DJI Phantom 4 Review

The Phantom 4 has rendered any other of its line obsolete, with its upgrade from plastic to magnesium alloy and far superior camera and gimbal design.

DJI Phantom
DJI Phantom
  • High Strength Material
  • Not foldable Design
  • 28 min. Battery life
  • Good Obstacle avoidance
  • Good controller

camera features

For those of you who don’t know, the DJI Phantom 4 is a quadcopter (4 blades) which streams live video to your mobile device (in my case the iPad Mini), which is attached to your controller. It’s basically a drone with a camera attached to it, but offers so much more than that.

This means that not only can you see the drone physically in front of you, but you can also see what the drone’s camera can see on your iPad in real time, with no lag whatsoever, up to 5km away! (You can actually extend the range even further by using these cheap accessories.)

I find it absolutely incredible that something like this is possible at this price. The price tag of the Phantom 4 may be expensive to some, but to others it’s the deal of the century.

For this much technology to be available at this price blows my mind. The photographers quite happily spend a lot more on lenses and cameras after all…

qualities of Phantom 4

Capture Your Best Moments
Large but ok
New locking mechanism for rotors
45 miles/hour
Drone comparison
Very Stable
Same Controller as Phantom 3
Intelligent flight mode

We like

High-quality stabilised footage

This is a huge benefit to those looking to use their drone for professional videography as it consistently provides crystal clear, perfectly stable footage. It’s even more incredible when you consider that most drones do come with a level of footage stabilization issues.

Object avoidance

A feature like an object avoidance can be a godsend for any flyer, especially during bad weather or when using the return to home feature as you can fly your drone with far less worry of collision.

Easy to fly

Being able to see what the drone camera sees live-streamed to your device, certainly makes it easier to fly. By including this feature DJI may have taken a valuable set towards eliminating the perception problem when drone piloting.

We don't like

Phantom 3 batteries not compatible

Though at first glance the design of the controller appears to be very similar the Phantom 3, the batteries are not compatible. This is slightly irritating, however, this is most likely to prevent dangerous reproductions from being released onto the market.

Constant software updates

This technological wonder has some awe-inspiring features, which all, unfortunately, require updates. However, the frequency of these updates can be very time consuming and annoying to keep up with.

App can get a bit confusing

We would probably recommend keeping the manual for the DJI Phantom 4, purely due to the over-complicated and slightly confusing app. Though with some practice and a fair amount of patience, it does get easier.

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Summary

We’ve called the Phantom the iPhone of drones, because each new version got slightly better without dramatically changing the core feature set. The Phantom 4 shatters that comparison, making an evolutionary leap.
Only hesitation in buying this drone is that DJI has already shown off something even better than the Phantom 4 on its development drone, the Matrice. It has full 360 degree autonomy, which would allow the Phantom to safely follow a target from the side or in reverse.
DJI has hinted in interviews that the Phantom 4 was just the first step in its plans for more autonomous units. This is an incredible drone sure, but, if I wait another 10-11 months, could I get something even cooler instead?

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