.

Photo Format

When you shoot your pictures using the Phantom 4 drones, you can store them as JPG or RAW format in the base model. However, the Phantom 4 advanced, Pro, and Pro V2 allow for a third option known as JPG+RAW. With this third option, you can simply browse through the picture folder of the JPGs and select the pictures that came out good. Then you can proceed towards editing the raw files of the selected images. So, it adds to the convenience factor. The only thing you lose is storage space which will be taken up by the JPG and RAW files of the same image.

All the Phantom 4 drones use a 3-axis gimbal (pitch, roll, yaw) with a controllable range of -90o to +30o.

Obstacle Sensors

The Phantom 4 base model and the Phantom 4 Advanced model have front and bottom sensors for obstacle sensing. The front sensors allow the drone to see far out in distance and avoid obstacles, hover around them, and even enable auto brake when flying certain paths or returning to home. It improves the intelligence of the navigation process.

The Phantom 4 Pro and the Pro V2 have two additional side infrared sensors that give the drones a 4-direction obstacle avoidance capability. Such capability is great for complex projects and tight maneuvering.

Communication link between the drone and the controller

The Phantom 4 base model and the Phantom 4 Advanced both use the Lightbrigde communication protocol to link the remote controller to the drone aircraft body. Lightbridge is a lot more advanced than Wi-Fi. It uses 2 separate links, one to communicate with the camera plus gimbal and the other to send and receive drone controls. That enhances the quality of the link and the overall controlling of the drone.

The Phantom 4 Pro V2 uses an OcuSync communication system which allows the connection of multiple controllers and even DJI goggles. The Phantom 4 Pro uses a dual-signal Lightbridge link which is more enhanced than the regular Lightbridge link.

Built-in screen with the controller

The Phantom 4 Advanced, Pro, and Pro V2 models have the options of a controller with a built-in screen. With a built-in screen, there is no need for a mobile device or a tablet to control the drone settings and flight. The Phantom 4 base model has no built-in screen option.

All Phantom 4 drones use a combination of GPS and GLONASS systems for redundancy and more accurate navigation.

Intelligent Flight Battery and Charger

All the Phantom 4 drones have a similar battery in the drone body. The specs for the battery are the same for all models and are as follows

The Charger Specs are also the same for all models and are as below:

Remote Controller

The Phantom 4 remote controllers use a 2.4 GHz frequency, which is on par with other models of the Phantom 3 series. However, the Phantom 4 Pro and the Pro V2 remote controller also have second options of a 5.8 GHz frequency band. A higher frequency band gives the controller a longer operating range.

For the 2.4 GHz band, the FCC transmission distance is 7 km and the CE transmission distance is 3.5 km (CE distance is 4km for the Phantom Pro V2). For the 5.7 GHz band on the Phantom 4 Pro and the Pro V2, the FCC distance is 7 km, the CE distance is 2 km, and the SRRC distance is 5 km.

The remote controller battery for all Phantom 4 models is 6000 mAh and the battery type is LiPo 2S.

Operating Temperature

Both the remote controller and the aircraft of all the Phantom 4 drones have an operating temperature range of 0oC to 40oC.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro review

Fast, fun, and nearly crash-proof, dji’s phantom pro 4 is all we’ve ever wanted in a drone.

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“With incredible obstacle avoidance and a kickass new camera, the Phantom 4 Pro sets a new standard for quadcopters.”
  • 5-direction obstacle avoidance
  • Excellent camera
  • Plentiful flight modes
  • Long flight time
  • Outstanding range
  • Optional touchscreen controller is a $300 add-on

DJI’s Phantoms are often called “the iPhones of drones” — and that’s a fair description. They’re one of the most popular drones on the planet, packed with high-end features and functionality, and the latest models are always at the top of their class. On top of that, DJI also releases new models at a steady rate, packing even better features into a nearly identical form factor. Case in point? The stellar new DJI Phantom 4 Pro .

Features & Specs

As an evolution of the original Phantom 4 , the Pro boasts a number of small but significant improvements. Many of the original Phantom 4’s design attributes, electronic components, and features have been ported over to the pro model, while others have been upgraded, and a few new features have been added.

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The first and most obvious addition is the Pro’s new 5-direction obstacle avoidance system. Whereas the P4 only featured forward facing sense and avoid, the new and improved version has sensors on its front back, left, right, and underside. These sensors actively scan the environment around the drone and allow it to autonomously avoid things like trees, buildings, and anything else you might encounter during flight.

The Pro looks nearly identical to the original Phantom 4.

The other standout improvement is the Pro’s camera. The Pro uses all-new hardware with a 1-inch image sensor — which is four times the size as what’s used in the original Phantom 4. On top of that, the camera can shoot 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, and still images at up to 20 megapixels. DJI also tossed in aperture control and a mechanical shutter. No matter how you look at it, the P4’s new camera is bigger, better, and more customizable than ever.

DJI has also added an even more deluxe, optional version, called the Phantom 4 Pro Plus. It’s the exact same drone, but with a controller that has a built-in touchscreen display. It’ll cost you an extra 300 bucks, but you won’t have to connect your phone to the controller with a cable, worry about your smartphone’s battery life, or have your flights rudely interrupted by incoming text messages and calls.

Build Quality & Design

The P4 Pro is nearly identical to the original P4 in terms of both design and build quality. It retains the same hull shape as its predecessor, save for a few minor differences where the new sensors are placed. As such, it’s every bit as strong and sturdy as the P4, which remains among the most attractive and drones available.

It’s impressive that DJI has managed to outfit the drone with so many new features, while still maintaining an identical form factor. The additional sensors have been tucked into the drone’s legs, while infrared and optical sensors are fitted into the drone’s left and right sides. Even the camera, which is drastically better than the one found on the original P4, is just a bit larger than it was before. Unless you familiar with DJI’s drones, the P4 and P4 Pro are as good as identical, despite Phantom’s numerous enhancement.

The only downside to the P4 Pro is that, unfortunately, the Phantom line still isn’t nearly as portable as DJI’s Mavic Pro . The arms and props aren’t designed to fold down, and the landing gear can neither retract, nor be collapsed. It’s not designed with portability in mind — though it’s still small enough to be stuffed inside a backpack if the need arises.

Battery life and recharge time

Under optimal conditions, DJI says the Phantom 4 Pro can stay airborne for up to 30 minutes — but of course, real-world conditions aren’t always optimal.

To put these claims to the test, we ran the P4 Pro through our usual series of endurance tests. First up was a hover test, where we let the drone hover in place until the battery life became “critically low,” and the drone automatically landed. Our hover test lasted for 28 minutes and 8 seconds — which isn’t very far off from DJI’s claimed 30-minute flight time.

Next, to get a sense of how long P4 Pro will last under more demanding conditions, we recorded the flight times from every other flight test we conducted and averaged everything out. Over the course of 10 different flights that spanned from 100 percent battery charge to the emergency low-battery automatic landing, the Phantom 4 Pro averaged a flight time of 26 minutes and 50 seconds.

While you shouldn’t expect a full 30 minutes of airtime, the endurance is excellent – the best we’ve seen so far. A DJI Mavic Pro lasted 23 minutes and 19 seconds in our hover test, and the Yuneec Typhoon H  lasted 23 minutes, 20 seconds. A smaller, more affordable, simpler drone will last far less than any of these. The Hover Camera Passport , for instance, lasted less than 10 minutes.

As for battery recharge times, we found that a nearly-empty battery (around 10 percent remaining) takes about 1.5 hours to juice up to 100 percent. That said, most of the time you’ll be compelled to land before you reach critically low battery levels, so most of our recharges took about an hour and 15 minutes or less. That’s not bad for a cell that offers nearly 27 minutes of airtime. The Yuneec Typhoon H needed over two hours to fill up its tank.

