DJI launched the Phantom 4 in March 2016 and now within the year-end, they released the newer version of the Phantom 4 called the Phantom 4 Pro with some small but huge improvements.
I was impressed with the Phantom 4 , it’s loved by a lot of professional filmmakers, it’s easy for beginners. I mean the obstacle avoidance is really awesome, it protects your drone from crashing into the walls or trees or whatever. While the Phantom 4 is still an amazing piece of tech what did DJI add to the PRO version ?
Well, the new PRO version has an updated camera sensor, the pro version has a new 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. Which is pretty great even for photos. And so the camera gimble is slightly larger.
Mechanical Shutter: Phantom 4 Pro has the first DJI camera to use a mechanical shutter, eliminating rolling shutter distortion which can occur when taking images of fast moving subjects or when flying at high speed.
4K Videos at 60/30 FPS: An enhanced video processing system allows video to be captured in cinema and production optimized DCI 4K/60 (4096 x 2160/60fps) at a bitrate of 100Mbps, enabling you to get high-resolution slow-motion shots. The Phantom 4 Pro also supports the H.265 video codec (Maximum resolution 4096X2160/30fps). For a given bitrate, H.265 doubles the amount of image processing as H.264, resulting in significantly enhanced image quality. Record in the high dynamic range D-log mode to make the most of this image data for color grading.
Increased flight time: Phantom 4 Pro can stay in the air for 30 minutes before it attempts an emergency landing.
5-Direction Obstacle Sensing: Two more sensors have been added to the rear side the drone, two downward facing ultrasonic rangefinders and an infrared sensor in left and right sides of the drone. Phantom 4 Pro is the first DJI aircraft to use an infrared sensing system.
Built-In Monitor: Earlier in the Phantom 4 we have to connect our iPhone or iPad for getting a live image of the camera but in the Pro version has a built-in 5.5inch 1080p screen which is 2x brighter than other mobile/tablet displays. So the Phantom 4 Pro can easily be controlled outdoors.
Upgraded Lightbridge: “The Phantom 4 Pro controller integrates an upgraded Lightbridge HD video transmission system that adds 5.8 GHz transmission support. The ability to choose between 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz allows pilots to cut through interference and eliminates image lag caused when flying in an area with extensive 2.4GHz frequency use. Normally, Wi-Fi video transmission systems use a 2.4GHz frequency to work with a controller using a 5.8GHz frequency as this prevents interference that can occur when both use the same frequency. If using the same frequency the video transmission system and the remote controller will interfere with each other, causing image lag. The use of two different frequencies has drawbacks in terms of flight performance.” –Source:DJI.
Both the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro are an awesome piece of tech. But as always when there is a pro version then it will be better in some way. Phantom 4 Pro can be a really interesting experience for every pilot and filmmaker. Its built-in monitor can really be helpful if you are using it under direct sunlight. The new controller has a long range transmission which is really great in crowded areas.