Good / With a 20MP camera, 4K video quality, advanced obstacle sensing, and other advanced features like a powerful available controller, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone stands to be the best complete drone package on the market for advanced drone users, professionals, or beginners alike.
Bad / The drone is a full sized drone, which means it isn’t as compact as some other DJI options. It’s expensive, but you get the most for your dollar.
Verdict / If you want the best camera, and the most powerful drone on the market, an amazing controller with a display, the DJI Phantom 4 Professional is the drone to get.
If you want comparable features with a smaller size, or you don’t care about a provided controller, or you just want to spend less–perhaps check out the DJI Maverick drone or the even smaller and more affordable DJI Spark.
Intro to DJI Phantom 4 Professional Review
The DJI Phantom 4 is one of the most expensive consumer-grade drones on the market. Unless you’re a videographer or who needs a drone that costs $6,000 the DJI Phantom 4 is probably the best buy that you can get. It costs around $1799, but you get a lot of features.
The DJI Phantom 4 comes with a 20MP camera, 4K video capabilities, and other powerful components that enable long flight times.
The camera is great, with advanced capabilities like 60FPS and 4K quality. Other smaller drones like the DJI Spark which I love lack these features, and the extra 8MP bump is noticeable since shooting pictures is extra sharp and crispy. The camera even uses a mechanical shutter which helps with rolling and moving distortion that can take place with other smaller cheaper camera sensors.
Another neat thing about the DJI Phantom 4 is that it has compatibility with an advanced controller. The Phantom 4 POro controller has LightBridge HD Video transmission which means there is less input lag and more direct optimization. Instead of using a phone as a video input device, you simply use the controller which has a screen that offers 1080p clarity, and DJI brags it gets twice as bright as a normal smartphone, so even in bright environments you won’t lose visibility. The DJI Go app is built directly into the controller which also means you don’t have to hassle with your phone, and a five hour battery life for the controller is also very strong.
In terms of sensors, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro has it all. It has tons of sensors and infrared systems to observer 5-directional movement and 4-directional obstacle avoidance. The drone also features all of DJI’s customary smart control options, like tap to fly which lets you tap a place on the map to fly the drone there, and other more futuristic features like subject recognition that lets the drone follow you based on what your relation is to the drone. These features are all fun and useful, and fairly easy to use. Other features like gesture controls work decently, but still feel gimmicky.
So what about flight? Well, DJI doesn’t disappoint with this premium offering. Every drone they make is easy to fly, whether you want to fly in sport mode (which gives you more controls and takes away automated features) or just the more automated experience. The DJI Phantom 4 Professional flies pretty fast at top speeds, but the camera stays nice and smooth for good long shots and pictures. It has a total flight time of 30 minutes which is nearly triple that of the DJI Spark, and 10-15 minutes longer than the DJI Mavic Pro.
Conclusion of DJI Phantom 4 Professional Review
The DJI Phantom 4 is the top-of-the-line consumer grade drone. It has amazing photo capabilities with a real shutter, advanced flight features that are fun to play with, great flight times, and the provided controller/screen combination means you don’t have to fuss with your phone to see live 1080P video.