Flight Performance

The flight performance of the Phantom 4 hasn’t changed in this new version. The P4 Pro boasts nearly identical flight specs to the original P4, when it comes to things like speed and agility. Luckily, this isn’t much of a letdown, since the P4 is still among the most nimble quad-blade drones sold.

Speed and agility are basically unchanged in the P4 Pro. Both the P4 and P4 Pro top out at 45 miles per hour (72 kph) — though you can easily reach higher speeds with a good tailwind behind you. It’s not the fastest drone on the market (some can go 55 or even 60 mph), but it’s quick enough for most uses.

However, unlike its predecessor, the P4 can fly up to 31 mph with full multi-directional obstacle avoidance. That’s important. High-speed maneuvers are when you need obstacle avoidance the most. This new model can fly at respectable speeds while also dodging and weaving on its own.

Some of the biggest improvements in the P4 Pro are related to DJI’s new autopilot features. In addition to porting over most of the “standard” autonomous flight modes from the original P4, DJI also borrowed a few of the Pro’s features from the recently-released Mavic , and even added a few extras that we haven’t seen before.

You can set the P4 Pro to orbit a point in space with Point of Interest Mode, repeat flights along a preset path with Waypoints, follow your movements via Follow Me mode, or even adjust the way it responds to joystick control with Course Lock and Home Lock. These modes are included in the Phantom 4, but the Pro version has a couple new tricks up its sleeve: Terrain Follow, Tripod Mode, and a range of new Active Track abilities.

It’s not crash-proof, but it’s close.

In Terrain Follow (which was previously only available in the Mavic Pro), the drone uses its Downward Vision System to maintain a certain distance from the ground, which is fantastic for filming over terrain that varies in elevation.

For static shots, the Pro’s new Tripod mode allows you choose a point in space, then keep the drone locked in that position while you shoot – sort of like a flying tripod. In this mode, joystick controls are dampened so that panning/yawing movements are less drastic, and the drone uses a combination of GPS and sensors to hold its position without drifting.

DJI has also added a few updates to its Active Track system. Portrait mode, for example, allows you to track a subject while the drone flies horizontally and matches pace. Spotlight, on the other hand, allows you to lock onto a subject, but allows you to fly the drone in any direction around it. There’s even a 360 mode that will actively orbit any subject you choose, regardless of where that subject might move.

And of course, there’s the new omnidirectional sense-and-avoid system. Using its new sensors, the P4 Pro continually scans the environment around it, and either alerts you when you fly too close to an obstacle, or avoids it autonomously. The best part is that this function can be turned on or off, so it’s there when you need it, but doesn’t get in the way when you want to walk on the wild side and fly close to something.

Our favorite feature, however, is DJI’s new dynamic return to home function. In past generations of the Phantom, when you hit the “return to home’” button, the drone would fly to a predetermined height, then make a beeline straight back to where it took off from. God forbid there were any obstacles in the way — if there were, the drone would smack into them like a blind bird.

When you use the return to home button on the new P4 Pro, the drone will basically retrace its steps and attempt to “reverse” along the same path it used to get where it is — dynamically avoiding any obstacles that might appear along the way, of course. It’s not crash-proof, but it’s close.

Range is also quite a bit better than the original P4. Just like the Mavic Pro, the P4 Pro is equipped with DJI’s new OcuSync video transmission technology, which stretches the drone’s maximum range and provides a live HD video feed from the camera from up to 4.3 miles away. That, however, is only possible in the most optimal conditions.

This is arguably the best way to spend $1,500.

We took it out to the one mile mark on a handful of different occasions without so much as a jitter in the video feed — but transmission distance varies widely depending on the environment you’re flying in. If there’s a lot of interference, the feed can cut out at or before the half-mile mark. It all depends on where you’re flying, but even with the occasional feed cutout, the Phantom 4 Pro still boasts some of the best range we’ve ever seen in a drone.

Most competitors we’ve tried can barely make it three quarters of a mile with their stock configurations, and many require aftermarket range extenders to reach the ranges that the P4 Pro can.

Camera and Accessories

If there’s any single reason to buy the P4 Pro instead of the standard P4, it’s the camera. DJI put some serious work into the Pro’s image capture system, and the result is one of the best cameras we’ve ever seen on a quad.

The biggest improvement is the size of the camera’s sensor. The Pro boasts a 1-inch CMOS sensor — which is roughly four times the size of the more typical 1/2.3-inch class used by most drones (including the Phantom 3 series and the Phantom 4), flagship smartphones, and point-and-shoot cameras. This extra surface area allows it to capture far more detail, and maintain image/video quality at higher ISOs.

In addition to a larger sensor, DJI also equipped the Pro with a mechanical shutter and aperture control. In other words, you’re not stuck shooting in f/2.8 all the time (you can go all the way to f/11), and no longer need to worry about the dreaded “rolling shutter effect’ screwing up your images.

When it comes to shooting video, the P4 Pro offers a litany of options. You can shoot in cinematic 4K DCI at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second, or 4K UHD at 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second. If that’s too much for your eyeballs (or SD card) to handle, you can also scale down to 2.7K, 1080p, and 720p — the latter of which can be captured at 120 frames per second and used to create slow-mo footage.

If you spring for the Phantom 4 Pro Plus (an extra $300), DJI will throw in a controller that comes with its own built-in touchscreen display. It’s a bit on the spendy side for sure, but that extra scratch means you won’t have to connect your phone to the controller with a cable, which is something that’s required for nearly every other drone that DJI makes.

We’re not sure if it’s worth $300, but it’s pretty nice to fly without worrying about your smartphone’s battery life, or having your flights rudely interrupted by incoming text messages or calls.

However, we think DJI should’ve included this option years ago, or at least thrown this into the $1,500 bundle. Yuneec offers a touchscreen Typhoon H controller for no extra charge, and that makes paying extra for it from DJI a bitter pill to swallow.

Without a doubt, DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro is one of the best drones in existence today — if not the best. It’s the only drone with omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, and the camera outdoes every other drone in this class. Eventually it’ll be overshadowed, but it’s the best high-end consumer drone we’ve tested so far.

Are there better options available?

In this price range, no. If you’re in the market for a drone and $1,500 is within your budget, there’s no better way to spend your money.

The closest competitor to the P4 Pro is probably the DJI Mavic Pro , or newer Mavic Air . Both are smaller, far more portable, and boast many of the same flight modes and features — except, of course, omnidirectional obstacle avoidance, and a camera with a one-inch image sensor. Plus, at $999 and $799 respectively, the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro are also considerably cheaper, so if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable but still highly capable, you’d be wise to go for the Mavic.

If you don’t care so much about portability, Yuneec’s Typhoon H is also a worthy contender, and is more affordable at $999. It boasts many of the same features, and has a 4K camera that swivels a full 360 degrees. This, along with dual-pilot capabilities, make it a decent contender. However, the Typhoon H’s camera is not as advanced, the battery doesn’t last quite as long, and it needs more time to charge.

How long will it last?

Probably a few years or more. DJI constantly rolls out updates to most of its products, and we have no reason to think the P4 Pro will be any different. Firmware updates come through on a regular basis, and DJI already has a suite of upgrades, attachments, and accessories in the works. So, assuming you don’t fly it into a lake, the P4 Pro should last you for quite some time.

Should you buy it?

Yes. This is arguably one of the best ways to spend $1,500.

