DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review - A New Standard for Drones

While drone sales have been increasing at breathtaking speeds, DJI has been one of the few manufactures setting the standard for quality in both drone technology and camera image quality for these aerial UAVs. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro does exactly that with a new camera boasting a larger 1” 20MP sensor capable of 4k video at up to 60fps! But the Phantom 4 Pro is more than just a camera upgrade with a host of new sensors, longer maximum range & flight time, new autonomous mode, speed increase, and more. So let’s take a look at DJI’s newest drone option.

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The most notable upgrade of the Phantom 4 Pro is the camera system. Yes, the new 1” 20MP sensor yields better image quality, more dynamic range, and considerably better low light performance than previous models. That said, the biggest improvements are on the inside with an adjustable aperture and mechanical shutter. Previous DJI models relied on a fixed aperture which forced you to adjust for changing light conditions using ISO, Shutter, and in some cases a physical ND filter which offers no adjustment while flying. This meant it was extremely difficult and typically impossible to match the shutter speed to the video frame rate as you would typically do for video recording. With a variable aperture, this is no longer an issue with the Phantom 4 Pro and I could achieve smooth video recording in every light condition. The mechanical shutter will also be appreciated by those shooting aerial photography.

New sensors now offer obstacle avoidance in 4 directions (up from 2) with a faster maximum speed without moving to sport mode which disables obstacle avoidance. Thanks to the ability to use both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz, the controller is less likely to be plagued with interference and has a new range of 4.3 miles. You can also purchase the Phantom 4 Pro Plus which features an integrated extremely bright 1080p display which should simplify the pairing process as well as offer better viewing in direct sunlight. While all the previous intelligent flight modes are here, the new draw function allows you to scroll your finger across the display to define a route that keeps your altitude locked. It’s not a feature I would typically use, but with the 4 directions of obstacle avoidance, you shouldn’t have to worry about accidentally drawing your new drone in to a tree.

Overall I found the new Phantom 4 Pro to be a more considerable upgrade than I previously expected. The new camera with variable aperture exceeded my expectations and with 100mbps, I was seeing more detail in areas such as grass that are difficult to render. The new sensors were a welcome addition and overall the quality and features from the Phantom 4 Pro make this an awesome choice for anyone interested in a quality drone capable of some amazing footage.


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