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When DJI announced the Mavic Mini last year, many people were astounded by the drone's ability to fly under the radar without Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration, thanks to its 249-gram weight. While it was praised for that, one of the biggest critiques from consumers was that it lacked 4K video recording -- topping out instead at 2.7K recording. Well, those concerns have been addressed by its successor, the DJI Mini 2, which packs that capability and many more while continuing to be able to fly under the radar at the same light weight.

This announcement is a bit of a surprise, given that DJI rarely comes out with successive drones this quickly. Take the DJI Spark, for example, which was released in 2017 and was the lightest drone in the company's portfolio -- until the release of the Mavic Mini last year. The standout feature with the Mini 2 is 4K video recording, a useful option for those who want a bit more elbow room when editing clips in post. Not only has the resolution been increased, but the bit rate also went from 40 Mbps previously to 100 Mbps with the Mini 2. However, its frame rate at 4K peaks at 30 frames per second (FPS).

With a folding design, gesture control, and subject tracking, the list of features for DJI’s latest Osmo stabilizer reads almost like the one for the company’s line of folding drones. Announced August 26, the DJI OM 4 is a $150 three-axis smartphone gimbal designed for portability, simple attachment, and intelligent recording modes.

The OM 4, which shortens the product line's name, is an update to the Osmo Mobile 3. The fourth Osmo stabilizer boasts several upgrades over earlier options, including new motors and shooting modes. Unlike the earlier model’s clamp-style attachment, the OM 4 uses a magnetic attachment for quickly mounting the gimbal to the phone. A magnetic mount with a ring holder removes the need to balance the phone before each use. Alternatively, a metal clamp can be used for a quick attachment that requires balancing, but the attachment piece that remains on the phone is slimmer. Both options are included with the stabilizer.

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Best Photo & Video Settings for DJI Phantom 4, Mavic Pro, and Mavic 2

Today’s drones are equipped with amazing cameras, but the photos and videos coming off of those cameras only look amazing if the settings are configured properly.

Here are the settings we have found from hundreds of drone flights to yield the very best results:

Photo Settings

The best photo settings remain similar for pretty much all DJI drones.

You can find these photo options by making sure you’re in photo mode and tapping the following icons in DJI Go 4 :

camera settings icons DJI Go 4 app

When you’re in the camera settings, you’ll see options to configure the photo, image size, image format, white balance, and color. Here are the best settings we found:

  • Photo: Single Shot
  • Image Size: 4:3
  • Image Format: RAW + JPG (you only really need the RAW file, but sometimes the JPGs can be a nice backup)
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Color: D-Cinelike (color only impacts the JPG files, the RAW files are unchanged by the color setting)

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When you have these options configured, your settings panel within DJI Go 4 should look like this:

DJI Go 4 Camera Photo Settings

Best Video Settings

The best video settings vary slightly depending on which drone you have. We’ll cover the highest quality video settings we’ve found for the Mavic Pro, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, and Phantom 4 Pro.

All video settings can be found within the DJI Go 4 app by first switching your drone into video mode, and then tapping on the settings icon:

dji go 4 video settings icon

Mavic Pro Best Video Settings

Within the video settings menu on the Mavic Pro, you’ll see options for video size, video format, NTSC/PAL, white balance, style, and color. Here are the best settings we’ve found:

  • Video Size: 4K, 3840 x 2160, 30fps
  • Video Format: .MP4
  • NTSC/PAL: NTSC
  • White Balance: weather dependent, typically either sunny, cloudy, or manual
  • Style: Custom, +1, -1, 0
  • Color: D-Cinelike if the footage will be color graded in post-production, Vivid if you are looking for the best quality straight off of the drone with no editing

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Mavic Pro Exposure Settings

Getting great video also depends on having the proper exposure settings and shutter speed on the Mavic Pro. Typically for any kind of video shoot, whether you’re using a DSLR, your drone, or a professional cinema camera, you want your shutter speed to be 1 over 2x your frame rate. For example, if you’re shooting at 30 frames per second (30fps), you want your shutter speed to be set at 1/60th of a second.

Having the correct shutter speed following this formula [1/(2x your frame rate)] makes your footage look smooth and natural. If you are filming a bright subject and your shutter speed becomes too high, it can cause noticeable and unwanted banding in your video footage.

Professional cameras allow you to change your aperture and ISO to adjust your exposure while keeping your shutter speed at a constant 1/60th of a second. However, the Mavic Pro’s camera has a fixed aperture, which means it cannot do this.

To get the best video footage possible out of your Mavic Pro, we recommend investing in ND filters to decrease the exposure and help you maintain a 1/60th of a second shutter speed in brighter lighting conditions.

That said, here are the best exposure settings for the Mavic Pro:

  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Shutter: 1/60th of a second

mavic pro exposure settings

Image is too dark

Increase the ISO until desired brightness is achieved.

Image is too bright

Increase the shutter speed (1/120, 1/240, 1/400…etc) until desired exposure is achieved. 

Using ND filters by Polar Pro can help you maintain a 1/60 shutter speed even in bright lighting. Keeping the shutter speed at 1/60th of a second is preferred for video.

Mavic 2 Pro & Mavic 2 Zoom Best Video Settings

The Mavic 2 Pro boasts an impressive 1″ 20MP Hasselblad camera sensor and is capable of recording HLG 10-bit video, producing some of the best video quality we’ve seen from a prosumer drone. The Mavic 2 Pro also includes a variable aperture, which means you can use the aperture to adjust your exposure and help keep your frame rate at 1/60th of a second. Here are the best settings we recommend:

  • Video Size: 4K HQ, 3840×2160, 30fps
  • White Balance: weather dependent, sunny, cloudy, or manual
  • Style: Custom, -1, -2, -2
  • Color: HLG (vibrant colors, great for a beautiful image straight off the drone), D-LogM (ideal for a flat profile perfect for color grading)

The Mavic 2 Zoom similarly is a great drone and produces great image quality. It’s telephoto zoom camera is unique for a drone, and can produce cool effects. Unfortunately for video purposes, the Mavic 2 Zoom does not have a variable aperture, which means you will likely need to pick up ND filters, and it doesn’t support HLG 10 bit recording. Still, the photo and video quality is a huge improvement over the original Mavic Pro, and the Mavic 2 Zoom can absolutely be used for commercial shoots.

Here are the best settings we recommend:

  • Color: Normal (great for no editing), D-Cinelike (ideal for a flat profile for color grading)

mavic 2 pro video settings

Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom Exposure Settings

The exposure setting will vary slightly between the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom because the Pro has a variable aperture while the Zoom has a fixed aperture. This means you can use the aperture to adjust the exposure level on the Mavic 2 Pro, while you’ll need to purchase ND filters for the Mavic 2 Zoom to keep your shutter speed at 1/60th of a second while recording.

That said, here are the ideal exposure settings for both the Mavic 2 Pro and 2 Zoom:

  • Aperture: 2.8 (increase as needed on the Mavic 2 Pro to compensate for an overexposed image)

mavic 2 pro exposure settings

Increase the aperture until desired exposure is reached (on the Mavic 2 Pro).

On the Mavic 2 Zoom, using ND filters by Polar Pro can help you maintain a 1/60 shutter speed even in bright lighting.

Phantom 4 Pro Best Video Settings

The Phantom 4 Pro is one of the most iconic drones from DJI. It has the iconic drone shape, the image everyone first thinks of when they think of a consumer drone.

While the Phantom 4 Pro is an older drone, it still produces great image quality. (Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the original Phantom 4, the images we see out of that drone are grainy and significantly lower-quality than what clients are expecting).

Here are our recommended video settings to get the best image possible out of your Phantom 4:

  • Video Size: 4K, 3840×2160, 30fps
  • White Balance: weather dependent, sunny, cloudy, or custom
  • Style: Custom: +1, -1, 0
  • Color: Vivid (for great video straight off the drone), D-Cinelike (for color correcting the video footage in post-production)

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Phantom 4 Pro Exposure Settings

Like the Mavic 2 Pro, the Phantom 4 Pro includes a variable aperture that you can adjust to compensate for the exposure being too bright or too dark. You may need to pick up ND filters if the scene is too bright, but in most cases, you can get by without one.

Here are the exposure settings we recommend:

phantom 4 pro exposure settings

More Tips for Capturing Beautiful Footage

We hope these photo and video settings help your great aerial images look even better. Give them a try and let us know what you think! And if you’re looking for cinematic camera moves or tutorials on using Point of Interest, check out our other articles below:

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How to Take Long Exposure Photos Using DJI Drones

How To Edit Drone Photos To Make Them Pop

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Stetson Doggett

Stetson is an Ithaca College alum and a certified drone pilot. He has been flying the DJI Mavic Pro since it first came out and loves finding new ways to improve his aerial photo and video quality. Stetson is from Acton, Massachusetts, and when not in the air he enjoys playing board games, producing YouTube videos, and watching Stranger Things.

How To Live Stream DJI Phantom 4

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Introduction

Welcome to the world of live streaming with the DJI Phantom 4! If you’re an avid drone enthusiast or a professional in the field, live streaming your aerial adventures can give your audience an immersive and real-time experience. With the right setup and a bit of technical know-how, you can share your flights, explore breathtaking landscapes, and engage with your viewers in captivating ways.

Live streaming has become increasingly popular over the years, opening up new opportunities for content creators to connect with their audience in real time. Whether you’re a photographer, videographer, or just an individual with a passion for drones, live streaming offers a unique way to showcase your skills, creativity, and adventures to a global audience.

In this guide, we will walk you through the process of live streaming with the DJI Phantom 4. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right streaming platform to setting up your drone for a seamless streaming experience. So, grab your Phantom 4 and let’s dive in!

Before we jump into the technicalities, it’s important to note that live streaming with a drone requires compliance with local laws and regulations. Familiarize yourself with the drone flight laws and restrictions in your area to ensure a safe and legal live streaming experience.

Now that we’ve covered the groundwork, let’s move on to the first step – choosing the right streaming platform for your DJI Phantom 4 live streams.

Choosing the Right Streaming Platform

When it comes to live streaming your DJI Phantom 4 flights, selecting the right streaming platform is essential. The platform you choose will determine the features, audience reach, and overall experience of your live streams. Here are some factors to consider when deciding on a streaming platform:

1. Popular platforms: Consider using well-established streaming platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, or Twitch. These platforms have large user bases and offer seamless integration with your social media accounts, making it easier to reach and engage with your existing followers.

2. Specific drone streaming platforms: There are also platforms specifically designed for drone enthusiasts, such as Periscope for Drones and AirVuz. These platforms cater to the drone community, providing specialized features for aerial live streaming and a targeted audience of drone enthusiasts.

3. Streaming quality and stability: Look for a platform that offers high-quality streaming options, including the ability to stream in HD or even 4K resolution. Additionally, ensure that the platform provides stable streaming capabilities to avoid interruptions or lag during your live broadcasts.

4. Audience engagement features: Consider the interactive features offered by the platform, such as live chat, comments, and reactions. These features can enhance viewer engagement and make your live streams more dynamic and interactive.

5. Monetization options: If you’re looking to monetize your live streams, explore platforms that offer monetization features such as ads, subscriptions, or donations. This can help you turn your passion for live streaming into a potential source of income.

6. Integration with streaming software: If you plan to use streaming software for more advanced features and customization options, ensure that the platform can easily integrate with your chosen software. This will give you more flexibility and control over your live streams.

Remember to do thorough research and read reviews about different streaming platforms to find the one that aligns with your goals and requirements. Once you’ve selected the perfect platform, you’re ready to move on to the next step – setting up your DJI Phantom 4 for live streaming!

Setting Up the DJI Phantom 4 for Live Streaming

Before you can start live streaming with your DJI Phantom 4, you’ll need to set up your drone and make a few adjustments to ensure a smooth and seamless streaming experience. Follow these steps to get your Phantom 4 ready for live streaming:

1. Firmware and app update: Make sure that your DJI Phantom 4 is running the latest firmware version and that you have the latest version of the DJI Go app or DJI Fly app installed on your mobile device. Firmware updates often include improvements and bug fixes that can enhance the performance of your live streams.

2. Connect your mobile device: Ensure that your mobile device is connected to the remote controller of your DJI Phantom 4. Use the appropriate USB cable or connect wirelessly depending on your specific drone model. This connection allows you to access the DJI Go or DJI Fly app, which is crucial for live streaming setup.

3. Adjust video settings: Open the DJI Go or DJI Fly app and navigate to the camera settings. Set your video resolution and frame rate according to your preference and the capabilities of your streaming platform. It’s recommended to use a resolution and frame rate that is supported by your streaming platform for optimal video quality.

4. Check internet connectivity: Ensure that you have a stable internet connection for your live stream. If you’re planning to stream in an area without Wi-Fi, consider using a mobile hotspot with a reliable data connection. Streaming over cellular data can consume a significant amount of data, so make sure you have a sufficient data plan.

5. Enable live streaming mode: In the DJI Go or DJI Fly app, navigate to the live streaming settings. Enable the live streaming mode and select your streaming platform from the available options. Follow the on-screen prompts to authorize the app to access your streaming account.

6. Configure streaming settings: Once you’ve connected your streaming account, you’ll have the option to adjust additional streaming settings such as stream title, privacy settings, and bit rate. Set these according to your preferences and the requirements of your streaming platform.

7. Calibrate the drone: Before taking off, always make sure your DJI Phantom 4 is properly calibrated. This includes calibrating the compass and performing an IMU calibration, which can help improve flight stability and GPS accuracy.

With these steps completed, your DJI Phantom 4 is now set up and ready for live streaming. In the next section, we’ll delve into the configuration of your live streaming software to ensure a seamless connection to the streaming platform.

Configuring Your Live Streaming Software

Configuring your live streaming software is an essential step in ensuring a successful live stream with your DJI Phantom 4. The software you choose will depend on your specific streaming platform and personal preferences. Here are the general steps to configure your live streaming software:

1. Choose your streaming software: There are several popular streaming software options available, such as OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, XSplit, and Wirecast. Select the software that best fits your needs and download it from the official website.

2. Install and set up the software: Follow the installation instructions provided by the streaming software. Once installed, open the software and navigate to the settings menu. Here, you’ll configure the necessary parameters for your live stream.

3. Input and output settings: Configure the input settings to recognize your DJI Phantom 4 video feed. This can be done by selecting the appropriate video capture device or screen capture option, depending on how you plan to capture the drone footage . Set the output settings to match the resolution and frame rate you’ve chosen for your live stream.

4. Stream key and server settings: Obtain the stream key from your streaming platform’s dashboard. This unique key acts as a password to connect your software to the streaming platform. Enter the stream key in the software’s settings along with the server or ingest URL provided by your streaming platform.

5. Audio settings: Configure the audio settings to capture sound from your preferred audio source. This can be the built-in microphone of your computer, an external microphone, or any other audio input device. Adjust the audio levels to ensure clear and balanced sound for your live stream.

6. Stream layout and overlays: Customize the appearance of your live stream by adding overlays, logos, text, and other visuals. Many streaming software tools provide options to create and position these elements on the screen. Consider creating branded overlays or including relevant information like your social media handles or a donation ticker.

7. Test your settings: Before going live, perform a test stream to make sure everything is working correctly. Check the video and audio quality, ensure that your drone footage is being captured, and confirm that your stream is reaching the selected platform. Adjust any settings if necessary to optimize your stream’s quality and performance.

By properly configuring your live streaming software, you can ensure a smooth and professional-looking broadcast. In the next section, we’ll discuss the process of connecting your live streaming software to the chosen broadcasting platform.

Connecting to the Broadcasting Platform

Once you have configured your live streaming software, the next step is to connect it to the broadcasting platform of your choice. This connection allows your software to transmit the live stream to the platform so that it can be accessed by your audience. Follow these steps to connect your software to the broadcasting platform:

1. Launch your streaming software: Open the live streaming software that you configured in the previous section. Ensure that your DJI Phantom 4 is connected to your computer and that the software recognizes the video feed from the drone.

2. Enter stream details: In the streaming software, navigate to the settings or broadcast tab. Enter the necessary details, including the title or description of your live stream. This information will be visible on the broadcasting platform, so make it engaging and descriptive.

3. Select the broadcasting platform: Choose the broadcasting platform you’ve previously selected, such as YouTube Live or Facebook Live. In the software settings, select the platform from the available options or enter the specific server address and stream key provided by the platform.

4. Connect the software to the platform: Click on the “Connect” or “Start Streaming” button in your live streaming software to establish the connection with the broadcasting platform. This will initiate the transmission of your live stream to the platform’s servers.

5. Monitor the stream preview: Most streaming software provides a preview window that allows you to monitor your live stream before going live. Check the video and audio quality, confirm that your drone footage is being captured, and ensure that everything is running smoothly.

6. Start the live stream: Once you are satisfied with the stream preview, it’s time to go live! Click the “Start Stream” or “Go Live” button in your streaming software to initiate the live stream. The software will now transmit your live stream to the broadcasting platform.

7. Engage with your audience: As your live stream is running, make sure to engage with your audience through live chat, comments, or any other interactive features provided by the broadcasting platform. This will enhance the viewer experience and create a sense of community around your live stream.

By following these steps, you can easily connect your streaming software to your chosen broadcasting platform and start sharing your DJI Phantom 4 live stream with your audience. In the next section, we’ll discuss some important camera settings to optimize your live stream’s visual quality.

Adjusting Camera Settings for Live Streaming

When live streaming with your DJI Phantom 4, it’s important to adjust the camera settings to optimize the visual quality of your live stream. These settings will ensure that your audience sees a clear and captivating feed from your drone. Here are some key camera settings to consider:

1. Exposure settings: The exposure settings control the amount of light that enters the camera sensor. Adjust the exposure to achieve a balanced and well-lit image. In bright conditions, you may need to decrease the exposure to avoid overexposure and washed-out footage. In low-light situations, increase the exposure to capture more detail.

2. White balance: The white balance setting determines the color temperature of your footage. Set it according to the lighting conditions to ensure accurate color reproduction. Choose presets like “Sunny,” “Cloudy,” or “Auto” for easy adjustments, or manually adjust the white balance to achieve a specific look or mood.

3. Picture profile and color grading: Many drones, including the DJI Phantom 4, offer picture profiles or color profiles that allow you to customize the look of your footage. Experiment with different profiles or apply your own custom color grading to enhance the visual appeal of your live stream.

4. Image stabilization: Enable the camera’s built-in image stabilization feature, such as DJI’s RockSteady technology, to reduce camera shake and ensure smoother footage during your live stream. This will help provide a more professional and stable viewing experience for your audience.

5. Focus settings: Depending on your live stream’s subject and depth of field, adjust the focus settings to ensure a sharp and clear image. Use autofocus for convenience or manually set the focus to maintain a consistent focus point throughout your stream.

6. Camera angle and composition: Consider the composition and framing of your shots to capture visually appealing footage. Experiment with different camera angles and perspectives to add depth and interest to your live stream. Keep in mind that a steady and smooth camera movement can enhance the cinematic feel of your stream.

7. High-resolution streaming: If your streaming platform supports it and your internet connection is strong enough, consider streaming in a higher resolution, such as 1080p or even 4K. This will provide your audience with a more detailed and immersive viewing experience, especially for visually stunning landscapes or intricate subjects.

By adjusting these camera settings, you can enhance the visual quality of your DJI Phantom 4 live stream, ultimately creating a more engaging and captivating experience for your viewers. In the next section, we’ll discuss the importance of performing a test stream before going live with your drone.

Performing a Test Stream

Before going live with your DJI Phantom 4, it’s crucial to perform a test stream to ensure everything is functioning as expected. This step allows you to troubleshoot any potential issues and make any necessary adjustments to improve the quality of your live stream. Here’s how you can perform a test stream:

1. Set up a private testing environment: Find a suitable location where you can safely fly your drone without any distractions or obstacles. This can be an open field or a controlled indoor environment. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection in this testing location.

2. Connect your equipment: Set up your DJI Phantom 4, remote controller, and streaming equipment in the same way you would for a live stream. Connect your drone to the streaming software and broadcasting platform as you would during an actual live stream.

3. Configure settings: Double-check all the settings, including camera settings, streaming software settings, and broadcasting platform settings. Confirm that the resolutions and frame rates are correct, the audio is clear, and the video feed is stable.

4. Start the test stream: Initiate the live stream through your streaming software and broadcasting platform. Monitor the stream and watch for any issues such as video stuttering, audio synchronization problems, or connectivity errors. Take note of any issues that arise.

5. Evaluate the test stream: Pay close attention to the quality of the video, audio, and overall stream performance. Assess the clarity, stability, and synchronization of the drone footage and audio. Ensure that there are no buffering or lagging issues during the test stream.

6. Engage with the test audience: Inform a few trusted individuals about your test stream and ask them to provide feedback or monitor the stream for any technical issues. Encourage them to interact with the stream by leaving comments or engaging in the live chat, giving you an idea of the audience experience.

7. Analyze the results and make adjustments: After the test stream, review the recorded stream and any feedback received. Identify any areas that require improvement or adjustments, such as audio levels, video quality, or overall stability. Make the necessary changes to your setup or settings based on your findings.

Performing a test stream allows you to identify and address any issues before going live with your DJI Phantom 4. It provides an opportunity to fine-tune your setup, ensure a seamless streaming experience, and deliver the best quality stream to your audience. In the next section, we’ll share some valuable tips and tricks to help you achieve a successful live stream with your drone.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Live Stream

To make your live stream with the DJI Phantom 4 a memorable and successful experience, consider these tips and tricks:

1. Plan your content: Prepare a rough outline or script for your live stream to ensure a smooth flow of content. Consider interesting topics, captivating locations, or specific flight maneuvers that will engage your viewers and keep them entertained.

2. Engage with your audience: Interact with your audience through live chat, comments, or social media during the stream. Respond to questions, acknowledge viewers by name, and incorporate their suggestions or feedback into your stream. This will create a sense of community and make your viewers feel involved.

3. Consider the length of your stream: Keep in mind that shorter streams are often preferred by viewers, as attention spans can be limited online. Aim for a stream duration that allows you to deliver valuable and engaging content without risking audience fatigue or losing their interest.

4. Be mindful of your surroundings: Always prioritize safety and respect the privacy of others when flying your drone. Avoid sensitive or restricted areas, respect local regulations, and be mindful of any potential hazards. This will help you maintain a positive reputation as a responsible drone pilot.

5. Optimize your streaming setup: Regularly check and update the firmware of your DJI Phantom 4, streaming software, and app. Stay up-to-date with the latest features and bug fixes to ensure the best streaming experience. Additionally, invest in quality streaming equipment such as a stable internet connection, external microphone, and reliable charging solutions.

6. Promote your live stream: Announce your live stream in advance through your social media channels, website, or email newsletter. Build anticipation and create buzz around your stream to attract a larger audience. Engage with your followers and encourage them to share the news with their networks.

7. Consider collaborating: Collaborate with other content creators, influencers, or businesses in the drone or related industries. Partnering with others can help promote your stream to a wider audience and provide unique opportunities for collaboration and cross-promotion.

8. Experiment with different perspectives: Explore different camera angles, flight paths, and creative shots to add variety and visual interest to your live stream. Utilize the DJI Phantom 4’s intelligent flight modes, such as ActiveTrack or Point of Interest, to create dynamic and captivating footage.

9. Test your equipment before each stream: Before every live stream, check all your equipment, including the drone, camera, and streaming software, to ensure they are functioning properly. Perform a pre-flight check of the battery, gimbal, and propellers. Test your live stream setup to address any issues before going live.

10. Learn from each stream: After each live stream, take the time to review and analyze the playback of your stream. Note any areas for improvement and learn from your experiences. Take into account audience engagement, technical issues, and overall stream quality to continuously elevate your live stream game.

By implementing these tips and tricks, you can elevate the quality of your live stream and create an engaging experience for your viewers. Remember to stay consistent, be authentic, and enjoy the process of sharing your drone adventures with the world.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

While live streaming with the DJI Phantom 4, you may encounter some common issues that can impact the quality or stability of your stream. Here are some troubleshooting tips for overcoming these issues:

1. Poor video quality: If you’re experiencing pixelation or blurry footage, first check your streaming software settings to ensure you’re broadcasting at the correct resolution and bit rate. Additionally, make sure your internet connection is stable and capable of handling the streaming quality you’ve chosen. If the issue persists, consider adjusting the camera settings on your drone to optimize the exposure, white balance, and picture profile.

2. Connectivity issues: If you’re having trouble connecting your drone or streaming software to the broadcasting platform, double-check that your internet connection is stable and that you’ve entered the correct stream key and server settings. Restarting both your drone and streaming software can also help resolve any temporary connectivity issues. If problems persist, try connecting to a different streaming platform as an alternative.

3. Audio synchronization problems: If your audio is out of sync with the video during your live stream, check your streaming software settings to ensure the audio and video sources are properly aligned. You may need to adjust the audio delay option in your software to synchronize the audio with the video feed. Additionally, make sure your input audio device is properly connected and functioning correctly.

4. Buffering or lagging: If you notice frequent buffering or lagging during your stream, check your internet connection speed and stability. Ensure that no other bandwidth-intensive activities are taking place on your network. Consider decreasing your streaming resolution or bit rate if your internet connection is not sufficient for the selected settings. If the issue persists, contact your internet service provider to troubleshoot any potential issues with your connection.

5. Drone flight issues: If you encounter flight issues that affect your live stream, such as unstable flight, erratic movements, or sudden disconnections, ensure that your drone is properly calibrated before each flight. Verify that there are no signal interferences in your flying area and that your drone’s firmware is up to date. If the problem persists, contact DJI support for further assistance.

6. Viewer engagement: If you’re struggling to engage with your viewers during the live stream, encourage them to participate by asking questions, prompting discussions, or involving them in the decision-making process for your drone’s flight path or camera angles. Respond to comments and questions promptly to show your audience that you value their interaction.

7. Power management: To avoid interruptions during your live stream, ensure that your drone’s battery is fully charged before starting the stream. Consider having spare batteries on hand for longer streaming sessions. Also, make sure your streaming setup is powered adequately, whether it’s through a reliable power source or by using portable power banks or battery packs.

By following these troubleshooting tips, you can effectively address common issues that may arise during your DJI Phantom 4 live stream. Remember to stay calm, patient, and proactive in finding solutions to keep your stream running smoothly.

Congratulations! You’ve now learned how to successfully live stream with your DJI Phantom 4 and engage your audience in real-time. By choosing the right streaming platform, setting up your drone properly, configuring your live streaming software, and troubleshooting common issues, you’re well-equipped to create captivating live streams that showcase the beauty and excitement of your aerial adventures.

Remember, live streaming with the DJI Phantom 4 requires adherence to local drone flight laws and regulations. Always prioritize safety and respect the privacy and property of others when flying your drone.

Throughout the process, keep experimenting with different camera angles, flight techniques, and creative shots to captivate your audience. Engage with your viewers, respond to their comments and questions, and create a sense of community around your streams.

Performing a test stream before going live allows you to identify and address any issues, ensuring a smoother and more professional live streaming experience. Regularly review and incorporate feedback to continuously improve the quality of your streams.

By following these tips and tricks, troubleshooting common issues, and staying open to learning and refining your skills, you’ll be able to deliver exceptional live streams that leave your audience inspired and eager for more.

So, grab your DJI Phantom 4, prepare for exciting adventures, and start sharing your incredible drone footage with the world through the power of live streaming!

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A Guide to DJI Phantom 4 Pro: Specs, Tips, and Tutorials

DJI is one of the most popular brands when it comes to drone technology. It’s a top drone brand that produces high-quality drones — like the Phantom 4 Pro. As part of DJI’s Phantom series of products, the Phantom 4 Pro is one of the best products they have. Unfortunately, it’s still frequently overlooked by many drone enthusiasts. 

If you’re looking for a new drone, it’s a great option to consider. To help you understand why, this article discusses all the basics you need to know about the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Moreover, explore its amazing specs and features. You’ll also learn how to fly and maintain it to ensure you can use it for a long time.

Key Specs and Features Highlights

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The Phantom 4 Pro is an advanced consumer and entry-level professional drone. It has many improved qualities compared to the previous P4 model in terms of the following: 

  • Camera : 1-inch sensor, 20MP, 4K/60fps video @ 100Mbps
  • Flight Time: 30 minutes
  • Live View Quality: 720P @ 30fps
  • Weight: 1388 grams

Additionally, it offers several advanced key features, including: 

Intelligent Flight Modes

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There are three different modes you can choose your drone to fly in: 

P-Mode (Position)

This is the drone's regular and default flight mode, which includes GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning. The P-mode would allow you to use obstacle sensing and visual positioning. It’s also the required mode, so you can use the three automatic flight modes: 

  • TapFly: You tap the screen to point your drone in a certain direction. 
  • Draw: You can draw the route on the screen, and the drone will follow it. 
  • Return to Home: This will set your drone to return safely to your base by following the safe path it took. 

S-Mode (Sport)

This is the mode if you want a faster flight. The S-mode allows you to fly the drone at speeds of up to 45 mph. When switched to this mode, you’ll have full satellite and vision positioning support. 

A-Mode (Attitude)

This is for the experts or experienced pilots because this mode switches off the GPS. However, the altitude is kept, allowing users to fly steadily and smoothly. 

ActiveTrack on Subjects

This feature allows you to mark and track a specific moving object. For solo operators, this makes taking quality videos and photos easier. You can lock on a subject, and the drone will track it, adjusting speeds accordingly. It also has three modes: 

  • Trace: The drone will follow the subject, either behind it or in front of it. 
  • Profile: The drone will fly and follow the subject alongside it. 
  • Spotlight: The drone will mark, recognize, and keep the subject in frame while you fly the drone in any direction. 

Obstacle Sensing and Avoidance

The Phantom 4 Pro has high-resolution stereo vision sensors that give it a 5-direction of obstacle sensing ability. It has one at the rear, a pair at the front, and one infrared sensing system on its left and right. This also gives the drone a 4-direction of obstacle avoidance, making flights safer. 

Remote Controller

It has a remote controller, a 5.5-inch high luminance monitor, and a 5-hour battery life. This is integrated with the DJI GO app to control your drone fully. The built-in screen has great brightness, and since the DJI GO is built into it, you can edit and share your captures instantly. 

Tutorial: Basic Flight Maneuvers

First of all, you have to know that there are two control or operating modes in the remote controller. In Mode 1, the right stick will serve as your throttle control. But in Mode 2, the left one will. Use the left one for common practice, as many advanced tutorials commonly use this as the throttle. 

If you’re a new DJI drone user or a complete drone beginner, here’s an essential guide for a basic drone flight experience: 

Using the remote controller, make the drone take off. Start by pushing the left stick up to ascend from its landing position. If you want to hover, push both sticks towards the center. It’s best not to push too much since this can affect the speed of the movements. 

Using the left stick again, you can move it to the left or right to control the rotation of the drone. Push it to the left to rotate it counterclockwise. Push it to the right to rotate clockwise. To maintain the drone’s orientation, center the stick. 

Moving in Certain Directions

The right stick on the controller serves as your control hub for adjusting the pitch and roll of the drone. To move the drone forward or backward, simply move the right stick up and down. Push it upward to move the drone forward and downward to fly backward. 

Likewise, to make the drone fly to the left or right, you make use of the right stick again. Push the stick to the left to fly left, and push it to the right to fly in the right direction. 

To land, simply push the left stick downwards. However, ensure that you land the drone in a safe area with no people or obstacles. 

Proper Maintenance Practices for Your Drone Batteries

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Remember that you’ll only be able to fly your drone when its battery is well and fully charged. This is why you must take care of the DJI lithium-ion batteries that come with the drone. 

Since it’s a different kind of battery, here are some tips and practices you can follow to keep your batteries safe and healthy: 

  • Check and Follow the User Manual

Drone packages come with complete and useful manuals. This is the best source of information for battery safety guides in terms of usage, maintenance, charging, storage, and disposal. Before anything, check and follow the instructions there first. 

  • Beware of Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures are bad for the battery. Don’t use, charge, or store your drone batteries in temperatures beyond their recommended ranges. For the Phantom 4 Pro batteries, charging and operating temperatures should be at most 104°F. 

  • Charge Responsibly

DJI batteries are specifically designed to work with DJI chargers. That’s why it’s crucial to use an official DJI charger when charging your batteries. Non-DJI chargers might damage the batteries. 

  • Don’t Store at 100%

Never charge your batteries to 100% before storing them. The DJI batteries will automatically discharge to protect the integrity of their cells. When a battery is at 100%, the cells inside it get stressed, which, if it continues, can decrease its operational life cycle and capacity. For optimal storage conditions, make sure the battery is at 60%. 

Get Ready to Fly With DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Whether you have experience flying a drone or are a total beginner, DJI offers the best products in the market. One of their best ones is the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. It has high-resolution cameras you can use to capture fantastic images and videos. It also has intelligent features like flight modes and obstacle sensing and avoidance. For a high-quality drone like this, it surely is worth it! 

If you want to look at the actual Phantom 4 Pro or other drones, you can check out our drone collection . We offer many high-quality drones from DJI and other top brands for different levels of experience and needs. 

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Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

Visionary intelligence. elevated imagination..

Featuring a 1-inch CMOS sensor that can shoot 4K/60fps videos and 20MP photos, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 grants filmmakers absolute creative freedom. The OcuSync 2.0 HD transmission system ensures stable connectivity and reliability, five directions of obstacle sensing ensures additional safety, and a dedicated remote controller with a built-in screen grants even greater precision and control. [1] A wide array of intelligent features makes flying that much easier. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is a complete aerial imaging solution, designed for the professional creator.

Powerful Aerial Performance

Incredible gimbal camera.

The onboard camera features a 1-inch 20MP CMOS sensor and a mechanical shutter, eliminating rolling shutter distortion. An advanced sensor and impressive processing capture every detail and provide the image data needed for advanced post-production. The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 camera has an optimized f/2.8 wide-angle lens, ensuring consistently detailed photos and videos that remain vivid and sharp while maintaining color accuracy.

Effective Pixel Area

Professional 4K Video

An enhanced video processing system allows videos to be captured in Cinema 4K at 100 Mbps, enabling high-resolution slow-motion shots. Record in D-Log mode and H.265 codec to capture professional footage with high dynamic range, optimizing image quality.

Precise Mechanical Shutter

In addition to beautiful landscapes, aerial imaging allows new perspectives on everything from serene vistas to a motor race. A mechanical shutter eliminates rolling shutter distortion which can occur when capturing fast-moving subjects or when flying at high speed. The electronic shutter features Burst mode, capable of shooting 14 fps at 20 MP to catch the perfect moment.

Powerful Flight Performance

Several flight modes make flying and creating with the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 a streamlined and convenient experience. Switching between flight modes grants pilots the control they need, whether they seek smoothness, simplicity, or speed. Intuitive controls and a maximum speed of 45 mph simplify complex shots.

Intelligent Flight Modes

ActiveTrack can recognize and automatically follow people and objects like cars and boats.

The RTH feature automatically calculates an optimal route according to the environment and bypasses obstacles along the way.

Plot a course simply by tapping on the screen, granting more than enough time to concentrate on getting the perfect shot.

Draw a flight path in real time on the camera screen, and the aircraft will compute a corresponding route, making aerial photography a more streamlined experience.

Raise one arm, and the aircraft frames you perfectly in the center of the photo. By reaching out with two arms simultaneously, the aircraft begins a selfie countdown.

Comprehensive Flight Safety

FlightAutonomy is an advanced aerial intelligence and flight automation platform, giving filmmakers the confidence to capture more complex images. A real-time view of its environment and 3D map provide crucial data. Redundant IMUs and compasses monitor critical data and rule out possible errors, dramatically enhancing the reliability of flight. Obstacle sensing in five directions improves safety and overall flight experience. [2]

OcuSync 2.0 HD Image Transmission

The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0’s remote controller uses OcuSync 2.0 video transmission, which employs time-division multiplexing technology to send control signals and receive video signals simultaneously, which allows for 1080p livestreaming at a distance of up to ten kilometers. [3] Supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz, OcuSync 2.0 scans for the frequency band with the lowest interference and switches accordingly to maintain clear transmission. Thanks to OcuSync 2.0, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 connects wirelessly to the DJI Goggles for an even more immersive experience.

Intuitive Remote Controller

An ultra-bright 5.5-inch screen makes vivid colors easily visible even in direct sunlight. As the DJI GO 4 app is built into the screen, a mobile device is not required, simplifying operation. The remote controller features several different ports and a five-hour battery life making the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 a comprehensive aerial imaging solution. [4]

Intelligent Flight Battery

The DJI GO 4 app shows battery lifetime and calculates remaining flight times according to distance traveled and more. When the minimum distance required for a safe journey back to the takeoff point is reached, a prompt will alert the pilot. An advanced battery management system is also in place to prevent overcharging and over-draining. When placed in long term storage, batteries will discharge power to maintain good health.

1. The built-in screen is available when purchasing the Phantom 4 Pro+ V2.0 edition. 2. The sensors on the side of the aircraft only work in beginner mode and Tripod mode. 3. Unobstructed, free of interference, when FCC compliant. Maximum flight range specification is a proxy for radio link strength and resilience. Always fly your drone within your usual line of sight unless otherwise permitted. 4. The Phantom 4 Pro is not compatible with the remote controller of the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and vice versa.

Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

  • 1-inch 20 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 30-min Flight Time
  • Obstacle Sensing in Five Directions

Quieter Flight and Updated Transmission System

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COMMENTS

  1. Phantom 4

    The Phantom 4 introduces a Sport mode, accessible through a new trio of modes, P, S and A. P (Position) mode is the standard mode, giving access to normal flight as well as Intelligent Flight Modes, ActiveTrack and TapFly. S (Sport) Mode unlocks maximum flight speeds of up to 44mph (72kmh) A (Attitude) Mode remains the same and removes satellite stabilization in flight.

  2. DJI Phantom 4 Review

    Drones DJI Phantom 4 Review 5.0 Exemplary By Jim Fisher March 15, 2016 The Bottom Line The latest version of DJI's top-end consumer drone, the Phantom 4, improves on its predecessor in many...

  3. Support for Phantom 4

    Download Need assistance? We're here to help! Support for Phantom 4 Specs Service Request Request Repair Service Online Flyaway Reporting Get Started Accessories Shop controllers, batteries, ND filters, and more Shop Now DJI Care Refresh Protect your drone with this comprehensive plan Learn More Downloads

  4. DJI Phantom 4 review

    TechRadar Verdict The Phantom 4 is a refinement of the Phantom 3 Professional. There are tweaks to the camera's performance, but the major upgrades are the robust design, improved...

  5. Phantom 4 Pro

    Equipped with a 1-inch 20MP camera, the Phantom 4 Pro is capable of shooting 4K 60fps video and 14fps Burst Mode stills. It has a max flight time of 30 minutes, and a max transmission range of 4.1 mi (7 km). Learn more about the Phantom 4 Pro with specs, tutorial guides, and user manuals. Download the DJI GO app to capture and share beautiful content.

  6. DJI Phantom 4 Review

    We review the DJI Phantom 4 - the top of the range consumer drone from DJI with a 12mp camera, 4K video recording, and a 3-axis gimbal for stable shooting. ... Video resolution and frame rate ...

  7. DJI Phantom 4 review

    The need for speed. The last Phantom was hardly a slouch, but DJI has turned things up a notch for the Phantom 4. You've essentially got three speeds now; switch on Obstacle Avoidance and you'll reach 22 miles per hour. In normal mode, that jumps up to 35mph, and in the aptly-­named Sport mode, you'll top out at a frankly terrifying 45mph.

  8. Review Phantom 4 Pro, the Fist Look

    Most consumer-level Camera Drones use bitrates of 20-50 Mbps with the Phantom 4 (plain) topping out at 60. Sports cameras such as the GoPro Hero are also in the range of 45-60 Mbps. All of these cameras shoot still photos in the range of 12MP - or 4000 x 3000 resolution.

  9. Specs of the Phantom 4 Drones

    Flight Time The DJI Phantom 4 base model has a maximum flight time of 28 minutes before its battery runs out. The more advanced Phantom 4 Advanced, the Phantom 4 Pro, and the Phantom 4 Pro V2 can all fly for a maximum of 30 minutes. That is a marginal improvement from what the Phantom 4 base model can do.

  10. How To Fly DJI Phantom 4

    Gadget Usage TECHNOLOGY Introduction Welcome to the world of aerial photography and videography with the DJI Phantom 4! Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, this drone offers an incredible experience and endless creative possibilities.

  11. DJI Phantom 4 Pro review

    MSRP $1,799.00 Score Details DT Editors' Choice "With incredible obstacle avoidance and a kickass new camera, the Phantom 4 Pro sets a new standard for quadcopters." Pros 5-direction obstacle...

  12. DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review

    Outstanding By Jim Fisher Updated December 14, 2016 The Bottom Line The DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone adds additional obstacle sensors and a vastly improved camera to the already stellar Phantom 4....

  13. DJI Phantom 4

    The DJI Phantom 4 shoots 4k, can fly at almost 45MPH, has autonomous flight, crash avoidance, a 3 axis gimbal and push turn release props. Is this the. This drone is easy to fly and hard to crash. DJI's top consumer drone is smart enough to practically fly itself while you concentrate on getting awesome aerial shots.

  14. Phantom 4 Advanced

    The Phantom 4 Advanced is a professional photography drone equipped with a 1-inch 20MP camera capable of shooting 4K 60fps video. Learn more about the Phantom 4 Advanced with specs, tutorial guides, and user manuals. ... DJI GO 4: Live View Working Frequency: 2.4 GHz ISM: Live View Quality: 720P @ 30fps : Latency: Phantom 4 Advanced: 220 ms ...

  15. Best Photo & Video Settings for DJI Phantom 4, Mavic Pro, and Mavic 2

    Typically for any kind of video shoot, whether you're using a DSLR, your drone, or a professional cinema camera, you want your shutter speed to be 1 over 2x your frame rate. For example, if you're shooting at 30 frames per second (30fps), you want your shutter speed to be set at 1/60th of a second.

  16. DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Review

    With the release of the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, DJI has again made its Phantom line a bit confusing, ... This higher frame rate results in incredible, high-resolution slow-motion footage and gives you the flexibility to slow the footage down if you captured that panning shot going just a bit too fast. Another upgrade to the mechanics of the camera ...

  17. How To Live Stream DJI Phantom 4

    3. Streaming quality and stability: Look for a platform that offers high-quality streaming options, including the ability to stream in HD or even 4K resolution. Additionally, ensure that the platform provides stable streaming capabilities to avoid interruptions or lag during your live broadcasts. 4.

  18. A Guide to DJI Phantom 4 Pro: Specs, Tips, and Tutorials

    The Phantom 4 Pro is an advanced consumer and entry-level professional drone. It has many improved qualities compared to the previous P4 model in terms of the following: Camera: 1-inch sensor, 20MP, 4K/60fps video @ 100Mbps. Flight Time: 30 minutes. Live View Quality: 720P @ 30fps.

  19. 4k or 1080/120fps, which setting will offer best video

    The P4 offers the following video modes or settings according to DJI Phantom 4 specs: UHD: 4096×2160 (4K) 24 / 25p 3840×2160 (4K) 24 / 25 / 30p 2704×1520 (2.7K) 24 / 25 / 30p ... The only time I can think of that it might be useful is if you want a really high frame rate (fps) like 120-240fps in order to create slow motion in post. With a ...

  20. Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

    Max Speed S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph) A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph) P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph) Max Pitch 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 ft (6000 m) Max Wind Speed Resistance 10 m/s Max Flight Time Approx. 30 minutes Operating Temperature Range

  21. Phantom 4 Pro Frame Rate

    Phantom 4 Pro Frame Rate. Home / Products / Phantom Series / Phantom 4 Pro. 1767 2 2017-6-29. Uploading and Loding Picture ...(0 / 1) o(^-^)o. fansa8dc1b7e ... Hi All, On my P4P I am only able to shoot a maximum frame rate of 50fps in 4k and not 60fps, any ideas why? Twitter Facebook Favorite Like . 2017-6-29. Use props. Geebax ...

  22. Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

    Equipped with a 1-inch 20MP camera capable of shooting 4K 60fps video, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 brings you into the realm of professional aerial photography. Learn more at DJI.com.

  23. Phantom 4 Pro Video File Size?

    A video file is defined as having: - A container format -> Typically MP4 for consumer equipment (like GoPro or Phantom 4) - A video codec format -> Either h264 or h265/HEVC - A frame rate -> 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps generally - A bit rate -> 100 mbit/s for P4P 4K, 60 mbit/s for GoPro 4K or P4/P3P 4K The primary property which determines the ...